The Best Products for Styling and Taking Care of Natural Hair
More women are choosing to leave relaxers behind and rock their natural curls than ever before. If you’re thinking of doing the same, you’ll need to invest in the right products to manage, style, and protect your gorgeous natural hair.
Black hair care products is something that many stores have ignored until recently, but after years of limited options, natural hair product options are finally expanding beyond the small, sliver-labeled “multicultural” section into a wider selection for varying curl patterns. To help you navigate this growing market, we’ve put together this guide to some of the best natural hair products to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.
Shampoos strip away essential oils from natural hair. That’s why experts agree that co-washing (conditioner-only washing) is the best way for women with afro-textured hair to refresh and cleanse dry strands. This sweet-smelling co-wash from As I Am combines castor oil, saw palmetto, tangerine and coconut oil. If you couldn’t guess from the ingredients, it smells amazing! But more importantly, this natural hair product leaves your curls moisturized and manageable.
Easy to use, just hop in the shower and use the As I Am Coconut CoWash the same way you would use shampoo. For the best wash-and-go results, combine with a leave-in conditioner and a curling jelly to minimize frizz, define your curls, and lock in moisture.
Who doesn’t love a good hair mask? It’s the perfect way to pamper yourself and restore your hair’s natural shine after a long week. We love the Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask because it’s certified vegan and contains no harmful chemicals. It also smells really nice, which is always a plus.
Leave the hair mask in for 15-20 minutes before rinsing for curls that feel weightless, bouncy, and free! We recommend air drying so that you don’t end up damaging your hair from the heat of a blow dryer.
The only downside with this mask and mask products like it is that they tend to be pretty small. And when you have a full head of curls, you need a lot of product! If that sounds like you, you might want to consider making your own homemade masks instead.
In addition to the conditioner masks and rinse-out conditioners, another way to add moisture and shine to your natural curls is to use a leave-in conditioner. Carol’s Daughter is a popular brand of natural hair products, and their leave-in conditioner is super easy to use. Just spray, leave it in, and style your hair as you usually would. If you couldn’t guess from the name, this product has an amazing vanilla fragrance.
Because it is a light spray, it’s recommended for finer curls. Thicker curls would benefit more from a heavier product like a cream. But if you find that creams weigh your hair down and make it feel greasy, a spray conditioner might be exactly what you’re looking for.
With healing ingredients like aloe leaf, sage, and pro-vitamin B5, Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner helps to protect and moisturize. It also helps to improve the overall health of your curls, meaning less breakage while styling, and an easier time detangling and styling!
This product really has proven to work for all hair types, but textured hair sees the greatest benefits. If you spend hours trying to manipulate your hair before you even begin styling, then this product is perfect for you!
Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In/Detangler helps to smooth and moisturize so that your hair can be easily styled, combed, and shown off. To use, apply in the shower and leave in for easy detangling.
Another benefit that many women find particularly enticing is that it leaves your hair smelling fresh without being overpowering. Many scented natural hair products can be a little over the top, but this light fragrance is perfect for any occasion.
Afro-textured curls are beautiful, but sometimes styling them can be a challenge. The SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler makes styling easier by hydrating and soothing your curls.
Like other natural hair products, it checks off all the important boxes for moisturizing and protecting. One of the major draws of this product is how much extra volume it adds. The product gives your hair a super lightweight lift that you can rock all day long!
Whether your curls are fine, medium, or thick, you can achieve the look you want with this shaping, taming, and hydrating styling product.
The first thing you may notice is that this product combines green apple, aloe, and coconut. Together, these ingredients make for super soft, fantastic smelling curls. The restorative properties of this product make it great for anyone who wants to add health and shine to their natural hair.
The Taliah Waajid Green Apple & Aloe Nutrition Curl Elixir was made for women who found traditional curl definers too heavy. This elixir moisturizes and defines curls while still keeping them light, soft, and easy to detangle.
It is also a versatile product as it can be placed on both wet and dry hair. The best part about it is that this elixir can be used on almost any hair type and style for similar results. Whether you are shaping, smoothing, or styling your hair, this is a great way to achieve the look you want without damaging it.
Style with Confidence
Going natural and embracing your textured hair isn’t always easy at first, but once you’ve found the right products and the right routine, it’s a breeze! Regardless of what path you are on, feeling comfortable in your own body, clothes, and hair is important. Use whatever makes you feel beautiful! We hope you consult this guide to help you choose products that make you look and feel your best.