30 Must-Have Products For Natural Hair
For the past decade or so, the number of women making the decision to embrace their natural hair has risen significantly, creating a greater demand for natural hair products. Before this most recent boom in popularity, products made for natural hair were limited, often leading many naturals to go the DIY route and make their own products. The beauty industry finally took notice and began catering to the needs of women with naturally kinky/curly crowns. The good news is that today there is no shortage of products to choose from. The bad news is that it can be overwhelming to know where to start looking. Here’s a round-up of some of best natural hair products available and some tips for choosing the best products for your unique hair care needs.
1How To Choose The Best Products
It’s difficult to know which products will work best for your hair until you actually try them. This is why it often takes some trial and error. Some people believe that choosing products based on your hair type is the most foolproof method. You may find success choosing products this way, but there are a few things to keep in mind. The tightness and shape of your curls, your strand size (fine, medium, or coarse), and your hair’s porosity all play a part in how well certain products work. Doing some research on what types of products work best for fine and coarse hair and knowing your hair’s porosity are two of the best ways to go about choosing hair products.
2Check The Ingredients
As you try out new hair products, it’s important to check the list of ingredients on the back. Natural hair is prone to dryness, so you’ll want to use moisturizing products that contain water as the first ingredient. Some common ingredients in many natural hair products include coconut oil, glycerin, shea butter, avocado oil, aloe vera juice, and coconut water. Not every head will agree with every formula, no matter how nourishing the ingredients may be. Keep track of the ingredients in the products that do and don’t work for you. Chances are, products with similar formulas will give you similar results. If your hair hates coconut oil, avoid buying products that contain coconut oil (especially if it’s listed as one of the top ingredients). Also be wary of products that contain drying alcohols and sulfates, which can wreak havoc on your hair. If you see ingredients you don’t recognize listed on the back of a product, look them up and find out what they actually do for your hair. Many people get great results form products that contain mostly natural, plant-based ingredients, but results will vary from person to person.
3You Don’t Need 100 Products
With so many products available, you might be led to believe that you need 100 different products for 100 different reasons. But the truth is, you really only need a few core, “holy grail” products, and a few more in order to switch up your look and achieve specific styles. Some products also serve more than one purpose, which will save you time and money in the long run. For example, some rinse-out conditioners can also double as a leave-in, and certain styling products such as curl defining creams can double as your moisturizer. Everyone’s routine will differ, but your core products should include: a cleanser, a deep conditioner, a rinse out and/or leave-in conditioner, and a moisturizing styler.
4Choosing Your Essentials
When it comes to those basic essentials, you want to have a moisturizing, sulfate- free shampoo in your rotation to use regularly. It’s also a good idea to have a clarifying shampoo on hand for when you need to remove excess product build-up from your hair. Many ladies finding cowashing to be beneficial in between regular shampoos, but this is optional. A good deep conditioner is also essential to help restore your hair’s moisture level. A daily, water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner will also help keep your strands from getting too dry. Finally, a good styling product such as a gel or twisting butter will help give your styles hold and reduce frizz. If you choose to add oils to your conditioners or use them as a sealant, you typically don’t have to look much further than your kitchen. Oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and grape seed oil are great choices that can serve multiple purposes in your household. Here are 30 of the best natural hair products you can buy.
5Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a favorite among many naturalistas. It’s great for your scalp and it can also help strengthen your hair, which can help prevent breakage.
6Jane Carter Solution Wrap And Roll
Jane Carter Solution Wrap And Roll is a foaming mousse that’s great for roller sets, rod sets, and other curly styles. It provides a soft, crunch-free hold and helps fight frizz.
7Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave-In
The Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave-In is a lightweight conditioner that provides a ton of slip for detangling. It has a nice, light scent and it’s packed with lots of moisture.
8Kinky Curly Come Clean
Kinky Curly Come Clean is a clarifying shampoo that’s ideal for removing product build-up from the hair. It’s formulated to be gentle on textured strands, but it’s always a good idea to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
9Devacurl One Condition Decadence
Devacurl products cater exclusively to wavy and curly hair types. One Condition is a favorite because of the moisture and slip that it provides. Devacurl has three versions of this product: One Condition Delight for wavy hair, the Original Forumala for curly hair, and One Condition Decadence for “super curly” hair. The Decadence line is formulated to provide extra moisture for tight curls and kinks.
10As I Am Twist Defining Cream
The As I Am Twist Defining Cream is an extremely popular product for twistouts, especially among Type 4 naturals. Its rich formula moisturizes and defines kinks, curls, and coils.
