by LynnieLuve via The Forum

When we start our Natural Hair Journey, this is a catch phrase you will hear ALOT!

I’ve been natural for 2 years now and I wondered why a product would work well for so many curlies but not work for other curlies. Yes, hair texture (fine, medium, coarse), hair porosity, and hair density (fine, medium, thick) is the main reason but there is another reason we don’t think about or take into account.

Personal preference

Most times when we ask about how someone liked a product, we are looking for a “Loved it” or “Hated it” answer without asking for a more in depth review of the product.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a product:

  • What does the product promise?
  • What is your expectation of the product?
  • How do you plan to use the product? (leave in, moisturizer, styler)
  • Do you plan to use the product as it was intended? (leave in, rinse out)
  • In what part of your regimen do you plan to use the product? (wet hair, dry hair, refresher)
  • What style will you try to achieve with the product? (wash n go, twistout, braidout)

These are questions you could ask other curlies too who have used the product. Asking these questions may save you money, time and possible frustration on your journey.

One more point to the already long post…

What will be a deal breaker for you with products?

Example: Some products I use make my hair a little greasy on Day One but I don’t mind it. That may be a deal breaker for someone else.

List below your thoughts and what are you expectations of products….

Here are mine:

Leave ins
-must be creamy
-must have slip
-must be able to be used alone
-must be able to moisturize my hair for at least 2 days

Oils
-must be light
-must absorb into the hair wet or dry

Moisturizer/Styler
-my moisturizer must function as a styler
-my styler must function as a moisturizer
-must be able to moisturize my hair for 3 days or longer (I’m lazy, lol)

Gels
-must give a good hold but still achieve soft hair
-must work well with other products

Deep conditioners/Conditioners
-must have slip because this is when I detangle my hair
-must make my hair soft during my deep conditioning and after rinsing it out

I hope this helps someone.