SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo I prefer this shampoo to Aussie, but I'll use Aussie if I'm out of Fructis. Also, make sure you get the right one... Fructis makes a creamy version and a regular, clear version. The creamy version is the one I use Aussie Moist Shampoo Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner Hands down, the best conditioner I've ever used... It's crazy expensive though BLOWDRYING TOOLS Luxor Pro Tourmaline Brushes (varying sizes) I can't live without these... I buy new ones when they've been so abused that the bristles have shrunk and shriveled to the point that they don't "grab" as well as they used to. The small ones run about $7, not sure about the larger ones. Revlon Color Swirl Detangling Comb Standard comb, wide-set teeth... not my favorite, but my favorite broke, and I'm stuck using this until I find a replacement Elchim Professional Turbo Blowdryer with nozzle attachment A great blowdryer, but the nozzle attachment makes it amazing. Another good one is the black one by Babyliss Pro, but it's heavier than the Elchim model
BLOWDRYING PRODUCTS Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Nutrient Spray Light and never greasy, I spray this on each section before blowdrying. Moroccan Oil Treatment there's a noticeable difference in how dry my hair is when I use Moroccan Oil vs when I forget to... A definite must-have! STRAIGHTENER & CURLING IRON Babyliss Pro 1 1/4" Nano Titanium Straightener All Babyliss straighteners are NOT created equal... I've used the 1" and the 2", and this one is by far the best! Babyliss Pro Mighty Mini I'm not sure if there's much variability in tiny straighteners like this one, but I use this to get close to my roots and straighten them out... particularly when I'm getting close to relaxer time Hot Tool Professional Ceramic 1" Curling Iron Nothing special, I think I got this from a grocery store... or maybe Harmon Discount. In any case, I think it was pretty cheap, and it does the job. HEAT PROTECTANTS Redken Spray Starch 15 *Discontinued =( This doesn't smell all that great, and it gets ALL OVER my laptop (I watch movies while I do my hair), but it protects my hair from heat, makes it shiny, and gives just enough hold to keep everything in place without building up. Chi Keratin mist I use this if I re-straighten my hair before blowdrying again. RELAXERS Dr. Miracle's Feel It Formula Thermalceutical Intensive No-Lye Relaxer (Regular Strength) Profectiv Mega Growth Therapeutic No-Lye Hair Relaxer (Regular Strength) I've had great results with both relaxers, and really have no preference... but GET RUBBER GLOVES THAT FIT!! Seriously, pick up a box of latex gloves in your size from your local drugstore... it makes life SO much easier! Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3 Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment This is a miracle, and if Fructis EVER discontinues it, I may die. It's the ONLY product I've found that completely gets rid of that "straw" feeling you get right after relaxing your hair... I LOVE! Slather it on and wrap your head in Press N' Seal (ghetto? Maybe... but it works, and results are NOT ghetto) and let the goody goodness soak innnnn
Things to Remember
The products and tools I talk about here and in the video are what I've found to work for me. It took years of experimenting with different techniques, shampoos, conditioners, serums, etc to finally settle on one that gives me the results I want. Please don't be discouraged if your results don't mirror mine, you will just need to experiment a little longer until you find your perfect hair cocktail.