What are some must-haves?

Name a few MUST-HAVES for curly girls! I need help choosing products and I need some recommendations! The ones that you post have to be "Really good!" not just "Oh, pretty good, not my favorite, though"

Seriously. They need to be must-haves. Thanx!
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
I bit the bullet and bought Kinky Curly Curling Custard. That stuff is as good as they say. It was worth the painful expense, especially since it will probably last me a thousand years.
2B low porosity low elasticity fine texture
I'm not CG - tried it and failed for two years. My scalp hates it.
I bit the bullet and bought Kinky Curly Curling Custard. That stuff is as good as they say. It was worth the painful expense, especially since it will probably last me a thousand years.
Originally Posted by Deodand
I completely agree with this. Right now this is HG status for me.

I'm still new to the game, though, so hopefully more experiences curlies will weigh in for you. =)
CG since 6/15/09 -- fine/medium texture, medium porosity

Conditioners: GTTTT, Kenra & KCKT
DT: CJ Hibiscus Banana Deep Fix
Styling: KCCC, KCHP, HEBE, Loma Imply
Must have VO5 Vanilla Mint for Co-washing. Must have a chop stick for separating curls post-plop, and 2nd day. Must have flour sack towels for plopping. The other products I am flexible and open to trying new things.
Momof3curls
2c/3a SL med/fine
Started CG in 6/08 Fell off the wagon 10/08, Back on since 7/09
Co-Wash- VO5 Vanilla Mint
Low Poo once/week- KCCC
R/O and L/I Tigi Moisture Maniac
Gels-BRHG and LA Looks Curl (also like Aquage)
Experimenting with GVP K-Pac, and loving it
Location-Tampa/Orlando corridor
Learning to love my curls one day at time
Now these are more must-try, since everyones hair reacts sooo differently. But I would say Curl Junkie Coffee Cocoa Curl Creme, or really any of the CJ products. And, flax seed gel, either homemade or BB's.
Medium texture, low porosity, high density
sulfate/'cone free since 5/09.
Cleanse/Cowash: JCCC/Suave Ocean Breeze, GTTTT
Condish: Giovanni 50:50
Leave In: CJCALI, GDLI, CJCCCC
Stylers: BRHG
Fotki: http://public.fotki.com/mmassage/
Okay, here goes (in order of 'must haved-ness'):

1. Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel (Even my completely oblivious husband noticed a difference in my hair with it!)
2. ACV
3. Honey
4. LA Looks Sport Gel.
CG Since 5/23/09
3a - High Porosity / Coarse Texture on Crown, Medium Texture Beneath
CO Wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Cond.
Condition: Salon Care Honey Almond Cond.
Gel: Biotera gel
DT: Honey, conditioner, EVOO(1x/wk)
I only have one must-have, and that's whole foods 365 unscented conditioner. It is the most fantastic leave-in conditioner I have ever used, keeping my hair moisturised and soft, but not too heavy for my mostly wavy hair. And it is unscented, a must since I am allergic to almost all fragrances. I even use it as a no-poo!
Homemade Flax Seed Gel!!!!!

I made a batch the other day and I seriously cannot stop telling people about it...I'm sure I'm very annoying!

There's a thread under RECIPES titled "No-Fail Flax Seed Gel"...easy easy recipe!

Here are a couple of pics of my hair today...my curls are super soft and super shiny and super bouncy.

I am in the process of updating my fotki so check there to see bigger pics. I have no idea how to make the picture here bigger...they always just show up as thumbnails (password is curly).

Mo
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Fotki: http://public.fotki.com/curlymomo/ (password curly)
Currently loving: Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, Alba Soft Hold Curl Cream, KCCC
Striving for: Length!
Though I use a lot of other good products that I'd hate to give up, I could get by with 'just':

A good diffuser
Duckbill clips
Old t-shirts or floursack towels
FOTE AVG
KCCC
BRHG or LALSG
GTTTT shampoo and conditioner
AO GPB conditioner
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
For me it's GVP conditioning balm. Can't live without the stuff! Love it!
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
Homemade Flax Seed Gel!!!!!

I made a batch the other day and I seriously cannot stop telling people about it...I'm sure I'm very annoying!

There's a thread under RECIPES titled "No-Fail Flax Seed Gel"...easy easy recipe!

Here are a couple of pics of my hair today...my curls are super soft and super shiny and super bouncy.

I am in the process of updating my fotki so check there to see bigger pics. I have no idea how to make the picture here bigger...they always just show up as thumbnails (password is curly).

