Natural hair is beautiful and versatile. It has many wow factors that are undeniable. Many people wonder how to join this movement but are at loss at which products to use.
If you are one of those who recently realized that natural hair is beautiful and will like to nurture your hair in it’s natural state, then this post is for you!
There are people who choose to completely shave off their hair to allow room for new growth and there are also people who transition and then BC-Big Chop. BC entails cutting off the relaxed or permed ends of the hair. You can choose to transition from chemically processed to natural hair.
Before you do that, please get all the information you need as managing two different textures can sometimes be frustrating.
ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS FOR NATURAL HAIR
Shampoo is used for cleaning the hair. To become a naturalista, you need to ditch the regular ‘shampoos’ used at the salon and get a shampoo specifically made for natural hair. Vo5 and Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo is a good start.
Hair conditioner is an essential because it changes the texture of the hair and makes it softer. Vo5 conditioner is a good one because it contains necessary vitamins like:
- Vitamin E – promotes scalp circulation and restores moisture
- Vitamin C – protects hair from UV rays
- Vitamin H (biotin) – promotes thicker, stronger hair
- Vitamin B5 – a moisturizer and humectant that readily binds to hair
- Vitamin B3 – moisturizes and promotes hair growth.
3. Leave In Conditioner
It helps to give the hair a long lasting conditioning, gives moisture to the hair and makes the hair frizz-free. Always choose leave in conditioners without sulphate as an ingredient because sulphate is capable of stripping your hair of its essential oils. I will recommend African Naturalistas leave in conditioner.
4. Shea Butter
Shea butter is a must have for all naturalistas because it rejuvenates weak hair follicles, nourishes and helps maintain a healthy scalp. It is also a sealant and it leaves the natural hair soft and moisturized.
5. Coconut Oil
It is a carrier oil that helps to fight frizz, stimulates hair follicles, boosts hair growth, protects hair from split ends and it’s easily absorbed into the hair.
6. Tea Tree Oil
This is an essential oil that helps fight dandruff (whether chronic or moderate). See more uses here.
7. Peppermint Oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil
These are oils that are used to stimulate hair growth and to repair damaged hairs. Find more uses of peppermint and Jamaican Black Castor Oil here.
8. Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel
It is used to lay down the edges of the hair to have a neat look.
9. Sesame Oil
This oil also helps to fight frizz, darkens the hair and protects the hair against UV rays from sunlight. Read more about it here.
I hope you find this useful and I look forward to your nappyversary!
Photo Credits : Google images, Vo5, shutterstock, ecostyler, naturallytemi
Featured model: Temitope Adesina, @naturallytemi