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  • Writer's pictureAiysha Hall

My Big Product Dump, Part 2

I'm continuing my list of natural hair product keepers -- focusing on moisturizers and styling products.

You know you have way too many hair products when you have to make a two-part post about the winners and losers in your inventory. But here I am. If you missed part one, I covered shampoos, conditioners, leave-in and detanglers.

In today's post I'm covering some of my favorite moisturizers and styling products, and sharing which ones I'm leaving behind in the New Year. First up, moisturizers.

Moisturizers - the Keepers

I've only got one product on this list because after using it, I don't really need much of anything else.

Follicle Potion Edge & Hair Growth Oil - I absolutely love this hair oil! It's lightweight unlike a lot of other hair oils I've used in the past. But what I love more than anything is its power to restore hair loss. My oldest daughter and I have both experienced hair loss due to too much tension from box braids and other styles. After using Follicle Potion Edge & Hair Growth Oil, our hair started growing back in a matter of weeks. I attribute its strength to the fact that it contains a blend of natural and nutrient rich ingredients including: grapeseed oil, which research shows is a natural remedy for baldness; hemp seed oil, which contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; and rice bran oil. A real-deal moisturizer that stimulates hair growth: what more could a girl ask for?

Who's getting dumped?

Palmer's Coconut Oil Strong Roots Spray - This coconut oil infused spray is said to strengthen and moisturize hair. I used it hoping to alleviate dryness and give my hair some shine, but in the end, I was left with wet, peppermint-scented hair and no trace of lasting moisture.

Styling Products - the Keepers

Carol's Daughters Coco Creme Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter - As I said in my previous post, twist outs are my go-to style. They're fast, convenient, and leave me with picture perfect coils every single time, and I have Carol's Daughter's Coco Creme and Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel to thank.

The Coco Creme, though thicker than Aunt Jackie's Curl Defining Custard (I'll get to this in a minute), doesn't weigh my twists down, and coupled with Eco Styler gel, which I primarily use to seal my ends, I get an added layer of moisture and shine that lasts for days. Carol's Daughters is on the higher side of my price point for hair products (around $11-12 a jar), but it lasts me a few months, so in that case, it's well worth it.

Who's getting dumped?

Aunt Jackie's Curl Defining Custard. I've tried this product on a couple of different occasions: first when doing a wash 'n' go; the second time on a two strand twists. On the wash 'n' go, the initial application was great. While my hair was wet, my curl definition was on point. But when it dried, my hair was a crunchy mess even after adding moisturizing oil. So, I passed on the wash 'n' go and tried it on my twists only to be disappointed again. The custard left a thick white residue on my hair which seemed to worsen when mixed with other products. Yuck!

And finally...

Hair Color - the Keepers

Hair Paint Wax - I'm good for coloring my hair at least once a year. In recent years I've played around with bolder colors, and have gotten a little bolder since being quarantined. When I saw this video featuring Hair Paint Wax, a temporary water based coloring product, I instantly became a fan. To know that I could get vibrant color without damaging my hair made me feel like a kid in a candy store. I immediately purchased two jars -- purple and red, which I usually use separately. But when I'm feeling funky, I'll blend the two. Check out my pics below!

Hair Paint is great for covering up grays, even if only for a few days. The only downside of this product is the rub-off. Be sure to wash your hands before touching your clothes -- especially the white ones -- or before pulling your light colored shirts over your head.

As you see, I've tested a LOT of products -- even more than these, but this is just what happens to be in my cabinets at the moment. Will I try others? Maybe. But right now, it ain't know the rest!

Wishing you happy, healthy hair in the New Year!

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