Not every product will work for every person with natural hair, but there are some staples we recommend to get you started on your natural hair journey. Remember, it’s all about trial and error when it comes to your hair and the best way to determine what your natural hair needs is to try different products and techniques based on your hair texture, type and porosity.
- Water – Water is your best friend. It quenches your hair’s thirst and provides much needed moisture.
- Conditioner – Use conditioner to “co-wash” your hair. Co-washing is when you wash you hair with conditioner in place of using shampoo. Some naturals prefer to co-wash exclusively and forgo shampoo entirely, but that may not be the right decision for you.
- Deep Conditioner – Hair can get dried out and damaged from the use of heat, hair color, and exposure to the sun, so it’s important to restore your hair’s moisture with a deep conditioning treatment.
- Shampoo – It’s typically recommended to purchase a sulfate-free shampoo as sulfate tends to strip your hair of moisture and dry out your hair. However, it’s important to note that not all hair responds the same to all products and ingredients. If you notice that products with sulfate work for your natural hair, it’s ultimately your decision to use them. Also, just because a product is “sulfate-free” doesn’t mean a more harsh ingredients wasn’t used in its place as an alternative cleaning agent. Again, trial and error will help you pick the right product for your hair.
- Leave-in Conditioner – It’s great to use a leave-in conditioner for added moisture. There are plenty of leave-on conditioners ranging from really affordable to extremely expensive. Don’t feel like you must buy the most expensive product to achieve the best results.
- Oil – Oils are great for our natural hair and there are plenty oils to chose from such as Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Argan oil, Monoi Oil and the list goes on. Try a few and see how your hair responds to them. You can mix oils to find the perfect combination for your hair.
- Shea Butter – Shea butter is a natural conditioner for your hair. It’s best to use it as sealant and apply it after you’ve moisturized your hair.
- Alcohol-free Gel – Gel is essential for my naturals with a TWA or short hair. There are plenty of gels to choose from including Aloe Vera Gel, Flaxseed Gel (a gel made by boiling flaxseeds in water), and typical gels you can purchase from a store. Gel is great for adding moisture and defining your curls, especially when rocking a Wash and Go hairstyle.
- Detangling Comb – Definitely buy a detangling comb which is basically a wide-tooth comb to use when detangling your hair. You should purchase another comb with a rat tail end to help with parting and styling your hair.
- Detangling Brush– It’s a good idea to also purchase a detangling brush. It’s a great tool to use to not only to detangle your hair, but also to define your curls as well.
- Spray bottle – A spray bottle filled with water helps while you’re styling your hair as it tends to dry pretty fast, or at least before you’re finished styling your hair. Keep one handy and perhaps even a couple extra to fill with your own mixtures
- Hair Clips – Hair clips come in handy when sectioning your hair during the styling process. There are different clips you can buy including duck bill clips and large clamps. They all help to make styling your hair easier.
- Satin Cap – It’s so important to protect your hair while you’re sleeping and a satin is perfect for this purpose. You could also sleep on a satin pillowcase if you don’t want to wear a satin cap at night
If you still have questions or want more information and product recommendations, just head over to our Forum and get support from our amazing community of naturals.