When it comes to taking care of and strengthening your natural hair, there are a few must have products that every kick ass natural hair enthusiast needs in their stash. I’m always asked: what type of products I use to keep my hair moisturized, how I have attained growth in less than a year after doing my ‘big chop’, and how do I prevent excessive breakage? The truth is I owe my rapid hair growth to my genetic makeup. There’s no secret as to how I have attained growth - thanks mom and dad! Trust me if I had the secret, I would be a millionaire by now (cha- ching)! I am also one of the laziest natural hair people out here. I do not use extensive amounts of products, and I hardly do any upkeep to my hair. Shout out to all the natural hair gurus on Youtube, I have no idea how you do it. I say all of this to let you know that I am not an expert on natural hair, and I understand that what works for me may not work for others. With that said, genetic makeup or not, I think having healthy hair is essential to attaining growth and reducing breakage. So, whether you are a lazy naturalista like myself, a new natural hair chick, or a veteran in the game, here’s the 411 on the basic products you need on your natural hair journey.
1. Water: Water is life! For someone like myself who is always on the go and does not have the time to do daily upkeep with my hair, I have found that simply applying water (daily) has been essential in hydrating and moisturizing my hair. I usually fill up my spray bottle (which you can get from the dollar store) with water, and I will sometimes mix it with my leave in conditioner (any will work), shake it all up and apply it to my scalp and voila! Out goes my dry hair! Yes y’all, it’s as simple as it sounds. It just might be the answer to some of your dry hair problems.
2. Clarifying Shampoo: Have you ever noticed that sometimes your hair is just super greasy, won’t hold a style or just dull? In instances like this, I usually result to using clarifying shampoo to give my hair a fresh start. Clarifying shampoos help remove dirt, product build up and restore shine to your #mane. I usually use Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen and Grow Shampoo or Crème of Nature Moisture & Shine Sulfate Free Shampoo as my choice of clarifying shampoo which can be bought at your local Walgreens. Keep in mind that there are tons of other amazing clarifying shampoos out there for natural hair, but these two-all-purpose shampoos simply work for me. I apply clarifying shampoo to my hair at least once a month to remove all the old product build up.
3. Coconut Oil: Y’all, if I could apply coconut oil to my entire life, I really would (sigh). I absolutely love using coconut oil on my hair, I mean who doesn’t? I use it as a hot oil treatment or to seal in moisture. I usually heat it up in the microwave or over the stove, and part my hair into sections, and then apply the coconut oil to my roots and eventually my entire hair. Using coconut oil can decrease protein loss and prevent breakage. You can purchase this product pretty much anywhere like at your local drugstore, grocery store or on Amazon.
4. Protein Treatment: This is extremely important! And a key ingredient to keeping your hair healthy and preventing further breakage. I usually use ORS Hair Mayonnaise at least once a month to strengthen my hair. I use it because every time we wash our hair we end up losing a percentage of protein so it's important to replenish it by applying protein treatment. I section my hair into 4 parts, and then apply a good amount to my hair. To seal it all in, I put my hair in bantu knots and let it air dry. ORS Hair Mayonnaise can be purchased online, and at your local beauty store.
What is your natural hair regimen? Have you used any of the products listed? What would you add to this list?
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