September 12, 2009 by The Lupie Chick
Many new naturals are left with a counter full of products for relaxed hair that no longer work on their newly chemical free tresses. One of the most common questions I hear is: “What products will keep my natural hair soft and moisturized?” Well below are a few fav’s that are easy on the pockets and easy to use..
Carol’s Daughter is one of the most prominent names in natural hair care products, and with good reason. The company produces high quality, nature based products for hair and skin. Recently, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and others invested 10 million dollars in the company, which has led to an expanded product line and more advanced website.
My favorite Carol’s Daughter product is Healthy Hair Butter, which is a soft creamy hair dress based in shea butter and almond oil, with lavender, ylang ylang, and rosemary essential oils. It smells heavenly, enhances the natural coil of the hair, and keeps it soft. It also provides a gentle hold that will keep your style in place all day. Apply a small amount to damp hair and massage in for best results.
Other Carol’s Daughter products to try: Tui Hair Oil, Hair Milk
Healthy Hair Butter – $12.50
Tui Hair Oil – $8.00
Hair Milk – $10.00
Oyin Handmade is an up and coming natural hair and skin product producer, which is quickly gaining popularity among naturals. The company’s down to earth presentation and personal touch account for much of its appeal – but the products are also unique and what’s better, they work!
initially tried a sample of Greg Juice on my locs, and it was the first product that was able to keep my ultra dry hair moisturized. It is based in spring water, glycerin, and aloe, and kicked up with an essential oil blend that will have your hair smelling great and feeling soft. The product is free of carrier oils, so it is a great alternative for those who find that oils don’t work well with their hair. Greg Juice also works best when sprayed on damp hair, and a little goes a long way.
Other Oyin Handmade products to try: Honey Hemp Conditioner, Shine & Define Styling Serum
Greg Juice – $9.00
Honey Hemp Conditioner – $9.00
Shine & Define Styling Serum – $5.50
Take one look at the funny looking guy with the scruffy beard on most of Burt’s Bees products, and you may not guess that this line of products works great for black natural hair. Upon closer inspection, the line includes several products that are well suited for the chemically challenged.
The Rosemary Mint Shampoo bar is perfect for those of us with thick hair and a lot of it. It provides much better control than liquids that end up all over the bathtub floor, and allows you to get into all the little nooks and crannies between your coils, locs, or braids. It’s 99% natural, and the peppermint acts as a scalp stimulator and aromatherapy experience all in one. You may need to use this shampoo bar a few times to get the full effect, as it will gradually remove all of the product build up that may be in your hair. It will leave your hair just about squeaky clean, so follow up with a light oil to rehydrate your coils.
Other Burt’s Bees products to try: Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and Conditioner
Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar – $6.00
Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo – $8.00
Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Conditioner – $8.00
When you are newly natural, you may have to try many different products to find out what works best on your unique tresses. This process can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. Look at it as a fun and exciting part of your natural journey – the above suggestions are a great place to start. Try purchasing sample packs from websites or stores, so that you can try small quantities of various products as you determine what works best for you. Visit http://www.Nappturality.com’s Swap and Sell Board for discounted or free-to-swap products. Enjoy, and try not to become a product junkie!