When I first went natural, there were a few ingredients that many people raved about that clearly didn't work for me: coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera juice. These would leave my hair hard and crunchy. I would try to avoid commercial products that included these on their ingredient list. After many years I tried AVJ again and the results were great! Over the weekend, I tried coconut oil, again. The result was hair that is a bit hard. .
Paying attention to how your hair responds to ingredients and products is important. What may work on one head may not work on another. Also, what may work at one particular instance on your journey may not necessarily work at another point. Are there any ingredients or products that others rave about that don't work for you?