Can you believe that 2015 is coming to a close in just a couple days? For most of us the upcoming new year means making positive changes, and what does every naturalista want to work on? You guessed it: their healthy hair journey.
As I get closer to the third year of my natural hair journey, I have to take a minute to reflect on my progress as well as my routine. I’ve overcome being a product junkie, I’ve simplified my regimen, and I’ve finally started to learn what truly does and does not work for my fine and tightly coiled hair through trial and error.
If you’re a little like me, and you want alternatives to store bought and chemically based products, keep reading to find my 2016 Holy Grail product list:
Shampoo: Queens of Curls Black Soap Shampoo
I’ve actually been using this product for over a year, and it just so happens to be my favorite conditioner. While it’s free of harsh chemicals like sulfates, this liquid shampoo helps cleanse my hair without leaving it stripped of natural oils.
This shampoo is black soap based, but it does include other ingredients like Palm Oil and extra virgin olive oil that keep strands moisturized. It can be used every 7-14 days, and I usually apply directly to my scalp & lather once every two weeks to cleanse any product build up.
Co-Wash: Natasha Somalia Cleanse + Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash
Although ladies may use a normal conditioner as a co-wash, normal conditioners don’t actually contain cleansing ingredients. This co-wash gently removes product build up while totally abolishing frizz.
The Natasha Somalia Cleanse is also a personal favorite, because it comes in a larger bottle, and cuts out having to condition after co-washing. It has to be applied to wet hair and left on for about 5-10 minutes; I leave it on for the duration of my shower then wash off. This two in one product removes product build up while leaving hair soft and easy to detangle. I would definitely use this again in 2016.
Conditioner: CinagrOrganic Silk Therapy Conditioner
Conditioner is my favorite product, and I’m always on the hunt for a great conditioner. I’ve been using the CinagrOrganic Silk Therapy conditioner for a year as well, and this product does NOT disappoint.
Naturally and organically based, this conditioner literally melts tangles out of my head. It also has a great smell that isn’t overbearing, and it leaves my hair much softer. Be warned: if you decide to try the Silk Therapy you will need to buy at least 2 bottles because your hair will love it too!