2012 Hits & Misses

Air drying more than roller setting. Roller setting is a great way to achieve straight hair without using direct heat but air drying this year was much easier and required much less manipulation. Although I love wearing my hair straight, I love the ease that air drying provides. Check out this link to all my air-drying posts and this link to read an old post on Air Drying vs. Roller Setting

Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream Conditioner. I really, really like this conditioner. I’d put off trying it for a while but I’m glad I eventually took the plunge. Check out my product review here.

KeraPRO Restorative Treatment. As long as the formula does not change, it’s going to be a staple conditioner. Love this stuff! Check out my review here.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil. I’ve predominately using this to oil my ends and occasionally seal in my moisturizers. Even after using this every day, it never weighed down my hair. Check out my product review here.

Sealing with an oil-based moisturizer. Namely HairitageHydration Coconut Mango Hair Moisturizer. You can find my review about it here.

Sprush. A $6 gem! My Sprush makes relaxer application much easier and faster. I don’t have to worry as much about relaxer overlap when I’m applying my relaxer because I get so much control from the Sprush.

My Secura Hair Steamer. Steaming my deep conditioners has definitely helped me retain moisture longer and as a result experience less breakage.

Kyra Hemp Conditioner. I regret purchasing this conditioner with every fiber of my being… drastic much? I only used it once but once was enough. The smell was so overpowering, it ended up giving me a migraine for hours. It also irritated the heck out of my scalp and made my hair shed an insane amount. While rinsing out the conditioner strands were coming out left and right. I get mad just thinking about it. You can read about that wash day here.

ORS Edge Control. This stuff was insanely thick to me. It felt like it would take the strength of ten thousand men to scoop out enough to get my edges smooth. I liked in the beginning but my affections towards it quickly fizzled out. I don’t like brushing my edges, I don’t even own a brush, and it seems like I needed a brush to get it evenly spread in my hair and prevent the product from streaking. I know I could have purchased a brush, but I just didn’t want to buy one. I threw my brush out years ago because brushing was cause my edges to thin, I was not about to buy another one.

Let’s Jam Gel. It’s in the same boat as the ORS Edge Control. Too thick. I first tested this product on 9 week post edges. The first day (on freshly wash, deep conditioned, and air dried hair) it worked great . . . the following days, not so much!

What are your “hits and misses” for 2012?


  1. lol! 'The strength of 10 thousand men' comment about ORS edge control cracks me up! Glad I'm not the only one who felt that way!

    Giovanni Direct Leave In
    Airdrying under dryer
    Silk Elements Kera Minerals DC
    JBCO Castor oil

    ORS Replenishing Condiitoner
    Elast QP mango butter as a new growth moisturizer
    whipped shea butter

  2. Ooooowh ! =( Now I feel bad for the ORS Edge Control since I recommended you to get one lol sorry Jeni =(

    My hits
    Lile of the Desert 80 Daily Conditioner & Shampoo
    Giovanni Leave-In conditioner
    Aphogee Tea Reconstructor (I bought it after I saw your review on it <3)
    ORS HaiRepair

    ORS Hair Mask

  3. I discovered air drying earlier this year & it has really reduced the amount of heat I use on my hair and has been a great time saver.

    Bee Mine Deja Hair Milk
    Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstuctor
    Grapeseed oil
    Coconut oil
    Jamaican Castor Oil (this has really helped boost my hair growth to the point where my hair is sometimes too thick lol)
    Miss Keys 20 en 1 DC

    Wave Noveau

    Even though I'm on a college budget, I can't wait to try some of the products you, Jeni, have recommended


  4. My biggest ahaaaaa moment was when i realize how little oli and how much other stuff there was in morocan oil. From that moment i only buy puré oils. So much better for the hair.

    My other thing is Shea butter. Got 1,5 kilo straight from Ghana. I dont use it much in the hair but i the body. The elastacy and the smoothness it adds to My skin makes it look 10 years younger.

    Third hit, the dock bun.

