Natural Hair Care Products For You

Natural hair care products are not always cheap but they are important to your natural hair journey. If you are a beginner you should get products that are hydrating and moisturizing. Most of the time the reason for hair breakage is due to lack of moisture and conditioning.  Here are some products I recommend.

Shampoos for Natural Hair

  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo
    • Sulfate-free, Cleanses, hydrates and repairs dry, damaged or over-processed hair
  • As I Am Coconut Cleansing Co-Wash Conditioner
    • Make sure to detangle completely during either the shampoo step or the conditioning step, while the hair is soaking wet and saturated with the product you are using.
  • SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo
    • Restores strength to dry, brittle curls and coils. Infuses hair with natural moisture which nourishes and detangles to give you soft, shiny curls
  • Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Conditioning Sulfate Free Shampoo
    •  Almond protein provides strength and elasticity while Hibiscus extract provides shine and manageability

Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair

  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
    • This deep conditioner restores shine, promotes growth and elasticity
  • Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea All Natural Hair Masque
    • Deep conditioner that eliminates dry and brittle hair The perfect coconut oil and shea butter mix
  • Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
    • Penetrates deep into the hair shaft to help moisturize and repair damaged, dry and brittle hair.
    • Made with 100% Pure Shea Butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients, Cantu for Natural Hair restores your real, authentic beauty
  • As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner
    • Deep-down hydrating and fortifying treatment is a must for strong, shiny, soft, springy coils and curls.
    • This rich penetrating conditioner is an exceptional formula that moisturizes the dry places, smooths the rough areas, and strengthens the weak spots

Curl Defining Products

  • SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
    • Great styler for wash and gos and it provides the right amount of moisture to keep your hair soft and bouncy
  •  Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
    • Defines and moisturizes damaged hair
  • ORS Curls Unleashed
    • Curl defining creme that moisturizes, defines and elongates tightly coiled curls, and does so without flakes or shrinkage
  • As I Am Coil Defining Jelly
    • No-flake formula is especially designed for easy coil definition, added softness, hydration and sheen
  • Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel
    • Great holding gel and frizz-less definition

Oils

  • Jojoba Oil
    • Moisturizes, reduces dandruff, prevent hair loss, controls frizz, and removes build up around hair follicles
  • Castor Oil
    • Improves scalp circulation, helps regrow hair, moisturizes, and seals preventing breakage and split ends
  • Coconut Oil
    • Deep conditions from the insides of the strands out, provide protein, and eliminates dandruff
  • Avocado Oil
    • Penetrates the hair, smooths hair cuticles, helps protects from future damage, and high in protein
  • Olive Oil
    • Great sealant, penetrates the hair, and helps with dandruff, frizz, and shine

Hair Vitamins

  • HAIRFINITY Healthy Hair Vitamins
  • Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies
  • The Mane Choice Manetabolism Plus Healthy Hair Growth & Retention Vitamin
  • Mielle Organics Adult Healthy Hair Formula Vitamins

 

What is Natural Hair?

Some of you maybe wondering what is natural hair or black hair? Everyone has their own definition of natural hair. When some people think of natural hair they might think of an afro, but natural hair is so much more can be worn in many styles.

Well Define Natural Hair……

 Natural hair is hair that has not received damaging chemical straighteners such as relaxers or texturizers. In simple term being natural means you do not have any chemicals on or in your hair to alter its natural curl pattern. Natural hair comes in all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. Natural hair can range from loose curls to kinky coils. Most people of  African descent have hair textures that result in a curl pattern.

Different Textures of Hair…..

Type 1. Straight
Type 2. Wavy- Curly
Type 3. Curly- Kinkey
Type 4. Kinky- Coily

NATURAL HAIR IS A MOVEMENT…

Black natural hair can often be viewed as “nappy hair” that needs to be tamed. But black natural hair is a movement. Women are often discriminated against in the workplace for wearing their natural hair. This is why it is so important for women to embrace their natural hair and be confident when doing so. Natural  hair is beautiful and it is important for people to know that. The natural hair movement encourages women of an African background to celebrate and enjoy their hair.  You see more and more women embracing their natural hair everyday. Celebrities like Issa Rae, Erykah Badu, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Taraji P. Henson and Alicia Keys are all examples of women celebrating their love for natural hair.

Photo by: r29unbothered

 

The Natural Head Aquarius

Hi Natural Hair Queens! I know you all are wondering what is Naturally Natural. Well first let me introduce myself. My name is Melanie but you all can call me Mel for short. Here is a little about me. I am a senior at the University of Northern Iowa studying Marketing and Management Information Systems. Yes Iowa. IKR! Anyway, I am originally from St. Louis, Mo (The Lou) the home of imo’s pizza. I love watching youtube tutorials about natural hair and that is how I thought of this blog idea.

The Start of My Natural Hair Journey……

My natural hair journey started about 9 years ago during my 8th grade year of middle school. When I first went natural I started with the big chop. For those of you who don’t know what the big chop is I will explain it in a later blog post.  The decision to partake in the big chop was really a forced decision. Which means I really did not have a choice.

For most of my childhood I received relaxers. After awhile my hair started breaking off from getting relaxers and that resulted in the big chop. From the big chop I had no idea what to do with my hair. It was very kinky but soft and coily but short. Everyone around me had long, easy to manage hair. So I became the odd girl out of the bunch. The girl with short Afro. I absolutely hated my natural hair at that point in my life. I didn’t know how to embrace my natural look because I didn’t see many with the same look as me. Throughout the rest of my 8th grade year and high school I pretty much hid my natural hair with braids or weave.

My Love for Natural Hair……

My love for hair started about 4 years ago. It was my senior year of high school where I noticed natural hair was starting to be somewhat of a trend or the in thing to do. I found myself wanting to embrace my natural look more than I ever wanted to before. My hair has came a long way since the mini frizzy afro days. I still have a long way to go on this natural hair journey but I enjoy every moment of it.

Just Another Hair Blog?

I plan to to make this blog as interactive as possible. Not only do I want to share my natural hair journey with you all but I want you to share yours as well. I hope this blog can be a resource for all who want to learn about natural hair. I want for us to share stories of struggle but also success.  Throughout my different blog posts I will share tips and styles for women with kinky curly hair. I started this blog in hopes of building a community for us Natural Hair Girls!

With Peace and Love,

Mel