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April 16th, 2016, 07:02 AM
What are your absolute essentials for haircare? By "absolute essentials," I mean products, masks, tools, techniques, supplements, hairstyles, hair accessories, etc. that you use daily/often to maintain your hair. Your "must haves."

April 16th, 2016, 07:03 AM
As for me, I'm somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to haircare. I need shampoo, conditioner, oil, flaxseed gel, and hair masks. Also, a scrunchie for buns/ponytails and a pair of scissors for trimming.

April 16th, 2016, 07:39 AM
Ooh I like this! Mine would be
Shampoo and conditioner
Wide tooth Comb
Dry shampoo
Bobby pins
:) that would do me I think!

April 16th, 2016, 07:42 AM
A shampoo and a conditioner, coconut oil for pre wash, neem and tea tree oil, my wide tooth comb, U pins and a hairstick :)

April 16th, 2016, 08:16 AM
S&C, tangle teezer, Kimberlilys defrizz spray, hairdryer, dry shampoo, elastics. I suspect that list will change slightly when I get my balayage in 2 weeks :)

April 16th, 2016, 08:19 AM
Conditioner, shampoo, hairstick :D maybe a few bobbypins,an elastic, and scissors for S&D... I do use gel,oils and things,but I don't *need* them.

April 16th, 2016, 08:24 AM
I'm actually dreaming about hiking one of the very long trails in a couple of years so I've put some thought into my bare necessities lately!

I can use pretty much any high-sulfate shampoo and any coney conditioner with a little protein in it and have reasonably happy hair. Other than that I just need a bottle of my favourite serum, a wooden comb, a few elastics for braids, and my spin pins. Oh, and some small sharp sewing scissors for S&D. A stick or fork would be a bonus but spin pins will hold even center-held buns pretty well for me, and I don't generally need any masks, deep treatments, or SMTs.

April 16th, 2016, 09:08 AM
Dr. Bronners soap
Olive oil
And henna have to have my henna

April 16th, 2016, 09:27 AM
My wide tooth comb, TT brush (even though I only use them weekly). And my WCC/LOC/(ROO) methods are my staples in my hair care. I don't need much beyond that. Besides a major stash of S/C and styling products. ;) :p

April 16th, 2016, 09:28 AM
Dr. Bronners soap
Olive oil
And henna have to have my henna

Welcome to the forum, BTW! :)

April 16th, 2016, 09:28 AM
Bamboo Brush (optional I could get away just fine with finger combing)

Done!!!!! XD

April 16th, 2016, 09:37 AM
Shampoo, conditioner, bobby pins, comb, scissors, elastics.

April 16th, 2016, 09:43 AM
Here's what I'm taking with me on my month long trip tomorrow:

Applicator bottle for said conditioner in proper dilution
Oil blend for the ends
Conditioning cap
Tshirt turban
Aquis turban
Tangle Teezer
Wide tooth comb (EIA)
Widu brush
African Butterfly combs
Some clippies
A barette
Leave in conditioner
Styling cream
Sleep cap
Silk pillowcase

Of these things, the only ones that I find essential are the conditioner, the oil, the comb, the Widu, the Aquis, the sleep cap, and whatever holds my hair up best.

Everything else is a nicety.

April 16th, 2016, 09:45 AM
- wide-tooth comb
- hair stick
- elastic
- hair fork
- shampoo

I can survive without other things, but I really love conditioner, silky smooth scarf (for sleeping) and oil, too.

April 16th, 2016, 09:49 AM
Shampoo, conditioner, a D-tangler (tangle teezer ripoff that is better than the tangle teezer), claw clips and other hair ties, supplemental iron, hair shears, baby powder (as dry shampoo), and a serum or leave in.

April 16th, 2016, 09:50 AM
I would need shampoo & conditioner, tangle teaser, scissors, silk pillowcase, tusk, Ficcare, and acrylic stick

April 16th, 2016, 09:51 AM
Oh I forgot my aluminum forks. :o

April 16th, 2016, 09:53 AM
This is fun to read:
- Shampoo (diluted plus some tea tree oil)
- Conditioner
- Panacea leave-in
- I probably could get away with finger combing but I wouldn't very happy about it, I prefer the wide-tooth comb.
- Some way to put it up, or even just a ribbon to tie off braids.

