I've been a “curly girl” since 2005 when I decided to grow out of my relaxed hair.
I must say this has been the best decision I’ve made, although at first my family and friends did not understand it.
I tried going natural before in my late teens with no success. I came from a family where the women had to have hair that was “fried and laid to the side.”
But by the time I was a full-grown adult, pregnant with my first child, I could no longer take crying in the corner while this unknown chemical is burning the life out of my scalp.
I had finally had enough and took matters into my own hands and stop relaxing my hair.
I decided to accept my hair as beautiful and let it all hang out.
During that time, though, there were not very many hair products for natural hair. But I stuck to my guns and I am elated by all the options my fellow curly heads have.
Through the years, I have tried so many products and spent so much money. I quickly learned that in order to stay hair sane and financially sane I had to focus my attention on what works for my hair and stick to it.
Here are a few products I’m using now and the reason I have stuck with them for years.
These products have helped me maintain my hair’s health and length while satisfying the few components that make up the overall care and style of natural hair.
Care consists of: Moisture, Retention, Strength, and Scalp Health
Style consists of: Wash n Go, protective styles, sets, and edges
Products that helped grow my hair:
Because I’ve been natural for so long, I've jumped at every new product that came on the market.
If I found a product that worked, it seemed like the formula was changed t and it didn't continue to do what it was doing before.
But trust me if you are still searching, this is not an article to deter you from your quest.
Just like I had to search until I found what worked for me, you have to find what works for you. Hopefully, this article will give you some options to keep in mind.
Theprodicts that I used left my hair wanting more. It was weak, my scalp was dry and flakey, and on wash day I was losing balls and balls of hair.
My last big chop was 3 years ago, as shown in the picture.
It wasn’t until I started using Pattern Beauty Treatment Mask 3 years ago that I noticed my hair gain strength and the shedding so mucwent down tremendously.
Treatment Mask and Conditioner
When I used Pattern Beauty Hair Treatment for the very first time during the pandemic, I immediately noticed that my hair felt different.
But honestly, I was still skeptical. I used it again and again and noticed a big difference in the strength of my hair.
So I started using Mimuso Rice Water Shampoo Bar. It gives a great lather and leaves your scalp clear of product build-up.
The conditioner was great. I love how it maintained my hair’s strength while adding moisture.
I really feel that hair moisture should come from the conditioner and not the styling products. Styling products should help you maintain the moisture your hair already has.
Pattern’s Hair Mask and Conditioner for Tight Texture gives my hair that moisture so my styling products don't have to work so hard. After about a month of using these products, I was losing way less hair than I did before.
Because the condition’s worked so well with my hair and I noticed a change immediately, I decided to give the Pattern Beauty styling products a try.
Before, I would style my hair at home, think I was the bomb, and by the time I got to work, walking from my car to my classroom, 5 minutes tops, my hair would be a hot frizzy mess.
I live down south in Louisiana and the humidity does not care about your hair or your life.
I used ECO Styler gel with my other hair styling creams to help with that, but it was doing nothing for the health of my hair. This was affecting my hair strength and retention. I also noticed my other products would leave a flaky coat on my hair.
I wanted it all, no frizzy, strength, hair retention, and no flakiness. Pattern Beauty has given me that for the past 3 years.
The Pattern Beauty Styling Cream impressed me. No flakey coat.
So I used the styling cream for a while until the Pattern Beauty Custard was launched, I really liked this product for my twist outs and my wash n go’s.
I loved the elongation and how strong my hair felt. I can not stress enough how Pattern Beauty Products gives your hair immediate strength.
Now I use the Pattern Beauty Custard and added the Strong Hold Gel for the summer when it gets really humid.
I still use the Pattern Beauty Styling Cream to refresh my ends.
Products for Scalp Care
Another important component of natural hair is scalp health. I would often ignore my scalp and wondered why my hair would get to a certain point and stop growing.
I learned this was not going to get me results if I didn’t change. Since Pattern Beauty conditioners and styling products were working so well, I decided to try the scalp serum.
I must say I used it for a while but did not like the way it made my scalp feel. I felt the tingle and that’s not what bothered me.
It made my hair feel wet. I realize that it is mostly for relief for protective styles so maybe that’s why I didn’t like it. I don’t wear tight protective styles.
Anyway, I made a switch to Donna’s Recipe Hair Oil. I just started using this product but already I like the difference in the way it feels in my hair.
The oil is not drippy like the Pattern Beauty Serum, you get a tingly feeling in your hair like the Pattern Beauty Serum, but it does not leave your scalp with that wet feeling.
Now, I have been using the Pattern Beauty Serum for 2 years and it has relieved my dry scalp issues. So I definitely recommend it if you have a dry scalp.
But like I said, I personally did not like the wet feel I got when I used the serum on my scalp.
Edge Control Gel
Finding the right edge control can be difficult. Most edge control gels I’ve tried have left me with much to be desired.
They've left my edges flaky, gummy, and have not lasted for more than 2 hours.
Since the Pattern line products worked so well for me I decided to try the Pattern Beauty Edge Control. I really liked the edge control gel and used it for years, but then it went out of stock.
This lead me to another edge control gel that I found to be somewhat pricey for the amount I received and it did not last long.
Then one of my sisters tries The Doux Bee Girl Edge Control and I must say, this edge control gel is perfection. It doesn’t flake like the Pattern Beauty edge control, and it doesn’t leave your hair gummy like the Pattern edge control, but the difference is the price.
It works just as well as the Pattern Beauty edge control gel but you get more for the same price.
So for now I have replaced my Pattern Beauty edge control gel with The Doux Bee Girl edge control gel.
Major Take Away
Of all the products I’ve tried in all my years of being natural these products have helped me reach optimal strength in my hair.
Now I am all about frugal living, so I did the math on how much savings I'm getting for buying these products.
When I used cheaper products I had to use more. This meant I had to buy more.
So spending a little more for quality products that last longer was worth it.
Now that my hair is much longer and thicker, I still save because my hair is trained not to need a lot of product. I only replenish my Styling Custard, Strong Hold Gel, and edge control most within a year because I use them every day.
I just started using Donna's recipe so I don't know how long it last. I'll have to get back to you on that.
So these are the products I use and swear by. You can try them and find you need to look no further or your journey may need to go on.
Whatever the case, don’t settle for products that aren't giving you what your need to flourish.