Here is a list of my go to products and essential must haves:
One'n'Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo- I really like this shampoo. I got it from Sally's for like $3.50 since I have a beauty club card. I cleanses really good and adds moisture. It's sulfate, phosphate, and paraben free.
I really really want WEN by Chaz Dean! Check out the official site here!
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner- This was the first conditioner that I ever tried! I love it. It smells so good just like coconuts on a tropical island. LOL. This product was so gentle to my hair that I have even used it as a leave in. I also tried Totally Twisted Conditioner too. But I prefer Hello Hydration. They are both like $4 at Walmart. TRESemmé Flawless Curls Conditioner works extremely well to. I still would go with Hello Hydration though. I think it maybe the smell lol.
I use a wide range of hair oils. My all time favorite is extra virgin olive oil. I also use coconut oil and sweet almond oil which I got from Whole Foods. I use Castor oil but I got it out of the pharmacy section in Walmart.
FOR ADDING MOISTURE
Shea Moisture has been really good to me as far as MOISTURE is concerned. I have the whole line of Coconut & Hibiscus. The Curl & Style Milk is a great moisture product in general. I use it after I co-wash. The Curl Enhancing Smoothie does not enhance my curls as far as definition is concerned but it does moisturize and add a nice shine. I typically use this when I'm wearing a puff of some sort. The Hold & Shine Moisture Mist is okay. I use it to add a quick boost of moisture especially when I am wearing an afro.
Kinky Curly's Curling Custard works really well for me. I love the wash and go look. I have used the Knot Today with it and without. It is a great leave in product even when your not going to style. The Spiral Spritz worked really well for my twist outs. My twists were really defined when I used it. ECO STYLER Olive Oil Styling Gel works wonders! I use this especially when I don't have the time to set my hair. I just wet my hair, apply the gel, and put on my half scarf to lay my hair down and define waves. When I get to my destination, I remove my scarf and put on a stretchy headband.
Before bed, I will detangle with a spray bottle of water and a leave in. Then I use a satin bonnet. On lazy nights, I'll sleep on my satin pillow case instead of bonnet.
Every natural needs to at least have a good wide tooth comb and detangle brush. I bought most of my wide tooth combs from my local beauty supply store. They usually have a bundle of different types of combs for under $5. The famous Denman D3 Classic Styling Brush is really good. It is expensive but you can get it from Sally's Beauty Supply for cheaper if you are a beauty club member. Membership is just $5 a year.
If you still don't want to pay too much but want a similar brush, you can definitely find one. I got one from Kmart for my daughter. It was buy Conair. I think it was like $3.
NOT FOR ME
Organix Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Conditioner- This conditioner did not add moisture to my hair at all. I was not very fond of the smell either. I was pretty disappointed especially because it wasn't cheap. It's a small bottle and you don't get a large amount of product.
Giovonni Direct Leave In- My hair absorbs this product to quickly. I'm not sure why. I get lasting results better when I use Hello Hydration as a leave in. I will try the other Giovonni leave in products in the future I'm sure.
Miss Jessie's- I tried samples of the Baby Butter Creme and Curling Pudding. They both made my hair feel hard. I didn't like that feeling. I am also not willing to pay that much for products. It's the most expensive product that I have found and tried.
Cantu Shea Butter- This product makes my hair feel amazing. It was so soft and shiny. The problem was that it left white residue. It didn't matter how little or how much I used.
REMEMBER THAT HAIR VARIES FROM PERSON TO PERSON. EVEN IF YOU HAVE THE SAME HAIR TYPE, A PRODUCT THAT WORKS FOR ONE MAY NOT WORK FOR ANOTHER. VISE VERSA. GOOD LUCK!!!