Staples



When it comes to staple hair products, I am a firm believer that less is more! I maybe had a few bouts of product junkinism (I know this is not a word but you get the drift) over the years, but I stand behind the concept of technique over product when it comes to maintaining natural hair.


(updated 10.13.14)
  • Shampoo: I really do like the Shea Moisture lines of products. Currently, we are using Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo.
  • Conditioner: Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner (order online HERE for great deal from Massage Warehouse)
  • Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque
  • Leave-In: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (mom); Curl & Style Milk (daughter); Special Kinky Curly Knot Today Mix using oil and aloe vera juice (favorite when all ingredients are at hand)
  • Oil/Butter: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Unrefined Coconut Oil (mainly Trader Joe's), Raw African Shea Butter (from local Beauty World)
  • Gel: Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel
  • Clarifier: Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Wide Tooth Comb: for detangling wet hair
  • Fine Tooth Comb: I only use the pick at the end for parting hair into sections
  • Goody's "Denman" Brush: a much cheaper alternative to the real deal; for detangling and smoothing product into hair
  • Duck Bill Clips: for keeping sections of hair separated while washing/styling
  • Alligator Clips: (not pictured) for keeping sections of hair separated while styling. I highly recommend these clips! They hold thick hair/sections really well. 
  • Clippies: for keeping fine loose hair separated from the row that is being braided; also to weight down twists as they dry to show more length
  • Hair Bonnet: a definite must for overnight maintanence/preservation of hair; other night time alternatives are silk/satin scarves and pillowcases
  • Black Weaving Thread: my prefer choice for stretching natural hair without heat; also used to create Ghana Plaits
  • Bead Barrette: a cool and ingenious accessory that looks like a stack of beads but is simply a snap on clip. No rubber bands needed to get the beaded look. I found this accessory at Walmart.
  • Hair Scissors: for trimming/cutting hair ONLY. 
  • Flexi Rods: for curling hair (particularly old twists) 

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