Surprisingly enough, I still remember mine like it was yesterday – and I wasn’t even natural yet! I was trying to find a way to stop blow drying and flat ironing my hair during May of 2009, when the DMV starts to get VERY humid and walking from the metro to my job wasn’t working out for my hair at all. I posed this question to my friend, who then told me that she used Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding to keep her curls “poppin.” Granted, she had a weave, but she had my ear.
I Googled Miss Jessie’s for reviews and found several threads on Naturally Curly (the first curly hair site I ever joined) discussing the ingredients and well, bashing it for the use of mineral oil in the product. Since they had the science to back up their claims, I thought, “Oh. Ew, yea…I don’t want to use that!” You know, the whole thing about mineral oil blocking moisture from your hair and not being nourishing to your strands, being hard to wash out, etc. As an ingredients newbie, I was instantly convinced that mineral oil was something I no longer wanted to put in my hair (and I still feel that way for the most part).
On NC, they were also praising an alternative to Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding – enter Kinky Curly Curling Custard, also known as KCCC. Now these ingredients I could get down with. Aloe vera? Check. No silicones or mineral oil? Check. And even better, I did some additional research and found that it was at Whole Foods! Unfortunately it wasn’t at the one by my apartment at the time, but joy, it was at the store in DC by my job. During my lunch break, I walked to Whole Foods and paid around $17 for my first 8oz of KCCC, soon to be followed by many more for years and upgrading to the 16oz size. Even though I had relaxed hair, I thought this product made a wash and go “doable,” meaning my hair didn’t look weighed down and greasy with product.
I’ve used hundreds of products since first using KCCC, and don’t really use it anymore because my hair is longer – the issue I now have is that sticky gels irk me to the high heavens because my hair is all over my back while it’s drying, and sticky gels tend to leave a residue that require me to shower again (i.e. not able to get dressed until my hair dries some). But it will always hold a special place in my heart, because it made me think, “Hey, I think I can do this natural thing.” And the rest is history.
Do you remember the first natural hair product you ever used?