Natural Hair Products

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Sodium Hydroxide (Yes! Sodium Hydroxide) in Your Conditioner

There are many horror stories out there of hairdressers mixing hair conditioner with relaxer, but that is not the tale for today. Today, the story is about whether you should worry about hair conditioners which have sodium hydroxide on the ingredients label. Commercial hair conditioners such as Yes to Carrots, Herbal Essences and Pantene are commonly... Continue Reading

They Still Want Your Money: 5 More Relaxer Companies Rolling Out Natural Hair Products

In March of last year, I wrote an article for Black Girl Long Hair about 6 relaxer lines with natural hair products. The article came on the heels of reports of declining relaxer sales, and I very much felt that the reason these natural hair lines even came about is to recoup some of the... Continue Reading

3 Oil Mixes that Boost Natural Hair Length Retention

by Cassandre of cassandrebeccai.com I’ve got a thing for quality oil mixes since learning that a myriad of hair issues can be mended with just the right oily potion. It takes a little experimenting to come up with your own ride or die, holy grail mix, but once you do, the difference it makes could mean... Continue Reading

Dear Natural Hair Companies: STOP Changing the Formulas of Good Products

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl   My stash of Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel (old formula) We’ve all been there before. We find our favorite products for our natural hair and it’s like the sky opens up and glitter rains down over our afros and curls. But then, the company decides to... Continue Reading

4-in-1: Natural Hair Products that Can Act as a Shampoo, Conditioner, Detangler AND Leave-in!

  How many of you own more than a couple of shampoos, rinse-out conditioners, deep conditioners, detangling conditioners, leave-ins, etc.?  Come on, raise your hands. Now imagine having one product that does it all! While I have yet to find that one to replace ALL of my products, these four come close and are worth considering: 1.... Continue Reading

5 Lightweight Detangling Sprays for Natural and Transitioning Hair

Does your hair need a mid-week detangling pick-me-up, but you don’t want it to get weighed down with product? Sometimes, navigating through the hair with detangling conditioners and products like Kinky Curly Knot Today are less than optimal. They can be a little too heavy, and sometimes too time consuming. Plus, summertime is all about... Continue Reading

On To The Next: Why I’m Over Castor Oil

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl (pictured above) Ever since I stopped relaxing my hair five years ago, castor oil has been touted as one of the best oils for natural hair. Claims of hair growth and its magical sealing powers are only a few of the benefits I’ve seen time and time again. When... Continue Reading

5 Indian Traditional Secrets for Longer Hair

We previously covered the bases of traditional long hair practices and products from various countries in Africa as well as from the Caribbean specifically Haiti and Jamaica. This time we turn to India where many traditional practices are taking firm roots in today’s natural hair practices as more people move away from commercial products to... Continue Reading

4 Easy and Effective Homemade Summer Moisturizing Mists for Natural Hair

Are you looking for an effective natural moisturizer that is not too heavy for the summer? Do you want to make your own? Then, check out these four easy recipes: 1. Castor and Coconut Mist The beauty of distilled water is that it is “soft” water; it does not have the negative effects (e.g., stiffening... Continue Reading

Manetabolism Hair Vitamin Review: Decreased My Shedding, but Messed up My Skin!

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl (pictured above) Hey everyone! I hope your summer is going well and you’re staying cool in the heat. Personally, Izzy (my hair) is loving the warmer weather and the humidity, even if it’s making her huge. And this year, I decided to have a little fun with my hair... Continue Reading

My Natural Hair Growth Took Off When I Started Using Natural, Raw Ingredients

by Kara of NaturalCurliesTV (pictured above) I remember watching Kimmaytube on YouTube as she was discussing the pH balance of hair and how it is important to use products that are close to the same ph as our curly hair which is between 4.5 and 5.5. Using hair products that are similar in pH cause the cuticle... Continue Reading

The 4 Most Effective Gels for 4C Natural Hair

by Tyra of Indigenous Curls Let’s face it, there are so many gels and styling products on the market that it can be hard to know just what will work best for your hair. Not all products that claim to be good for your hair, will give you the hold and performance you need. Kinky, tightly... Continue Reading

How To Make Natural Hair Styling Products More Moisturizing

by Portia of huneybflyy.com We all love a good hair styling product that keeps our twist outs or wash n go’s in place. However, some of the products designed to hold your kinks and curls, can also dry them out at the same time. What do you do when you love the definition that a product... Continue Reading

4 Incredible Cleansing Conditioners for Super Dry Natural Hair

It is summertime, and perhaps, you find yourself wanting to wash your hair more often. If you don’t like the buildup that can come with co-washing or the dryness that can come with shampoos, maybe it is time to try a cleansing conditioner. Here are a few recommendations: 1. As I Am Cleansing Pudding I... Continue Reading

How to Use Elastic Bands on Natural Hair Without Causing Breakage

by Lillian Mae of KnottyNatural.com I’ve worn tons of styles since going natural.  However, elastic bands take center stage as the go to tool for the majority of styles that I’ve worn. Who doesn’t love a big, bodacious, blinding puff? I know I do; the bigger the better! The style is convenient, simple, easy to achieve and can... Continue Reading

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