Most of the natural blogs I've been reading give the same simple, practical advice -- DO NOT BECOME A PRODUCT JUNKIE! Meaning, do not go out and buy everything you can find that looks like it's made for natural hair and try to use all of it on your head at the same time. You won't have a clear idea of what works and what doesn't, and you only need one of each thing (shampoo, conditioner, oil, etc) to see results in the beginning. But did I listen? Noooot really.
Yeaaaahh, I've got a lot of stuff. The Dark and Lovely products you see in the pic get the least love, because they don't work as well on my short, natural hair as they did on my transitioning hair. Shea Moisture is good, Motions worked better for my relaxed hair, but their oil will do for now until I find something more natural like olive oil.
But the product I really feel like raving about (and which you already know I love if you've seen my Twitter) is the Eco Styler Olive Oil gel. This stuff gives me the BEST curls and a strong hold that isn't insanely crunchy. I'm looking forward to using this on wash and go's when my hair gets longer, because I think it will help immensely with giving my 4b/c hair the curl definition I want. I would write a formal review, but my hair is too short at the moment for me to really be able to give it an accurate assessment. More product reviews will come once the hair moves out of the TWA stage.
Speaking of which, anyone ever get sick of the TWA stage really quickly? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my short hair. It just feels too good to be true in some ways. It's too easy to care for. I'm so used to having to section off parts, take an hour long shower shampooing and conditioning, and of course the NIGHTMARE of detangling. Now all of that is gone and I don't know what to do with it. So I give it a quick but thorough wash and put on gel to define the curl. That's all. I want to be able to do more, like style it different ways every day, and I just...can't. I know I need to enjoy this stage while I'm in it, because caring for my SUPER thick, coarse hair is going to be a pain when it grows, but part of me is a little impatient sometimes to get to where I want to be. And I feel like it's important to share those moments of weakness so my fellow naturals who have felt that way don't think they're the only ones.
Overall though, things are good. I do enjoy being able to focus on school and not stress about styling my hair every day. I can petty much roll out of bed, run my fingers through it with some gel, and be done. Makeup adds a really nice touch, and that takes awhile, but I'm learning to be quick with it like I used to be. I'm experimenting with color and drama, since my skin tone can handle it without my looking garish or over the top. This was my look today:
The dark eyes and light lip gloss really worked out well! And in this pic you can see what I meant about the curls, too!
Were you a product junkie when you went natural? How long did it take you to find the products that worked best for you?