April 16th, 2016, 09:58 AM
Something to put my hair up (stick, fork, clip, elastic, etc)

April 16th, 2016, 10:05 AM
I tend toward minimalism with my haircare. At any point, you'll find the following things readily available in my arsenal:
Herbal Essences shampoo/conditioner (cycles through pink, purple, red, and light blue)
Coconut oil (deep conditioning - I need to switch to something else, but want to finish off my jar before I buy something new)
Hair scissors for S&D
Tiny clear elastics for holding braid ends together - cheap enough I can chop through them if they're tangled in my hair
One stick, one three-prong fork, my crescent, two DPN forks, and roller pins
Paranda, for getting the best overnight braid waves possible all the way down to my ends

Other things I own:
BBB (used before weekly washings so I don't get too many straggly hairs clogging up the drain)
Rag curler cloths (used rarely, need to make more because apparently my hair is too thick to get decent curls with just two of them)
various hair toys of several kinds

April 16th, 2016, 10:18 AM
Wide tooth comb
Larger diameter hairstick or a hair fork
Shampoo bar
ACV/citric acid
Little silicone ties for night braid
Hair turbie
Shower cap
Some form of hair oil
Hair scissors for S&D

I have other things that I like, including my BBB, but those are the general basics.

For travel, I am a bit simpler. Wide tooth comb, Ficcare, simple stick, silicone elastics, shower cap. I don't wash my hair if the trip is under a week or two and it is rare for us to take longer trips than that.

April 16th, 2016, 10:21 AM
I am fairly minimalistic in all aspects of my life, and thanks to LHC have managed to do away with so many unneccessary hair things, and have come out with happier healther hair because of it.


Suave coconut conditioner
Black Scrunchy
Gentle Hairtie (I'm a ponytail addict but am trying to break the habit)
Tiny elastics for braids
My trusty hair scissors (won't let a stylist near my hair again after a disaster in August.)

COULD DO WITHOUT, but I have them anyway and use them sometimes:

Pureology Chelate Shampoo (every few months)
Biolage Deep Conditioner (once a week or so)
Baby Oil (I sometimes smooth a drop on my ends and I honestly don't know if it's even necessary, hehe)
Blowdryer (BAD! But at least I only use it on low heat and low speed)
Round Brush while blowdrying (Double Bad)

I also have bobbypins and 2-3 jaw clips and cloth headbands that kinda just are there but they don't get much use. I know I'd kick myself if I did away with all bobbypins though, haha.

April 16th, 2016, 10:51 AM
Wide tooth comb
Elastics or hair stick or clip (anything I can use to put my hair up)
Those are my must haves. I also love to have leave in oils or creams and deep treatments.

April 16th, 2016, 11:06 AM
Shampoo (must be sulfate free!)
coconut oil
wide toothed comb
hair elastics (the cloth covered kind)
my "decorative" bobby pins - I use them to pin up my shorter layers and usually match the color to my clothes
Aloe gel
Scissors for S&D

April 16th, 2016, 12:47 PM
Shampoo and conditioner
Tea tree and lavender oil
XZ balsam spray
Wide tooth comb
Bamboo brush
Headbands, claw clips and scrunchies
A few decorative barrettes
Swimming cap

I've a lot of bobby pins and other knick knacks but I don't consider them essential.

April 16th, 2016, 01:34 PM
I'm actually dreaming about hiking one of the very long trails in a couple of years so I've put some thought into my bare necessities lately!.

Oooo, can I ask which one?! We are planning on hiking a portion of the TRT this summer, but I only have 9 days of vacation so we probably won't do the whole thing (new to LD hiking and all...). A dream of mine would be the CDT and portions of the PCT (not the whole "Mexico to Canada" thing). We both have an ancestral connetion to the AT, but I just don't want to be around THAT many people while hiking. Give me bears and solitude any day!

One of the reasons I started growing again was so that I could be comfortable long-term while hiking. For some reason, I can't stand the wind whipping my hair into my face, so it's either pixie or pony/braid/bun. I'm nearing being able to pull ALL of my hair back soon.

My essentials for now are:

sulfate or non-sulfate shampoo, I alternate
As I Am coconut co-wash
fingers to detangle
bobby pins and silicone elastics

Pretty low maintenance at the moment, haha.

April 16th, 2016, 01:37 PM
Deep conditioner
Coconut/olive oil
Satin bonnet
Wide tooth comb
Wet brush

April 16th, 2016, 01:38 PM
Thank you!!

April 16th, 2016, 01:39 PM
Welcome to the forum, BTW! :)
Thank you!!

