Need advice on new styling products!

emmabobemma24emmabobemma24 Registered Users Posts: 34
All of my current products are nearing the end of their life, and I'm looking for new stuff.
I have dry, thick 2c hair. I currently use Jason Salon Curl Defining Cream after conditioning with Giovanni Magnetic Conditioner. After towel drying, I use Giovanni Mousse and Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel. I recently started plopping which has made a big difference in curl definition, but it's definitely time to change my products.

I'm fairly happy with the curl defining cream as a base, but I'm looking for:
1) a product or two that moisturizes, shines, and de-frizzes (maybe a good leave in conditioner) but doesn't pull out curls
2) a good mousse/gel/cream for scrunching

My hair definitely responds best to natural products, but a few less-than-desirable ingredients are sometimes okay. I do not to well with harsh silicones like Dimethicone but the more water-soluble ones are okay.
Ideally, I'd be able to buy these products in Whole Foods or a drugstore, but I'm open to online options as well.

What do you recommend? What do you use?

My hair
2c, thick, normal elasticity, normal porosity
Mod-CG since winter 2010.

  • Low poo: L'Oreal EverSleek Intense Smoothing, Alverde Gloss, Giovanni Beautifully Blonde
  • Co-wash: V05 Blackberry Sage
  • Rinse outs: EverSleek Intense Smoothing, Alverde Gloss, AG Re:coil, EO sulfate free
  • Deep: Salon Only Intense
  • Stylers: AG Fast Food, Ecostyler, EO Tame Curl Gel, Nivea Flexible Curls, HE Totally Twisted Mousse, Curly Sexy Hair Enhancing Spray Mousse


  • asianrunnerasianrunner Registered Users Posts: 2,251 Curl Neophyte
    A few thoughts!

    -When you say towel drying, are you using a regular towel? I found that plopping/scrunching with either a flour sack towel (found a pack of four at Target really cheap) or an old t-shirt really helps cut down on the frizz.
    -I tried SpiralSolutions Firm Hold Gel by itself last night and it made my hair look the best it has in a several weeks despite the protein! I thought my hair was protein sensitive because I too have coarse hair. This is one of her many products that you can buy on her etsy page.
    -If you're interested in more natural products, I suggest you check out some members' etsy pages: BotticelliBotanicals, SpiralSolutions, BellaCurl.

    Some other stuff I like are in my sig, hope this helps!
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

  • pedahehpedaheh Registered Users Posts: 4,812 Curl Neophyte
    You could try flax seed gel if you haven't already. Can't get more natural then that.
    My sister has med/coarse, thick, 2c/3a hair and also loves the ss fhg. It is aloe based, has a very hard hold and (I think) adds shine. (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
    2a ( 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
    Cowash: Tresemme naturals
    Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
    Curl enhancer: FSG
    Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
    PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
    Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers

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