Written by Mariem ELTagoury

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Last time, I mentioned I started the hunt for a conditioner with minimal harmful chemicals. I finally settled on Johnson’s Baby Conditioner, and for styling, Johnson’s Leave-in Conditioner. These are the products that started my first curly transition; I’ve seen products come and go from my stash, but these two have stayed resilient. They might not be my go-to products now, but they’re the first on my trusted how-to-go-curly list.

How to use?

Johnson’s Baby Conditioner


  1. Just cleanse using the Johnson’s Baby Conditioner as you would a shampoo. You might need more of the product since, happily due to the lack of sulphates, it won’t lather as a shampoo would. 

    Johnson’s No More Tangles Leave In Conditioner

  2. When you’re done, gently pat – or plop – your hair with a soft towel till most of the runny water is gone (you still want it wet though, so don’t dry it!). Then scrunch in Johnson’s Leave-in Conditioner. Use sparsely, a little goes a long way.

Why do I recommend these products? [especially knowing that the conditioner has silicones]

  1. Smoother transition for beginners

When you remove silicones from the equation, the hair usually loses shine and is heavier for a while till the silicones disappear. It might be too much of a shock for a person to have to deal with greasy hair along with all the other results of silicone withdrawal. Some ladies give up on the whole process because of the sudden hair shock and lose the patience to go on. So, a soft transition might not be a bad idea.

  1. Natural hair routine is high maintenance

Let’s be real, it takes a lot of hard work to maintain curly hair. It is so much easier to just straighten your hair and forget about it for the rest of the week. With natural hair, maintenance is a daily lifestyle. There’s a morning routine, a sports routine, a night routine…some of us naturalists even cook some of our products! Don’t expect this dedication from a beginner! This 2-step method is easy, and guaranteed. Period!

  1. It’s budget-friendly/cheap

Curly hair products are so expensive in this country! If you want to buy a ready-made product that suits curls on a budget, trust me, this is the cheapest combo you’ll get.

  1. Travel-friendly

You might have noticed I mentioned “traveller” in the title. When I travel, whether locally or internationally, I usually carry some of my products with me. Why? Because you don’t want to spend half of your vacation looking for, or trying out hair products! For me, I find Johnson available in most destinations 99% of the time, so it’s my go-to product while traveling. Johnson also comes in small packages that are travel-friendly [no pumps or complicated packaging].

I can stash a small bottle in my luggage, or beach bag, and when I run out, I know I’ll find it in a drugstore! Happy travelling-curls, achieved!

  1. Reliable when in a rush or too lazy

Sometimes we have high pressure weeks; we just don’t have time to think about our hair, or I just can’t get myself to cook up my fluffy homemade hair cream. When the tough gets going, this is my go to method. When work, family, and the world come crashing down, this is the routine I can rely on for no-brainer results. Hey, even the most resilient naturalists have their lazy days!


What routines have you tried? Are you a no-poo girl? Share your experiences with us below!