Honestly when The Cubicle Chick asked me to do a guest post about the five products that had changed (revolutionized) my life, I could only think of 1 off the top of my head:
Wait, let me start from the beginning, where are my manners?
Hi everyone, my name is Roshini a.k.a. ini a.k.a. Glamazini and I author a blog and produce YouTube videos about my natural hair journey [ini curtsies]. I’ve been natural for 8 years and counting (with a couple failed attempts prior to it sticking) and have had a website/blog for the same length of time … about … my hair.
So as you can see, I’ve had ample time to try a LOT of products and can freely admit now (after years of therapy & light medication) that I am a fully recovered “product junkie”.
So with no further adieu [cue triumphant music] here are the 5 products that have REVOLUTIONIZED [heh] my life!
disclaimer: I am not a professional and all advice given is based on my own personal experiences and long ridiculously lush fast growing healthy natural hair *hee*hee*.
NUMBER 1! … SHEA BUTTER
How do I love thee shea butter? Let me count the ways
Shea butter is extracted by crushing and boiling the seeds of the African shea tree and collecting the resulting fat. It has many impressive qualities, one of which is as a superb moisturizer for hair and skin. I started using shea butter on my hair circa 2003 and have never stopped. I mix it together with coconut oil (approx. 50/50) and use it as my moisturizer on damp hair immediately after washing and throughout the week to keep my hair (specifically my ends) healthy. For me it can’t be beat! I recall the first time I used it many years ago thinking my hair was “suspiciously soft” LOL. Ironically I just tried a new leave-in conditioner recipe yesterday sans shea butter [gasp] and it’s just not the same so I’m going back to my first love.
NUMBER 2 … OIL
Natural oil that is. Oil is used to add shine and lubrication to hair creating a slip and diminishing the chance of knots and tangles. Better yet oil is used as a sealant to trap moisture in the strand of the hair making it pliable and less susceptible to breakage. My oils of choice are coconut, castor, jojoba and olive. I use all 4 on my hair and jojoba on my face as a supplement to my nighttime moisturizer. Always make sure your hair is moisturized (preferably with water) first before adding oil to your hair because otherwise you’ll be sealing moisture (water) out of your hair and you don’t want to do that do you?
NUMBER 3 … WATER
Drink it, use it, run in it, water is the ultimate product for a healthy life. I know this post is supposedly about only hair but water has changed so much more for me beyond moisturizing my tresses! First off water is necessary for healthy hair, natural or not. I find many of us have been taught otherwise and avoid water while our hair is parched and breaking off. Moisture is imperative to a flexible hair strand that can be preserved on your head (and not on the bathroom floor) for as long as possible. This means not only drinking water for hydration but also applying water to your hair and skin often then sealing it in with a product (like say shea buttter and coconut oil 😉 ).
Oh and when I said “run in it” I wasn’t joking…nothing if more burden lifting and mentally exhilarating than a good ole fashion run in the rain or through some sprinklers. Try it, you’ll like it (and make sure when you’re done you seal in that moisture [heh] ).
Moving right along…
NUMBER 4 … HONEY
Honey is a food made for bees by bees out of the nectar of flowers. They store their honey in hives and humans (beekeepers) collect the honey for human consumption. As a product honey has many notable attributes, 2 of which are antimicrobial properties and as a strong humectant, meaning it absorbs water from the air around it. As you can imagine using honey on the hair can bee (yes bee) a blessing and a curse. On the one hand when used topically it is an incredible aid in moisturization of the strands, but on the other hand it is just darn sticky. This is why I have used honey, along with conditioner and olive oil, in my pre-shampoo deep treatment for years with great success! You mix the honey in, apply to the hair, heat, then wash the honey out. See it doesn’t have to bee (yes bee) that bad. 😉
NUMBER 5 … DENMAN D3 BRUSH
Here is another product that makes me audibly swoon (and might I point out the ONLY life-changing product I’ve posted not derived from nature). The good ole man-made plastic denman d3 brush [swoon]. I have been using this puppy right here to detangle my hair (after the aforementioned pre-shampoo deep treatment) in the shower for approximately 7 years now and would not change a thing. Some prefer a wide-toothed comb, others a detangler pick, yet others a transformed denman but me, I’m a purist … give me the denman d3 straight out the package and pre-shampoo deep conditioned hair and I’ll give you detangled tresses. Remember, always detangle your hair in sections from tip to root: here’s how I do it.
To see all 5 of these products in use in one big swirl of natural hair fantasicalness check out how I condition, detangle and wash my hair (in that order).
Oh and don’t forget to leave a comment below telling me which five products have REVOLUTIONIZED your life (hair, skin etc.) ? 😉
Roshini is a glamorous amazing amazon (6 foot 1 inch) natural hair blogger & vlogger who has documented her journey on Glamazini.com (previously Roshini.net) for the past 8 years. She blogs about hair, products, tools, experiences, trials, errors, recoveries, other natural hair wearers, makeup and day- to- day life. Her passion is to tell her story while encouraging others toward “life, liberty & the pursuit of nappyness”. Visit her often at Glamazini.com and youtube.com/glamazini and follow her at twitter.com/glamazini.