When I buy products, I am very focused on the ingredient over any other factor – what the company claims, testimonials, word of mouth, all of it. I’m really trying to learn what my hair likes and doesn’t like to get consistent results with styling. Throughout my PJ journey, I have come across some ingredients that are almost always in my favorite products, and I just wanted to share. Remember, your hair may not like the same things as Izzy, but it’s always worth a try:
– WATER: Seems stupid, right? But seriously, Izzy loves water based products. I use more butters and oils for night moisture or scalp massages, but I’ve found that she acts the best when I’m finishing her off with something water based rather than butter/oil on wet hair (shea butter on my wet hair? naaaaw son!).
– Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is absolutely my new all-star starting QB. I’d give it some groupie love if I could. I tried AV when I first big chopped, and really found it to be too watery/light on my hair. It was basically like finger combing water through it. I have no idea what changed, but I currently LOVE LOVE it. It’s fairly inexpensive and does an awesome job with “getting the white out,” softening a gel hold, and moisturizing my ends. Also, some of my fave prods are AV based, like AfroVeda’s PUR Whipped Gelly and Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic.
– Honey: Mmmm….honey. So sweet, and I love getting honey in my face while I rinse out honey/olive oil treatments, lol! It makes my hair feel so good after I rinse it out, like I’ve swirled it in clouds and silk (okay, random comparison). Honey is a humectant, and holds onto moisture (unless you are in a low dew point). I started using straight honey in my DC, but obviously can’t keep it in my hair b/c it’s STICKY, and love my products that contain honey – Oyin’s Honey Hemp Conditioner, Koils by Nature Nourishing Hair & Body Butter, NuNu Love Handmades Coconut Puddin’…I just think it’s great. I’m going to start adding honey and castor oil to my thinner cowashes.
– Rosemary: Rosemary apparently stimulates the hair follicles and hair growth, reduce hair loss…yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah use this herb and your hair will grow. I’m not going to spit any of that game at you. My love of rosemary is based solely on the fact that I love how it makes my scalp tingle. Does that mean my hair is being “stimulated”? I have NO idea, I just like it! It’s like Izzy is having her own little party and I’m the only one who got invited. And y’all know I love VIP!
Well, there you go – some of my favorite ingredients for my hair. Now…what are yours?