April 16th, 2016, 01:49 PM
Absolute essentials:

hair stick or fork

Things that make life easier:

Shampoo (daily and clarifying)
Long piece of old tshirt sheet (improv turbie)
Silk sleep cap
Wide and fine toothed combs (wide alone misses too many tangles)
Hair stick or fork
Hat and/or bandana

April 16th, 2016, 02:01 PM
As it is now... the only thing I absolutely need is shampoo. I can go without conditioner, oils and brushes/combs, but shampoo I need.

I hope that will change for me, I want my hair to look a bit better, I am just a bit too lazy right now x)

April 16th, 2016, 02:11 PM
Well, my absolute essentials that I could get by on without big problems for at least a while are:

- shampoo (or at least something reasonably suited to wash hair)
- a satiny scrunchie or hair stick to keep hair up

With these added I would be quite happy:

- Mineral oil
- Silk pillow case

And throw these in as well and that is basically my current routine :)

- honey
- t-shirt wrap
- wide-toothed comb (but I can get by quite well with fingers)

April 16th, 2016, 03:09 PM
a little oil
DIY fruit hair mask (once a week)
satin cap

April 16th, 2016, 03:16 PM
Oooo, can I ask which one?! We are planning on hiking a portion of the TRT this summer, but I only have 9 days of vacation so we probably won't do the whole thing (new to LD hiking and all...). A dream of mine would be the CDT and portions of the PCT (not the whole "Mexico to Canada" thing). We both have an ancestral connetion to the AT, but I just don't want to be around THAT many people while hiking. Give me bears and solitude any day!

One of the reasons I started growing again was so that I could be comfortable long-term while hiking. For some reason, I can't stand the wind whipping my hair into my face, so it's either pixie or pony/braid/bun. I'm nearing being able to pull ALL of my hair back soon.

(Hope this doesn't go too off-topic!)

Ideally, I want to go hike New Zealand's Te Araroa trail. It's said to be one of the hardest long-distance treks mostly because of the solitude and it's quite new so there's not nearly as much information about it as the US trails. On the plus side, though, it's got no bears or large predators, few or no venomous insects/arachnids/snakes, and no disease carrying mosquitoes or ticks. I've also been in love with NZ ever since watching the Lord of the Rings films when they came out.

April 16th, 2016, 03:20 PM
Pretty much any conventional shampoo and conditioner.
Hair fork or stick.

April 16th, 2016, 03:58 PM
Clarifying shampoo
Tangle teezer
Snag free hair elastics
Wide tooth comb
Hair dressing scissors(for my weekly S&D)
And my plastic comb which i have had and used daily for the past 27 years can not do without it!

April 16th, 2016, 04:33 PM
Denman brush
wide tooth comb
MeiFa Allwood hairstick.

April 16th, 2016, 05:32 PM
If needed, I would be fine with just a bottle of CO-appropriate conditioner and a stick. I usually use quite a bit more than that, though.

April 16th, 2016, 06:31 PM
Ok now here goes. :writer:
Shampoo and conditioner
Coconut , olive and castor oils
Wide tooth comb
Boar bristle brush
Hair sticks
Henna( of course)
Bobby pins and a couple of elastics

April 16th, 2016, 07:59 PM
For haircare products, I'm pretty loyal to Lush Cosmetics, so my essentials are: Jason and the Argan Oil/Karma Komba/Godiva shampoo bars, Veganese Conditioner, R&B hair moisturizer, and Retread deep conditioner. For styling/tools: a wide-toothed comb, Tangle Teezer, and various gigantic hair clips.

Groovy Granny
April 16th, 2016, 09:03 PM
Shampoo, conditioner, mineral oil, wide tooth comb, scrunchy, and a claw

April 17th, 2016, 06:49 AM
Schawrzkopf shampoo/Sunsilk shampoo
Frizz Ease or Sunsilk conditioner
My big wood brush
My wide-tooth comb
A LOT of U-pins
A couple of hair ties
At least one hair stick or hair fork
My microfiber hair wraps or some kind of small towel

You can imagine how much space my 'hair stuff' takes up in my bag when travelling :lol:

April 17th, 2016, 12:38 PM
Coconut oil
Acrylic/metal stick or fork

April 17th, 2016, 01:03 PM
4I use the obvious ones, shampoo, conditioner, oil, hair ties, acrylic fork, and a buff. After I shampoo I pull the buff around my neck and pull it up while holding my hair on the top of my head. Then I just let the ends fall back in the buff. I keep a microfiber towel around my neck to catch the drips. This works best for me. Lately I have been using a pony dry and I think I need to add that to my must have list.

