Yesha Callahan

My Hair Arsenal

Once upon a time I was addicted to expensive hair products. My bathroom looked as though it was straight out of a beauty salon. There was every type of conditioner, gel, mousse, shampoo, hair oil, you could possibly imagine. I also had a hair partner in crime. My friend Michele was about 2 yrs into transitioning to natural hair and we would trade products all the time. We would literally go shopping in each others bathrooms to test out each others products. I didn’t realize how much money I was spending on hair products until I started going though my receipts one day. That’s when I realized there had to be better and cheaper alternatives.

I was faithful to brands such as Aveda, Carols Daughter, Nexxus and a plethora of others until I got tired of spending beaucoup dollars. Now my hair arsenal is drastically cheaper and the results have even been better than any $25 bottle of Aveda conditioner I could have bought. The lesson I learned was that expensive doesn’t always = better.

So here’s a peep into my hair “arsenal” and routine.

 

Hot Oil Treatment 2xs a month:

  • Add three tablespoons of olive and three tablespoons of canola oil to your microwave safe pan.
  • Stir thoroughly Place the container in the microwave and heat until warm.
  • Once the mixture emerges from the microwave, let it set for a few minutes. Place some of the oily mixture onto your hands (don’t pour directly onto your hair) and start applying it carefully to the hair starting at the ends and working up to the scalp.
  • Once the mixture has been applied, wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave on for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, wash the mixture out of your hair and follow up with a mild shampoo

Shampoo & Conditioner:

I said farewell to expensive and overpriced products when I found the Organix line at my local GROCERY store. I am addicted to their Coconut Milk line and I find that it works well with my natural hair. If you can’t find the Organix line at your local grocery or Target, Amazon carries their complete line of hair products!

I only shampoo my hair once a week, but I do condition it on a daily basis with Organix Coconut Milk Leave-In Nourishing Milk.

Styling Products:

Two of my favorite styling products happen to be two of the cheapest I’ve come across in a long time. I am a faithful user of Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner and at only $16.00 a bottle, it is definitely worth it. One thing I love about the product is that a little goes a long way, so a bottle usually lasts me a couple of months.

Another inexpensive buy that I usually purchase in threes is Vigorol Curl Cream, and I only know of one website that sells it. This is perfect for controlling your curls and it doesn’t leave them stiff or dry and it also smells very good! At less than $4.00 a jar, it’s better than any other product that I’ve seen that would cost $20.00+ a jar!

Hair Growth:

I mentioned last week about a hair growth remedy that I use, and a few people must have thought I lost my mind. Yes, I use a generic version of MONISTAT on my scalp because it contains Miconazole Nitrate, which is proven to grow hair. Monistat isn’t the only product that has this ingredient, you can also use any type of anti-fungal cream that you can find at any drugstore.

If you’re still hesitant about putting Monistat on your scalp, there’s always Sulu Hair, which is a product that was made by well known horse grooming manufacturers Shapleys. They were so inundated with orders by women who wanted to use their horse grooming product, The Original M-T-G, on their hair, that they decided to make a product specifically for human hair. Last year I ventured out to use the horse product, but I couldn’t take the smell. Thankfully, Sulu Hair came along. Not only does it not have the horrible bacon-grease smell, but it actually works. After using it for about 3 weeks, I had 2 1/2 inches of new hair growth!

Vitamins:

Two words:  FOLIC ACID, invest in a bottle. It’s the best thing you can do for your hair and nails!

Scalp Moisturizer:


Four words:  Extra Virgin Olive Oil! I stay away from hair grease like it’s the plague! I’ve noticed that a q-tip and some olive oil works best for my hair. Hair grease seemed to drastically dry my scalp, and I haven’t used any type in years.

 

So there you have it. My hair regimen and arsenal of products!  I am  far from an expert when it comes to hair, but so far those have been the best products/routines that work for me, feel free to share any tips you may have. I always enjoy experimenting with new products, especially the ones that don’t leave my wallet crying!

 

 

  1. August 19, 2008 - Reply

    Have you tried these products? I hear they are supposed to be great. He also believes black hair shouldn’t be washed but 12 month. He uses a cleansing cream. I’m thinking of ordering the cream, I already use a cleansing cream instead of shampoo.
    Thanks for your ideas, especially the Monistat. I use to take pre-natal vitamins (which I think have folic acid in them) for hair and nail growth.
    -OG

    • August 19, 2008 - Reply

      @OG

      I don’t think the product link showed up..can you write it again? Yup, prenatal vitamins do contain folic acid, but a small amount. The folic acid vitamin packs a big punch on it’s own. My nails are practically indestructable. I moved recently and not one nail broke or cracked.

      • August 19, 2008 - Reply

        @[fung'ke] [blak] [chik]

        http://www.hairrules.com
        in case it deosn’t show up again HairRules dot com

        • August 19, 2008 - Reply

          @OG

          Ohhh more products! I might have to give those a try one of these days, especially the curl cream! Thanks for the link. Have you tried any of them before?

