I received sample products from Design Essentials for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.
Natural hair in the black community is not anything “new”. Some have always embraced their God-given texture of hair sans chemical manipulation. However, many of us had parents who made the decision, while we were still children, to alter our hair by adding a relaxer, a chemical straightener. I was one of those children and, like many, have recently opted to embrace my natural curls post-relaxer. I believe most of our parents chose to relax our hair due to not being educated enough about hair or provided with the necessary natural hair products to better manage our hair.
Today, there are countless of natural hair products to choose from and I often get overwhelmed by many of the choices. My daughters both have naturally curly hair so over the past five years I have tried a plethora of products to help me maintain their curls. I love having the opportunity to help them embrace their natural curls–hair God specifically and uniquely gave to them. Since I have recently grown and cut out my relaxer, revealing my natural and non-chemically altered hair (besides adding color), I have been on a search for the best products for our hair. Since we all three (my daughters and I) have different textures of hair, we benefit from different lines and different hair management methods.
What are the best natural hair products?
Like I mentioned above, there are different textures of hair, requiring different care methods and the use of different products. Everyone can potentially have a different hair regimen and care needs, so I cannot speak on what the best natural hair products for your hair are, but there are some product lines that I am totally loving for both my hair and for my curly girls. Do notice that I choose product lines that are free of all the harsh chemicals (parabens, sulfates, parafins, etc.) and are made of if not all, mainly natural ingredients.
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My favorite product: Hydrating Hair Custard
How I use it: My hair does not hold moisture well, so the Naturally Smitten line has been a great addition to my hair care stash. This custard allows me to quench my hair’s thirst on wash days and any day in between for styling and when I think I need more moisture and curl definition.
My favorite product: Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner
How I use it: This product works well on my hair (and the girls’) right after shampooing and conditioning the hair on wash day. It’s also great for every day use to add moisture and a little definition to days old curls.
My favorite product: Coconut Water Curl Refresher Monoi
How I use it: This is great for twist outs and braid outs! Natural hair loves water and I personally get the best curl definition when my hair is freshly washed, same for my girls. This curl refresher helps us avoid adding more water to tame frizz or add definition. It adds moisture to preexisting curls and revitalizes them.
Hair of Nature
My favorite product: Shea Mango Scalp Conditioner
How I use it: I purchased this product to help grow my daughters’ hair in places it was thin, specifically the edges of her scalp. This scalp conditioner helps stimulate and moisturize the scalp, which is essential for healthy and growing hair. It goes on slightly thick, but quickly absorbs. I have seen positive changes in my girls’ scalps because of it.
Design Essentials Giveaway
I am giving away some of Design Essential’s newest natural hair products to one winner. These products can be used in both adult’s and kid’s hair. Enter the giveaway through the widget below. Must be a resident of the U.S. to enter. Contest ends May 18.