Natural Hair Faves: Products that Rock!

 

By: Louise Stevens

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Does your bathroom cabinet resemble the aisle of a hair care store after a frenzied sale: a jumble of creams, oils, serums, sprays, shampoos and conditioners? Evidence of months, if not years, of hopeful trial and error purchases? Fret no more. I have been there, too and now, after passing through my ‘relaxer’ phase, my ‘weave’ phase, and most recently, my daughter’s transition from texturized hair to natural hair and sisterlocks, I have identified my go-to choices. Most, if not all, are sulfate-free, paraben-free, lanolin-free, and mineral oil-free hair treatments that work wonders, and transform what you may consider to be ‘problem hair.’ Check out my holy grail list.

Shampoos

Hydratherma Naturals SLS-Free Moisture Plus Hair Cleanser

A good, non-drying, shampoo, particularly if you are exercising regularly and need to wash your hair more than twice a week.

Hydratherma Naturals SLS-Free Moisture Plus Hair Cleanser

Hydratherma Naturals SLS-Free Moisture Plus Hair Cleanser

L’Oreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Hydracharge Shampoo

A surprise supermarket favorite, tried on a whim. Leaves hair noticeably soft, even before conditioner is applied.

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Conditioners

Pantene ‘Truly Relaxed’ Moisturizing Conditioner

Effective, affordable, and nicely fragranced.  My go-to for dry or relaxed hair, or to condition human hair wigs/weaves.

Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment

With extracts of sea kelp and lavender oil, this treatment was astonishingly effective—especially when left to act on the hair for 20 minutes.

Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment

Excellent for that home protein treatment once every six weeks.

Maintenance Products

Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Cream

A blessing for chemically treated hair that is transitioning to natural. Lightly formulated, and easily absorbed. Keeps vulnerable dual-textured strands lubricated, helps to hold twists and plaits, and imparts a subtle sheen.

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Paul Mitchell Foaming Pomade

A little goes a long way and instantly transforms frizz into defined curls, particularly on freshly washed and conditioned, damp tresses. Excellent for short hair.

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Alterna Bamboo Smooth Curls Anti-Frizz Curl Defining Cream

Does what it promises, although it is less effective in high humidity climates. Works well on taming edges and helps with detangling.

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Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave In Conditioning Mist

One of the most effective softeners and detanglers for coarser, natural hair. Light, non-greasy, with little to no build up; very useful for moisturizing twists, protective styles or natural hair under weaves.

Aunt Jackie’s Quench! Moisture Intensive Leave-In Conditioner

A dependable staple that is very effective on parched, coarse hair. The marshmallow root gives it the scent of confectionery (which is not my fave, but the product is worth it in spite of that.)

Styling Products

Schwarzkopf Got2b ultra glued

Quite simply, a boss at shaping and holding baby hairs and edges in place. (It also is fairly effective at anchoring lace fronts if you want to avoid glue or wig tape!) No whitening residue, flakes, or build up.

Creme of Nature Pure Honey, Moisture Infusion Edge Control

A recent find, and an absolute keeper! Controls flyaways, holds baby hairs in place, excellent for highly sculpted styling, and bonus: it smells divine!

These work for me, but I’d like to know what works for you. #TapIn in the comments and share those secrets.