Mo
Originally Posted by mosuna
Yes, FSG. And only FSG. Did I say FSG. lol. I also get super shiny bouncy curls. I'm mean like blindingly shiny.
~belasuna
3a/b, very dry, fine/med-coarse, high porosity
CG since 7/27/09
Bella Curl Products
CW: protein free-cleansing creme
CO: protein free MRcondish
Styler: FSG + protein free LI Elixir, Gellie, Shine & Seal Serum
Lady of Elixir, Keeper of the Secret Blend, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders


Yes, FSG. And only FSG. Did I say FSG. lol. I also get super shiny bouncy curls. I'm mean like blindingly shiny.[/QUOTE]

My curls are so bright...I gotta wear shades
Fotki: http://public.fotki.com/curlymomo/ (password curly)
Currently loving: Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, Alba Soft Hold Curl Cream, KCCC
Striving for: Length!
Oh my goodness! Mosuna, your hair is beautiful! I have got to try that stuff.
CG Since 5/23/09
3a - High Porosity / Coarse Texture on Crown, Medium Texture Beneath
CO Wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Cond.
Condition: Salon Care Honey Almond Cond.
Gel: Biotera gel
DT: Honey, conditioner, EVOO(1x/wk)
Yes, FSG. And only FSG. Did I say FSG. lol. I also get super shiny bouncy curls. I'm mean like blindingly shiny.
Originally Posted by belasuna
My curls are so bright...I gotta wear shades
Originally Posted by mosuna
lol
~belasuna
3a/b, very dry, fine/med-coarse, high porosity
CG since 7/27/09
Bella Curl Products
CW: protein free-cleansing creme
CO: protein free MRcondish
Styler: FSG + protein free LI Elixir, Gellie, Shine & Seal Serum
Lady of Elixir, Keeper of the Secret Blend, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

Last edited by belasuna; 08-25-2009 at 03:18 PM.
I agree with mmassage, since everyone's hair has it's own needs and sensitivities.

My bare-minimum curly survival kit:
Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner - for cowashing and daily conditioning
Wide-toothed Comb
ACV rinses once a week
Giovanni Direct Leave-In - my fine hair loves the protein in this & doesn't get weighed down
Microfiber towel - for blotting out excess water and plopping
Duckbill clips - for root lift
Seamollient - offers good hold, softness, shine, and clumps and dries quickly. AND it's natural and cheap! And can be mixed with just about any other styling product to boost shine and root curl volume. It's my universal styler.
http://public.fotki.com/opera-curls/ (I cut my own hair)
Pacific Northwest girl, color-treated fine 3B, med-low porosity

Products: Suave Coconut condish, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, FSG or KCCC, AfroVeda Shea-Amla Cream
I LOVE HENNA!
Must have VO5 kiwi lime conditioner
Must have Suave coconut conditioner
MUST have LA Looks Sport gel (seriously, if they ever stop making this I might have a breakdown)
Must have Ojon restorative, even if I'm only allowed to smell the jar. I adore the smell of it.
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Aug 2014**

I agree with mmassage, since everyone's hair has it's own needs and sensitivities.

My bare-minimum curly survival kit:
Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner - for cowashing and daily conditioning
Wide-toothed Comb
ACV rinses once a week
Giovanni Direct Leave-In - my fine hair loves the protein in this & doesn't get weighed down
Microfiber towel - for blotting out excess water and plopping
Duckbill clips - for root lift
Seamollient - offers good hold, softness, shine, and clumps and dries quickly. AND it's natural and cheap! And can be mixed with just about any other styling product to boost shine and root curl volume. It's my universal styler.
Originally Posted by opera_curls
Guanoing: I just ordered a sample of seamollient w/some other stuff from Kathymack. Where do you get it? Do you mix in your hand with other products as you use them or add to the bottle? How much at a time?
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
Guanoing: I just ordered a sample of seamollient w/some other stuff from Kathymack. Where do you get it? Do you mix in your hand with other products as you use them or add to the bottle? How much at a time?
Originally Posted by auntnett
I'll PM you.
http://public.fotki.com/opera-curls/ (I cut my own hair)
Pacific Northwest girl, color-treated fine 3B, med-low porosity

Products: Suave Coconut condish, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, FSG or KCCC, AfroVeda Shea-Amla Cream
I LOVE HENNA!
Oh my goodness! Mosuna, your hair is beautiful! I have got to try that stuff.
Originally Posted by etripoli
Thank you (blush blush). I will go for 2nd day hair tomorrow and show you the difference. It gets curlier (or at least it seems like the curls get tighter) and the FSG takes away the frizz and adds a ton of shine!
Fotki: http://public.fotki.com/curlymomo/ (password curly)
Currently loving: Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, Alba Soft Hold Curl Cream, KCCC
Striving for: Length!

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