I am not a product junkie (PJ”>. While I can occasionally be swayed by my PJ sister, I am a creature of habit madly in love with SheaMoisture, Kinky-Curly, and As I Am. I do feel it is time to try some new products, especially since a few have been on my mind for months. I have expectations that always need to be considered like natural ingredients, CG friendly, silicone-free, and protein-free unless I am specifically looking for a protein treatment. 

I can be picky but that just means I like what I like with no qualms about expecting high quality ingredients and performance from my products. I am a lazy natural, not a neglectful one, but I thrive on easy. Here are five products that will make their way into my hands and hair before the year is out.

I am a lazy natural, not a neglectful one, but I thrive on easy.

ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment 

I have been eyeing it for years, and despite the host of positive reviews, I have simply not given it a try. My old standby of Aubrey Organics GPB has run off (I know it was my daughter”>, so this is the perfect time to give it a whirl.

Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Crème 

I love coffee. It is my breakfast dessert. Even before I began drinking it daily ten years ago, I have always loved the aroma and the warmth coffee gives me when I smell it.  I do coffee rinses a few times a year for benefits of caffeine to my scalp, so trying a product with my favorite morning desert is in no way odd or surprising. Distilled water, fatty alcohols, aloe vera juice, and vegetable glycerin with coffee further down the list is a great combination for a leave-in conditioner, so I will be trying this before summer.

DevaCurl Heaven In Hair 

I am not going to lie. The ingredients in DevaCurl Heaven In Hair sold me on trying this product for 2016. Water, yarrow extract, matricaria leaf extract, lemongrass extract, hops extract, and lemon balm are the first six ingredients. It helps that it is well-received by curly girls and not too pricey for a try whenever I feel my strands are in need. I live in Denver, so moisturizing products are a must.

Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray

I am a beach bum who finally wants to give sea salt spray a chance, since I found out it is for all hair types and not just for wavies. Water, sea salt, propylene glycol, sea water, panthenol, hydrolyzed algin make up the first six ingredients and it promises a natural tousled and textured look without the crunch or stiffness. Just spray into damp hair and scrunch (I never need to do that but what the hey”> and allow to air-dry. That is easy enough for a lazy natural and will be my go-to summer look if it all works out.

Original Moxie Shape Shifter Re-Forming Crème 

I love creamy gels in warmer months, and while last year I really enjoyed trying Curls Curl Soufflé, I want to give another brand a try and see what they have to offer. This is another favorite from curly girls and it promises a great flexible hold with water, flaxseed gel, jojoba oil, aloe vera leaf, citric acid, and fatty acids. I am excited about the ingredient lineup and that it is sulfate, paraben, and phthalates free.

What products are you trying this year?


Sabrina Perkins


Sabrina, founder of seriouslynatural.org and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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