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Since returning to my natural roots back in 2012, I loved trying new hair products, but I also greatly reigned in my desire to try every new curly girl cream that these companies try to dangle in front of you like a damn carrot. So a lot of the products listed below are OG ones. And to be perfectly honest, I've been one of those naturals who did a lot of mixing and making of my own homemade products, but I have also found the occasional product that I like on store shelves. Scroll down below to see some of the products my hair liked most.
I love Cantu products mostly because of the price points. Because Cantu gives you a good amount of product for not a lot of money. SCORE. And the Cantu Twist & Lock Gel (above) is perfect for twist outs and braid outs. I've achieved some of my best fluffy twist outs with this gel (see HERE). It gives you just the right amount of hold.
I used Kinky-Curly Curling Custard right after my first big chop back in 2012 and I haven't purchased it again since, probably because of the price. I don't really remember the hold, but I do remember it feeling moisturizing. This is one I definitely need to try again soon to get a current take on if my hair likes it or not.
This gel gave me sticker shock the very first (and only) time I bought it. It was $23 or $24 dollars at the Walgreen's where I purchased it, which came out to be a whopping $27 dollars once the tax was added! And I don't know about you, but that pricing was a bit much for me for a curl creme or a hair gel. But on to what I did like about this product. The SLIP y'all. "Slip" in a hair product just means that the product is slippery enough to make detangling your hair with it a BREEZE. And Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker definitely has slip, mainly because of the marshmallow root which felt very moisturizing. And it did give my hair a nice soft hold.
The Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner Detangler is a wonderful leave in conditioner that glides through your hair strands to help detangle it with ease because of the awesome slip. I used to mix this leave in into a spray bottle with a few drops of vegetable glycerin, a few drops of olive, jojoba or almond oil, a few drops of essential oil (usually rosemary or peppermint) and water and that concoction would make a fabulous rejuvenating hair spritz.
I really like Creme of Nature's Argan Oil Style & Shine Foaming Mousse. It smells good and it has a creamy feel for a mousse. I've only used it as a base for wash and go's but I could see using this mousse when your hair is stretched in a blow out to do your rod sets, your twist flex curl sets or wand curls on your stretched hair.
Lots of people swear by this Eco Styler Curl 'N Styling Cocktail, but my hair didn't really love it. It has a very soft hold if you use it alone, I just remember not really being in a rush to try it again on my hair. Maybe I need to watch a few more Youtube videos on how other naturals are using it and then maybe I'll give it another go.
I have a love/hate relationship with edge gels. Mainly because I'm one of those people that nothing on the market can really, truly lay my edges down. I mean you've seen the memes. I've tried edge control + gel, edge control + water, edge control + tying down my edges and I've come to the conclusion that my edges don't really want to be controlled. But I do like Creme of Nature's Argan Oil Perfect Edges because I like the way it smells and it does a decent job, even on my hard to control edges.
Moco de Gorila Snot Gel. Gorilla snot. That name, just... why? Anyhoo, I purchased this gel after watching a Youtube video on how to lay your edges with this gel + an edge control. In theory, it should have worked, but the way my edges are set up... plus this gel is super sticky. This is gel for that crazy spiked hair hold. You definitely want to use this gel just before your wash day.
Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel has got to be the OG gel for curly girls. And it's not just the Olive Oil Gel, I like the Argan Oil Gel, the Krystal Gel, the Coconut Oil Gel and the latest one I've tried is the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel and that one smells really, really good. So far, Eco Styler gives me the absolute best wash and go results hands down. I've strayed away from this gel time and time again only to come right back to this family of hair gels because my hair seems to love it. Emphasis on my hair, because we all have different hair types and you really have to find out what works for your hair and what your hair loves.
Finding the right products for your curly hair is truly a trial and error type thing, but you definitely know it when you see it.