Regardless of whether you are relaxed, natural or transitioning…at some point in your hair journey trying new products is fun and almost inevitable. Some of us are worse than others – but I’m not judging! The excitement of buying-trying-and-buying usually wears off at some point and the amount of products in your stash ends up being a bit overwhelming. I’ve seen ladies purge and even form challenges in an attempt to slow their spending and decrease their products: No buy challenges, Use one buy one, Use two buy one, etc. Just the fact that such restrictions are even necessary lets us healthy hair journeyers know we are not alone in our obsession…which oddly enough is comforting, right? At least we are hoarders together!
I began thinking about our hair care needs and the basic products most ladies like to have at their disposal: shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers and an oil. Then there are the extra products we use on occasion for various styles or special hair needs such as serums, setting lotions, heat protectants, gels or edge controlling pomades, relaxers for relaxed girls and curl enhancers/definers/frizz controllers for naturalistas. Is it possible to find ALL of these products in one line?
Definitely not in the natural hair care lines – they definitely don’t have relaxers, they are after all “natural.” But I’m wondering…is there a product line in existence that contains good quality products with great ingredients that will keep hair healthy from salon to home, relaxed, natural, transitioning and everything in between?
It seems that most of the “retail” brands have one or two awesome products while the rest leave a lot to be desired. For example, as much as I love the Optimum Care Salon Collection relaxer line…I detest their moisturizers. They are so heavy and thick and just sit on my hair…because they contain both mineral oil and petroleum. But the relaxer, deep conditioner, heat protectant are all favorites of mine. So…do single product line regimens exist?
I came up with a few possibilities:
- Motions Hair Care: offers both relaxed and natural products, sulfate free cleansers, daily moisturizers, and a salon product line so even when you choose to see your stylist they could use the same products. They also have Motions for Kids…which is especially targeted for little ones, which is nice!
- Elasta QP: They literally have it all and aside from my precious Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream moisturizer have the best moisturizer I’ve ever used (Mango & Olive Oil Butter). They have everything from relaxers to oil sheen sprays…I can’t think of anything they are lacking.
- Design Essentials: Like Motions, Design Essentials has both natural and relaxed product lines and offers professional products as well as those for at home use. I’m not sure if they offer a quality water based moisturizer though, but a definite pro is that DE is Black owned so I’m always rooting for them although I do not currently use any of their products.
- Profectiv MegaGrowth: They recently sent me a whole box of products. After glancing quickly at the ingredients, I can tell that this line has potential. The basis is that the products all contain a fair amount of protein, designed to strengthen the hair and prevent breakage. I’m not sure how well this line will work in the long term though, it all depends on how well balanced with the moisturizing ingredients they are. Owned by the same company as Elasta QP, which I also found encouraging…we’ll see.
- Silk Elements: Exclusively sold at Sally’s Beauty Supply, this line never really did anything for my hair personally but does have some decent products. They recently jumped onto the natural hair bandwagon most major brands have gotten on and now offer co-washes right along side their relaxers. NICE!
- Then you have product lines that may meet all your hair care needs outside of relaxers or if you are natural such as Jane Carter Solutions, Shea Moisture and many many others.
Honestly, it does not bother me to have a mix and match regimen – it works, but it would be nice to have the option to pair down my products to just one line. Especially one that is formulated by the same company as my relaxer. What do you think of my list of possible lines? Is having a “one brand” regimen at all important to you? Would it make your hair journey easier? Sound off below!!!