  2. August 19, 2008 - Reply

    I’ve seen Vigorol in a CVS in HArlem this past weekend. I wasn’t sure about though. Thanks for the heads up. My hair is natural and I find myself having to wash it 3-4 times a week if I want to wear out curly – it’s probably drying out my hair more than anything.
    When you condition you hair…do you rinse/wet ure hair then condition and rinse it out again?
    *Why am I contemplating throwing out every hair product I currently own?*

    • August 19, 2008 - Reply

      @Ani

      I’ve heard that it’s at some CVS’s in the NYC/NJ area (I miss home), but I can’t find it in the MD/DC area! In the mornings, I’ll condition it, then rinse out that conditioner..and apply whatever leave in I’m using. The extra shampooing you’re doing is probably drying your hair out. After I do the leave in I apply a little olive oil to my scalp.
      Girl, my bathroom is much neater since I’ve thrown everything away!

  3. August 19, 2008 - Reply

    I also find myself currently using several products after I wash my hair also. I apply leave-in conditioner, then a length and strength leave-in treament by Garnier, then anti-frizz serum, then a dry ends serum I recently purchased from Avon – does it work, still don’t know, lol – then gel to hold the curl. Not to much of any one product. I do not think layering products are harmful anyway.
    I’m going to try Organix conditioner. I already have a shampoo that I’m in love with. Can’t think of the name off the top my head but it’s sold at Vitamin Shoppe – sweet almond oil scented. yum.
    So, products that you use in your hair daily are conditioner, leave-in conditioner (like mixed chicks), vigorol and olive oil? Have you ever tried the manufactured hot oil treatments, like V-05? Any diff?

    • August 19, 2008 - Reply

      @Ani

      Ohhh V-05 was a no-no for me…it left my hair feeling so hard and rough! Never again.
      I don’t use the olive oil on a daily basis, probably about 3xs a week. But I do use the leave in & vigorol on the daily after I condition it. I don’t mess with gels because the vigorol provides hold and keeps the frizzies away, it’s sort of like a 3-in-1 product I suppose. It lessens the build up of using so many products.

      • August 20, 2008 - Reply

        @[fung'ke] [blak] [chik]

        I’m going to CVS up the block from my job right now to see if they have Vigorol! Sounds like I need that in my life. The gels give the style I want but it’s so gooky and gets hard after a while. I’m in Philly so they might not have it but, it’s worth a try. Or I will just have to get a few jars next time I’m in NYC. I have to check out mixed chicks too.

  4. August 19, 2008 - Reply

    I am right now trying go figure out what products work for me, and try different ones and add slowly.
    Two inexpensive conditioners I will keep are: for conditioning wash: Pantene daily moister renewal and tresemme mosture rich (I like this one for deep conditioning too).
    One interesting thing about the Tresemme Moisture Rich : once I fell asleep for a couple of hours w/ the conditioner under a plastic cap and when I rinsed it out my hair seemed much more wavy …or look like it had reverted to some extent. Well, I also use Mizani Butter Blend relaxer and it does not completely straighten my hair…it keeps some of the wave (so that might have helped with the waves).

    • August 20, 2008 - Reply

      @Chocolate Chiq

      I used to use Pantene until I noticed that it was making my hair shed really bad…So I’m careful with their products now. But I do miss the smell of the conditioner. Maybe I’ll give Tresemme a try!

      • September 27, 2008 - Reply

        @[fung'ke] [blak] [chik]

        yes, the pantene and garnier products shouldn’t be used consistently. the perfumes, alcohols, and other ingredients can be very damaging and drying when used on a consistent basis. if you love them, use them on occasion. Try to stick with products that use natural ingredients whenever possible.

  5. August 20, 2008 - Reply

    When you use the MN, do you apply it to your hair alone, or do you mix it with an oil (EVOO or castor oil)?

    • August 20, 2008 - Reply

      @niaNaturally

      Hi Nia…I apply it directly to my scalp and then use the olive oil on a cotton swab.

  6. August 20, 2008 - Reply

    I need to stay away from your blog for the simple fact that between yesterday and today I’ve bought a pair of shoes from aux pieds de, leave-in conditioner from mixed chicks, and a pair of jeans and shoes from torrid.
    Ure terrible! lol

  7. August 21, 2008 - Reply

    Yeah I use to buy all those expensive products too. Aveda was my favorite but my addiction lied with products that were not made for my ethnicity. I tried every single product in Sephora only to end up with dry, brittle hair. My hair turned for the worse after using those products. Now I only use Essations. It is the BEST for multi-textural hair. Its the only hair product that doesn’t dry my hair out and its cheap. Shampoo and conditioner usually range from $7-11. You can pick it up from your hair dresser, check it out!

  8. August 22, 2008 - Reply

    Hey…do you have any pics of your hair? just curious.
    thanks

    • August 22, 2008 - Reply

      @Ani

      Yea. I have pics. You can go on facebook or myspace to look at them, if you want.

      • August 27, 2008 - Reply

        @Fresh

        Hey…that was a question for funky blk. sowwy. but, i’ll take a look at ure hair too 😉 I got my mixed chicks leave in conditioner last night and I used it today. I like it so far – it’s holding the curl without the crunch of gel. I also bought samples of the shampoo and conditioner….not crazy about the shampoo.

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