My faves are the Raw Shea Reconstructive Masque, the Reconstructive Elixir and the African Black Soap Purification mask.
I have not yet used the Shea Masque as a DT, but I love it as a daily moisturizer/leave in conditioner. My hair stays moist for days! However, it doesn't have much hold, per se.
I use the reconstructive elixir for all kinds of things lol. But mostly for sealing in moisture or I use it to close the cuticle after I blow dry my hair (per the recommendations on the bottle). Sometimes I'll just apply a little to my hair in the mornings for shine. I've found that it is better to spray it on your hands and then work into hair as opposed to spraying directly on the hair.
I use the purification masque as a pre-poo treatment. It provides pretty good slip for my pre-shampoo detangling session (I don't like to detangle in the shower). It has also helped with my dandruff issues significantly. The tea tree oil in it provides a slight tingly sensation that feels great on the scalp.
I purchased the Curl & Shine Kit as well, but I think I am the only natural in the world who is not blown away by the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It left my hair coated & producty, and on top of that didn't really provide hold. Plus the smell (for me) was too sweet. The Curl & Style Milk was just ok as well.
Yucca and Baobab Shampoo
Curl & Style milk- refresh WnGs
Smoothie- moisturizer on dry hair
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4a fine, thin, high porosity Poo: SM Y&B, BT TT C: HE Reconditioning, Suave Almond and Shea DC: CJ CR, CJ RM LI: JC DT Curl Cream: RN BWCC, CJ CCCC Gel: CJ AFG Refresher: SM Thickening Mist, SM Y&A Milk, CJ CIAB Moisturizer: CJ SL, SM CES
the restorative conditioner as a leave in during the higher dews. amazing.
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texture - medium/fine, porosity - low/normal, elasticity - normal
co-wash - NaturelleGrow Coconut Water or Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark & Blue Malva Cleansing Conditioners
LI - KCKT mixed w/ SM C & H Curl & Style Milk
DC - NG Mango & Coconut H2O or Chamomile/Brdck Root
Gel - SM souffle (winter), KCCC (summer) or CR Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel (year round)
Sealers - Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado butter, Aloe butter
Ayurvedic treatments - Jamila Henna, Sukesh, Aloe Vera Powder, Hibiscus Powder.
My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse.
Love: QB - all of it, Bobeam - shampoo bars, Darcy's Botanicals - Pumpkin Seed Conditioner, Coconut Cupuacu Pomade, KBN - Shealoe Leave-in, Oyin - Juices & Berries, Kinky Curly - Knot Today, Ayurvedic treatments, my Denman and the cloud of kinky goodness on my head that I get to play with!
Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk--this is a good curl refresher, but it has protein in it, so I don't use it all the time.
Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque--because there is so much shea butter in this, I use it as a sealant over CJ smoothing lotion LI--and I use very little because it is really thick. This is my favorite.
Curl Enhancing Smoothie-I rarely use this, because like the style milk, it has protein in it. Too much protein makes my hair dry out.
Fine w/some thickness at the crown
Med Porosity/Low Protein
Henna-once/twice a year
Terressentials Mud Wash-2/3X a month
Aussie Moist Condish- Detangler, AOGBP Condish-rare protein tx
AO White Camellia-Deep Condish
CJ Smoothing Lotion- Leave-in
JessiCurl WDT- Leave-in
Water/Aloe Vera Juice/Oil blend-Moisturizing Spritz
OILS-Scalp prewash: coconut oil/tea tree/lavender blend
Sealant(s): Coconut/Shea/Argan/Castor/Olive blend
Staple Styler: KCCC!!!
Funny everyone has different answers..
Def try a shampoo, I like The Yucca & Baobab (thickening) if you have scalp issues, better than the black soap. The Curl & Shine Shampoo is a great overall shampoo, cleansing but not stripping at all and the Restorative Shampoo is good if you have super dry hair.
the Curl & Style Milk is a great leave in
and the Purification Masque as a pre poo
also, I havent tried it in a long time but the Restorative Conditioner made a great leave in, it worked well when my hair was dry and I needed something heavy and moisturizing.