How to choose natural hair products that work for you

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

  1. Straight
  2. Wavy (2a, 2b, 2c)
  3.  Curly (3a, 3b, 3c)
  4. Kinky (4a, 4b, 4c)
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Chart by hair.knowfacts.org

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 🙂

FAQs:

What is my hair type?

3c, 4a

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Photo/ Luc Haupt

Which products do I use?

  • Shampoo:

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo/ Dark and Lovely Moisture Replenishing Shampoo

  • Conditioner:

Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner/ Dark and Lovely Knot-out Conditioner/ Lush American Cream Conditioner

  • Mask:

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.

  • Styler:

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

Author: Robyn

  • Leandri

    Would love to join the hair growth challenge. Transitioning and missing my length like crazy.

    • Great news, Leeandri! Thanks for signing up. Keep your eye on your inbox for my first HGC mail 😀

  • A very informative post. I swear I have the worst hair in the world!

    I’m using Aunt Jackie’s range at the moment, but I can’t say it’s helped a lot. I’m very anaemic and my hair suffered as a result. I have bald spots in the front that is now just growing back. So it’s super brittle and and and….. I found the aunt Jackie’s gel so been using that, but I think it’s still drying my hair out a bit. I have awful hair that if I don’t gel it down, it will stand up and be all sorts of crazy…. And my hair was down my back, but recently cut it hoping it will help get it healthy again. I’ll try your gel out and some of your picks to see if it helps.

  • Zinzile Molewa

    Hello, I’m very interested in your hair growth challenge! I’ve been natural for two years now, with 3c/4a. Let me know how I can join 🙂