Whether you are newly natural or you’ve been natural for years, there is one thing that binds all of us naturals together, and that thing is products. You’ll be hard pressed to find a natural who uses no products on her hair at all. Many naturals do fine with whatever they find at the local grocery store or pharmacy, but there are also those who enjoy using products that contain all or mostly natural ingredients. It can be rewarding to not slather the scalp and hair with chemicals and instead use oils, butters, creams and other ingredients that are found in nature. Below, we will discuss some great natural products for black hair.
Here are some key ingredients you can look for.
Shea butter is an emollient, providing a layer of oil on each strand of hair, thus retaining moisture from water in the hair.
Extra virgin olive oil seals and softens hair. It’s great for pre-shampoo or as a deep conditioner.
Vegetable glycerin acts as a humectant, which means that it attracts and binds water to itself. It also creates a layer of oil on the hair strand.
Coconut oil also seals moisture in. It is a very popular ingredient in natural hair products, giving the hair a nice shine, nutrients and strength. It can be used effectively as a leave-in conditioner.
Jojoba extract is a humectant that works great for ends that are damaged and constantly breaking.
Tea tree oil is a potent antibacterial and anti-fungal essential oil. It is incredibly soothing for a dry scalp.
Carol’s Daughter has a mission that includes using natural ingredients. They have been in the business for a long time and have excellent products.
Oyin Handmade makes really delightful products that are as gentle and natural as possible. The preservatives they use include vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract and citric acid.
Miss Jessie’s products are also lovely. Their products include cleansers, conditioners, deep treatments, stylers and leave-in conditioners.
Ojon makes products that may not be specifically for naturals, but their ingredients are natural and sustainable. They sell shampoo, conditioner, treatment, prep and styling products.
My Deva Curl has been making products for curly girls for over a decade. They use gentle, hydrating ingredients and they offer a line that is completely sulfate, silicone and paraben free.
Mop Top makes products for dry, frizzy and kinky-coily hair. They have a children’s line as well as one for adults, and their ingredients are all gentle and safe, without sulfates, insoluble silicones, waxes, alcohols, and mostly, without parabens.
Natural products for black hair come in all shapes in sizes and there are certainly a lot to choose from. Experiment and see which products works best for your hair, since, even though your hair may look very similar to someone else’s, we are all snowflakes, and it may take time to find your ideal products.