A Product Junkie Changes Her Ways?

Hello. My name is Javacia Harris Bowser and I am a product junkie.

Or at least I used to be. Lately, I’ve been beginning to wonder if I have turned over a new leaf.

First, let me explain what a product junkie is for those of you who are a bit confused. We women who choose to wear our hair in its natural state instead of chemically straightened still must find the right products to keep our hair moisturized, healthy and strong. This results in a lot of experimentation and in some cases, like mine, downright obsession.

There was a time when I would buy any and every hair product I could afford and even some that I couldn’t. And since I often wrote product reviews for this blog, that just gave me even more reason to feed my habit.

Recently, however, I have adopted a regimen that just might get me to settle down and change my ways.

My products of choice are Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. I comb these products through wet hair after co-washing with TRESemme Naturals Conditioner. To refresh second and third day hair, I smooth on Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk and the Pure Clean Smoothing Cream to slightly damp hair, which just takes a couple of minutes. I shampoo once a week with Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo. 

So what’s so special about this regimen? Not only does it keep my hair soft, shiny, and moisturized, but each product listed is less than $10. And they are all available at Walgreens and Target so you don’t have to worry about shipping costs, either.

I will still probably treat myself to a bottle of Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls when the company has a buy one get one free sale, because I am still in awe of how great my hair looks and feels with that curl cream. But $32 for 8 ounces is a bit too rich for my blood, as my mom would say.

So for now, this recovering product junkie is settling down with her current hair regimen and saving money in the process.

What products are you currently using on your natural hair?



  1. Ok, that posts just makes me want to try some of those things!

    I was using the Ausie 3 Minute Miracle for my very curly light brown hair, but then I noticed a silicone build up.

    So now I’m back to searching!

    • Well, I believe all the products I mentioned in this post are silicone free, so you should check them out. Let me know if you do and how they work out for you.

  2. I too was a product junkie lol 🙂 But I have yet to try that Tresemme Naturals hmmm. But I have pretty much found what I like and what works for me I use Aussie Moist 3 min miracle for my deep condish, I use VO5 moisture milks for my co wash condish and for my oils I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil and for my stylers I love Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Eco Styler Olive Oil gel, that is all. (I don’t have a particular brand of shampoo or rinse out condish but I am loving that new Clear Scalp and Hair line)

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