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What Are Your Top Five Hair Products/Tools of 2011?

By January 27th, 202136 Comments

What Are Your Top Five Hair Products/Tools of 2011?

by Briana of The Mane Source

I can’t believe that 2011 is coming to a close. This year has really flown by. 2011 has been amazing for my blog. Spectacular events, Essence features, and connecting to awesome readers like you! During this year I’ve tried a lot of products. Some worked well and others didn’t. Here are my top 5 natural hair products/tools of 2011:

1. Bhringraj oil– I LOVE this oil. It stimulates blood circulation on your scalp, softens your hair, and smells amazing!!

2. EDEN Body Works Tea Tree Shampoo. This stuff makes my hair and scalp sing!!!! Cleanses the hair and scalp without stripping it and the tea tree invigorates your scalp like nobodies business!

3. Modified (Boot-leg) Deman– I’ve been looking for something to help detangle my hair for a while now. Everything I used prior to buying my Goody brush seemed to rip my hair out. My Goody brush is like Ceily and I’m Nettie. #MeandYouUSNevaPart

4.SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Mask-
This stuff is awesome. It didn’t work for me as a mask, but works WONDERS for me as an everyday moisturizer.

5. DIY Flaxseed Gel. I just discovered how to make flaxseed gel this summer. I use it on my daughter’s hair, my mother’s locs, and my edges. It is both easy and inexpensive.

What are your top five natural hair products/tools of 2011? Do tell. 😉


  • Mimismom says:

    1. Avocado oil
    2. Henna
    3. Camille Rose Naturals products
    4. Qhemet Biologics honey bush tea soft gel
    5. Trader Joe's tea tree tingle conditioner

  • Unknown says:

    1. Garnier Fructise Sleek and Shine
    2. Just for Me Hair Milk styling creme
    3. Kink Curly Knot Today Solution
    4. Mehandi Rajasthani Twilight Henna (my hair is super black and glossy)
    5. Olive Oil Deep Conditioner

  • Anonymous says:

    1. vegetable glycerin mixed with rose water
    2. Shea N Honey shampoo from Butters N Bars
    3. Aloe Vera spritz from Butters N Bars
    4. Margguerite's Magic from Carols Daughter
    5. Castor Oil


  • honeybrown1976 says:

    1. Olive oil

    2. Coconut oil

    3. Jamila Henna

    4. Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

    5. Silk Elements Moisturizing Treatment (I use this as a deep conditioner)

  • Shelly says:

    Tangle Teezer
    Giovanni Deep Conditioner
    Giovanni Leave-in
    Camden-Grey Butters
    Shea-Moisture RetentionShampoo!

    my 5 discoveries this pass year that i absolutely love!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    1. Henna mix (henna,alma powder,honey)
    2. Shea butter mix (unrefined shea butter,almond oil,coconut oil)
    3. DIY hair spritz (rosewater,glycerin,lavender EO)
    4. EVOO
    5. Bootleg curlformers (spiral or curl shaped)

  • MissJoiful says:

    1. Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In! (LOVE!!!)
    2. Castor Oil
    3. DAX!! Gives GREAT shine and best definition for twist-outs!
    4. Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor by Giovanni
    5. My Goody brush (Denman knock-off)

  • feefee62 says:

    1. Oyin Handmade Greg Juice-the best moisturizing spray
    2. My Honey Child Olive You Deep Conditioner(nothing can touch this!)
    3. Shea Butter with Coconut Oil(just used this week WOW!)
    4. Kimmaytube Leave in Conditioner (the best!Thank you for this, Kimmaytube!)
    5. Huetiful Hair Steamer (if you don't have this, run and get it now!)

  • mangomadness says:

    1. Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (moisturizer)
    2. Cold-Pressed Castor Oil (end and edge sealant)
    3. Scunci No-Slip Grip Evolution Jelly Hair Ties
    4. DIY Satin-Covered Sock Bun Form (
    5. DIY Flax Seed Gel with Honey (for bunning)

  • Enigma says:

    1. Hello Hydration Conditioner
    2. Giovanni Leave in Condtioner
    3. Qhemet biologics Heavy cream
    4. Qhemet biologics twisting cream
    5. Optimum scalp thirst quencher

  • naturalsmile1009 says:

    1. Giovanni Direct Leave In
    2. Sally's Wide Tooth Comb
    3. Apple Cider Vinegar
    4. Coconut Oil (unrefined)
    5. Jane Carter Nourish & Shine

  • Anonymous says:

    1. Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
    2. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
    3. Bentonite Clay
    4. Goody Ouchless ponytail holders and headbands
    5. Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel

  • jungfrau1010 says:

    In no particular order:

    1. Kinky Curly Knot Today + coconut oil as detangler/leave-in
    2. Henna
    3. Castor Oil on hair ends
    4. Euro-Stil Jumbo Rake detangler comb
    5. Yogurt DIY deep conditioner/detangler

  • Trice (BreatheFashion3c) says:

    This is so hard…I think I have 6 favorite things instead of 5! Just kidding. Let's see…

    1. Hair Therapy Wrap
    2. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
    3. Hairveda Almond Glaze
    4. Blended Beauty Curl Styling Lotion
    5. Blended Beauty Silk Shake


  • Anonymous says:

    1. Jane carter twist and lock and the locking spray
    2. Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo
    3. Carol's Daughter Tui Leave in conditioner
    4. Apple Cider Vinegar
    5. Satin Bonnet

  • Anonymous says:

    1.keracare condtioning shampoo
    2.taliah wajiid moisture spray– great detangler's satin wave cap (not do rag)
    4.ors oil mosturizer
    5.motions moisture plus conditioner

  • Anonymous says:

