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Simple regimens are always the best regimens. They are effortless, less time consuming, and more affordable. 1-2 times a week I detangle, shampoo, deep condition, and wear a wash and go. The entire process takes approximately 1-1.5 hrs. I am satisfied with my regimen, but I will occasionally alternate my products when something grasps my attention. Although I have been able to maintain a proper moisture and protein balance with only damage from rough detangling (I’m impatient), I wanted to do something different: use oils. I have fine, low porosity, medium density, 4a strands and so the concept of cocktailing oils or sealing my hair never appealed to me. 

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Every product in my regimen is formulated with oils, so I never thought additional oils were necessary. I feared that adding oils would not make a difference and my fine strands would be left oily. After witnessing how well Naptural85's and Curly Farrah's strands flourished with incorporating oil, I decided to try it. Since my shampoos are gentle, a pre-poo was not necessary, so I considered deep conditioning and the LOC method. Here are my results.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Serum

First, let’s address packaging. Packaging is important to me for multiple reasons: contamination, control, and spillage. Oils can go rancid, so it is important that I dispense the product without transferring water or other products into the bottle while in the shower. Since my skin is oily and acne prone, it is important that I can control the product flow when I am using it. Too much oil forces me to discard or use the product, and the latter is likely to drip down my face and back. This nozzle top dispenser is perfect. If I accidently drop the product in the shower, which happens often, I do not have to worry about the product spilling everywhere. The nozzle’s narrow passage requires pressure to dispense, so that adds even more control and less worry about spillage.

Not only is the five-star packaging consumer friendly, but the product is also exceptional. Fine strands usually fall limp to castor oil, but this blend is perfect. Check out the ingredients:

Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil *Certified Organic Ingredient 

I apply a quarter-sized amount of oil after I rinsing my shampoo and before saturating my hair with my deep conditioner. This oil provides increased slip and helps products better adsorb to my coils. After I rinsing my hair, my curls feel luscious. Then, I apply the Oyin Handmade Hair Dew, SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Serum, and then the As I Am Coil Defining Jelly, which renders the softest wash and go I have ever styled. I think it is too early to notice enhanced shine but the softness is enough to make me a oil convert. This oil is officially in my Holy Grail and will be repurchased.

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Is there a product or step in your regimen that you finally tried and love?