Hair Staples

February 13, 2009

This is a complete list of my hair staples. Stacey asked what hair products I used in my Transition Hairstyles and I wanted to be more detailed about my favorites.

It will probably change in the future because I’m not sure if these hair products will continue to work on my hair as I move further into my transition… or when I’m fully natural. I have way more products than this and you can probably spot some that you recognize in my past Product Junkie post if you have good eyes.

From the list below you will see that I’m a huge fan of Elasta QP. It just works for my hair, and out of all the hair brands that I’ve tried, I feel that this inexpensive line gives you the most bang for your buck. A lot of my other staple hair products are “cheapies” too. I’ve jumped on way too many bandwagons and it’s just not worth it. So if you find something that works with your hair, don’t keep searching for that hair miracle. On to my hair staples…

Shampoo:
Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo – It does not contain any sulfates, my hair never feels stripped or dry after using, and it’s very budget-friendly.

Deep Conditioner:
Elasta QP DPR-11 – I’ve noticed that this product does not always get great reviews, but my hair loves it and that’s all that matters to me.
ORS Replenishing Conditioner – I love it, but I’ve heard talks that they changed the formula. If the formula has changed for the worst… it will be goodbye ORS!

Conditioner:
Aussie Moist – This is by far my favorite conditioner for co-washes. I can’t get enough of it.

Leave-In Conditioner:
Lacio Lacio – It’s the only Dominican hair care product that I stuck with (I tried a lot, lol). And although the new version in the States no longer contains mink oil, my hair is still feeling it!

Reconstructor:
Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute – I run to this product when a sista needs a shot of protein. I’ve never needed or tried anything stronger because this ALWAYS puts my hair in check. My hair feels soft and strong when I use it.

Hair Serums:
Keracare Silken Seal – I learned about this product from Healthy Textures’ Guide to Roller Setting and it definitely makes my hair easier to do when I use heat. A little goes a long way!
John Frieda’s Frizz Ease – It works… The End :)

Moisturizer:
Elasta QP Mango Butter Moisturizer – This is my absolute favorite hair product hands-down!

Heat Protectants:
Fantasia IC Heat Protector (Pink Bottle)
Nexxus Heat Protexx

Other Products:
Elasta QP Glaze – No messy buildup and it’s not your momma’s brown gel. I use it for smoothing those edges!
Chi Silk Infusion – My flatiron’s best friend!

Oils, Natural Hair Products, etc.:
Jojoba Oil
Coconut Oil
Castor Oil
Olive Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Glycerin
Silk Amino Acids
Aloe Vera (Liquid and Gel)

I guess that’s the end…What are your hair staples?




{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacey February 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Thanks for posting this Dani!! My hair is in braids right now so I don’t have any staples to share. I did redo my braids today though, I guess I can share my in-between braids regimen, lol. Today I washed with baking soda and water. Then whipped out my bentonite clay which I mix with vinegar and milk. (I have to say it was super soft – milk might just be what bentonite needs) Then I used the aphogee 2 minute reconstructer and followed that up with Lustrasilk (Shea Butter plus Mango) as a deep conditioner. This is my first time using Lustrasilk and I wanted to use the Lustrasilk alone but it has absolutely no slip… but smells like heaven! I tried to detangle and ended up in knots. Hello Hydration came to the rescue and saved the day though. Airdried and braided. I put a dab of raw shea butter on each piece of hair before I start braiding, my hair needed moisture :-)

Most of my transition has been in braids. Since I started transitioning I kinda put all my old stuff in boxes. ALL of it had mineral oil and petroleum. The Aphogee has it also but we rinse it out so thats okay, right??? So I’ll let that slide for now until I find something superior to it. Lol.

Take Care!

Dani February 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm

You’re welcome :) I’ve been hearing about the Bentonite Clay and plan to give it a try in the future. I’m also thinking about giving my hair a break and throwing some braids in it… but I’m ultra careful with my edges now and don’t want to take a chance with my progress. So, I’m still thinking about that one, lol.

As for the mineral oil and petroleum… I tend to shy away with from products with them listed. But the jury is still out for me on if they truly clog your pores. They are included in some of my staples… but I see no need to change if the product is working for my hair. At the end of the day you have to do what you feel is best for your hair.

Best Wishes and Good Luck with your transition :)

Cheri June 30, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I did my last relaxer on March 14, 2009. So I’m not sure if that makes me about 4 months into transitioning or 3 months. I am a big fan of the flat twist out, but at the end I do bantu knots and my hair turns out wonderfully. I used to be a big fan of KeraCare products but they started making my natural hair hard. So, I decided to experiment with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Collection. My regimen is CD’s Black Vanilla Shampoo, deep condition with Organic Stimulator Olive Oil Deep Conditioning Pak, CD’s Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner, Motions Foam Wrap mousse and Elasta QP Glaze for the edges.

Today, I did the straw set for the first time, I wont know how it turns out until tomorrow. I always let my hair air dry. I’m not sure what my hair type is, but it looks like we might have the same natural hair type.

Since using CD’s products, my hair is easy to detangle and soft and light. I havent seen my natural hair since I was about 15 yrs old and thats about 18 years ago. So any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. I also love your flat twist out, they work for you.

Dani July 1, 2009 at 3:22 am

Hi, Cheri. Congrats on your transition to natural hair. It looks like you’re creeping up on your fourth month soon and have your regimen down. I’ve been meaning to try a straw set for the last few months so let me know how your hair turns out.

I’m also glad to hear that Carol’s Daughter hair products are working so well for you. Thanks for the compliment and I’ll try my best to keep making posts that hopefully help you out on your transition.

Amaralice April 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

Thanks for sharing your recommendations! I’ll have to try the Mango Butter Moisturizer.

DEE May 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Hi Dani,
I am almost 6 months post relaxer. I am noticing a lot of gray hair as my natural hair grows in. Can you tell me if you experienced this with your hair.

Samantha September 19, 2010 at 6:08 am

After going to the dominican salon to get a “doobie” i realized i was putting way too much heat on my relaxed hair. I need a change. I’m considering transitioning to natural hair, but do not know where to begin. It is a different world for me. Can anyone make suggestions on how to get started? What to do and NOT to do? etc… Anything would be helpful

Charlotte May 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

I’m having the hardest time finding the Elasta QP deep conditioner. Where do you usually buy yours?

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