Joy writes:

I’m a broke college student and can’t afford the organic, boutique natural hair brands. Also, the few organic products I’ve tried, really didn’t do much for me. I think my hair actually does better with the ‘bad’ ingredients (stays moisturized longer, is shinier, and I get fewer splits).

For those of you that don’t subscribe to the Curly Girl technique of frequent co-washing, and freely use products that contain silicones, mineral oil, and other no-no ingredients, (1) what are your favorite products, (2) do you have issues with build-up, and (3) what made you try this non-traditional routine in the first place?

Finally, how long have you been engaging in the routine, and how would you rate the health of your hair?