My Store Bought Favorites

My Store Bought Favorites

The question I get asked the most is "what products do you use?" Since I use different products for my wash days, depending on what my hair needs, I figured this blog post would help answer that question. For those that are into hair typing, I have a mix of 3C & 4A curls. My crown (center of my head) is like 2C, 3A-ish. I have low porosity, high-density hair. This one is gonna be a long one, so grab some water, and continue reading if you want to know my staple products.

So all of these are my staple products, some are new while others I’ve been using since the beginning of my hair journey. I figured the easiest way to do this post would be to break it down into sections and explain why I like the product.

Shampoos

  1. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo: this is my absolute ALL time favorite shampoo. It cleanses the scalp well but doesn’t strip the hair of moisture. I can actually finger detangle with this shampoo. I usually find it at Walmart, or Target for $10.99.
  2. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo: when my hair needs a little extra loving, I pull this shampoo out. This shampoo moisturizes the hair as it cleanses, which is amazing, plus it smells so good. I usually find it at Target, or Ulta for $10.99
  3. Shea Moisture African Mint Water & Ginger Detox Hair & Scalp Gentle Shampoo: for clarifying wash days this is my go-to shampoo. After using this shampoo my scalp feels refreshed, tingly, and cool. It’s not stripping, but it does get the hair squeaky clean. It’s almost like a monthly rest for my hair. I’ve only been able to find his shampoo at Ulta, and it’s $10.99
  4. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo: this shampoos main ingredients are tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus botanicals which are all great for treating buildup, dandruff, dry scalp, and hair growth stimulation. The mixture of essential oils leaves the scalp cool, and tingly. You can purchase this shampoo at Trader Joe’s for $3.99 or order it off amazon for about $15.77 (huge difference, I know)

Co-wash (Cleansing Conditioners)

  1. As I Am Coconut CoWash: since moving to Upstate NY I cowash more than usual, especially in the winter, and this is the only cowash I use. It cleanses very well, and provides ample amount of moisture to my strands. Although I still condition afterward, if I didn’t have the time to, this cowash would provide the moisture I need. I usual find this product at Target for $7.99 or Sally’s for $8.99

Conditioners

  1. TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Conditioner: this conditioner is my number one favorite conditioner. It gives so much moisture to my hair and provides so much slip it makes finger detangling a breeze. I also use this as a semi leave-in conditioner when doing wash and goes, it gives my curls amazing definition as well as hydration. This conditioner is so difficult to find, sometimes I’m able to find it at Walmart or at the exchange on post for about $3.99-$5.00
  2. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner: if you’re seeking hydration, this conditioner will not disappoint. It leaves my hair feeling soft, silky and so smooth with enough hydration to last a few days. I usually find this product at Ulta for $10.99 or sometimes TJMAXX for $6.99.

Deep Conditioner’s & Protein Treatments

  1. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque: as you can tell, I absolutely love this entire line. Every wash day I grab this hair mask. It leaves my hair so moisturized, it literally feels like silk.  I usually get this mask from Target for $12.99
  2. Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque: I use this hair mask sparingly since it is a moisturizing protein treatment and I have protein sensitive hair. It does an amazing job at strengthening your strands, as well as providing the moisture needed to prevent protein overload. The smell is a little overbearing while the product is in, but once washed out it's pleasant. I get this product from Ulta for 12.99
  3. tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask Deep Conditioner: a newer item in my staple products, but I’m always down for any deep conditioner with honey as the main ingredient. Honey is a natural humectant, which means a moisture boost. This deep conditioner breathes life back into dry hair almost instantly. It is a more expensive product, but well worth the extra coins in my opinion. I purchased this product from Target for $15.99
  4. Doo Gro Mega Long Extreme Reconstructor: this is also a moisturizing protein treatment, I usually alternate the two monthly. I like this one because it has silk protein and avocado oil, so the balance of protein and moisture is great. This product does leave my hair a tad bit dry but that’s pretty normal for me with protein treatments due to my porosity level. I usually pick this product up from Walmart for $11.34 for 16oz jar and $1.99 for the packets at local Beauty Supply Stores.

Leave-in Conditioners

  1. As I Am Leave-in Conditioner: I recently added this product to my collection in May, and it quickly became a staple product. It has a thick consistency that melts any tangles away and fills the strands with an abundance of moisture. A win-win for me. It’s packed with amazing ingredients and has an amazing smell. I get this product from Walmart for $9.97.
  2. Shea Moisture Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Leave-In Detangler: all my low porosity fam, this should be in your hair care cubby, cabinet, draw, or whatever you keep your products in. I love that it’s protein free because normally low porosity hair is protein sensitive. The second you apply this leave-in your hair is instantly moisturized and tangle free. You can freely glide your fingers from root to tip, it’s amazing. Some may not like the smell, me personally, I love it. It’s very earthy from the tea tree oil. I always have a hard time finding this product, when I can find it it’s usually at Target for $11.99

 Moisturizers/Styling Cream

  1. tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer: also a newer product, but it’s so good it’s the only moisturizer I use. It is a thicker moisturizing cream, but not so heavy to weigh down the hair. I use this faithfully when doing the LCO method and it hasn’t failed me yet. This product does a phenomenal job at sealing in the moisture from the water and my leave-in for about 3-4 days before having to moisturize again. It’s a little proxy for 12oz, but worth the extra dollars. I purchased it from Target for $14.99

Gel

  1. ECO Style Olive Oil Styling Gel: I dont use gel very often be use I enjoy I my styles with natural frizz and untamed “baby hairs”. BUT when I do decide to use gel, this is the only one I use. Always have, and probably always will. As contradicting as it sounds, since this helps have olive oil in it, it gives the hair a little moisture while it holds. I never experience flaking with this gel, and when I come it out it leave my hair sold. Now you can purchase a 16oz jar from Target for $3.99, but my friend Alexis (click here to read her blog) bought me a 5lbs container from Florida for $10 and I’m certain it will last for the rest of my life.

I think we all can agree Shea Moisture needs to shorten its product names. And I know a lot of people “canceled” Shea Moisture BUT my bottles were still full and I’m not rich so I definitely wasn’t about to toss my products. Plus they work and have been working for my hair for the past 4 years. Now as a disclaimer, these are my favorite products and they have been working for my hair. But what works for one, may not work for another so just keep that in mind.

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