*Updated June 2013*

My regimen is still in the works, but I use the following products. I have to warn you that my stylist only uses Phyto products, so of course that's what she suggested I get for my at home care. Since I'm such a newbie, my plan is to start with her product suggestions, and as I get to know my hair, branch out if I feel it's necessary, or stick to Phyto if things are going well! One benefit of Phyto that I didn't know the value of before increasing my hair knowledge is that Phyto is formulated WITHOUT:
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic Fragrances
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Petrochemicals
  • Phthalates
Based on some of the beginner suggestions for basic types of products (from places like Just Grow Already who has a fabulous summary of beginner hair tips), I have been using the following:


  • Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Shampoo missPhytospecific Magic Detangling Shampoo (moisturizing)
  • Phytolium Energizing Shampoo (this is actually for thinning hair which fortunately I don't have, but my stylist recommended it since I'm trying to grow longer hair. I don't actually think I need this so I'll go back to just Phytojoba after I finish what I have.)
  • Phytopanama + Intelligent Shampoo Phytoneutre Rebalancing Cream Shampoo (clarifying shampoo)
  • Phytosesame Express Hydrating Conditioner (moisturizing) Unfortunately this was discontinued, so I now use Phytobaume Express Conditioner
Leave-In Conditioners
  • Phytospecific Energizing Concentrate (protein leave-in)
  • Phytospecific Integral Hydrating Mist
  • Phytomist Instant Hydrating Conditioner 
  • Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream - Ultra Dry Hair (creamy leave-in)
  • I'm actually looking to try other moisturizers as I'm not sure that I'm completely satisfied with this area...still searching as of 1/1/13
  • PhytoSpecific Nourishing Styling Cream (I'm currently out of this, but I use it on a daily basis when I have it)
  • PhytoSpecific Moisturizing Styling Cream (this is very thick and heavy so I only use this when I have my hair cornrowed)
  • Phytonectar Pre-Shampoo Ultra Nourishing Oil Treatment
  • Huile d'Ales Pre-Shampoo Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment (I use this as an oil treatment prior to shampooing, i.e. this is my pre-poo)
  • EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil)
  • JBCO (Jamaican black castor oil)
  • Lavender Oil (I add a few drops of this to my JBCO)

I began taking vitamins before starting my hair journey due to some gentle nudging from my boyfriend. They have truly helped me maintiain good health since I'm not able to get all of the necessary vitamins and nutrients from my diet alone. Following is my daily vitamin routine:
  • Women's Multi-Vitamin: 1 daily
  • B-Complex: 1 daily
  • Biotin (5000 MCG): 1 daily
  • Fish Oil: 2 daily
  • Phytophanere Dietary Supplement - Hair & Nails2 daily for 2 months and then 1 month off (they are designed to be taken this way)
    • These make my nails rediculously strong. I've never had a problem with nail growth, but since adding these vitamins, they are always a decent length because they rarely break!
  • MSM: 2 daily
    • I added these in April 2011 after learning about them through hair research. I'm not sure if they make a difference, so once I finished my last bottle, I decided to give them a break in order to see if I notice any benefit from taking them 
Just to provide a frame of reference, I figured I would post a few texture shots of my natural hair: (I was doing a twist n curl and decided to snap these shots, hence the