Updated Holy Grail List – NOW OUTDATED (lol)

So, I’ve decided to cut down my product haul to 3 types of each product in an effort to alleviate my product junkie ways. I can’t keep buying gels, when I have like 10 already! Anywho, here’s what I got so far; if there is less than 3 of a product, I’ll continue to keep looking! 🙂

Okay – so I totally am breaking the 3 rule. I can’t help it, lol!

Shampoo/Shampoo Bars

  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (will switch to Almond when I’m out of Peppermint) Yes to Cucumbers Shampoo
  • AfroVeda Carrot Seed Shampoo Bar (will order when I re-up on my AfroVeda orders) I’m no longer ordering from AfroVeda, and I wouldn’t buy this alone.
  • HairVeda Shikakai Swirl Shampoo Bar (will order when I re-up on my HairVeda orders)
  • JBCO Shampoo
  • KC Come Clean (when I need to super clarify!!)
  • Donna Marie Shampoo


  • Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa
  • Trader’s Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle
  • Aubrey Organic GPB (for the sporadic protein treatment)
  • Suave Naturals Coconut
  • Aussie Moist (My brief affair with cone condishes is over)
  • Suave Humectant

Leave-in Condishes

  • Elucence Moisture Balancing Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave-In
  • Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab (Strawberry Ice Cream scent) – if I’m shopping @ Curl Mart
  • Curly Q Coconut Dream


  • Ohm Sweet Hair Pudding Currently on the fence with this one…might need something more moisturizing…
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme (If I’m ordering Darcy’s stuff)
  • Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee
  • Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream


  • AfroVeda PUR Whipped Gelly
  • Komaza Care Califia Styling Pudding
  • 99% or 100% Aloe Vera Gel (This is so cheap, it doesn’t count! I can have four, leave me alone!)
  • Long Aid Styling Gel
  • KCCC
  • Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic
  • Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel


  • HerbNLife Coconut Hemp
  • Koils by Nature Nourishing Hair and Body Butter (I use this more like a pomade because it’s so thick)
  • Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade


  • HairVeda CoCasta Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Beija Flor Naturals Licorice Root Elixir

So, you think that looks like a lot of products? Psh, you should go in my bathroom/fridge right now…that’s nothing! Anyway, talk to y’all laters! xoxo

Last Updated: November 6, 2010 – no longer current!

17 thoughts on “Updated Holy Grail List – NOW OUTDATED (lol)

  1. nicole says:

    Hi I’m a new mom and currently using pure coconut oil in my 6 nth old lol girl hair she has a lil bit of hair on top and none really in the back do u know of anything else icoould do or use natural that will help it grow

  2. TMS says:

    I used KCCC & KT today for the first time. My hair is still wet, but so far my twa has lots of curls. I applied jojoba oil on my hair before I used the KCCC to eliminate the cruchiness I’ve read about on the blogs.

  3. TMS says:

    Good morning!

    Thanks for posting your HGs and reviews.

    Don’t mean to add to your PJism, but I just picked up some KCCC & KCNT at the Beauty Center in Northern Cal. Are there any Beauty Center’s in your area? I was about to locate where they sold KCCC on the ground at th KCCC website.

    Oh, and I just purchased the sample size of the Komaza Care Califia pudding. I will check out your review to see your application of the product.

    Have a great day,

    • HB says:

      Hey! I have KCCC and used to use KT (they were at my Whole Foods in MD and now I can get it at Erewhon). I just like some other stuff better (although, I do heart KCCC, but some other prods make my hair a little softer without having to apply more moisture). If I were on vacay or something I’d get it though, usually I can find KC prods locally.

  4. Ke says:

    Ey a product haul is necessary once in awhile. The hardest for me is to stop buying. So I completely feel you on this. If I could just find a few products to work each time without any doubts, I would be good to go. I always like to experiment to get that same desired style.

    It is good to see that you list the Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle. I think you will enjoy. 🙂 A lot of your products I have never heard of them. I do not use any form of pomades like hair grease on my hair. I do not like the greasy feeling from it. So I always try now to find really good deep and regular moisturizers to compensate. I will add a pomade by Aveda Brilliant line to add shine. Some suggested things for me to buy when I got my haircut, this, Bumble & Bumble Straigtening Creme, another type of gel like Smoothing Gel. I tried the Aveda line for curls. It did not work for me.

    At least you comparmentalized your favorites under categories. It’s certainly a start. For me I have lots of everything. Eventually I just tossed out. Do you have like your few favorites that you cannot live without or is this all of your favorites? I’ve never heard of Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Happy Hair. 😉

    • HB says:

      These are all of the products that I will repurchase once they are gone – trust me, there are WAY more in my bathroom/cabinet/fridge, and I like them okay…I actually don’t have any products that I HATE per se, I’ve pretty much found a way to make them all work – but there are some that I don’t think it’s worth it to buy again when I have so many great products. I wanted to try Bumble and Bumble but their stuff had cones, and I go to TJ’s and buy the TTT ALLLLL the time, and sometimes I’ll buy like four bottles at once. I think I need to start going to another TJ’s because they laugh at me!

