New naturals can easily get overwhelmed with all the do’s and don’ts of the natural hair world. I discovered this when a colleague, who just went natural, asked for my help to shop for hair products. Her main concern was having an easy to manage Afro, as her freshly washed hair felt hard and dry. Skipping the entire lecture on hair cleansing, I tackled her concern by creating a shopping list that can be fulfilled even in the smallest of towns, or at least I tried to.
First, quality conditioners like Tresemme Naturals are great for all types of ethnic hair:
- They are gentle and unlikely to cause an allergic reaction,
- Can be used daily to co-wash, i.e. washing with conditioner only,
- Will not cause build-up and block your hair from absorbing moisture,
- Can be enriched with Lavender, Rosemary and Bergamot Essential Oils,
- Easily available from Clicks, Dischem and from some big chain grocery stores, and
- Are affordable, one of my local Pick ‘n Pay stores currently sells the 750 ml bottle for R 55,99.
Second, Coconut and Olive Oils are natural penetrative moisturisers:
- That can be used on hair and skin, they also happen to be one of the healthiest cooking oils,
- Both are available from any store that sells health foods,
- Do not cost an arm and a leg, a litre of an organic virgin Coconut Oil can retail for just under R 150, and
- Cost as little as R 80 for a 750 ml bottle of an extra virgin Olive Oil.
Third, Shea Butter and Castor Oils are sealants:
- That combat dryness of hair as well as skin,
- Can be bought from health stores, but in my experience, online stores are cheaper,
- From Faithful to Nature, a 100 ml of organic Soil Organic Kenyan Shea Butter, which I love to bits, retails for R80, and
- The very popular Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO), which I sell for R 150, is also a brilliant hair stimulant, but in a pinch a regular Castor Oil from your local pharmacy will do.
There you have it, my shopping list for soft, healthy hair that is easy to manage.
With love and good wishes for the New Year,