In the spirit of taking it back to the old school, I decided to find out what my local Rite Aid had in the "ethnic hair care" section.
I picked up a jar of All Ways "Natural" Super Gro "Conditioning Hair Dress" aka grease, something I haven't used in at least 10 years. My mom, sister and I really thought we were doing something when All Ways Indian Hemp came out years ago.
I also got a bottle of Mane 'n Tail Detangler. I've never used the Mane 'n Tail products before, but I've seen them advertised all over the drug store Black hair magazines. My hair has been super tangled lately, so I decided to give it a try. Well, it works. It really did make my hair easier to comb. The only potential drawback is that the main ingredient is water, which means when you spray it on your hair it will start to shrink. If you don't want that, it's best to use this product when you're braiding or cornrowing your hair to stretch it, that way when it's dry your hair will be stretched.
So here's what I did with the two products: I undid one twistrow at a time, sprayed the detangler, applied about three nickel sized dollops of grease, brushed and combed in sections. Then I redid the twist, pinning the ends up. My hair does look much more moisturized with less frizziness, puffiness, and flyaways, but I'm sure that will change when I don't do anything to it for a few days. It's also greasier than I've gotten used to with using veggie glycerin, but it's still a worthy experiment.
I will post pics when I get my camera charged up.