Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Products with a Purpose

I've had a lot of people ask me about what products I use in Syd's hair. This isn't an easy question to answer because I'm always trying new products. However, there are a few products that I always have on hand because they do a specific "something" better than anything else I've found. Here's my gotta-have-it list:

Aussie Moist Conditioner
I love this stuff! We use it as a deep conditioner after Syd wears down-and-out styles for several days in a row. I have also discovered that for Syd's hair, this is by far the best conditioner to use when doing the tightly curly method. It also provides enough moisture and hold to be used for two strand twists, although this only works for us when we apply it and twist on very wet hair.

Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer from Bee Mine
This product moisturizes like no other! This is our go-to product when we need moisture without hold. Anytime Syd's hair is in a long-term style (box braids, small twists, cornrows, etc) we apply just a bit of Luscious Moisturizer every day or two, especially to the ends. We also use this for dry detangling and for moisturizing when we stretch her hair by putting it in big braids or banded ponytails.

Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme from Darcy's Botanicals
This is what I use when I need something to give me some hold without weighing her hair down or getting crunchy. It offers moisture and hold at the same time. We use this for most of Syd's cornrow styles and almost every time when we know we're going to go for a braid out at the end of a style. We've also used small amounts of this on top of other moisturizers to offer some hold when Syd wants a wash-n-go.

Twist of Fate from Give All for Love
This is an amazing combination of shea butter and coconut, jojoba, rosemary, and vitamin E oils. Very simple, completely natural, and it does a great job to seal in moisture. We've been applying this product after moisturizers and styling products to seal the moisture in. Syd likes wearing her hair down a lot lately, and Twist of Fate has protected her ends from the harsh winter weather. It also works great when applied before swimming because it helps guard the hair against the harmful effects of chlorine in pools. I haven't tried this yet in the summer, but I'm interested to see if it helps at all against the enlarging effects of high humidity. I'll let you know in a few months!

So tell me...what are your gotta-have-it products?


  1. hi i;m new to the blog, one of the mom on my facebook page once upon a curl, suggested you, cna't wait to check out the rest of your post and pictures

  2. Great post!! I keep seeing you talk about aussie moist I think I will be trying their cond. next. Great because there is usually a copoun in the sunday paper!! I haven't heard of the twist of fate thanks for the info! I am just starting out so I don't have any gotta-have-it products yet, but hope to find some that work amazing for both my girls!



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