As I have often said, I am firmly against Product Junkie-ism. I believe in finding a few products that work and sticking to them. However, there is no harm in trying out new things from time to time, and sometimes you will find new products that you prefer or work better.
I generally do not do product reviews, and I have never done a solicited product review for anyone. But in the past few months have tried some different products that I have added into my personal maintenance routine, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite things for loc care and maintenance:
1. L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System
When you have colored tresses, it is important to protect your investment by using shampoos and conditioners that will minimize fading. This shampoo and the accompanying conditioners are designed for colored hair, but L'Oreal also makes several other products for non-color treated hair in this same sulfate-free line (my daughter uses the EverCreme products). The EverPure shampoo and conditioner leave my locs incredibly soft, but not weighed down. I use the conditioner regularly, but the Restorative Masque is great for using after you've done a clarifying treatment on your hair (which strips out the excess oils and goo from your locs) or anytime your locs feel dried out. And the best part is that it leaves your locs smelling absolutely amazing with its rosemary and juniper scent. This has by far been my favorite shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair.
2. SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Purification Masque
3. Ixora Botanical Beauty Macani Miracle Butter
Twitter who absolutely swear by her all-natural products. I happened to be looking for a new moisturizing product, as I had been using coconut oil which was very moisturizing, but I was noticing that it was starting to weigh my locs down after awhile (thus my need to seek out the products in #2 above). After reading a few tweet reviews, I decided to order the Macani Miracle Butter. I. Am. HOOKED. This is, by far, the best moisturizing product I have ever used in my 10 years of locking. I am always hesitant to use butters on my locs for fear of it building up and weighing my locs down, but this stuff just melts into your hair. And a little of Ixora products truly do go a long way; just using a small amount leaves my locs incredibly soft and shiny with zero weight or greasy residue. I apply it right after washing my locs before I dry them, and usually don't have to apply any more until after my next washing (though I do wash my locs once or twice a week). The ingredients include Macadamia Nut Butter, Nilotica Shea Butter, Illipe Butter, Argan Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Emu Oil, Honey, Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Ylang Ylang Oil. The smell is absolutely wonderful and compliments the other products I use in my hair. I've also tried (and loved) a few of her other products, including the Whip It Up shea butter, the Cara Hermosa facial butter, the Ash Today Gone Tomorrow butter, and......
4. Ixora Botanical Beauty Loc and Twist Butter
|Results of the Ixora Loc & Twist Butter|
So there you have my all-star cast of products that have me absolutely in love with my locs right now. They have never felt so soft, light and shiny in all my years of locking. I often find myself mindlessly stroking my own locs because I just love how they feel, and I love when I turn my head just right and catch a whiff of their delectable scent. These are a few of my favorite things, and I hope some of them become a few of yours, too.