As your friendly round the way beauty and natural hair blogger, I get sent ALL KINDS of products to review. Some of them are totally the kind of stuff I’d buy myself, made with ingredients I know my hair will respond to favorably. Others…not so much. But I do my best to at least try most of the products I’m sent, because I think that’s the role of the beauty blogger — to sift through the submissions and share the best products with our readers, thereby offering an informed perspective. But sometimes when I open a package of product I seriously find myself wondering…will my readers be interested? When it comes to products, what kind of natural are you?

That’s right — I’m defining naturals by type! But not in a divisive way (I hope), this is all in fun and love! I’ve been more than one of these naturals throughout my hair journey. Maybe you have too!

— The All-Natural-Everything Natural. This particular bella won’t touch anything including those bad hair ingredients. Don’t get her started on mineral oil, sulfates or silicones because she will educate you with a quickness on why she doesn’t use products made with those ingredients, and why you shouldn’t either!

— The Informed But Flexible Natural. She’s got an arsenal of go-to products and has pretty much figured out what her hair wants and needs. She is well aware of the effects of mineral oil on natural hair and in general she steers clear of many mass market hair products… but she’s down to try new things and may use some products including those controversial ingredients from time to time to achieve a particular style, or just because it was on sale, or she feels like it!

— The Anything Goes Natural. This bella has a very carefree approach to hair product purchases. If it looks like it’ll work, she’ll try it! If she sees a decent review on a blog, she’ll try it! Whatever she feels like styling, shampooing, or conditioning with, she’ll try it — from the most pure hair products to the stuff made with 200 ingredients you can’t pronounce.

— The Anything Goes, Frugal Edition Natural. This is the bella on a budget. She may be a college student who can’t afford to buy the more pricey and buzzed about hair products. She may be just dealing with this economy and trying to figure out what works best for her hair on a limited budget. Either way, she knows when all the BOGO sales are, she’s totally down to buy dupe products at Sally Beauty, and you’re most likely to find her loading up on hair products at Walmart or at the drugstore.

— The Cocktailer. Do you have a funnel? A collection of natural oils at the ready? A big ol’ bottle of honey that’s intended for beautifying purposes only? Then you too can be a cocktailer — the kind of bella who loves to add her own ingredients to already existing products in the hopes of improving their effectiveness.

— The Mixtress. The Mixtress takes cocktailing up a notch — instead of just putting a little ingredient remix on a product, she is down to DIY! She’ll use a electric mixer or hand mixer to crank out products of her own. She’s inspired by people like Lisa Price, Anita Grant, and Tasha Burton of BelleButters. Next stop, opening an Etsy shop!

— The “What Are You Using” Natural. These are usually new naturals, people who have transitioned repeatedly, or keep believing there’s an elusive product out there that will give them a look they haven’t so far been able to achieve. This bella is most likely to corner you while shopping, at a social event, or even in the ladies room just to ask about your product regimen.

— The Stay In Her Lane Natural. This bella has a product that she uses, and that is ALL. You can most often find her swearing that “**insert product here** is the only thing that works for my hair,” even though she hasn’t tried many (or sometimes any) other products. Often this particular bella has been natural for a long time and has figured out a regimen that works for them — or finds the new natural hair world a bit overwhelming and doesn’t want to roll the dice on new products that may disappoint her and be a waste of money.

In my experience those are the top types of natural haired women, according to how they respond to the products on the market. What kinds of naturals did I miss? What kind of natural are you??



