Happy #FRIYAY ya’ll! Once again we have gathered here to discuss the products you may want to stay away from if you want your #FRIYAY joy to continue all weekend. Today is a little different because I have the first hair product for this type of review. It’s a little interesting too because it’s a product that’s very well known. But I will say (type) that I gave this product more than one chance.
So I admit that I gave into the hype when I first big chopped and went natural. I made the mistake of buying products because I heard a lot about them and I saw they were popular. (But doesn’t everybody?) In the beginning of my natural hair journey, I never really took the time to get to know my hair and figure out exactly what it needed. This is more so true when I had a TWA (teeny weeny afro). Because at the time, I would slap products on my head, think I was done, and call it a day.
So I big chopped in June 2015, by the August I had learned a bit but not enough. It was also around this time that I bought the SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I used it in the perm rod set, pictured above. Now, I admit that this was my first attempt at a perm rod set on my hair so you’ll have to excuse the results. I look at it now and I cringe a bit, but at the time, I was quite proud of myself. But I couldn’t help noticing that my hair looked dry, but it wasn’t.
Since I was a newbie at styling my natural hair, I thought I had used too much of another product or maybe even not enough. I tried it again though, and I got the same results. My hair was moisturized but it looked dusty. Soon after, I got box braids and I did protective styling for a while. I didn’t just use this hair product one time and throw it away, oh no, I tried again.
Pictured above, is a twist out that I styled using the SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. And once again, it looks like I had used my hair to clear the house free of dust. I remember being so confused because my hair wasn’t dry when you touched it. But I looked like Don King! And I wasn’t even trying to. I realized that this product just did not work for my hair. I used the rest of it because I don’t like to waste things, but I didn’t restock.
The whole experience helped me learn to slow down and learn my hair. I no longer wanted to be part of the herd and buy products just because someone told me to. I started paying attention to the ingredients of hair products. And instead of using “new age” products that haven’t been around long, I started buying the old school products that probably our parents used for their natural hair and big fros.