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A Question for the Product Junkies

By January 27th, 202129 Comments

A Question for the Product Junkies

Calling all product junkies around the world:
I want my hair to excel in health, growth, and beauty. I think it’s best to figure out some sort of routine or regimen. Most products claim that you’ll achieve the best results when used with other hair care products from their line.

How many people think that products work better when you used with other products from the same company or is this just a selling technique?


  • Anonymous says:

    Actually I took "product junkie" to be one who purchaes a lot of different products, in that sence Yes I'm a junkie

  • Dee says:

    Nikki this is a great article I completely agree with you. The first thing i learned when i decided to become natural is to embrace what God gave me, there is so much beauty in being natural and hair typing is such a small part of it. Im glad u notice as much as i do. there is soo much truth to this article preach on and keep preaching sista

  • Sarah says:

    We mostly stick to one brand, the products. The only addition is suave conditioner as a cowash and the cheap sports gel for a stronger hold. I can't live without their moisturizing spray.

  • Sabrina says:

    I find that some products that you're not supposed to use are still good. For me I need alot of moisture in my hair, because it just soaks it up. I like to put in grease yes I said grease :), and my hair still grows and is moisturized. However that WNG styles are for the birds, that right there will leave me looking like Buckwheat if I did that on back to back thing. Yeah I know i'm wrong for that but my 4b/c hair cant take all of that. But I do like the Pantene line in the brown bottles, i'm almost out of it. I haven't tried their latest Pantene Dry to Moisturized I believe that is the name of the product. I also like using Carols Loc Butter and Cantu Shea Leave in Conditioner together, when I'm doing my 2 strand twists. My hair is so moist and the twists are very defined, and their is no white flakes in it.

  • aJwitaFrO says:

    Honestly, I think it depends. For most lines I think it is a selling technique however for some products (styling mostly) you sometimes get better results when you use the whole line. A good example is Kinky Curly, the Curly Custard is meant to be used with the Knot Today leave-in. However, that doesn't mean that you also have to use their shampoo to clean your hair.. get what I mean?

    So ya, I think it depends…


  • Anonymous says:

    I disagree. When I was looking for a leave in that my hair loves, I found Giovanni Direct Leave In. I made a list of the first 5 ingredients and compared the list to other Giovanni products. What a surprise, my hair loves all of the Giovanni products with those five ingredients. So far, I have only found those five ingredients in that order in Giovanni Products and I will keep buy the products in that line.

  • Anonymous says:

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  • Serenity Spot says:

    I almost went down the trap of buying all of the products from one line when in actual fact I didn't really need most of them. I think it's definitely a selling technique.

  • apaine says:

    i think in a few cases the products work best when used together, like some shampoo/conditioners. but using every product in the line isn't necessary. just financially beneficial for the company.

  • Anonymous says:

    When companies suggest that you use their whole product line, it is definitely a selling technique! Sometimes the shampoo may not be suited for your hair and the conditioner works great or vice versa. I typically do not buy a whole product line. I tend to mix-up products from various companies, rather than use only one line of hair care products for my hair and I will continue to do this in the future.

  • LBell says:

    I have both Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner. I almost never use the shampoo. I almost always use the conditioner.

    I have both Giovanni Deeper Moisture shampoo and conditioner. Together they work surprisingly well.

    Long ago I used the JF Lazartigue shea butter line of products. Can you say AWESOME??

    From $, to $$, to $$$…could this have anything to do with how well a product line works?

  • CH says:

    Manufacturer's provide line extensions to expand their market share. The desire of many consumers to have continuity of fragrance in their products helps deliver a return on the vendor's investment in developing the product. That's why we see companion products discounted or "couponed" and samples or travel sizes offered as bonuses. Some examples of other categories where manufacturers deliver fragrance continuity are:

    Johnson & Johnson baby lotion, powder and oil

    Tide detergent scented to match Downy or FeBreeze fabric softener

    Victoria's Secret/Bath & Bodyworks body sprays, shower gels and lotions

    Here's an excerpt from an article that is related to fragrances in line extensions:

    The Dove line made a huge splash a few years ago, and has remained consistent with a very clean and soft mossy herbal fragrance that is an integral part of the formula and ties with the brand’s gentle cleansing theme. This is an illustration of a fragrance delivering the whole concept of cleansing and conditioning and leaving a wonderful aura of herbal notes on the hair. The fragrance carries the identity of the product. The identifying tie note is the herbal natural complex which has since been broken down into sub-categories within the brand. The line has kept up with fruity note trends since P&G bought it.