Jessica says:
February 15, 2012, 12:42 pm
Im a 100% organic kind of natural. I even wash my hair with "mud", but I dont knock other people for using non-organic products.
Elle @ Chellbellz says:
February 15, 2012, 12:46 pm
I'm part Mixtress/All-Natural-Everything Natural/The Informed But Flexible Natural. Since wearing my actual hair out and not under weaves, and braids I've been whipping up my own Raw Shea butter Creme with Natural Oils. I tend to use some store brought products but i'm reallllly picky about it. I know that as a science major sometimes they put the scientific name for natural things on there and then they will sneak a chemical in there. I stopped using shampoos and now use a Mud Rinse, and Cider to wash my hair now. So yeah thats it for me. And when i'm bored with a twist out...I go buy 3 packs of hair and get a sewn in. I don't know what thats called but sometimes i miss having hair that i can curl, and not have to twist up every single night.
bella says:
February 15, 2012, 12:46 pm
I'm a cross between informed But Flexible with a touch of What Are You Using. What kind of mud are you using? LOL!
Elle @ Chellbellz says:
February 15, 2012, 12:46 pm
Fellow Mud washer!!! Aye Aye!
Elle @ Chellbellz says:
February 15, 2012, 12:50 pm
dailycurlz says:
February 15, 2012, 12:51 pm
I am the The Informed But Flexible Natural. lol I love try new products
Jessy says:
February 15, 2012, 1:00 pm
I'm the "anything goes" kind of natural because I'll use anything and everything. Grease, I have it. Carol's Daughter, I have it. Oils only found at Whole Foods...I got it
jazjewelz says:
February 15, 2012, 1:02 pm
I used to be All Natural Everything/Mixtress but these days I'm Informed But Flexible/Cocktailer.
Valerie says:
February 15, 2012, 1:20 pm
I'm an All Natural Everything/Mixtress but not just with hair care. My obsession extends to skin care and cosmetics and I opened shop almost 5 years ago. I like the classifications!
Renee says:
February 15, 2012, 1:23 pm
I was the "what are you using" natural and ended up transitioning twice! That was pressure. Since my last BC I'm more of a combination of the Informed but Flexible Natural and the Cocktailer.
enisio says:
February 15, 2012, 1:39 pm
Informed But Flexible Natural. I would like to be the Cocktailer or even a Mixtress but i don't have the patience so I just see what others are mixing up and try it out.
b. says:
February 15, 2012, 1:49 pm
Great post!!!! I'm informed but flexible/cocktailer. I'm paring it down in order to keep it simple. I'm using Terressentials right now and I like it. I've gotten rid of a lot of things and I'm on the verge of having about four or so items once I do another cleaning session. (Wash, castor and olive oils, sheamoisture conditioner, maybe some Knot Today and a small tube of heat protectant for a bi-yearly foray with the flat iron.)
Selina says:
February 15, 2012, 1:57 pm
I'm Definately "The Anything goes Natural". I will read about or hear about a product and I am oh so willing to try it. I have a few things that work for my hair but I am always searching for something that may give me a much more desired look.
Bethany says:
February 15, 2012, 2:07 pm
I think I'm Informed But Flexible/What Are You Using. I'm willing to try things to see if they work for MY hair. If not then I don't use them again, if they do, I'll add them to my arsenal. And then if I see something mentioned on blogs that I might like to try, then I'll do that.
shiningsolace says:
February 15, 2012, 2:09 pm
Ok! I will admit it. I'm the "Stay in Her Lane" Natural with some "Mixtress" and "All-Natural-Everything" undertones. Lol! When I first started wearing my hair naturally, I tried all kinds of products until I found a product line that made my hair happy. :) I also make my own leave-in conditioner. I try to stick to all/mostly all natural products for health reasons, but that concern also transcends into my diet, as well as beauty products.
Natural Hair Love Affair says:
February 15, 2012, 2:15 pm
I am The All-Natural-Everything Natural turned Mixtress who was still not satisfied with the plethora of products out there. Love Terressentials but not a hardcore fan since most of their products are not formulated for melanated 'nistas. Etsy shop next stop! ;)
Alasha says:
February 15, 2012, 2:52 pm
