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In the past four years since I left all chemical processing and fully embraced my natural hair. I’ve spent a lot of time and money trying various products and truly learning what works for my hair. Many of the products that I used on my relaxed hair no longer gave my natural hair favorable results. Many of the products that I once loved would leave my natural hair sticky, dull, and dry. Additionally, the more I learned about ingredients the more I cringed at the ingredients list in my old arsenal of products. Many of these products contained ingredients like mineral oil, petroleum, sulfates, and harsh alcohols that I personally was no longer interested in using as a part of my healthy hair regimen. 

Finding new products with healthier ingredients for my hair type was the easy part. Learning how to properly use them to achieve my desired results turned out to be a science project with many variables affecting my outcome.

When it comes to hair products, how you use them is just as important as the formula itself.

You can buy every leave-in conditioner, pomade, edge control, butter, pudding, and cream on the shelf, but it means nothing if you don’t properly use them or learn to use them in a way that is best for your hair.

Thirty precent of the videos on my BlakIzBeautyful YouTube channel are product reviews, so I completely understand the euphoria that comes with learning about a new product. Additionally, I wholeheartedly understand how disheartening it feels to try new products and they fail me. My hair not only looks nothing like the advertisement, but my hair did nothing that the product promised! Because this has happened innumerable times, I started playing around with the variables when it comes to my hair. This leads me to my one and only suggestion on how to maximize the efficacy of everything you use—try, try, and try again… Read more

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • http://batman-news.com Kay Murphy

    This is so what I am going through right now. At first it was I couldn’t find natural hair care products, and now there are so many I don’t know what to use on my hair. To many to choice form

  • Tieasha Samuels

    Yes…product hype can be a trance like state of mind. It’s a lot of trial and error but the experience equips you for life.

  • queenbee9

    Some products do not work because they were never based on reality. Product selling is mostly based on tweaking and seducing the “dreams” for what a product will do NOT on what it really does.

    A nice car does not mean a man automatically gets the supermodel girl, a vacation does not always translate into fun days in the sun (ask any couple who ended up fighting or staying in the hotel due to weather) and hype about hair products does not mean the product that works for one person will work for YOU.

    So, if at first you don’t succeed, you can try , try again OR you can just keep it moving. We really do not want to be about the Product lyfe. If for no other reason than continual switching and intermingling of products could be the fast track to scalp reaction and negative results (including potential hair damage or loss) for our hair.

    So keep it simple–it is never the product that determines our hair success but how to use it, when to use it and most important, to know when to just stop the madness. Do what is working and KEEP what works, as for trying a product over and over–know when to quit:

    Like when you have a bad skin reaction, or your hair feels like straw or begins to break or shed.

    Some products no matter who endorses them or if they got a spokesperson with hair down to their feet or up to the sky–are not worth using–trend toward products that keep hair soft and supple and moisturized and on your head.