    This is the link to the entire article:

    I prefer to layer my fragrance by using perfume, shower gel and body cream, but when it comes to my hair a product has to either prevent or solve a problem to earn a spot in my regimen. There is no way I would use most of the Aubrey Organics products if fragrance was the deciding factor.

  • Moni says:

    I agree with the general consensus, mostly selling technique but there are a few exceptions like Kinky Curly.

  • Editor says:

    Selling technique, I use products from a couple different lines and they all seem to merge well together.

  • Anonymous says:

    I meant curling CUSTARD. LOL

  • Anonymous says:

    Selling technique, EXCEPT in the case of Kinky Curly. Knot Today has been the best leave-in for the curing custard.

  • Anonymous says:

    Selling technique.

    Granted, one shampoo might wash your hair, and the partnering conditionar has the proper moisturizing ingredients to restore moisture, protein, etc- but that is due to the ingredients of the individual item. It's not like a conditionar will be 50% effective since the other half of what allows it to work rests in say.. the shampoo or deep conditioning masks.

    My best, most accelerated growth period came when I used items from my kitchen (coconut milk, avocado and olive oil for deep conditioning/ hair masks, for example. or ACV for shampoo/clarifying) and using an "accredited" conditionar (Giovanni, for example) to do co-washes with.

    I definitely think it is healthy to mix products and I do encourage it.

  • Alicia says:

    Selling technique. I have NO products from the same line and my hair is doing great. Longer and thicker than its ever been.

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with what someone said earlier. In most cases, I don't think it matters whether or not you are using the same line. But, in some cases like Kinky Curly, you will be doing yourself a disservice by not using at least the Knot Today along with the curling custard. There may be a product in a particular line that may offer something that your hair doesn't need. Should you use it just for the sake of using the entire line? Of course not. In all honesty, it comes down to knowing your hair and its need.

  • AusetAbena says:

    For most products, I see as a load of crock, a selling technique. For instance, I use Suave and Herbal Essences conditioners, but would never dream of using their sulfate shampoos. In fact, I forget they have shampoos and pick them up accidentally sometimes, thinking I have the conditioner. I love Giovanni for cleansing, but the only conditioner by them that I currently use is the Direct Leave-In. Furthermore, I love Oyin Handmade, but I use them mainly for styling and as a leave-in, never for cleansing or conditioning/co-washing. To each her own, but I don't buy the idea of using products from only one line.

  • Anonymous says:

    it's just a selling technique because most of the time, the products in the same line have generally the same ingredients.

  • Cintia says:

    I agree with Ivy. Specially for those (like me) who just started going natural. The product search can be quite overwhelming and I find it's easier to start trying with products of just one line, than another, and another for a while… until you figure out what works best and then mix and match.

  • Ivy says:

    I agree somewhat with the majority that it is a selling technique.But you really never know unless you try, and it also depends on the product and your hair needs. I for one use Organix Products and they work wonders on my hair. I use the coconut shampoo, conditioner, and split ends mender and its GREAT. Don't get me wrong I use other products too, but you really never know unless you try. Do it for a month and see if there is any difference.

  • PrettyBrownChick says:

    Definitely a selling technique I am a mainstream product junkie. My regiment consists of quite a few different products; but I have the most beautiful, healthy head of hair thanks to a variety of products.

  • Naptural_ray1 says:

    for most products its a selling technique BUT for kinky curly products using the KCKT and KCCC really does help get the best results..I've tried KCCC with a lot of leave in and KCKT is the only one it works the best with

  • vonnie says:

    selling technique for SURE. Are there ingredients that don't work well together? sure, but most can work together with things made from other lines. Just a bunch of hooey! lol. I've never depended on just one line of anything and somehow still have thriving hair

  • devastatingdiva says:

    Yes…I agree with both of the ladies above. I find that a lot of times that my hair doesn't agree with EVERY product from a particular line so mixing and matching always works best for me.

  • Ashley says:

    agreeing with Chai..

  • Chai says:

    selling technique…always has been. One thing I know for certain is that my hair has different needs throughout the year, and mingling with other products, not necessarily from the same line puts me at a better advantage for the health and care of my hair. It's a rarity that I use an entire line to achieve one hairlistic goal…it's often times more costly as well.

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