April 17th, 2016, 02:06 PM
My hair is pretty low maintenance. I only use the basics.
Shampoo, conditioner (when I'm too lazy I skip this), coney serum, tangle teezer and a pair of claw clips. That's all I need. :-)

April 17th, 2016, 03:54 PM
I need shampoo sulphate free ( sulphate give mi lion frizz ), schwarkopft ultimate repair mask for condition, olive and coconut oil,a large claw and a wood brush :)

April 17th, 2016, 08:42 PM
Nature's Gate Replenishing Chamomile Shampoo
Pre-poo (especially on the ends)
Occasional gelatin protein treatments + henna
Coconut oil or milk
Wide-toothed wooden comb + fine-toothed plastic comb to detangle.
Tresemme Botanique Conditioner

In order of :p-ness.

April 17th, 2016, 08:57 PM
A basic, silicone free sulfate shampoo (most are fine), my GVP Nexxus Humectress clone from Sally's, my Tangle Wrangler brush, my scissors, scrunchies, spin pins, and coconut oil could probably get me by for awhile. Oh....and my semi permanent dye that I use every 2 weeks.

April 17th, 2016, 09:33 PM
I don't need much and normally don't use much. Ideally, shampoo and conditioner. (I've done water only, but my ends got dry. They're in better condition now, though, and might not.) Wide tooth comb is easier than fingers, but I went 4 days last week with only finger combing, including 2 washes.

Pretty much, I just need a stick. Maybe a tie for a braid or a sleep bonnet. All else is optional.

April 17th, 2016, 09:44 PM
Good idea! Mine has changed depending on the milestone. Here is my recollections condensed.

* From a bald Buzzcut all the way down to upper waist length:

-Natural cone free products.
- extra virgin coconut oil, Japanese tsubaki camellia oil, evoo
- body shop wooden comb, bbb, rat tail comb for smoothing the top of my head after completing an updo.
- silicone clear elastics for the ends of my braid.
- Ficcare clips and Flexi 8s since I am bun challenged and sticks don't work for my hair.

* From Hip length all the way to my current classic length +

- Neutragena Clarifying shampoo, and any coney conditioners like Pantene.
- Finger comb the length only, use a rat tail comb to smooth out the top of my head after I complete my updo if at all needed.
- Tsubaki Camelia oil and sometimes mineral oil.
- no more elastics for the ends of my braids. At this length I can finally make buns with no elastics needed for the end of my braid.
- Hair sticks 98% of the time for the week! Finally sticks works for me, so many years of not getting them to hold right, and sadly classic length is the length I can get single stick updos to hold like a rock, no need for Ficcares. :rollin: although I still will wear a Ficcare or Flexi 8 if there is a terrible windstorm so I'm not ready to let my Ficcare collection go since I've had them for many years with so much memories built with certain pieces.

April 18th, 2016, 12:13 AM
Mild shampoo, the coniest condish I can get my hands on. My Rogaine, my Madera comb, a hairstick, some plant oil and my satin sleep cap.

April 18th, 2016, 07:35 AM
spin pins
small elastics
silk pillowcase or satin cap

April 18th, 2016, 11:55 AM
HE shampoo and conditioner
Tangle teezer
Coconut oil
Elastics/something to put it up with

That's really it, nice a simple. S/C once a week, finger comb or use TT every other day, coconut oil when I feel I need it, put up in a bun except when sleeping, then I wear it loose.

April 20th, 2016, 02:08 AM
Shampoo bar, ACV, and oil for prewash and Leave in for hair wash and care
Fork and hair elastic for updos or braids
Aloe Vera Spray, Body Cream and Oil for LOC in between hair washing

That is the basic, you may want to add some bobby pins and a wooden comb which I use sometimes before doing a hair style, normally I use my fingers to detangle.

April 20th, 2016, 05:08 AM
Some oil (nut or mineral)
Wooden comb/wooden brush
Hair tie/clip

April 20th, 2016, 05:28 AM
Coconut oil
Wooden comb
Scissor (sharp one)
A stick of some kind
A hair tie

April 20th, 2016, 06:18 AM
Hmm...this is actually a good question.

Absolute minimum - just my hands and either a little claw clip or a hair stick/fork (but only for 2 weeks).

Then WO washing after that for a couple of months will get me by.

