Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hair Care 101; Hair Products

Here is the list of products I use or have used and that I recommend! I will also be doing a post on Hair Tools, which will show the combs, hair dryers, irons, etc.


  • Finesse Volumizing Shampoo - I love this stuff!
  • Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo - I use this only to remove buildup once every 2 weeks (twice a month usually)


  • Finesse Moisturizing Conditioner

Leave-in Conditoners:

  • Garnier Fructis Sleek n' Shine leave in conditioner - this is my miracle product! I've used it for about 2 years now and love it. For the first few months after my perm in 07, this is all I used on my hair! I would wash my hair and then put in the leave-in and let it air dry.


    • Suave Sculpting Gel - I use level 10, but have tried 8 and 9 in the past. It is alcohol free and inexpensive and works great! It doesn't flake either.


    • John Freida FrizzEase Moisture Barrier Hairspray - don't use too much, it holds very well but if you use too much there is no going back unless you wash it out lol
    • Suave Max hold #8 Hairspray - Light and you don't have to worry about using too much; it works good on taming flyaways


    I started out using the coconut oil in the ethnic hair care section, called Blue magic. I used this for years and it worked well. I then saw it was not plain coconut oil but also had petrolatum in it, so I stopped using it and started using Louana 100% coconut oil from Wal-mart and it works great and its cheap too!

    • Louana Coconut Oil - the kind you buy in the grocery aisle! Take some in your hands and rub together until it emulsifies and turns from a solid to a liquid oil, then apply to hair. I coat my hair once a month and put it in a bun and then wash it out the next day or a few hours later. You can also put it on just the ends lightly before curling your hair.
    • Blue Magic Hair Conditioner - works better for ethnic/women of color because it has petrolatum in it along with the coconut oil.

    Heat Protectant:

    • got2b crazy sleek, hot smooth, flat iron and blow dry lotion - you use this after you towel dry your hair if you plan on using heat on your hair. I've only used it a few times and noticed it actually helps hold curl too!
    • Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray - I absolutely love this stuff! Not only does it smell so good, it makes my hair softer and protects against heat damage from my flat iron. When I curl my hair with my flat iron, this causes it to hold the curl more then without. I highly recommend it.

    Hair Serum/Shine Products:

    • Citre Shine Colour Prism Glossing Gelle - My Favorite! I love this stuff! It smells like citrus and then gives you a wonderful shine. I mostly use it when I wear my hair curly (what's left of my curly perm). I mix it in the palm of my hand with my Garnier leave-in cream and then apply to my hair from the shoulders down to the ends.
    • got2b Dazzling Shine Spray - It's light because its a spray, so you can slowly add it on where needed. I like that it gives a more even coverage then if you put shine serum on your hand. I use this when I straighten my hair (sometimes, depending on how dry it looks) and also when I hot roll my hair or use a curling iron to create curls. Get ready for silky hair! ; )

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    candy said...

    Love this post!!! :)

    Anonymous said...

    Glad you loved it Candy! :)


    ~~Deby said...

    Thanks for these practical and not even real pricey recommends, Bev.

    Anonymous said...

    Your welcome Deby and thanks for the comment! :)

    I don't see the point in buying salon products because even a chemist will tell you the drugstore brand has the same ingredients lol.


    Jackie said...

    Hi there!
    Long time no comment! Just thought I'd pop in and say hello from the library computer! Thanks for sharing all the hair stuff! I learned something from someone recently about hairbrushes, she told me those hard plastic brushes with the little balls on the end of the brushes break your hair off. I had one with the soft, toothbrush-like bristles, so I threw away my old hard one, and switched to that one, and I don't find as many pieces of hair around the sink when I brush my hair as I used to. Just thought I'd share that dinky tidbit! Have a great weekend!

    Anonymous said...

    Hey Sis! So good to hear from you and amazed that you used your 1 hour of library time to visit me hehe. =0 Thanks a bunch!


    Toni said...

    Hi Bev!!Thanks so much for all the great advice!!Thaks to you pritty soon we`ll be driving our husbands wild with our beautiful silky hair!!Lol!!Hope your having a great weekend!

    Anonymous said...

    LOL!!! Well, my intention wasn't to teach women how to drive their husbands wild but I guess if it works, well then LOL! =0 Too funny hehe.


    ~~Deby said... husband loves it that my hair is longer now..first time .....he loves it.

    Anonymous said...

    Thank you for sharing that!! Have to run by the grocery store later this week to pick up these products...

    Anonymous said...

    Deby...I had noticed your hair in one of the photos you had put on your blog a while back and was shocked at how fast it grew!! Looks lovely! :)

    Thanks Twinkle Mom for the comment!


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