For the 3rd year in the row, we’ve tallied up the results from the previous year to give you a list of the best Dominican hair products! For 2012, there were a lot of familiar brands taking the number 1 spot, like Avanti Silicon Mix and Boe’s Crece Pelo but there were a few new brands that made the cut as well. For a full view of all the products, you can view them in our store under Best Products – 2012 until the end of January 2013.
Below is a breakdown of all of the winners with a little tid-bit on each 1st place winner.
Dominican Pre-Shampoo Oils
1st Place: Espiritu de Canela
This little fella may be small but carries a big punch! You don’t need a lot of it as a little goes a long way for small sections of your hair that may be suffering from baldness or hair loss. Use a q-tip for application if you’re using it directly on your scalp. Some Dominican stylists will put a small dab into the conditioner so it’s not so powerful.
2nd Place: Aceite Bomba
3rd Place: Apretol Canela y Romero (Cinnamon & Rosemary) Oil
Domincian Hair Shampoos
1st Place: Apretol Canela y Romero (Cinnamon & Rosemary) Shampoo
I have to admit, I was really surprised to see this shampoo take the crown away from last year’s winner Silicon Mix shampoo (it’s the runner up this year). I’m really not a big fan of this Apretol shampoo but I think it’s because it’s not your regular moisturizing shampoo. This is a clarifying shampoo so it strips the hair of all types of product build-up. [I suggest using a rinse conditioner immediately after shampooing because I just don't like the feeling of clarified hair.]
2nd Place: Silicon Mix Shampoo
3rd Place: Crece Pelo Shampoo
Dominican Hair Conditioners/Treatments
1st Place: Silicon Mix Conditioner (original version)
I’m a HUGE fan of Silicon Mix conditioner and was really happy to see this as number for the 3rd year in a row! The Silicon Mix conditioner is one of those staple products everyone should keep in their closet. It’s the perfect conditioner for moisture, shine and (my personal favorite) great smelling hair! The scent from this conditioner makes my heart melt.
2nd Place: Emergencia Conditioner w/Avocado
3rd Place: Kismera Hair Growth Treatment Conditioner
Dominican Rinse Conditioners
1st Place: Crece Pelo Rinse Conditioner
I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the Rinse Conditioners, so this category never excites me. I love all the rinse conditioners just the same, but that’s not to take anything away from Crece Pelo. Rinse conditioners add that extra slip to your hair before you’re ready to roller set your hair. In the summer time, instead of shampooing, I’ll wash my hair with a rinse conditioner as do a lot of women.
2nd Place: Lady Fior Olive Oil Plus Rinse Conditioner
3rd Place: Halka Baba de Caracol Rinse Conditioner
Dominican Leave-In Conditioners
1st Place: Lacio Lacio Leave-In
Will this leave-in ever slip from number 1? This leave-in is very light weight and leaves your hair extremely soft if you’re air drying and shiny if you’re roller-setting or blow drying. I think ‘team relaxed’ has better results with this leave-in than ‘team natural’ ladies because it’s not very thick in consistency.
2nd Place: Silicon Mix Leave-In
3rd Place: Brillantina Leave-In
1st Place: Banos de Color Negro/Black Cellophane
Another one of my favs! Cellophanes are color rinses that color your hair without any chemicals and coat the strands of your hair. They’re vegetable based and do a great job of covering stubborn grey hair. The Banos de Color Black does a great job of adding a wonderful shine to your hair as well.
2nd Place: Original Color’s Black Cellophane
3rd Place: Original Color’s Clear Cellophane
1st Place: Silicon Mix Shine Spray
The Silicon Mix Shine Spray is really nice because it adds a nice finishing gloss to your hair with that awesome scent as the conditioner. It doesn’t add as much shine as the polisher though – so like to tell people if you wear your hair curly then get the spray, but if you wrap your hair at night and wear your hair straight or in protective styles then get the serum version of polish.
2nd Place: Alter Ego Hasta Bright & Shine Lux Glossing Spray
3rd Place: MX Relax Magic Crystals
1st Place: Alter Ego Revitalizing Lotion Drops
Ok, so not officially “Dominican” (they’re Italian) but most Dominican salons use them and we love them so they get a pass. These drops are like vitamins for the scalp and help with hair growth and keeping your scalp from getting dry. Definitely a must have for your regimen!
2nd Place: Kismera Hair Growth Treatment Lotion
3rd Place: MX Puring Vigor Plus Lotion Drops
Dominican Hair Product Combos/Sets
1st Place: Basic Starter Package
Woo-Hoo our personalized Basic Starter Package came in as number 1!! This package was designed for the person looking for a complete Dominican hair regimen. It comes with all the basic products you need for a wash day minus some shine drops and ampules which you can get in the Standard and/or Ultimate Starter Package. The Basic package comes with a pre-shampoo oil, shampoo, conditioner, rinse conditioner and leave-in. You’ll love it!
2nd Place: Baba de Caracol Anti-Hair Loss Combo
3rd Place: Crece Pelo Combo
So, what do you think? Surprised by any of the winners?