But I generally like to do a dilute castille soap wash and ACV rinse (including a big jug) every couple of weeks and brush with my bamboo wide toothed comb and BBB. I also use one of those no-kink/telephone-cord-like hair ties and a head band for exercising. Oh, and a silk/satin pillow case :)

April 20th, 2016, 10:56 AM
Shampoo, conditioner, big scrunchie, argan oil, regular hair tie, big claw clip

April 20th, 2016, 11:40 AM
Clarifying shampoo, conditioner, leave-in, T-shirt for drying, wide-tooth comb, satin scrunchy, and spin pins (these are new I'm not sure if they're an essential yet but I am in deep and frightening love so I assume they will be.) And I suppose henna is now essential, unless I want roots.

It's so weird that this list has gotten so much longer than it used to be...but my hair is thanking me for the extra attention.

April 20th, 2016, 05:43 PM
Suave Conditioner
Leave-in Conditioner
Wide Tooth Comb
N.B Hair Salve
Denman Brush

April 20th, 2016, 07:33 PM
Absolute essentials would be my wood bristle brush, coconut oil and a hair tie.

The slightly longer list would be cleansing and conditioning agents, wide tooth comb, scissors and hair fork, plus the brush and coconut oil.

mermaid lullaby
April 20th, 2016, 08:10 PM
Mine is shampoo,conditioner, coconut oil (pre poo), seamless comb, hair pins, mineral oil.

April 20th, 2016, 09:20 PM
My essentials are shampoo, a wide-tooth wooden comb, and two hairsticks. :meditate:

Nice-to-haves include a space heater and fan to speed drying.

April 20th, 2016, 10:36 PM
Water, S&C, vinegar, microfiber towel
metal slide barette*, fingers, fine wood comb*
S&D scissors*
small metal chopstick*, pony scrub & hairtie*

* - these items all live in my little blue pouch that is part of my daily kit.

I could cut the towel, vinegar, and wood comb...but I wouldn't be happy about it.

April 21st, 2016, 11:16 PM
My essencials are:
- conditioner
- oilve oil
- wide toothed plastic comb
- a scrunchy or a plastic clip

H o n є y ❤
June 12th, 2016, 07:22 AM
- Water
- Oil
- Shampoo
- Conditioner
- Shea Butter
- Shears
- Conditioning cap

June 12th, 2016, 08:46 AM
I love this idea!!

Suave Naturals Clarifying Shampoo
Nature's Gate Aloe Conditioner (first condish also as a leave-in)
Loreal Mega Moisture Mask (coney sealing condish)
Macadamia Leave-in Cream
Baby Oil
Microfiber Turbie Twist
Tangle Teezer

June 12th, 2016, 09:19 AM
Tangle Teezer
Sulfate-free shampoo
Hair masks
Oils(natural, not mineral oil) and EOs(specially castor oil and tea tree EO)
Good scissors
Flexi rods
Hair ties
Satin pillowcase

June 12th, 2016, 09:30 AM
All I really need is my Wet brush, my Redken anti snap shampoo, hair ties, my new hair stick, and any decent conditioner.

June 12th, 2016, 09:35 AM
My list.

1. Anti fungal poo

2. Electric dermal pen

3. Conditioner

4. Argan oil

5. Hair stick

June 12th, 2016, 09:35 AM
Great thread, by the way! :cheer:

June 12th, 2016, 01:12 PM
The absolute sine qua non survival kit :
- plenty of lukewarm clean water (sorry, I worked many years in semi-desertic areas, so believe me : water is a key ingredient !)
- one liter plastic jar
- one soft cotton towel
- organic shampoo (that I dilute, so one bottle lasts many months)
- wide tooth comb (of horn, or seamless hard rubber one)
- one wooden hair fork (2 prongs)

The totally sufficient pack :
- all what is mentioned above, plus :
- my wooden brush
- some olive/argan oil
- rosemary and lavender EO
- apple cider vinegar
- my hair scissors

The luxury extras :
- all what is mentioned above, plus :
- grapefruit seed extract (interesting stuff to fight scalp itch when I misbehave several days with carbohydrates... :oops:)
- green clay or ghassoul (for occasional use, when I want to give my hair some extra body, or when I want a totally chemical-free wash)
- my narrow bb teasing brush (that I DON'T use to tease my hair :scared: but as a wonderful tool to evenly spread a very small quantity of oil on my ends^^)
- my small S&D scissors (I hardly ever S&D, so let's say... to feel busy when I am in a procrastinating mood for something else ?)
- some soft hairties
- some hairpins
- some hairsticks and one or two medium Ficcare

... Lol. This makes me realize that I run with an ultra luxurious equipment, from which I hardly use half, ha ha ha ha ! :laugh:

June 12th, 2016, 02:28 PM
TT brush, Tresemme conditioner, and any sulfate shampoo. Plus a hair stick 6"

On a regular basis I do use a thicker conditioner on the ends in addition to Tresemme but it's not strictly 'essential'

June 12th, 2016, 02:52 PM
Claw clip for peacock twist- my everyday hairstyle- absolute essential as I'm growing out pixie with no trims and my hair is in a mullet phase :-/

Nioxin shampoo for fine hair
Protein conditioner (tresseme keratin smooth or anything with cones and protein)

Tangle teezer or wide tooth comb

Dry shampoo and hairspray for volume.

