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It’s a Hair Celebration: The Product Haul

By January 27th, 202128 Comments
by Bennii of The Culture Pine

So to commemorate reaching one year into my transition, I decided to treat myself to a handful of new products as a reward for my commitment! There are a number of products I have wanted to try for the longest time, but I’m one of those people who usually takes forever to make a decision as I research and inspect every last detail, and end up throwing in the towel. You know what I mean; does it have cones? Any parabens? Is it thick enough? Well, not this time around! I’ve come to realise that the probability that I will find a product that is 100% perfect is slim to none, so I might as well get stuck in right? Here are a list of the products I have treated myself to:

*Afroveda Whipped Hair Gelly
*Afroveda Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter
*Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
*Qhemet Amla & Olive Heavy Cream

I also through in some Grapeseed oil, a restock of Coconut oil, a new satin scarf and a new natural bristle brush while I was feeling generous. I have heard good things about each of the products I mentioned above, but was swayed by the ingredient lists more than anything, especially since I have learned what my hair likes. My hair and I LOVE Coconut oil like nothing else! Also, I started out using a lot more Ayurvedic ingredients at the start of my journey, but kind of forgot about all of the benefits, so I wanted to get back on track with goodies such as; Brahmi, Amla and Bhringaraj Powder.

It's a Hair Celebration: The Product Haul

There’s nothing like rewarding yourself and recognizing when you have done a good job, and hopefully, I can apply this attitude to other areas in my life outside of hair, because it feels good dammit!
I will update on the products once I have tried them out but until then, happy hair growing =)
What products/ingredients is your hair loving at the moment?


  • DngerousBeauty08 says:

    My Do and I are insanely in LUV with organic, coconut oil!! W00T!!

  • DecemberPumpkin says:

    it always feels good to buy stuff lol

  • Elaine D. says:

    My hair is in love with castor oil!! It doesn't matter what type either. It loves the thickness of it and it seals my ends beautifully!

  • monniej says:

    i can hardly believe how much i've down sized these past few months. my go-tos have been trimmed down to only 4 products – peppermint water, evoo, taliah wajiid detangler, and my own mix i call "hair custard". this is my daily top 4 and my hair is super happy these days! i use a few more on wash day – a leave in and a moisturizer – but these are my go-tos for everyday! i totally love my simple regimen! πŸ™‚

  • Jax says:

    I'm 2+ years post transition and my hair loves the following:

    1. Jamaican Black Castor Oil (roots)
    2. QB Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm
    3. Camellia oil (finally, something is helping my dry ends)
    4. KCCC (FOR LIFE!!)
    5. Joico Moisturizing Treatment Balm

    Congrats on your naptural anniversary πŸ™‚

  • Spokenheart says:

    my hair loves shea butter! and essential oils

  • Anonymous says:

    My hair loves my olive oil/coconut oil combo, shea butter, Qhmet cocoa detangling ghee and argon oil. I have dry, thick hair which used to be extremely porous but not so much since I've started to used henna.

  • Braelynn says:

    My hair is really loving Afroveda's Curl Define and braid outs. I did my first twist out. I haven't taken out the twists yet so hopefully it will turn out great! My one year was April 2.

  • Bonnisa Gillings says:


    Thank you for all your congrats guys! I also forgot to add how my hair adores water now that I have decided to go natural. Imagine I use to do EVERYTHING to keep my hair away from it once upon a time?

    You all have listed a lot of drugstore products that are staples for me also such as; Tresemme and Garnier Fructis sleek and shine – I love the smell of that stuff!

    Seeing all your favourite products has now made me curious to find out why you love them so much and I can feel the product junkie syndrome coming on lol

    Thanks again for commenting and happy hair growing to you all!!


  • Anonymous says:

    Love all the afroveda products. They are all I use.

  • KJ says:

    Shea butter,kimmay-tube, hello hydration conditioners,water,water,and water. I just ordered jbco, I cant wait to use it. Oh, I love the dax hair grease…….amazing!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have yet to purchased online natural products to date. But, I must admit that I'm perfectly happy shopping for my hair products at the drugstore. Drugstore products work fine on my hair! These are the products that I love:

    -Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing conditioner (used as a leave-in for W 'n G's)

    -Garnier Fructis Pure Clean conditioner (used as a leave-in for W 'n G's)

    -Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo

    -Aubrey's White Camellia conditioner (used as a DC)

    -Aubrey's GBP conditioner (used a DC)

    -Shea Moisture products (except for the Curl Enhancing Smootie, which I do not like at all.

    -The whole line of Suave Professionals conditioners (used as a rinse-out conditioner)

    I'm so satisfied with these products that I don't think I will spend my money on online natural hair care products in the near future. This is a good thing because I'm getting loads of quality products that I don't have to spend too much money on. I don't care that some of them aren't 100% natural or 100% organic! They work for me! πŸ˜›


  • Anonymous says:

    I ordered the sample packet from As I Am. Loving the coconut cowash, the leave in and twist cream. I apply it VERY sparingly and it dries overnight.

    pros: Great slip on all three products. I get good definition on coilouts and twist outs.

    cons: I have fine strands and medium density 4c coils. I get good definition on coilouts and twist outs so it looks SCALPY AND THIN as all heck!