I'm definitely the Informed But Flexible, Cocktail Mixtress who Stays In Her Lane Natural. I can't be fooling up with all this new stuff. I make my own, enhance store bought items, and stick to my favorite items that work perfectly, but I'll bend on some shampoo/condish that's on sale, LOL
Moni says:
February 15, 2012, 3:33 pm
Another Informed but Flexible Cocktailer here. I mostly use "natural" products but occasionally let some silicone slip in (never mineral oil). I pretty much never use a deep conditioner on its own, preferring to mix one or more with oil, honey, yogurt, etc. I have a routine and know what types of products work for me even if I don't use the exact same products all the time.
IrieDiva says:
February 15, 2012, 3:39 pm
bella i just big chopped and im so scared!!! lol im serious... i hope to become an informed but flexible natural at some point during this journey. sigh..fellow naturals im getting the courage together to post my big chop pics on my blog soon, please come by and support i neeeed you lol
maria says:
February 15, 2012, 6:11 pm
I am between The Informed But Flexible Natural/The “What Are You Using” NaturalThe Anything Goes, Frugal Edition Natural. But I am move leading onto the Frugal edition Natural: I am sorry but way must I pay $20-50 for one product? No No No and She don't pay that! ( In my Tamar voice).
Brendita says:
February 15, 2012, 6:18 pm
Mixtress here... :-)
Chocolate Mom says:
February 15, 2012, 6:42 pm
I think I'm the "Informed but flexible" natural bella! I stick with what works but every few months will try something new as the seasons change and my hair goes with it.
Melissa says:
February 15, 2012, 7:43 pm
Love this! I used to be a The Anything Goes Natural kind of girl but over time I've moved to The Informed But Flexible Natural with shades of The Cocktailer. From time to time I find myself dipping my tresses into The Mixtress mode. Not from inspiration but from frustration (usually prices) and decide to make my own lol.
Lisa says:
February 15, 2012, 8:20 pm
I'm "Informed but Flexible". Through trial and error I've learned that just because you can pronounce doesn't mean that your hair will like it.
NaturallyNita says:
February 15, 2012, 8:42 pm
Informed but Flexible Natural. It took me a year to find my staple products and now that's out of the way, I'm up to experiment...a bit. LOL
Ashley says:
February 15, 2012, 10:08 pm
I am an Informed But Flexible Natural. I had to break out the Royal Crown a few days ago to have a super defined twist out bang. I'm definitely open to trying new things, but I try to stay away from the bad stuff most of the time. If I go back to it, no big deal because I know it is a temporary thing.
Lori says:
February 15, 2012, 11:32 pm
I just started using terrestrials too. I'm transitioning into the all natural everything natural from The Informed But Flexible Natural :)
Alice says:
February 16, 2012, 6:10 am
I'm a mix of The Anything Goes, Frugal Edition Natural and Informed by Flexible. I'd be lying if I said price didn't matter, but since I've been natural for so long, I know what my hair likes and doesn't like and what drugstore products I can get away with. Alice <a href=""Alice in Nappyland
Nikita says:
February 16, 2012, 8:19 am
I am a stay in her lane type. I found what works well for my hair and that is what I buy. Qhemet Biologics Alma and Olive Heavy cream for the win!! I do like investigating new kind of styles and will look into trying new hair styles but different products? Nope. LOL.
NubianSoul says:
February 16, 2012, 11:44 am
I am definitely an Anything Goes Natural, gone Frugal...I used to be a serious product junkie! I always wanted to try something new, and bought products made my locks smell nice! But all of that shopping definitely put a dent in my wallet, so I found myself using a lot of natural oils in my locks. And I must say, that me using just natural oils made a BIG difference!
Queen Eye Cee says:
February 16, 2012, 12:52 pm
I'm definitely The All-Natural-Everything Natural Mixtress. I absolutely love Ayurvedic/Herbal Hair care, making pastes, spritzes and tea rinses. I only cleanse my hair & scalp with either herbs (Ayurvedic pastes/rinses)or clays. I've a phenomenal stash of herbs and clays that are the result of tireless research and they're a work of art. As additions tho my herbs I have a plethora of natural ingredients such as: Panthenol, Silk Amino Acid, Honeyquat, Veg.Glycerin, a myriad of oils & butters, Distilled Water, Coconut Milk and I always keep Greek Yogurt on hand. There are 3 product lines that I love as well though, Original Moxie, Qhemet Biolagics and Bee Mine, but, I only purchase their conditioners, leave-in/moisturizers and stylers.