June 12th, 2016, 03:18 PM
Bare essentials-
Small elastic hair ties

Would love but don't *need*-
Tangle teezer

June 12th, 2016, 05:58 PM

-Bleach and devoloper
-Bright, unnatural hair dye colors
-jojoba and coconut oils
-Joico K-pak Reconstucter Conditioner

June 12th, 2016, 06:07 PM
Absolute Essentials:
LUSH Shampoo Bar
One Hair-Tie
LUSH R&B Leave-In Hair Moisturizer
Olive Oil
Wide-Tooth Ox-horn/Wood Comb

Things I can live without but would like:
Hair Sticks
Hair Pins
Hair Spray (max hold, I don't use often)
Fine-Tooth Ox-horn/Wood Comb
Protein/Moisture treatments

June 12th, 2016, 06:51 PM
Shampoo, green/black tea/chamomile, coconut/olive oil, scrunchies and a chopstick :)

June 13th, 2016, 05:15 AM
I'm a super shortie so I'm not sure I count. But I'm learning a lot from your lists, thank you!

For now, I'm good with: Wet brush, shampoo, scissors...but putting a horn brush on my list.

June 13th, 2016, 10:01 AM
S&C, tangle teezer, Kimberlilys defrizz spray, hairdryer, dry shampoo, elastics. I suspect that list will change slightly when I get my balayage in 2 weeks :)

So, changes in essentials post-bleaching are:

+ Protein
+ Coney serum
- Hairdryer

Much expected :D

June 13th, 2016, 10:29 AM
I'm a big fan of benign neglect, but there are a few basics I won't let myself skip over.

- Slow bottom-to-top detangling with a wide-tooth comb, finger detangling throughout the day to avoid more brushing
- Very minimal blowdry/straightening for special occasions, once or twice a month tops... I may blowdry if I absolutely have to go out in winter after a shower, not a fan of crunchy icicle hair
- Lazy loose buns at work to avoid tangling at the back of the neck
- I'm finally at the length for proper sleeping braids so that's a new routine as well, my hair is already wavy but the braids keep my sleeping side from being mashed flat.
- After trying nearly the entire Herbal Essences line, I've learned that my hair likes Hello Hydration the best (and my nose loves the smell too XD)
- The only non-shower product I use is coconut oil for shine and taming flyaways. Not a huge fan of using it in winter because the oil actually hardens back up in the cold and makes crunchy hair. Haven't found a good lightweight winter oil yet

This is my first time heading to APL since 2006 so... I don't have any essential hair toys really. I'm not even good at buns, I just pull a ponytail into a loop and let it flop down. I really don't know what I'm doing here lol.

Agnes Hannah
June 13th, 2016, 01:43 PM
My essentials are:
Wide toothed hand made comb
hair pins and pins
tubie towel
silk sleep cap
silk pillow
argan oil
hairtoys including sticks, forks, ficcares and vintage hair slides, and tige boule hairslides
sulphate free poo

June 13th, 2016, 02:29 PM
Absolute bare minimum, water, acv, a hair tie for sleep and spin pins for day time.

Otherwise it would be the above plus shampoo bar, conditioner, wide tooth wooden comb, horn comb, bbb, some acrilic sticks and my horn fork.

July 25th, 2016, 12:10 AM
mine is short but here we go, BBB, Mixed oil, [ I use a mix of coconut, castor, e.v. olive oil, rose hip, and shea butter. ] i heat to mix all, use daily. poo i use is baby poo, tresemme clarifying poo. [ i change poo once a month, ] condish is tresemme deep hydrating, and daily defense coconut. [ i wash my hair once a week. and change condish twice a month.] i also make a hair knots spray which i use twice a day. i do not take vits but thinking about it, eat healthy, lots of fruits and veggies, nuts and grains. I braid my hair for sleep daily and combine either braid or bun during the day.

July 25th, 2016, 12:29 AM
My ABSOLUTE essentials are my combs and seamless hairties. Everything else I can live without, but without combs and hairties it would mean short hair for me.

