Finding the right natural hair products is a top priority of any natural.
It can also be the most frustrating and expensive process, since there are so many options available on the market today.
Here are some quick tips to choosing the right natural hair products, the first time:
Know that expensive doesn’t always mean quality
When I began my natural hair journey, I’d spent my first year just testing products. I bought every sulphate-free shampoo on the market, and experimented with several conditioners, hair butters, and gels. By the end of 2014, I’d accumulated a cupboard full of half-used products that didn’t work for my hair, and was just wasting away.
Let’s try to avoid you having to go through the same process.
Find out what your hair type is
- Wavy (2a, 2b, 2c)
- Curly (3a, 3b, 3c)
- Kinky (4a, 4b, 4c)
If you don’t know what your hair type is, you can take this quick quiz by Blacknaps.org: Know your hair type
Learning the name of your hair texture is helpful to determine which products will suit you. Chances are that you will have more than one hair type. I have two – tight, thirsty 4a curls in the front, and looser 3a curls throughout the rest of my head.
Use products according to your styling method
You get out what you put in. If you wash your hair more than twice a week, you’ll need to replenish your hair with a moisturizer as frequently. If you’re using a gel that isn’t made from organic products, ensure that you pay special attention to hydrating your hair. Low-manipulation hair styles like twist-outs and braid-outs are great ways to wear your hair untied but still retain moisture.
Read the labels on your products
It makes sense to choose a rich hair butter for thick, dry hair, or a light leave-in conditioner for curls that already retain a lot of moisture. Stay away from alcohol-based products. Choose gentle, clarifying shampoos, and pop into the food isle for some DIY moisturizers that may surprise you (olive oil is my go-to).
Don’t just buy products that other naturals are using
Your hair type is unique. I can recommended 1000 products that work perfectly for my hair but they may not give you the same results if your hair texture is different to mine.
Which products are you using for your hair type? I’d love to hear from you. Perhaps something you’ve been using is the product that’s lacking in my routine. Let me know below 🙂
What is my hair type?
Which products do I use?
Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo/ Dark and Lovely Moisture Replenishing Shampoo
Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner/ Dark and Lovely Knot-out Conditioner/ Lush American Cream Conditioner
Pantene Pro-V Intensive Hair Masque (Daily Moisture Renewal) /DIY honey and Olive oil mask
- Leave-in Conditioner:
Dr. Miracles Leave-in
- Daily Moisturiser:
Olive Oil (I swear by it. Also use as a daily moisturiser on my hair, body and face. It absorbs really well and leaves my skin glowing.
For wash-and-go: My DIY Flaxseed gel/ Perfect Touch Alcohol free gel (available at selected Dischem Pharmacies)
For Twist-outs, braid-outs, up styles: Dark and Lovely Afro Moisturising Butter, Cantu Curling Cream/ Auntie Jackie’s Curl Custard
Do you have natural hair and would like to retain length? I’m starting a hair growth challenge and would love you to join me. Leave me a comment in the space below for more information about my hair growth methods.
Feature photo/ Clay Simelane