Karen says:
February 16, 2012, 2:10 pm
I am a “flexi-goes-cocktail-ogist” ? I am mindful of products, but won’t ignore it if it works. I also love to try new things and love to make my own/ add to store-bought products.
Khadiya says:
February 17, 2012, 2:07 pm
I am definitely a mixtress/cocktailer. I am so DIY. That is probably why I love the Kimmaytube leave in conditioner above all others. My next DIY product is a Key Lime Coconut Hair Butter and Triple Phat Coconut Custard Masque inspired by K is for Kinky.
Erica says:
February 17, 2012, 11:07 pm
Anything goes: Frugal edition. If it works and the cost is reasonable, I'll use it. But I stick to being natural on the cheap, pretty much.
DadaKoita says:
February 19, 2012, 4:43 am
I am definitely the all natural everything natural mixtress. I only use my own mixtures on my hair as far as conditioning and moisturizing. My shampoos and conditioners are sulfates and silicones free (I use the rainforest line and the Body Shop). I have over oily/sensitive skin so I have been this way about my skin for some years now. I love mixing my own things deep conditioners, everyday moisturizers and super thick twisting creams.
Angela says:
February 19, 2012, 4:04 pm
i just love trying new products
Aisha says:
February 19, 2012, 9:27 pm
I am an "informed and flexible natural" who has turned into a "stay in her lane" natural. I know what works for me and I don't want to stray from that anymore-there is no point.
LindaKJ says:
February 20, 2012, 12:35 pm
Wow, there are so many [good] products out now and so little time to try them all {sigh}. Anyway, I am a total hair product junkie, so I guess I would consider myself a combination of "The All-Natural-Everything/ Informed but Flexible/with a little bit of the Cocktailer thrown into my regimens. Bella, you did a great job with the descriptions, this was fun!
Jean says:
February 22, 2012, 3:01 am
Definitely "Informed But Flexible Natural" and "Mixtress". :) I do try to avoid the bad ingredients when possible, but won't turn my nose up at a good product that may have 1 or 2 slightly questionable ones on the list. I also love DIY and have messy concoctions all over the place!
Sherry Blossom says:
February 27, 2012, 9:48 pm
THE ANYTHING GOES NATURAL HAIR AWARD goes to SHERRY BLOSSOM!!! LOL I fall in between that category and the Frugal but Flexible Naturalista! Love this post!
Opaliluv says:
February 29, 2012, 2:59 pm
I am definitely a mix of The Informed But Flexible Natural & The Mixtress. I have always loved mixing up my own products and "improving"(where possible) store bought items. I just wanna get my comb through my head!
Deneice says:
March 1, 2012, 5:44 pm
I'm definitely an Informed but Flexible natural. I like to keep options open, especially since some products I used when I was relaxed work even better in my natural hair
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March 2, 2012, 5:16 pm
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Christiann says:
March 2, 2012, 5:16 pm
This was so creative and on point. Me and my mom are the "What are using Natural" I almost cornered somebody in target the other day.
Rou says:
March 4, 2012, 1:22 am
I would classify myself as a combination between "The Cocktailer" and the "The Anything Goes, Frugal Edition Natural." I cannot afford to do most of my shopping for haircare products online. I prefer to walk down to Walgreens, Sally's, or Walmart and purchase my hair products. Furthermore, I detest spending a ton of money on a product with simple ingredients, i.e., shampoo and conditioner. It's not worth it to me!
Me me says:
March 6, 2012, 7:01 am
The Stay In Her Lane Natural for sure! I have long natural hair and I have been using the same brand of shampoo and conditioner along with some oils and water I mix up to moisturise. No need to try new stuff when what I use has worked for years.
jasmine king says:
March 7, 2012, 9:18 pm
