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Wes’ Less Than Favorable Products

By January 27th, 202126 Comments

It’s that time again curlies! The beautiful Wes of Honeybrownsugar is back on the ones and twos! Check out the list of products that she has permanently shelved.

Wes' Less Than Favorable Products
1. LustraSilk Cholesterol Conditioner: I think I had the worst results using this as a leave in for my hair. It left behind a dull, tacky residue (no shine at all) 🙁

2. Jane Carter Solution Twist and Shine: I had used this to help moisturize my ends in my twist outs, this did nothing but dry my hair out unfortunately.

3. Elasta QP Mango Butter: At first, I liked this stuff but after awhile I noticed that it wasn’t really doing anything for my hair. It sort of just “sat” there (no moisture, no sheen= nothing)

4. Bentonite Clay: Although this may be great for some, I found that clarifying my hair with a clarifying shampoo worked better for me (and a lot less of a hassle).

I always say everything doesn’t work everyone… So tell me, what works (or doesn’t work) for you?

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  • Princess says:

    I'm glad that someone feels me on the LustraSilk Cholesterol. This product does nothing for my hair except make it hard and dry. First I thought it was a deep conditioner because the directions are unclear. I tried using it in the shower, and there was no slip. I put it on my new growth and edges in the am and pm and it didn't seem to penetrate my hair. To top it off, after placing some in your hands and giving it a moment to dry, it leaves some sort of sticky icky residue behind. Definitely not for me.

  • dajewel1982 says:

    the shampoo from kinky curly…it left my scalp not feeling too clean and actually contributed to my hair being tangled more!!

  • Anonymous says:

    – Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer: My TWA is soft, curls are defined and smells great.
    – Nutrogena Triple Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
    – Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue: Need to add a little coconut oil, because it can dry my hair out
    – Shea Butter: I mix with a couple of drops of Lavender oil for hair. Also use as face moisturizer daiily.
    – Coconut oil: Moisturizing and lots of shine. I use daily on hair & skin. Also essential for pre-poo.

    – Carol's Daughter Hair Milk: Greasy and stinks
    – Mixed Chick's Leave-In Conditioner: Left my hair dry and crunchy…a total waste of $20
    – Living Proof Wave Shaping Curl Defining No Friz Styling Creame: Another waste of money…really shrinks curls tightly.

  • TraciT says:

    Great for me (3c/4a, I guess):
    – Pantene products (regular and Relaxed and Natural)
    – Garnier Fructis Moisture Works cond.
    – DevaCare One cond.
    – Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue, Baby Buttercreme, Stretch Silkening Creme
    – Palmer's Coconut oil Hair Milk
    – Oyin Whipped Pudding (don't care for the smell though)

    – Kinky-Curly Curling Custard ::gasp:: (I know!! I really wanted to like this)
    – Miss Jessies Curly Pudding
    – Mixed Chicks Leave-in Cond. (REALLLLLY wanted to like this too)
    – Creme of Nature Leave-in

    I think that's about it…

  • momo7 says:

    "…So tell me, what works (or doesn't work) for you?"

    What works for me: VO5 Strengthening Nectarine or Pomegranate Conditioner (for co- washes/washes), VO5 Kiwi Clarifying Conditioner (intense co-washes), Coconut Oil (to style), Aloe vera gel (sometimes for edges), and most recently, 100% pure avocado butter (to style with coconut oil).

    What doesn't work for me: Far too many to name! Just to name a few, HH conds., Pantene Hydrating Curls COnd., Lustrasilk Shea Cond., Sunsilk Curls cond., Fantasia IC gel and more.

  • Anonymous says:

    Organix Vanilla Silk Conditioner did nothing for my natural hair and it was pricey. Suave Coconut Conditioner worked better and was cheaper.

  • Anonymous says:

    I cannot stand Elasta QP's Mango Butter. I heard so many great things about how moisturizing this product is and how great it smells. I tried this product for 3 weeks. I was trying to be fair and not waste my money – it's a little pricey for a small jar. And my hair was dry as straw. The product just sat on my hair and I had no sheen and no moisture. And the worst part was the SMELL! In the jar, I thought it smelled a little sweet but in my hair I HATED it. The smell actually gave me a headache. Funny thing is that I am not usually bothered by scents but the Mango Butter will not ever be used again because of the smell and the lack of moisture.

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree 11:05, Miss Jessie's baby buttercreme nourishes my 4a.b hair, the rest of the stuff I wouldn't touch.

