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How do You Try New Products?

By January 27th, 202122 Comments

How do You Try New Products?

sessac81 of Naturallycurly asks;

Do you try one new product at a time, using other products that you currently use?

Do you ONLY use one new product, no matter what it is and see how it does with your hair?

Do you just dive right in and try several new products at once?

I ask because I just received an order with a ton of new products, which I want to try ALL of right now, which I know is not the right way. So, how do you know if something works for you or not?


  • Brwnsugar says:

    I try to contain my self because I like to try a whole lot of things at once but I am learning to try one thing at a time.

  • B says:

    For stylers, I try to hold out until I have freshly washed hair so I can see how it performs.
    If I'm too anxious I will try it on my hair right away to see how I like it but it is always best to try on clean hair.
    If I like it, it gets added to my weekly rotation of products to use for braid/twist outs.

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    I integrate a new product into my already-used products. If it is a good fit, it stays. If not, it goes.

  • Anonymous says:

    I try new products one at a time and stick to what I know for the rest. For example, if it's a new moisturizer, I will use a sealer and styler that I know works for me…or seal just the ends to see how the length responds to the moisturizer. Similarly, if it's a sealer or styler that I'm trying, I'll go with products for the other two steps that are HG.


  • KinkyBoots says:

    I tend to wait until I'm down to the last of what I already own before trying a new product, or just phasing them in, as said before. You should know whether it's working or not after using it for maybe a week.

  • DrChuck24 says:

    I try to use the product a total of 4 times. Each time slightly altering the regime to see if there is a change. If I realized that I hate a product, I usually give it away to my curly friends. If I love it, I keep it. The only way I would use more than one new product at a time is if it's a new shampoo, new condish, new DC and new moisturizer. I try not to use too many new moisturizers at the same time because it's going to mask each individual's ability.

  • OrganicBloom says:

    I LOVE to try new products and also love to keep to my budget. I buy one product of a line in a small container and try using it with my go to products in my regimen.

    Temptation is strong to buy a whole line based on ingredients and recommendations but I have a great product arsenal already and am just filling in some gaps. Plus, I get to do experiments much more often when I try things solo.

    First, I prefer to try the new product on freshly washed hair and give it several applications to find out how much and in what order to use products. I do this even if I have a bad first result (like being flakey, dull, sticky etc.)

    P.S. If the first two products I try (after choosing the top two that I think I'd like) aren't great enough to add to my rotation I move onto the next brand's product line. =)

  • Candace4life says:

    I'll try a new product when I've almost used up another product, or sometimes I would mix it in with another product. It's trial and error sometimes, because I have been known to have good mixtures. On other times the hair has the product dry in it turning that section white urggh.

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  • Annie L. says:

    I'd love to say I was sensible w/new products but – nope! I vaguely know how well the ones I use now work, I just know that they do, Lol!

    Without knowing what you have, I'd reiterate what everyone is saying, try going it 1 week incorporating one new thing.

  • Tamika says:

    I try to use one new product for a few weeks.

  • KC says:

    "I usually wait till my product is finished unless my hair doesn't agree then I will replace it.I love trying new stuff but sometimes its best to stick to what works."

    Anonymous March 16, 2011 @ 2:32

    so very true!

  • cassadie says:

    @anonymous — 12 sections and 12 products…yes iCan…and iDid…er, my friend did.

    Can you say PJ od???!! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Because I had serious drying issue with just diving in and trying products when I first BCed, I've learned my lesson and will only try one product at a time, considering it has ingredients that I agree with.

    Loving me Tees

  • Anonymous says:

    I usually wait till my product is finished unless my hair doesn't agree then I will replace it.I love trying new stuff but sometimes its best to stick to what works.

  • Anonymous says:

    Can I just say I LOVE THIS SITE! how cool is it to see all of us "naturalsistas" asking questions and freely giving advice! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    If I buy something new, I usually stay with my regular routine and test it out in the rotation…if it's a styler, I'll use it alone. However, when I receive products from companies they usually tell me to use the entire line at once – I don't think I'm going to do that anymore because it's not logical for me to continuously use products from only one line.

  • mangomadness says:

    "… you should integrate your products slowly, one at a time, into your usual routine so that you can see how they work." –cassadie

    Agreed! This is how I try out new products.

  • Anonymous says:

    12 sections 12 products??! iCant….

  • Mzmillion says:

    I usually just use one product or if its a line of products, I'll use just that line. If it's a styler, then I only style with that product to test it out. If it's a conditioner or moisturizer, then I will use it with my favorite style and do a style that I know will work.

    I tried all of the Shea Moisture products at one time though because I was so excited to use them but then I used each one or two by themselves to really get a feel for it.

  • cassadie says:

    I can tell you what NOT to do based on an experience that a……*friend* had once upon a time.

    A huge haul arrived and my "friend" was sooooo excited that she opened up the packages and divided her hair into 12 sections and applied each product to one section of hair. 12 products + 1 head = complete disaster. (obviously)

    What my friend learned from this is that you should integrate your products slowly, one at a time, into your usual routine so that you can see how they work.

    curious as to whatcha got in this haul, nik!!

  • Bitty Boss says:

    When the products are from the same line, I like to try them all at once to kinda see how the line performs. I just got my Iyoba Body Essentials products in the mail and I tried the two styling products on freshly washed and conditioned hair with great results.

  • socialitedreams says:

    i don't put that much thought into it, lol. i just use what i want, what i've just bought. as long as there's a shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer in the plans, I'm good to go.


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