Friday's Fab Five Natural Hair Products
Hi All! I've been natural for about three years now (maybe longer, I've lost track) and I've tried A LOT of products that others have deemed as the "be all that ends all". But only a few have actually worked for my 4C, course, thick hair. Here's a list of my favorite products and styling tools just in case you are looking for something new to try on your hair:
Cream of Nature Exotic Shine Color with Argan Oil from Morocco
When I decided to change my hair color from dark brown to a spicy red, I did my research on a lot of coloring systems. After some time, I decided to go with this color system and I absolutely adore it! I like it because it's not harsh on my strands and it's (fairly) simple to apply. You can find it at select beauty supply stores and Sally's Beauty. It retails for about $6 per box.
Because I like to mix things up, I usually use a combination of these three colors (bronze copper, intensive red and red copper):
Q-Redew Hair Steamer
My natural hair thrives off moisture and an excellent way to add it is with steam treatments. There are a lot of hair steamers on the market but I wanted something portable and easy to use. I went with the Q-Redew. I use my Q-Redew for deep conditioning and to detangle my hair. I also use it to refresh my hair between washes. It retails for $69.95. Click here for the Q-Redew website.
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother
Apple cider vinegar has a lot of health benefits and I use it to add shine, remove build up, detangle and rejuvenate my strands before shampooing. It is color-safe and can be used on all hair types. It retails for about $4-$6 and is sold at most health food stores.
Click here for details on how I use it on my wash day.
This hair line is my back to the basics go-to. SheaMoisture has many different products that seem to work for my hair. My favorite two are the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydrater and the Zanzibar Marine Complex Age Defy & Color Protect. The price for most of the products in the line is $10.99 - $12.99 and can be found at Sally Beauty and select Target stores. Visit Sheamoisture.com for more information.
I have used Mielle Organics for almost three years now. The entire line is great and work well. However, there are two stand out products that I always keep in my natural hair arsenal.
Mint Almond Oil
The first is the Mint Almond Oil. The three oils in this product are sweet almond (promotes hair growth and circulation), peppermint (eliminates dandruff) and soybean (retains moisture). I use this lightweight oil to coat my fingers when taking down my twists and to oil my scalp. I also use a few drops in my pre-poo mixture. It retails for $13.99 and can be found at Mielle Organics site and Sally Beauty.
Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner
The second is the Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner. This is by far one of the best conditioners that I've used and recommend it all the time. It's organic ingredients work together to repair damage and moisturize dry hair. It is color-safe and feels like butter on your hair. You will definitely notice the difference in your hair after using it. This conditioner retails for $14.99 and can be found on the Mielle Organics site and Sally Beauty.
A few of my natural hair pics.
Note From TC: Finding the right products for your natural hair can be quite daunting. Please remember that I am not a professional hair stylist. I can only tell you what works for *MY* hair.
What are your favorite hair products and styling tools?