So in today’s post, I will be discussing about the natural hair products that you really need regardless of your hair type. If you haven’t checked the ‘tools edition’ of the natural hair starter kit you can do so here.
Let’s start with moisturisers because they are the most important, aside from cleansers or shampoo. In previous posts I discussed about the ingredient list and what you should look out for depending on your hair needs. Baring in mind what was discussed in that post, it is essential to understand that finding the proper hair products comes first before thinking of utilising any technique. What I mean by this is that no matter what technique you decide to apply for moisturising your hair, if the product ain’t right for your hair, any so called technique just won’t cut it (i.e it won’t work). Whether you choose to use the LOC, LCO, LOCO, LOCS, LOCOS, or any other LOCOCOBOCOWOCO….having the proper hair moisturisers for your hair is what’s important.
So let’s briefly run through a list for the best qualities of a moisturiser
- It needs to be moisturising (that’s a no brainer)
- Should keep hair moisturised for a substantial number of days without refreshing
- Should list known moisturising ingredients (click the above ingredients list)
- Should not cause a ton of buildup or residue(because if so it’s just sitting on the surface and not penetrating the hair shaft)
- Should keep the hair soft and manageable
The above list goes for any product that is said to be supposedly moisturising, be it a deep conditioner, a leave in conditioner and even a moisturising shampoo. Whatever the case maybe, if it said to be moisturising then it should at least tick the points listed above.
Products with Protein
Now this next item is for my protein sensitive people. A key thing to note is that whether a product is a moisturiser, cleanser or conditioner, if it has listed more than two protein ingredients (for e.g, hydrolysed wheat, oat,rice protein, keratin, silk amino acids, etc) you have no business with it,
If you have noticed, some of my old blogpost contained some products from the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor oil range. However the update on this particular product is that it unfortunately occurred to me that it wasn’t meant for my hair. Due to its multiple proteinous ingredient it later caused a ton of protein buildup on my hair (had to learn the hard way). This damaged my hair tremendously but at the time I had no idea about the correlation between low porosity hair and protein sensitivity. I included pictures in that particular blogpost, however at the time I thought I was using the application technique improperly. So for protein sensitive hair, frequent use of products with more than two protein ingredients is not ideal. Ideally a product containing at least one hydrolysed protein should be enough to keep the moisture and protein balance of especially low porosity hair, and upto three max if you need to do a protein deep treatment which could be once every 4-6 weeks ideally!
Shampoos and other cleansers
As for cleansers, be it shampoo, co-wash or even clay, each have a particular function regardless of if it contains sulfates, silicone or whatever else. It is essential to know what properties you want your cleansers to deliver. Most times people in the “natural hair community” proclaim that shampoos are very stripping or harsh, and some even dismiss the idea of using shampoo totally.
The use of a shampoo is to strip out pre-applied ‘products’ from your hair but it seems that some people misuse this word. Question! (as song Independent woman by destiny’s cbild) is it suppose to coat your hair strands and cause more product build up?
It is true that some shampoos and other form of cleansers can be harsh and drying causing the hair strands to snap or break easily, however there has been a misuse of the word “stripping” and sometimes you find some reviews with phrases like “it is not that stripping” or “it doesn’t leave the hair squeaky clean”. I don’t know what that is supposed to mean. Rather than all those misleading phrases it is proper to describe a product by it’s performance, for e.g, if it was hydrating say so, if it cleansed every trace of product say it did, if it cleansed your hair but it felt dry say so, etc etc. Rather than saying “it was stripping but left my hair clean”🤔. That is why reading the ingredient list and checking to see if there are more moisturising elements listed on it. If not, guess what! it’s not gonna be moisturising! For details on moisturising shampoos and other cleansers click here
It is also necessary to bare in mind that what could be stripping on your hair may not be for another and vice versa. It sometimes depends on what you’re comfortable with and what you’re used to. If you have spent most of the time using a cowash and you decide to switch to a more thorough cleanser for e.g a shampoo, you might feel that it is stripping. Not to incline that some co-washes ( conditioning cleansers) are not cleansing but that the level of comfort with its moisturising properties may differ greatly when compared to another moisturising shampoo (food for thought!).
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