Updated on 1/20/20
I’ll keep updating this list as time goes on so that it’s always accurate. One of the ways I’m figuring out this list is “if I run out tomorrow, would I repurchase?” There are plenty of other products that I use that I’m not sure that I would buy again.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I’m very low-porosity. My hair is super moisture loving (I don’t often need protein.) So just because it’s a favorite of mine, doesn’t mean it’ll be a favorite for you- porosity, curl pattern, climate, etc. can all play into how your hair reacts to products.
As I Am Coconut CoWash
As I Am Olive & Tea Tree Oil CoWash (only when my scalp is itchy and needs it)
Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo (see review here)
Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo (ONLY for when I need to clarify! Only use a little bit diluted once every 4-6 weeks and PLEASE follow with a deep conditioner)
My Soigné Hair Cleanser
GVP Conditioning Balm
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner (have also used this to co-wash)
All About Curls Daily Conditioner (when my hair can handle the protein, see review here)
Jessicurl Deep Treatment (some like using this as a regular conditioner, protein free, see review here)
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner (light protein)
All About Curls Divine Treatment (light protein, see review here)
Red Rawkyn Moisture Me! Clay Hair Mask (more protein)
Leave In Conditioner
Note: I don’t always use leave in conditioners since I often just leave some of my normal conditioner in. I do not suggest doing this if you are using a conditioner with silicones.
Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In (has protein)
Giovanni Direct Leave In (light weight, has protein)
Kinky Curly Knot Today (Protein free)
Pantene Curl Defining Mousse
Yup…that’s it. I really don’t care for most mousses/foams.
My Soigné Hair Cream (protein free)
Cantu Conditioning Creamy Hair Lotion (some protein)
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Gel (protein)
Ouidad Tress Effects Styling Gel (protein)
Jessicurl Spiralicious (protein free)
Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel (lots of protein, so can only use it occasionally)
Homemade Flaxseed Gel (recipe here)
Homemade Okra Gel (recipe here)
36″ Silk Square Shaped Scarf for protecting hair