what are the best products for my hair?

Hello(: I'm 15 and and have been embracing my natural waves for about 2 years now. I have very long,(about midback), thick, fine, brunette, 2b hair. I used to have highlights so I have dyed my hair twice to cover up the highlights. I dyed my hair exactly 1 year ago and got the color to stay for an entire year, and I just recently only dyed the light parts in my top layer to cover up the highlights. My routine right now is washing my hair every other day. I shampoo only the roots of my hair with a sulfate free color treated hair shampoo that is now discontinued. Then I have been using hairtrition color protect conditioner. About every 2 weeks I'll use Hair One for color treated hair. I do this at night and let my hair air dry then when it is completely dry I braid the top layer and the bottom layer separately, then sleep on it. I do this because my hair tangles so easily that I can't just sleep on it, plus I wake up with more volume. Occasionally I'll put a little bit of coconut oil on my wet hair and ends. I do not use any heat on my hair. Occasionally I'll put a little bit of mousse in my hair and scrunch it then diffuse it, but by the second day it looks like a rats nest and is very tangled. So I really like my routine, it's just the products I'm using are just ok, not great. I've noticed that products with a lot of silicones in them tend to weigh my hair down and build up in my hair. But I cannot find a silicone free conditioner that is for color treated hair and curly hair. Also I'd like to stop braiding my hair because I've noticed hair thinning on the sides of my head where the braid pulls. But I need a good product like a mousse or curl enhancing cream that is safe for color treated hair and won't make it stiff or tangle so badly. I know that is a lot to read and you may be confused, but my question is what is a good shampoo, conditioner, and styling product for my hair? Also could you suggest products I could get at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, Target, or a drugstore? I'd love to buy products that are online but I'm only 15.

I've been looking at these products-
Silk Elements - Silk Elements Curl Defining Mousse

Catch the Wave Mousse + Leave-In Conditioner, Smooth Waves: Aussie.com

One 'n Only - Argan Oil - One 'n Only Argan Oil Curl Cream 10 oz.

Organix Beauty. Pure & Simple

Organix Beauty. Pure & Simple

http://www.organixhair.com/category-title/345


Last edited by wavybeachbabe; 09-20-2011 at 09:35 AM.
First off, you hair is just gorgeous! And I can see why. You are doing so many things right already.

Fine hair tends to like protein no matter what its porosity. Protein shores up the inner structure of fine hair and helps it support itself. It varies from person to person, but a common routine for fine hair is a weekly protein treatment followed by a deep treatment (to balance the protein). Protein will also help keep your long hair healthy and strong. You may want to test a small section/curl of your hair the first time you do a protein treatment.
This link explains protein for hair.
The Fine Art of Protein and Moisture Balancing for Black Hair Care - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com
Protein treatments: Ion effective care, joiko k-pac and sally beauty knock off (has mineral oil, which works for some hair and weighs down others), nexxus emergencee, IAgirl's gelatin PT.
PT recipe - as promised

Homemade FSG has a high success rate as a curl enhancer.
No-fail flax seed gel - I finally did it...TWICE!

Organix shampoos and shea moisture shampoo (some targets and walgreens) are popular.
For conditioner, I'd assume you want something moisturizing that won't weigh hair down. There are others here with those hair needs that will have more suggestions. Two I can think of are yes to cucumbers and tresseme naturals.

Crunch can be your friend. Crunchy gel holds your waves in place as your hair dries. Once it is 100% dry you can scrunch out the crunch (SOTC). Repeatedly squeeze your hair to break the gel cast until it is no longer crunch, but bouncy and soft.

At night, most people do what is called pineappling. It is a high loose pony tail on the top of your head with a scrunchie while sleeping. If your hair is too long for this, you could try braiding it loosely at night.
Here is a thread for people with long hair that might have some helpful info.
Very long haired curlies come share!

I believe one and only argon oil does have silicones.

Also, you sound like you may already be familiar with the curly girl (CG) method. But if not, this link helps explain it.
The College Curly: Laura Lee's All In One Guide to Going CG: Now Revised and Updated!
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
I really like the one 'n only argan oil curl cream - I use it before gel/mousse and it really does improve the condition of my wavy/curlies nicely!

I also use their moisture repair deep treatment once a week - unlike the shampoo and conditioner (which I am using till I use it up) it doesn't have any 'cones in it, and really leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.
For the price these two are pretty nice products.
Super wavy and wurly curly! Fiii,fairly non-porous, inelastic
Colorado Curly - low dew points & low humidity!
Organix Cherry Ginseng and DevaCurl low poo/condish
KCKT leave in, Naturelle Gel
Joimist or Aussie Sprunch Spray

I have KLINGON HAIR

My hair likes IAgirls PT!
I have celiac disease - no wheat please!

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