With the natural hair movement finally starting to grab national attention there are a lot of products popping up claiming to be for “naturals” or claiming to be “organic.” But there’s a lot of false advertising out there and real naturals can spot a fake by simply reading the ingredients on the jar. But for those that don’t have the time to skim through each ingredient to make sure it doesn’t contain parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil or sulfates, leave it to me. I’ve compiled a list of natural hair products that don’t contain any harsh ingredients and can actually be deemed “organic” without heavily advertising it.
1. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I use the Living Foods brand and if you’ve been a natural as long as I have, you should know the moisturizing properties that coconut oil contains. Simply spray a light layer of water over your hair and then massage the coconut oil over it.
2. Shea Moisture’s Product Line. Shea Moisture has been on my shelf for quite a while now, mainly because it lists all of its ingredients and you can actually understand them! It also totes around the reputation that none of its products contain any of the following: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil (which clogs pores), synthetic fragrance (like most hair pomades or moisturizers), PABA, synthetic color, DEA, and they don’t test on animals. My favorite line is the Raw Shea Butter, which contains a leave-in conditioner that does wonders for my hair.
3. Nubian Heritage. This line is something I decided to try after I heard the products don’t contain harmful ingredients like petroleum, silicones, parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, UREA, glycols or DEA/TEA, which are all very bad for your hair, especially African American hair. The reason this product made the list is because it contains healthy ingredients, which are extremely beneficial to African American hair, including macadamia nut oil, garlic extract, moringa oil, honey, and black seed oil. I’m always looking for new products to try and I’m glad I tried this one.
4. Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. This is a curl-defining product intended to stretch out those kinky coils and add some shine to your newly loose curls. Apply this after a good wash for the best results. This product is infused with beneficial ingredients, such as jojoba oil, avocado oil, macadamia, sweet almond oil, and shea butter. Expect a head full of shiny, plump curls with this product.
5. Carol’s Daughter TUI collection. The TUI Moisturizing hair smoothie moisturizes the hair deeply and it claims to absorb quickly. It also says to expect to notice a difference immediately. This collection is free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, and artificial colors. It contains cocoa and shea butters, sunflower oil (which is an instant detangler and moisturizer), and Pro-vitamin B5 (which adds strength to your hair).
These five products are some of the best around for natural African American hair. Try these out and see what works best for you, but remember no two people are the same. What works for your friend, who’s also natural, may not work for you. Try out each product and record the results.