July 25th, 2016, 08:08 AM
-Soft fabric scrunchies
-Silk pillow case
-Dry oil spray

July 25th, 2016, 08:12 AM
1. An SLS-shampoo, I'd I prefer a creamy one.
2. Andrélon Keratine Repair Conditioner
3. Andrélon Keratine Repair Spray
4. Gelatin
5. Jeterforks

July 25th, 2016, 08:16 AM
-Clarifying shampoo every wash (Super oily)
-Washing my bangs only between washes
-Silicone free conditioners for squish to condish (V05 Strawberry & Suave Naturals Green Apple)
-Detangling in the shower
-Turbie Twist or cotton t-shirt for drying
-LOC with my conditioner, Shea Mositure's CES, and a serum
-Braided cinnabuns or LWB when hair is about 80% dry

So far my hair loves this treatment!

July 25th, 2016, 11:55 PM
My essentials right now are:

Tresseme Flawless Curls conditioner and shampoo

Garnier Buttercream leave in for curly hair

Wetline Xtreme gel

Coconut oil :)

July 26th, 2016, 12:43 AM

July 26th, 2016, 01:49 AM
I'm quite the minimalist, thus my essentials are also all I need and use:

Sharp scissors (I trim my own hair twice a year)
"Shampoo" (Organic powder of soapnuts and herbs, I wash my hair once a week)
Compact Tangle Teezer (I brush my hair once every morning)
Gentle beak clip (For hot summer days)
Terry elastic (For hot summer nights)

July 26th, 2016, 04:15 AM
My ABSOLUTE essentials ♥

◦ Scrunchies
◦ Silk Pillow Case
◦ Tangle Teezer
◦ Cocoa Powder

July 26th, 2016, 06:04 AM
ultimate essentials... these are things I use more than once a week:

deep condition
mason pearson detangle comb (mentioning the name because this baby GLIDES through my hair and was the best 35 bucks ever spent)
aveda paddle brush
tangle genie
paul mitchell super skinny serum
moroccanoil oil spray stuff (the exact name escapes me at the moment!)
HAIR TIES - my hair is always up in some form... i use the braided ones with the plastic bead at the moment, am waiting for one of those plastic spiral ones that look like a phone cord?

Wanting to add:

turbie twist (no i really do not have one of these!)
jaw clip (on its way to me now woot!)

July 27th, 2016, 05:30 PM
shampoo, vinegar, comb, sesame oil for easier detangling and combatting dryness, and some means of putting my hair up, be it pins or claws or a stick or fork.

I use a bbb for scalp scritching, but I went for a long while without one before buying it, so I don't consider it an essential. Likewise I don't consider scissors to be an essential because I don't use them all the time, I can go for weeks without it.

July 27th, 2016, 05:39 PM
Changing my list:

1: EIA wide-tooth comb
3: Flaxseed Gel
4: SLS shampoo
5: Conditioner
6: Hair sticks
7: Hair scissors

July 27th, 2016, 11:46 PM
Once I find products I like, I stick to them like my life depends on it, so that's why I got so specific describing the products. :lol:

1.) Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner (my holy grail)
2.) Pantene Ice Shine shampoo
3.) Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing leave in conditioner
4.) Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner
5.) A silk/satin sleep cap
6.) Hair ties (for braids)
7.) My wide tooth comb
8.) A Tangle Teezer
9.) Sharp hair cutting scissors
10.) Claw clips

July 28th, 2016, 04:47 PM
sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo
chelating shampoo
moisturizing conditioner
protein treatment conditioner
deep treatment hair mask
spray conditioner
leave-in cream
coney oil serum
coconut oil
coconut milk
aloe vera gel
camellia oil
my favorite hair tie
jumbo foam bendy rollers
two mini claw clips
wide tooth comb
wet brush

that's a long list but if that's all i had it would be all i would ever need minus the things i use to color my hair but that's not a necessity

July 28th, 2016, 06:38 PM
Shampoo bar
Virgin coconut oil
Jeter fork
Acrylic hair stick pair, 6"
Hair tie

That's what I need to *survive*, but obviously I like having more. :lol:

July 28th, 2016, 08:26 PM
Shampoo, conditioner, big scrunchie, argan oil, regular hair tie, big claw clip

Add to that deep conditioner, avg, honey, and shorter claw clips. Btw when I said regular hairtie I meant the small skinny size that's good for tying off tapered braids.