      Have you tried any pomades that do not contain mineral oil or petroleum? I agree with you about the greasy feeling, but when I use natural pomades they like, melt into my hair…no greasy feeling at all! JBCO is supposed to help thicken and grow hair better than regular castor oil, which is what I am currently using. I don’t need any help with thick hair (my hair is already thick, lol), but I’d rather it be thick than thin!

      • Ke says:

        I’ve learned over time that there is not a perfect anything with hair products. Basically we have to accept what God blessed us with. I think this is what make us all very unique. I do feel that there are products to enhance.

        The Bumble & Bumble I feel is a good product minus the not so good ingredients for the hair. I would use before I blow dry my hair before flat ironing it. I did buy a sample set (for curls) to use to help with my curls about a year or two ago. I still had to tweak to get curls. I do wonder how Hair Rules work on curls. I’ve tried Carol Daughter’s products as well that I have a lot of it left. I think I used these products just naturally without braiding my hair. It made my hair soft but more like an afro look.

        Last night I looked around online for organics and discovered Aubrey Organics also John Masters Organic. John Masters intrigued me because they list the ingredients online. I wonder if you can buy it on the ground?

        haha Don’t let those TJ people run you away. If you need to stock up, you need to. I notice when I go to the local TJ near me, the TTT is ALWAYS GONE!!! So someone is also stocking up especially on the Shamp. Like you if I like a product A LOT, I will stock up as well especially if it is for a good price.

        The pomade I use to give shine on my hair when I have it straight does not have mineral oil or petroleum but it does have one type of cone in it. It is called Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade. I have not tried any pomades in awhile other than this because they have that mineral oil and petroleum in it. I tried a Carol’s Daughter Pomade called Mimosa Hair Honey for Relaxed or Natural. It controls frizz and add shine to the hair. There are no ingredients on the back of the container jar (4 oz), it is all on the front. It says “Corn Oil infused with lavender, rosemary, netties, red roses, sage, blue malva, marigolds and red clover, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, annato seeds and alkanet root for color, essential oil of sweet orange and fragrance. Contains no petroleum, mineral oil, or artificial colors. Made with love. Peace. Carol’s Daughter.” So maybe you will like this. When you smell the jar, the smell does not appear quite strong. I remember using this to oil my scalp or just to put on my hair to moisturize it. The smells stick for a while. It’s not intolerable. I just put a bit on my finger tips, it melts right away. You only have to use a little.

        Amen. I prefer it to be thick than thin. Castor Oil, I do have. It has the Petrolatum listed as first ingredient. Not good.

      • Ke says:

        Yeah it’s a grease by African Pride. It’s called Castor & Mink Oil with African Shea Butter which suppose to protect, moisturizes, and conditions as said on the container. It’s hardly used. I would use a hairdressing. It has no cones or ane, but paraben. I think only a little since it towards the end of ingredients. See I need to find pure forms of oils. Thanks for the clarification.

      • Ke says:

        I also spent like over $100 (my boyfriend felt I should use all up because of how much I paid for all of it) on Carol’s Daughter hair products. I bought the Herbal Shampoo with tea tree ingredient, Hair Milk, Mimosa Hair Honey, Tui Hair Smoothie Intense Conditioning Treatment (smells really good) but it has cone and ane. I am not sure anything else. Could be. Oh yes there is. Something I love… Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner. Such a good smell. I would use these products on my braid out or to just wash and where my hair natural looking fro. Have you tried this line of product before? It looks like they added other new products to their collections.

      • HB says:

        I tried the Black Vanilla leave in and HATED it. I think the glycerin dried my hair out. There’s a post on here somewhere about it…

      • Ke says:

        I think it was OK on my hair. Too much of anything I feel personally revert my hair for some reason or it appears quite dry. I am learning to do most products in moderation. I am sorry to hear that it was harsh on your hair. That’s the thing some of these products do not work the same for everyone. Even as African American women, we still have different hair textures.

        Btw my two strands look like crap as I am taking it down. Going to wash them out and let my hair chill. haha Maybe try the Eco Styler. Yeah I need to visit some of your older posts.

      • lifejourneytobenatural says:

        My correction. I said I had the Black Vanilla Leave-In. I checked my cabinet today and actually it was the Tui Leave-In Conditioner. It went with the Tui Smoothie Intense Conditioning Treatment. Paraben-free. No petroleum, mineral oil, or artificial color. It does have glycerin and another type of glycerin. I barely used up these Carol Daughter’s products. I was watching a Youtube video by CoilsKinksCurls today who says to not use any products with glycerin. Now I am trying to figure out a way to sleep at night and maintain curls without washing it the night of. Braid Out and Two Strand twist was just crap-O this week. I seen Kimmaytube and another use a plastic cap to sleep in at night. One put on a satin bonnet on top of the plastic cap to retain moisture.

        How do you sleep at night for your curls? Do you maintain the curls for next day or do you have to do a wash and go with your regular hair regimen? My braid out tend to work better when I washed/cond in the evening and went to sleep this way.

      • HB says:

        I sleep on a satin pillowcase with a satin scarf on my hair as well. I don’t really focus on maintaining my curls (super short hair = flat bedhead), but the satin helps ensure my hair doesn’t dry out.

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