It's nearly time for me to pack my bags and go on a well-deserved holiday to Indonesia! While most are concerned with bringing the right swimsuits and enough spending money, I am more concerned with bringing my holy grail hair care products.

My curls are really picky, and there are few ingredients and techniques that make my hair happy. For instance, many curlies swear by the LOC or LCO method, and although it is regarded as one of the best methods for curl definition, this method does not work for my finicky hair!

On the flip side, the picky nature of my curls enables me to avoid purchasing the wrong hair care products. It took me a couple of years to find products that would fulfill every need of my natural crown. When going on holidays, I always bring a leave-in conditioner, a cream and a jelly with me. Although sealing a style with oil doesn’t quite work for me, jellies are the perfect alternative.

These are the three holy grail hair care products I never leave home without:

Leave-in: Strengthen, Grow & Restore Smoothie by SheaMoisture

SheaMoisture Strengthen & Restore Smoothie

Not only do I love the fragrance, but I also was able to see proof of the benefits advertised on the packaging. My hair grew stronger due to the powerful combination of its main ingredients - Shea butter and Castor oil. One additional plus was that my nails also benefited from the product as well. Ever since I started using this leave-in conditioner, they are less brittle and have grown longer.

Cream: Almond Jai Twisting Butter by Camille Rose Naturals

Camille Rose Almond Jai

On vacation, my hair will often be exposed to the sun, and it will also endure the consequences of swimming in the sea and pool frequently. In drying conditions like this it is important for me to be sure to moisturize my curls and nourish my scalp. This butter is the perfect solution, as it softens and moisturizes the hair.

Jelly: Curl Maker by Camille Rose Naturals

Camille Rose Curl Maker

I have been using this product since 2015 and I am still in love with it! The Curl Maker is a great sealant and provides fabulous definition. Be sure to finger-detangle your hair while applying the product. In doing so, it will coat all of your strands, and your curls will be more defined.

Do you feel like your curls are picky? Let us know which holy grails work for you in the comments below!