    Can't hate on the products though, will probably look great when it gets longer!

  • Leslie says:

    Congrats to you! Right now my hair is loving the Bee Mine Behold Curly Butter,Bee Mine Hair and Scalp moisturizer, Bee Mine Deja's Hair milk,Aubry Organics White Camellia Conditioner for cowashing weekly, and the Bee Mine Moisturizing shampoo for washing once a month to remove build up. @Caramelcurls, I feel the same way about my hair too!Sometimes i just stand in the mirror looking at it!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm 2 years in and my 4a hair is currently loving Qhemet's Aethiopika Butter and Tressemme Naturals conditioner.

  • Candace4life says:

    My hair loves the V05 Strawberries & Milk and Tea Therapy Conditioners, and Cream of Nature Moisturizing Shampoo as well. Also cantu sheabutter leave-in repair cream. I also like the combination of mixing Carol's Daughter Loc Butter with Sheamoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. For my water mix in the bottle my hair loves glycerin, and givonni 50/50 hydrating calm conditioner with water and some oils mixed in. My extra moisture boost on my hair it loves Long Aid Activator Gel.

  • Deliliah Nonar says:

    I'm nearly three years in, and my hair loves things I never thought of.Shampoo: Aussie Moist. Conditioner(rinse out) Aussie 3min. Miracle. Deep Conditioner: Still looking. Leave In: Kimmaytube with Kinky Curly Knot Today, or Beautiful Textures Leave- In.
    Moisturizer: Beautiful textures Moisture Butter.
    Sealant: Shealoe/ Butter Mix
    Styler: Design Essentials Cream Gel. Theses are my tried and true, still looking for a less expensive DC but I love Dax Roots Hair Mayonnaise, and Komaza Olive Moisture Mask- their just too expensive!

  • Honeybrown1976 says:

    My long-term transitioning hair is loving the following:

    Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
    Oyin Handmade Sugar & Berries Pomade
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Coconut Oil
    Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Milk
    Jamila Henna
    Suave Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner
    Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo

  • Katrina A says:

    My hair is currently loving Naptural85's hair and body oil mix which consists of:
    -Olive Oil
    -Caster Oil
    -Avocado Oil
    -Jojoba Oil
    -Sweet Almond Oil
    -Vitamin E oil

    I'm also enjoying Sweet Mango Butter from Kyra's Ultimate Indulgence, as well as Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. I'm still experimenting with shampoos.

  • mangomadness says:

    P.S. Congrats on the transtion!

  • mangomadness says:

    My kinky coily hair is loving these products:
    β€’ Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner [old formula]
    β€’ Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo
    β€’ Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
    β€’ Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
    β€’ Heritage Products Castor Oil (end & edge sealant)
    β€’ DIY Flax Seed Gel w/ Honey

  • Anonymous says:

    First off Congratulations!!! I have 3mths before I have my 1yr anniversary.
    These are the products that my hair loooooves.
    I'm currently doing the Curly Girl Method (modified:
    * The whole Shea Moisture line
    * VO5 Moisture Milds and Silky Experience Conditioners
    * Herbal Essence Body Envy Conditioner-(as a leave in) it makes my color and curls pop, feel lightweight and soft.
    * Aussie Moist Condtioner and
    * Suave Professional Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner


  • Anonymous says:

    Ditto, on the Congrats for Chone. You reached one year mark! I think that's the hardest year to get through! GOOD FOR U, GO AHEAD AND REWARD YOURSELF WITH THAT AVACADO BUTTER GIRL!:)

  • Anonymous says:

    I am currently 7 months natural after a 10 month transition. I can honestly say that I have fallen more and more in love with my hair each month. Going natural is one of the BEST decisions I have ever made!

    In the last 7 months, I have learned that less is more! 99% of the time I wear my hair in a twist-out, it is my signature style that has kept my hair healthy. After I wash I sit under the hair dryer for about an hour and then twist. I do not use direct heat, which is one reason that I believe I do not experience hair dryness.

    The only product I use for my twist outs is a CD hair butter, and the only products I use to moisturize throughout the week are water and whipped shea butter. That is all that is needed! I say stick with what works for your hair–you will save yourself time and money.

    When I first went natural, I became a product junkie and I have products that I simply do not have a need for that I am going to give away.

    I look forward to celebrating my one year natural anniversary in September!


  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! That's a HUGE accomplishment πŸ™‚

  • 'Chone says:

    today marks my one year anniversary πŸ™‚ right now my hair is loving cocoa butter and i just might treat myself to the avocado butter iv been researching for the longest lol (also want to try kbb sweet ambrosia and kc knot today)

  • Anonymous says:

    After my 7 year love/hate relationship with my hair. I've finally narrowed it down to what work's best for my girl! The following are:

    1. HENNA ( A MUST!)

    It may sound like a lot, but it's really not! My hair is done in under 2 hours. Unless I'm doing a henna treatment! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    This month marks my one year natural-versary. Currently my hair LOVES, Loreal EverStrong shampoo and conditioner, and Cantu Oil Moisturizing hair lotion. After months of trying dozens of products, and spending hundreds of dollars, I'm actually at a point where I only use 3 items in my hair:shampoo, conditioner, hair lotion, and I've never been happier πŸ™‚

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