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What are your favorite products?

tenapaigetenapaige Posts: 208Registered Users
Whether its shampoo/conditioner, hair dye, daily products what are your favorite 3a or 3a/3b products? Im making this post for my own personal reference as well as for my fellow curlies :)


  • curlsandgelato7curlsandgelato7 Posts: 14Registered Users
    Haven't yet found a favorite(i'm twelve).Do you have any? How did you grow your hair and with what?I have 3a/3b/3c hair with twirls, curls and ringlets. Write back please.
  • WavyshibbyWavyshibby Posts: 165Registered Users
    I have mostly 3a hair with some 2c and a few 3b ringlets thrown in there :) My favorite combination is co wash with Suave Naturals, rise out with Deva One Condition, scrunch in Iso Bouncy Creme, KCCC, and Ecostyler Krystal. Then I plop and air dry for 2 hours (my hair take 4 and 1/2 hrs to air dry fully, and my hair isn't even thick!) and then I add a little more KCCC sometimes before I diffuse. I get really shiny, soft, clumpy and chunky ringlets like this
    2c/3a, fine texture, normal porosity, medium-to-thick
    Co wash: Vo5 Extra Body
    Conditioners: Deva One Condition, GVP CB, Loreal Evercurl
    Stylers: Devacurl ArcAngel, KCCC, AG Recoil, Iso Bouncy Creme, Ecostyler Krystal, CCCCL, KCKT
    Low Poo: Devacurl NoPoo, GTTT
    Hair likes: plopping, diffusing, SMaster's, coconut and argan oil, honey, protein
    "What makes a woman unforgettable? Her mind...surrounded by lots of naturally curly hair"
  • TaphycurlTaphycurl Posts: 13Registered Users
    I use a LI called Chihtsai Instant Treatment #12. It's a hard to find product in the U.S., but they sell it on Amazon. It's $40 on Amazon, which is expensive, but...
    1. It's highly concentrated (I used a pea size amount) and it lasts a long time.
    2. I don't need to use other products, such as conditioners or moisturizers or treatments, because I use this.

    It's from a hair product line that's popular in Indonesia. It's advertised in lots of magazines that are printed in languages I can't read.
    From the site:
    Chihtsai was created by its Chinese literal significance and the meanings are:
    Chih: Scented plant with legendary anti-aging effects
    Tsai: Colorful, glittering, shine, also adopts the surname of the founders Mr. & Mrs. Tsai.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,730Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    My favs are listed in my signature. I've been using them for years. I still try new things but always go back to these products.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey. Yes, it's in the senior section. : / -- https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/seniors/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,983Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Same here - like Jeepcurly my favorites are listed in my siggie. However, I am now experimenting with Deva Volumizing foam because I need volume in winter. So far I like it a lot! Also I get good results with Ouidad Climate Control Gel in summer, but it has (gasp) cones!

    I'm modified CG so occasional cones are OK for me.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • HouseofcurlsHouseofcurls Posts: 322Registered Users
    I am pretty new to CG but I have tried a LOT of stuff--definitely a product junkie--for SURE.
    I love Kinky Curly Curling Custard. That is the best.
    Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
    Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
    Mom to a straight and a curly.

    "The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

    Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
    CoWash: Tressemee naturals
    RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
    LI: Tresemee
    Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
    Always wash upside down.
  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    I just got the Desert Essence Red Raspberry conditioner, use it as RO and I really really like it! :D (you can buy it on iherb.com) Makes my hair bouncy, shiny and soft~!
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO

    www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
    VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D
  • nofrizznofrizz Posts: 15Registered Users
    My favorites are products from Spiral Solutions (Caitlin's conditioner, protein treatment, FHG and CEJ) and the SheScentIt conditioners and treatments.
    Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, 2bc/3a
  • wildasshairwildasshair Posts: 4Registered Users
    I'm a 3B/3C, color over grey. My hair is "allergic" to protein. Ha! Ha! I'm trying to go totally CG, but I'm having problems finding a recommended product that actually works for me. I have very dry, very porous hair, with about 6 inches of spring to it. My hair is somewhat coarse, but when I used to flat iron it, I could get it to be pretty silky sometimes. I haven't flat ironed or blow dried my hair in a long time. I let it air dry and have been putting it up in a pony tail, then wrapping it around and tucking the ends in. I'm really sick of that look though. I've tried Wen, I've tried Ren, I've tried numerous Matrix products, Rusk products, Suave naturals, Tresemme, John Frieda, Avalon Organics... I could go on and on. This stuff doesn't do a thing for my hair. Just today, I tried L'Oreal EverPure Moisturizing Cleansing Conditioner and WOW! I feel like a human being again! This product is probably not what they recommend for going CG, but until I find something more natural that actually gives my parched hair a nice long drink of moisture, I think I'm going to stick with it. Anyone have any suggestions for hair like mine? Everyone always thinks my hair is damaged, but I think what they are actually seeing is hair that is totally parched, because as soon as I get a trim and they cut off all the "damaged" hair, the moment it dries, it looks just the same as it did before the cut. So, I'm looking for suggestions on natural (no protein), very highly moisturing products. I need a ton of slip, because the finger combing in the shower wasn't going well at all until the L'Oreal product. I was pulling out like a bag of hair out of my head each time, but today, only about a fourth of that amount came out with finger combing. My hair tangles very easily.

    I know this is a long post, but I am really frustrated with buying products that are rated highly, then having them suck all the moisture out of my hair, making rats' nests in my hair, and then having to pull gobs of hair out because I can't get the snarls out. I take them all back and get my money back, or I'd be broke. I'm sure everyone else on here has suffered the same frustration, too!

    Ideas for hair that's drier than the Sahara? Natural products (no sulfates, no protein, no wax, no silicones, no alcohol, etc.) preferred.
  • WootWoot Posts: 4Registered Users
    My favorite products are rapidly being discontinued. L'Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Volumizing Conditioner, Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner without cones, Lustrasilk Shea and Mango Conditioner, Suave Naturals Orchid Petal Conditioner...I'm tempted to write a letter to Suave to tell them I like their other conditioners and I don't want them to discontinue those too! Oh, the Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner is good, too.
    Ideas for hair that's drier than the Sahara? Natural products (no sulfates, no protein, no wax, no silicones, no alcohol, etc.) preferred.

    What does your usual routine look like, and what products are you using? Do you use a leave-in conditioner and a gel/mousse/jelly/oil/butter on top?

    I'd work in some jojoba oil or olive oil to dry or damp hair, or if you want to get really crazy, coconut oil, and let that sit for at least half an hour. Then wash your hair with your L'Oreal stuff, glop in some more as a leave-in (or a mixture of Suave Naturals mixed with just a couple drops of your oil), and scrunch in a gel (I'm pretty sure aloe gel is protein-free), and then let it air dry without touching it at all. Then scrunch out the gel with your hands and see what your hair is like.
  • ginabean98ginabean98 Posts: 197Registered Users
    I absolutely love Suave scalp solutions mint anti-dandruff conditioner. I use that to wash the scalp. Then I love Alberto V05 Shea Cashmere conditioner for my hair, for being so cheap ut has shea butter in the first 5 ingredients! I use 2 different conditioners because I don't want to put a conditioners with scalp medicine to sit in my hair, especially since I leave a bunch in. My favorite styler is Garnier Fructis Pure Clean gel. I also love unrefined coconut oil for the ends of my hair to protect before I wash.
    2c/3a, botticelli/s'wavy, thick hair :queen:
    Devacuts 3.5.14, 7.16.15
    CG 9.11.14, on & off for years before
    GOD really loves you. ∞
    HGs: SM Shampoo, SM conditioners (RO), LA Looks Sport gel
    *I love scalp scrubs, bangs, clipping roots, and diffusing!*
    I wash my hair 1-2 times a week, usually 1

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