    Misses: buying oilsl on ebay. Impossible to know the quality without seeing and feel it.

  5. Hits:
    Hair Trigger hair growth elixir – vanilla pound cake
    Vo5 moisture milks strawberry conditioner
    grapeseed oil
    Chi silk infusion
    unrefined coconut oil
    linnage shea butter lye relaxer
    Alter Ego garlic conditioner
    RR Line Velluntenero finish cream for dry and frizzy hair/shampoo/mask

    Lacio Lacio leave in
    ORS olive oil moisturizer
    My last two beauticians

  6. Hits:
    Bee Mine Deep Conditioner
    Creme of Nature argan oil sulfate free shampoo
    Aussie Moist Conditioner
    Motions Protein Reconstructor
    Organix anti-breakage serum

    Braid extensions

  7. HITS:
    Sitrinallah deep hair mask from hairveda
    redtea satin moisturizer from hairveda
    garnier sleek n shine leave in
    grape seed oil
    ecostyler olive oil gel
    ors edge control
    HE Hello Hydration
    Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor

  8. HITS: hh honey im strong condit (for every other day cowash), kanechom+silicon mix as a biwkly dc (constant cowashing lessens my need for wkly dcs), sedal cerimidas and anti sponge leave ins, morrocan oil (my hair LOVES this stuff man!!!)… I am gonna parlay my MISSES into HITS cuz I am not going to be buying anything after 1/1/13 UNTIL i use up "all" that i have (personal challenge for the 2013

  9. Hi, can u do a post on how u manage your hair without using a brush? It seems a difficult thing for me to do?

  10. His:
    ORS replenishing conditioner (staple)
    Nunaat silicone leave in
    Nunaat deep condition
    ” intensive hair mask
    grapeseed oil (staple)
    paul Mitchell super skinny serum (staple)
    Organix coconut milk anti breakage serum
    Motions cpr reconstructor
    ” ” leave in
    Sof'n'free really deep conditioner pack
    Elasta Qp shampoo for relaxed (staple)
    ” fortifying conditioner (staple)
    Main and tail conditioner
    Bee mine avocado balanced conditioner
    Elasta Qp dpr-11

    ……mostly hits….this yr has been good and steady progress

  11. Hits:
    Silk Dreams: Vanilla Silk and Chocolate Bliss both leave my hair soft, moisturized and smelling good.
    Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture: Was a hit as a co-wash then became a miss as a co-wash and is now a HIT as a leave-in. My hair has been easier to detangle since I started using this as my leave in.
    Garnier Fructis: This has the other half of my detangling duo. Has great slip and is not greasy or oily.
    CON Argan Oil Shampoo: This has to be one of the best shampoos I have ever used. It really cleanses my hair but does strip it. It's great for detangling too. lol


    As I Am Coconut Cowash: My hair tangled and matted so bad after one use of this. It went back to the store with the quickness
    As I Am Hydration Elation: Didn't feel like a deep condition and the price didn't make it any better.

  12. HITS:

    Darcy Botanicals Lemonrass Transitioning Creme
    Bee Mine DC
    (Big Hit) – ORS Penetrating Conditioner
    Aphogee 2 Minute
    Bee Mine Curly Butter
    Optimum Care Salon Collections DC, and Relaxer


    Everything from Shescentit (Mostly due to the fragrances)
    Every other thing from Bee Mine (except above)
    Vanilla Silk Moisture Dream

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      I've tried a butter from Shescentit, I can't remember the name, and I had to stop using it because I couldn't handle the fragrance.

  13. This year was mostly hits for me. Finally got a routine down that worked. Added some As I Am products that helped flesh out some areas my hair was missing cause it loved it. And the prepoo and deep conditioning has been great. Got the hang of the moisture and sealing routine too. Major miss was the Shea Moisture experiments. My hair hated them all. Either they were too heavy or felt stiff in my hair later. Oh and the coconut oil and I don't like each other.

  14. i feel the same way about the edge control..it also started flaking on me smh…

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