Finding The Best Natural Hair Products For My Hair


*Finding The Best Products & Tools For My Natural Hair*

Everyone is looking for that magic hair product. Seriously we all want to know what products will make our hair appear healthier, what products will keep our hair moisturized, what products will make our hair grow faster, etc. This is so important to us that the term “product junkie” has become widely popular!

How important is it to find the best product for your natural hair?
It is important, but it has it’s own special place in a hair routine. I don’t completely rely on hair products to determine the health of my hair, I don’t completely rely on hair products to grow my hair or help me to retain length. Products for me is more like an extra special treat added on everything else I’ve already done to care for my hair. It’s more like a styling tool. I use it to enhance what I already have.

If products are not primary for your regimen, what is?
I am more focused on methods and routine. We’ve heard it all before, proper hair care. How often do you do these things? Are you consistent? Are you gentle?
1.) Cleaning
2.) Conditioning / Deep Conditioning
3.) Moisturizing
4.) Detangling
5.) Styling & Daily Handling

After you have a plan for the things above that I like to refer to as the “basics of hair care” then you can enhance with products.
What you will need:

1.) Shampoo or conditioner to co wash
2.) Conditioner and/or oil
3.) Leave In or oil to seal in moisture
4.) Conditioner for slip, Wide tooth comb and/or detangling brush
5.) Gel if applicable, hair bands, scarfs, flowers, anything you want to use for hair accessories.

How To Find The Best Product For YOUR Natural Hair?
You need to know and understand YOUR hair. I always talk about “Building a Good Relationship With Your Hair”. The truth is no one knows your hair better than you. Your hands are in your hair almost everyday.

The products that work for you are going to depend on what you know about your hair.
What is your texture? (how thick or fine each strand is)
What is your porosity? (how does your hair absorb moisture)
Elasticity and the health of your hair? (does your hair break easily)
What has your hair gone through? (heat usage, styling techniques, coloring or chemicals)

Okay, so once you know the information you need to know about your hair, you can start to put together a solid regimen and your staple products. I want to make this as simple as possible so I will stick to the basics of what has helped me.

Quick Example:

I have low porosity hair, my elasticity is pretty good, and I am someone who uses heat regularly at least once a week. I don’t have any type of chemicals including color in my hair. Overall my hair is in good shape.

1.) When it comes to shampoo I use a no sulfate shampoo weekly.
I have low porosity hair so product can really build up on the strands, so I also clarify at least once every 1-2 months. To clarify I just use a shampoo with sulfates.
2.) I always condition after I shampoo. With low porosity hair the cuticles are tightly closed making it difficult for the strands to absorb moisture I apply regular conditioner and then add extra virgin olive oil to my hair. I then sit under a heated dryer for about 15-30 minutes. The heat gently lifts the cuticles so that the moisture is absorbed.
3.) I leave a little bit of my extra virgin olive oil in my hair. Then I add a light leave in. Most low porosity hair does not respond well to thick leave ins and butters. It just makes the hair feel extremely dry no matter how much product you pack on.
4.) I always detangle on soaking wet hair. I use Aunt Jackie’s Instant Detangling Leave In. This gives me a little slip during my detangling session. The slippery the hair is, the easier it is to slide the wide tooth comb through or my fingers.
5.) For styling I don’t add anything else to my hair. I just use the leave in and style as desired.

For me the less products I have the easier my hair journey is. This way if something does stop working or goes wrong, it is easier to figure out what the culprit is.

The tips to finding your hair product does not include the latest, greatest, and most expensive products. None of this matters when picking products for your hair. Usually the products with the most hype offer the least results sadly.
Learn your hair and stick to what YOU know works regardless of the rules. If your hair is healthy and happy you are going in the right direction.

Good luck on your journey!

HOW DO YOU FIND THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HAIR?

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4 thoughts on “Finding The Best Natural Hair Products For My Hair

  1. Excellent blog Alicia!! This is so easy to follow and is a great guide for everyone, from those just beginning their journey to the seasoned sistas that have been at it for years! I just can’t read or watch enough about natural hair maintenance! I’ve always wanted long hair and now I know I can have it and have it healthy! I feel, that in my life I need to be the person who informs people about the health of natural hair. Although some of em ask about my hair, when I explain and refer videos they act like they can’t look it up, they’ll just take my word for it! I’m like don’t you want to see what I’m talking about, all the FABULOUSNESS! As for myself, I will check my porosity very soon, that is something I haven’t done yet and I’m almost 2 years into my journey! I didn’t realize the importance of the hair’s pH, so thank you! Oh and protein. In the beginning of my journey I used Essentious 3-Step Cleansing(shampoo, protein and conditioner) So my protein was part of my wash routine automatically! Lately, I don’t think I’ve had any protein treatments except Shea Moisture hair masque, but I’m not sure if it’s considered a protein treatment. I’m gonna try the ORS hair mayonnaise, I used it years ago when I was relaxed and you reminded me of it in your live session the other day. Thanks for such a detailed blog Alicia, and for all your hard work, you’re making my hair journey very pleasant and informative!

  2. Thank you. Thank you. This will be very helpful for my daughter’s hair. I have been using the same products I use on my hair plus a few different oils. Starting today I am going to keep it simply for my daughter and me. I use Crème of Nature w/ argan oil for both of us but she needs something more. What would you recommend? She has thick 4c hair.

  3. Do you leave the Herbal essences conditioner in your hair? Watched your video and it seemed you didn’t rinse it out after putting it in. Is that ok even though it isn’t a leave in?

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