  • D_luv says:

    My hair HATES IC gel, but loves KCCC and KCKT. Go figure. I also got a grody residue from Lustrasilk. I do love:

    – Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose: completely fab! Mixes great with honey and oils to make a fab dc.

  • Mona says:

    I've been using Miss Jessie's Curly Buttercreme for years. That stuff absolutely works for me 🙂 The Curly Pudding did not. Pure shea butter and coconut oil are also faves of mine.

  • C(h)rysMack says:

    I don't really care for Carols Daughter hair products…body stuff is great…but not the hair stuff.

    And the mango butter smelled great, but did absolutely NOTHING for my hair. In fact, I'm sure that its sitting in a drawer at my house this very moment.

  • Anonymous says:

    Miss Jessies was a no win for me. Wen conditioners didn't work. Aubrey Organics shampoos totally stripped my hair-any of them that I tried. Jessicure Tooshea conditioner left my hair feeling icky and coated and not moisturized at all! Shea butter gives me nothing but frizz and dryness (strangely, though, my hair can take it mixed in conditioners or products, but not straight).

  • Anonymous says:

    Miss Jessie's is overrated and overpriced.

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG!! Carol's Daughter Hair Milk was like the elixir from hell for me! Can you say "dry as straw"!!??!! I also tried Carol's Daughter oil sheen…Can you say "dry as oily straw"?!!! 2 thumbs down!

  • Queenofthe4s says:

    I cannot STAND Garnier Fructis Smooth and Shine!! The only word to describe my hair after using it: crispified!!

    I do love:

    Cream of Nature Shampoo- Best for detangling 4a/b hair…hands down over any conditioner. I like the old formula..not the new "organic" crap!

    HE TT- glad to see other 4a/b curlies agree 🙂

    Kemi Oyl- The price is ridic, but it mixes well with TT without weighing strands down too much

  • Anonymous says:

    Nice post Wes!

  • Bella says:

    I am completely cosigning on the KCCC and KCKT. I tried it for the first time the night of a birthday party and my hair was so crunchy and "shrunken up" I wanted to cry.

    I also hate that Long Aid Curl Activator gel and when I bought it I got two for the price of one so if anyone would like both, one of which is barely use, let me know.

    I do love…love…love shea butter, Suave Naturals Coconut conditioner, Totally Twisted & Hydralicious. I have yet to find a styling product that I love that gives me 2nd day hair *siiiiiiiigh*

  • Krystal says:

    KCCC did nothing for me, but I loved Knot Today. Here, here with bentonite clay. Just don't see what the fuss is. Miss Jessie's is overrated imho.

    I actually love Creme of Nature shampoo. Shea butter, hair mayonnaise, and glycerine keep my hair soft.

  • clarahallow121 says:

    I've never tried it but it looks pretty. The price, not so much.

  • Anonymous says:

    Miss jessie's curly pudding is meant for women who have more of a c hair pattern like the makers of the brand. It dries out your hair if you don't mosiurize it properly with baby buttercreame. It's not for all hair types and it's heavy. Kinky Curly Cury Custard and knot today work wayyyyyyyyyyyy better.

  • Anonymous says:

    Jane carter twist and shine solution was a miracle worker on my 4a/b hair. It keeps my twist outs looking bouncey and full of life. Her hair is beautiful though.

  • Anonymous says:

    Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding was a serious mistake. It was too thick and made my hair gunky and stiff. Especially for the price….never again.

  • NappySince10/01/08 says:

    im so w/ her on the Bentonite Clay. It was such a waste of my time and lots of naturals love this stuff. Even with adding oils and such it still left me crazy dry, tangled and it was hell to rinse out. Hair was super soft after tons of extra moisture and my curl was much looser (didnt like the loosening). I learned that it is a green clay (like duh right) so maybe a white or pink clay is better (to have less drying effects) but no more clay in my hair!

    I know I can do better than Lustrasilk and going to do better. It's just okay for me.

  • Maria says:

    KCCC and KCKT didn't do a thing for me. It broke my heart.

  • Nicki says:

    Garnier Fructis Smooth and Shine collection made my hair Dry and Frizzy. It was awful, so they have been tossed in the give away pile.

  • Anonymous says:

    *Kinky Curly Curling Custard did NOT work for me..I know a lot of curlies are in love w/this..I wanted to love it..but my hair was like..'nah..u trippin!' LOL.

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