More Than Pink Lotion: Product Recommendations for Every Style

May 7, 2011  |  

Not long ago, my sister and I were having a conversation about our hair. Bred by a Nigerian father and a mother with a full head of hair, she and I were blessed–and cursed–with a thick head of hair. That young 4B meets and morphs with 4C tight strands. We were conversing about what products work for our head. We’re both natural, my sis usually flat irons her hair or leaves it in curls, me myself, I keep mine in a fro. And we were trading hair products and advice, and through all the talks of glossers, conditioners, curl creams and broken combs, we laughed at the fact that we, like most black women, have clear drawers full of hair products from all the styles of hair we’ve worn. Things we tried that failed, or things we loved that we no longer have use for. (I sold her a Pink Oil glosser spray for $3, cause who needs a greasy fro?) But we do it all to finally figure out what works for our hair. Too bad you have to waste so much money.

So I asked all my female Facebook friends in a status (and some friends in-person) what products work for their hair that they live by, these women with bone straight pressed hair, women in between relaxers getting comfy with wet-and-gos, natural sisters pressed out or in TWA form. I got a good number of responses. And because when we go through new stages with our hair we love advice, if you’re wondering what products you need in your drawer without having to experiment with your wallet, here are recommendations for a variety of hair styles you should raid your beauty supply for. Most of the products can be found at places like Target, Walmart, Ulta and Sephora if you don’t find them in your local shops. Don’t forget to watch some YouTube videos for product use help!

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