July 28th, 2016, 08:47 PM
My essentials are:
1. Sulphate free shampoo for my scalp
2. SLS shampoo for the rest
3. Silicone conditioner
4. Silicone serum
5. Chelating shampoo
6. Stick/fork

I like, and use a seamless wide tooth comb bt I could get by with just fingers and don't braid much so don't consider elastics essential but I'd like to wear braids more often. My hair doesn't seem to like deep treatments or anything very much, the same old stuff all the time with a monthly clarify has left it in the best condition ever.

July 29th, 2016, 12:32 AM
It's hard to say, but I suppose
--soap for my scalp
--detangling comb
--brush of some kind
--scrunchie for bed (maybe could even live without that)
--wooden stick (which is also a maybe, since my hair has traction and will stay in a self-holding bun)

Edited: I forgot scissors. Those are essential.

Kat-Rinnè Naido
September 13th, 2016, 12:11 AM
Pre-wash oil mixture (hemp, castor, grape seed coconut, almond and rosemary EO)
Shower cap & hair turban
Gliss hydra miracle conditioner
Dove hair therapy daily treatment conditioner
Hair tonic (bergamot, bay rum, + above oils) for scalp after wash
Shea conditioning cream
Satin bonnet
Scissors (s&d)
Wide tooth combe
BBB used after 3rd day wash daily keeps scalp clean and reduces shedding
This is for now list might change to hair needs

September 13th, 2016, 12:18 AM
The things I absolutely couldn't do without are shampoo, a wide toothed comb and macadamia oil

September 13th, 2016, 06:15 PM
I stretch washes and space out other treatments and such a lot, so I'll split my list into segments based on time. ^_^
Daily essentials:
coconut oil
dry shampoo (in case of oily roots)
tangle teezer
hair toy

Weekly essentials:
Shampoo bar
Vinegar rinse
coney serum
wide tooth wooden comb
Plus above daily tools

So not as simple as some, but what I find is necessary to maintain my hair. :)

September 14th, 2016, 12:27 PM
I need my shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, heat protector, oil, and blow-dryer.

September 14th, 2016, 09:46 PM
In extreme scenarios, I could get by with a little bit of oil and my homemade knitting-needle hair fork. It wouldn't be pretty, but I could manage with some time and effort.

If I was packing for a trip to somewhere like a hotel that provides samples I would just take my comb and my hair fork, and maybe a bit of ribbon to tie off my braid with. My hair and scalp are fairly tolerant of most shampoos and conditioners over the short term, and I like to pack light. It takes time and lots of luggage space for my own hair products, and usually when I travel I want to have fun or connect with my family, and simplifying my routine gives me more time and less stress.

I took a short trip for work earlier this year and took a sample bottle of my current shampoo and a tablespoon of my leave in tucked into my suitcase. I ended up just rinsing with water while I was away, then clarified when I got home and gave myself an SMT and got right back to my regular routine. I never could tell the difference after the first wash.

September 15th, 2016, 05:46 AM
Hands down my absolute musts are Max Green Alchemy shampoo & conditioner, NightBlooming's Freya's salve (depending on how my hair is that day I may also use a few drops of one of the NightBlooming oils too) and now my Grah-toe Studio's wooden detangling comb (previously the Tangle Teezer). And always a hair friendly toy such as flexi, ficcare, fork or sticks.

September 15th, 2016, 05:54 AM
Tangle teezer, coconut oil, mineral oil and the deep conditioner from Joico's Moisture line (moisture balm I think).

September 15th, 2016, 05:58 AM
Interesting thread! I immediately thought about it based on timeframes, so...

For 1 day: a hair fork/stick
For 1 week: a hair fork/stick. My scalp would get greasy, but I'm not prone to tangling so I could get away with finger combing and a high cinnabun and still look passable.
For 2 weeks: all of the above + shampoo

Any longer than that and I'd need a conditioner and coconut oil/macadamia oil. And a hairtie. I don't necessary *need* to braid, but I like them. And scissors.

Best not show this to my SO, since I have A LOT of stuff :D

September 15th, 2016, 07:09 AM
V05 Conditioner, oil, tangle teezer, elastics.

September 15th, 2016, 02:15 PM
hmm, this is tricky. I could get by with an
- elastic (hair friendly type with the tie)
- coconut oil
- some kind of shampoo
list of things that would make life easier:
- satin pillow case
- natural conditioner
- aloe Vera gel
-wide tooth comb
- boar bristle brush

not must haves, but they definitely make my life easier!

September 15th, 2016, 02:36 PM
Pantene shampoo, conditioner, Palmer's Olive oil Hair Milk, Tangle Teaser and coconut oil.