    1)VO5 Free Me Freesia shampoo
    2)VO5 Moisture Milks condish
    3)Oyin Hair Dew
    4)Shea butter and oil mix

  • Befka says:

    1)Ouidad Double Detangler
    2)Strictly Curls Frizz Sealing Conditioner
    3)Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion
    4)Curls Whipped Cream
    5)Uncle Funky's Daughter Extra Butter

  • Neva says:

    1. Giovanni Direct Leave In
    2. Blu Magic Coconut Hair grease
    3. Satin pillowcase
    4. Yes to Cucumbers conditioner
    5. Goody Ouchless headbands

  • Anonymous says:

    1. Agree with the author that Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque is unbelievable as a moisturizer. Definitely my #1 find this year.
    2. Kinky Curly Knot Today
    3. Perm rods. Great for blending textures.
    4. Tresemme Naturals conditioners.
    5. Accessories of any kind.

  • Steph...In Motion says:

    Happy 2012 Everybody!

    1. Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
    2. Vatika oil
    3. aloe vera gel
    4. Mango butter
    5. Dri Sweat Edge headband

  • Dana says:

    1. grapeseed, sweet almond, and jojoba oil mix
    2. hair pins
    3. Shea Moisture Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
    4. Hair Therapy Wrap
    5. Jane Carter Nourish & Shine

  • Anonymous says:

    1. grapeseed oil
    2. giovanni direct leave in conditioner
    3. as i am curly cleansing pudding
    4. shea butter whipped with various oils
    5. beautiful curls shea butter curl activator

  • KeepItMovingDotCom says:

    Unrefined Shea butter
    Mango Butter whipped w/ Olive Oil
    Grapeseed Oil
    Cocoa butter & petroleum jelly (homemade grease)
    BEST TOOL: Patience!

  • Anonymous says:

    -Coconut oil

    -Castor oil

    -Crisco (yes, that is what I said)! It's a great
    moisturizer for skin and hair.

    -Garnier Fructis Pure & Clean conditioner (used as a leave-in provides the best curl definition)

    -TRESemme Naturals conditioner (I've slept on this one for most of this year, but it's amazing.)

    -Old school hair grease (Blue Magic), as it provides the best definition for twist-outs and braid-outs and it's cheap!

    ORS Lock & Twist gel (I use it for wash 'n gos and I like the results I get, since I don't like hard crunchy hair. It provides hold, minus the awful crunch.

  • April says:

    My top five products/tools of the year are

    ORS Hair Mayo
    Cantu Leave in
    Shea Moisture Yucca and Baobab line
    Hair pins
    Afroveda's Shea Amla hair butter

  • naturallyappealing says:

    1. Aloe Vera gel

    2. Suave conditioners: specifically the tropical coconut and the almond & shea butter conditioners, great for my co-washes

    3. The whole Sheamoisture raw shea butter line, especially the reconstructive elixir to add sheen in the mornings

    4. My favorite oils(EVCO, EVOO, JBCO & Avocado)& honey mix for my prepoo's

    5. My trusty satin pillow & bonnet

    I am almost 4 mths into my natural hair journey and I am looking forward to celebrating my 1 yr nappaversary on Sept. 11, 2012!!! 🙂

  • LovelyB says:

    1. extra virgin COCONUT OIL — love love love love love (can't say it enough) this stuff

    2. Satin Scrunchies! 5pk at walgreens for under $5 – amazing allow me to throw my hair up any time without damage or tension and all around feel good

    3. Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor – new found love and need of protein

    4. Aussie moist conditioner – going back to an old faithful / Aussie 3 minute Deep Conditioner – finding a depe conditioner that works fabulously and in a short period of time

    5. SATIN PILLOWCASE – I am so not one for re-doing my hair every night nor do I always sleep pretty enough for a scarf or bonnet, this has been the it solution for my hair – curly or straight

    2011 it's been good but I definitely can't wait for 2012 🙂

  • jesusislove1526 says:

    Castor oil
    Cantu Shea Butter Leave in
    HE LTR Conditioner
    VO5 Moisture Milks Conditioner

  • Unknown says:

    Aloe vera juice
    Rosewater- mixed in with aloe vera juice it's an amazing spritz
    Castor Oil- loooove love it!
    Tresemme Naturals Conditioners- nothing leaves my hair as soft as Tresemme
    Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner- really thick and moisturising, smells awesome too!

  • TanqueraySunshine says:

    Giovanni – Smooth as silk shampoo
    Giovanni- Smooth as silk conditioner and leave in
    Oyin Handmade- Sugar berry pomade
    Nature's way – pure organic coconut oil

  • Tara Shenéa says:

    Camden Grey Unpetroleum Jelly (Castor Jelly)
    Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Gel
    Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
    Shea Moisture Black Soap Purification Masque
    Eco Custard

  • Anonymous says:

    1.carols daughter tui shampoo
    2. ors olive oil deep cond.
    3. giovanni direct leave in
    4. creme of nature argan oil wrap foam (setting lotion)
    5.rubber bands (for my bantu knots :))

  • PhenomenallyMe says:

    Vatika Oil
    Kinky Curly Leave in
    Morrocan Oil Products
    Unrefined Shea butter
    Oyin handmade burnt sugar pomade

  • Neeshie Poo says:

    Wild growth hair oil
    Cream of Nature Sunflower and Coconut Shampoo
    Old School Cholesterol
    Cantu Shea Butter leave in Condition

  • AnaDion says:

    Parvenu T Tree Oil

    Olive Oil+Olive Oil deep conditioner OR just EVOO by itself

    VO5 Conditioners (Great for adding things to)

    My dollar store wide tooth shower/detangling comb

    Silk Scarf

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