11Wide Tooth Comb
A wide tooth comb is a natural girl’s best friend. There are many tools for detangling hair, but few are as popular as the wide tooth comb.
12Medium Tooth Comb
While a wide tooth comb is great for getting out big tangles, the large gaps between the teeth can miss smaller tangles. A medium tooth comb is a great tool for getting those tangles your wide tooth comb may have missed.
13Eden BodyWorks Cleansing CoWash
The Eden BodyWorks Cleansing CoWash is ideal for cleansing the hair in between regular shampoos. Its gentle formula removes product build-up from the hair and scalp and leaves your hair feeling soft and moisturized.
14Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
The Oyin Handmade Hair Dew is a popular moisturizer that’s packed with natural oils like castor oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. It’s light enough to use daily if needed.
15Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control is one of the most popular edge control products on the market. It helps smooth edges and create sleek styles without leaving your hair feeling crunchy or sticky.
16TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-In Conditioner
As the name suggests, the TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-In Conditioner has superb moisturizing capabilities. It’s a constant favorite among women with a variety of natural hair textures.
17Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream is one of the most popular natural hair products out there. Of course, there’s no product that works for everyone, but this is one product that’s well loved by many.
18Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, And Nails
Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin And Nails is a popular daily vitamin that’s loaded with Biotin, which promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails (as the name of the vitamin suggests). Always research the ingredients and their possible side effects and consult your doctor before starting any new supplements.
19Eco Styler Gel
Eco Styler Gel is probably the most popular hair gel among naturalistas. The olive oil formula is especially popular because it provides a strong hold without being crunchy or drying out your hair. Whether you’re doing a twist out, wash ‘n go, or a sleek updo, Eco Styler gel is a great choice.
Flexi rods are great styling tools to have in your arsenal. They’re easy to use and ideal for creating spiral curls. You can also use them to curl the ends of your braid outs.
21Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask is a moisturizing hair treatment that strengthens the hair. It is well loved for its ability to reduce breakage and shedding and its heavenly scent.
22Jane Carter Nourish And Shine
Jane Carter Nourish And Shine is a multi-purpose butter that’s great for both hair and skin. It softens hair and works great as a sealant for your ends.
The Denman Brush is an extremely popular tool for natural hair. It can be used for detangling and to smooth, clump, and define curls while the hair is wet. Many naturals find the Denman brush easier to use after removing every other row of teeth.
24Eden BodyWorks Curl Defining Creme
Eden BodyWorks Curl Defining Creme is a moisturizing styling cream that’s great for styles such as twist outs and braid outs. It gives styles a soft hold and it smells great.
25Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment
Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment is a hydrating deep conditioner that is loved by many natural hair textures. Like a cool beverage on a warm day, your hair will drink it right up.
Coconut oil is hands down one of the most popular oils for hair. While not everyone’s hair tolerates coconut oil, it works wonders for many people. It can be used in a hot oil treatment, as a “pre-poo” before shampooing, or added to your favorite conditioner for extra moisture.
Curlformers allow you to easily create uniform curls without the use of heat. After applying your moisturizer and/or styling products, install the Curlformers and allow your hair to air dry. They come in different sizes, allowing you to adjust according to your hair’s length and the size curls you want to achieve.
28Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner
They say big things come in small packages, and that includes Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner. This is one of the most popular deep conditioners on the market, crafted from some of the finest ingredients to nourish even the driest strands.
29Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner
The Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner is formulated to nourish and strengthen hair that is prone to dryness and/or damaged from heat or chemical processing. It’s one of the most popular leave-ins in Shea Moisture’s collection and it’s earned raved reviews from women of all hair types.
A showerhead filter is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of natural hair products, but it can really make a difference in how your hair looks and feel. A showerhead filter removes chemicals, chlorine, and metals found in tap water that can build up on your hair.
31CURLS Goddess Curls Gel
CURLS Goddess Curls Gel is a botanical hair gel that’s great for wash ‘n gos. It provides great hold and curl definition and a little goes a long way.
32Slap (Satin-Lined Cap)
The Slap is a satin-lined cap that’s designed to protect your hair while you’re wearing it. Many hats have cotton or wool linings which can cause frizz and snag your hair, but the Slap provides the protection of a satin bonnet while being fashionable on the outside. It can be worn to bed or out and about.
33Gorilla Snot Gel
Don’t let the name put you off: Gorilla Snot Gel is one of the highest rated styling gels available. It provides a very firm hold, making it ideal for styles that require sculpting.
Last but not least, the satin bonnet is a must-have for every natural. It protects your hair while you sleep and helps preserve your style overnight.