I'm an almost "natural everything" but I'm also preety flexible meaning I keep my old shampoos in case I run out of my chemically free shampoos. I don't use mineral oils, but if my oils are nowhere in sight I would resort to using hair grease. I'm not too picky If I am away from home or if I ran out of my favorite product.
Tarra says:
March 8, 2012, 6:55 am
I am an informed but flexible. Most of my products have a few long-named chemicals, but very few and also contain organic products. I use virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, olive oil, and hand-made shea butter from Nigeria that I get from a mother at my students' regular school and do not buy anything that has mineral oil, paraffin, or other petroleum derivatives. I avoid PEG products. I've been natural for six years now and can't imagine ever going back.
Charmaine says:
March 8, 2012, 10:47 am
The Informed But Flexible Natural That's me!!!But right now I like using the body oils from Tirzahs Bodys Scents. They are 100 percent natural and I use it in my hair and on my body. Sometimes I add some coconut oil in between washings!
EventDiva says:
March 10, 2012, 11:12 am
OMG! I am so The “What Are You Using” Natural. New to the natural hair game and desperately looking for what will work on my hair. LOL. HELP!
HoneyBrown1976 says:
March 10, 2012, 2:33 pm
– The Informed But Flexible Natural.
Thea says:
March 12, 2012, 10:24 am
I love Shea Radiance, Curls Unleashed and the originator Taliah Waajid!!
HelloKitty says:
March 20, 2012, 4:43 pm
Hey, does anyone have an product suggestions for my hair? I'm like a 4a. I try to stick to strictly organic products. However, organic hair products make my scalp itch, especially shampoos and conditioners that contain jojoba oil, wheat and soy. I am really, really allergic to jojoba! So far I can't use kinky curly leave in, Shea Butter shampoos and Aubrey Organics. Any suggestions?
HelloKitty says:
March 20, 2012, 4:45 pm
P.S, I'm not allergic to Shea Butter. I am Allergic to the product line sold at Target.
Ashley says:
April 16, 2012, 7:35 am
I'm somewhere between a mixtress and a cocktailer. I blend and alter all my products and I only go to whole foods for "hair products" lol. I used to be an anything goes, frugal edition/informed, but this is way more fun!
Dana says:
April 22, 2012, 8:15 am
I believe that I am the informed but flexible type. 95% of my products are natural but I have tried a product here and there out of curiousity. I won't preach to you about natural products but there is a good chance I am informed about most ingredients someone asks me about.
arlean moses says:
April 14, 2013, 5:23 pm
hi i am new to this being natural my hair was curled and fried for as long as i can remember i never had much hair to start with as a little girl so my mom did what she thought was best and i just continued as an adult i will soon be 46 years old and i just went natural but i have a stubborn spot in the top of my head that goes to the middle back of my head that refuse to grow what could the problem be.
Leanne says:
May 5, 2013, 12:28 am
I think I am the combination of "The informed but flexible natural", "The Anything Goes Natural" and the "Cocktail" bella. I will be using the all natural hair care products but I'd also opt for any new ones. But sometimes, I'd go use the organic ones just to repair my hair. This is a really nice site. Cheers!
Dee says:
January 28, 2014, 10:46 pm
OMG! I'm definitely the informed but flexible natural/stay in your lane! I've been natural for 10 years now and it took me a while to figure my hair out. I was the product junkie, buying and trying everything that worked for those on YouTube. My hair hated me and it despised SHEA BUTTER! Once I stopped following others advise and just started listening to my hair, I fell in love. All I used was... brace yourself... Garnia Frutrise. That's it! My hair loved it for a long time and then I moved, the water was different, and my hair freaked. I started sampling things and settled on SHEA Moisture products, wIth other things here and there because I wasn't completely in love. Once I went CG Method last year and found Giovanni, I am back in love and a strictly Giovanni/Eco-Styler Gel Girl. I have way too much hair to play around with products and if it's not broke I'm not fixing it so no adding "honey, avocado, mayo, yogurt, lettuce & tomato, or ranch dressing" to my already great products.
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