I've been natural since before it was cool to be natural. Before it was "natural" and was just "I don't have a relaxer". I wasn't trying to be cool or trendy, I was avoiding the evil wretched perm burns. Every time I got a touch up I'd get one. Every. Time. Without fail. You could apply 8 jars of vaseline first, wouldn't matter. Perm burns are the worst thing ever. Even worse than Walmart. So I stopped getting them. That was at least 8 years ago and I've hacked and regrew and hacked and regrew a bunch of times since then.
I didn't start rocking my curls until a few years ago. Mostly because they didn't keep and I had no idea how to stop my hair from going all "Ang-a-luh Davis".
By then, natural was becoming a thing and there were quite a few products available to tame the curls. Now? There are 1900 products. Some that are reasonably priced, some that are obviously made with diamond dust, unicorn pee, rainbows and heroin for how much they cost.
I spent a lot of time looking at natural hair regimens yesterday. I was following people's blog rolls and fell down a rabbit hole. I'm all ready to coat my head in egg (ew no I'm not) and olive oil (the cheap kind). What products do you love? So far I've tried:
Mixed Chicks - My favorite, but not the easiest to aquire without ordering online. They say they have it a Target, but all I can find is the shampoo and conditioner. Those things are good but I want the no frizz/Ang-a-luh Davis goo.
Ouidad - Works well but hella expensive. I is broke. Nope.
Carol's Daughter Hair Milk - Admittedly the hair milk I had was a billion years old, maybe they've changed the scent, because the stuff I have smells like every chemical mixed together. It works ok but it stinks.
Shea Butter - It holds well. It's well priced. It may be found in regular stores. But... it leaves my hair looking dull. There's nothing cute about dry looking hair. I'm using it now, mostly because I don't want to use that dang hair milk, and it does its job but woah. Saharahead.
What's worked for you?