Products that Work to Grow African American Hair

Carols Daughter May Work for You

Okay, so your hair is fried and you are tired of using drugstore hair care products and desperately want healthier hair. Well, you can have it, but you are going to have to buy a higher grade of hair care product. Some of the best products on the market for dry, damaged, or chemically treated hair are Ojon, John Frieda, Redken, Carol's Daugther, & Beauty 4 Ashes GodHeadTM hair care products. When it comes to salon quality products, this is how the rankings break down by ethnicity.

Caucasian & European Hair Type: Redken, Paul Mitchell, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHeadTM Max Moisture & Gro System

African American: Carol's Daugther, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHeadTM Silky Smooth, Ojon

Black European and Asian Hair: Beauty 4 Ashes GodHeadTM, RedKen, TIGI

Hispanic & Bi-Racial Hair: Ojon, Tigi, Paul Mitchell, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHeadTM Silky Smooth (non-ethnic)

As you can see, your hair care product of choice depends on your hair type, which was determined while you were still in your mother's womb. I have supplied several of my stylists with each of the above brands for my hair boutiques in the United Kingdom, United States, Scandinavia, & Japan at one time or another. It would take to long to tackle each product, so I have dedicated this article to African American hair care. Here is the down low on the top three products for African American hair.

If you are not particular about a product being all-natural, and have a dry scalp that can absorb lots of beeswax, butters, and heavy oils, then try Carol's Daughter is the best choice, especially her Hair Milk, Mimosa Hair Honey, Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner, and Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo for Dry Hair. The major complaint of Carol's Daughter products is that they contain strong fragrances that can trigger your allergies if you have a sensitive nose, asthma, or fragrance headaches. Also, some of her products are heavy and greasy, but Carol's Daughter herself will tell you that her products are not meant for everyone! Again, they are also not all-natural, depending on the product. You can find these products at sephora or at the online website.

A slightly better alternative is to opt for Ojon. Ojon products are decent and will not leave your hair dry. They work great for people with straight, long, and fine hair and are nice on multiethnic hair. Ojon is available online.

Beauty 4 AshesTM, however, is usable by any hair type because, instead of trying to make on product that would be great for everyone, they produce two lines of GodHeadTM products--- for ethnic and non-ethnic hair. Beauty 4 Ashes GodHeadTM ethnic hair care products are great for black men and women who have natural hair or tighter curl patterns. They also work well on chemically treated hair and thick hair that is starting to thin. Beauty 4 Ashes GodHeadTM Silky Smooth system and Max Gro System are 100% all natural and do not contain any sulfates or parabens. They are full of so many herbs and oils, yet is not too heavy. You can find their products at wwwdiscoverb4acom

If you have African American hair, remember that your hair needs moisture. Do not let anyone tell you different. By switching to higher quality products, your hair won't be greasy, it actually will be moisturized. Here are some good rules of thumb to stick with when making your next purchase:

1. All-natural products are superior

2.Look at ingredients, if the product contains parabens, which can lead to cancer, Just Say No.

3. Price does not make the poduct. Always look for quality ingredients like Shea, Jojoba, Oil, Sunflower, Castor, etc...

4. Do not over process your hair with excess heat, straightening combs, and super hot blow dryers.

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Comments 11 comments

Liz_Beauty 9 years ago

I concur Tigi and GodHead work well for ethnic hair, especially if the hair is really curly.

JB 9 years ago

How is African American hair different from "Black European" or African hair??? Is there something in US air that makes it different?

PClarke 9 years ago Author

No. There is nothing that makes the hair different, genetics determines hair textures.

Mohaghany 9 years ago

This is good info. I've been using Godhead for awhile and I love the hair lotion.

Baysuite 8 years ago

Good stuff! I'd first heard about Carol's daughter through a friend of mine, and I'm happy to be hearing and learning more.


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dutch84 8 years ago

thanks for the tips

Cam 8 years ago

I actually placed an order with Beauty 4 Ashes this afternoon. I look forward to receiving my order. Anyway, this is an interesting article. I'm a black female and have always had thick medium length hair, which is around shoulder length. The longest hair I had was about 2 inches past my shoulders. I don't recall what I was doing then, but I used synthetic salon type products. Nonetheless, my hair currently just barely touches my shoulders. I'm hoping to have longer hair,around mid-way down my back. My mom has always had long hair (mid-way down her back) except for the couple of times she cut her hair. My current problem is retaining moisture after washing and conditioning, with certain synthetic salon products (i.e., Hempz Moisturizing Shampoo and Joico K-Pac Intense Hydrator Treatment). My hair feels soft and smooth to the touch when wet and damp. However, as soon as my hair is completely dry, it feels and looks dry. FYI, I partially dry my hair under the dome dryer and then it air dry it. I do use sponge rollers at night to set curls/waves in, but the next morning my hair ends are particularly dry. I am hoping that Beauty 4 Ashes will help my hair retain moisture and minimize breakage.By the way, I've tried many Ojon products and I didn't find them helpful for the most part. For the most part, they didn't make my hair feel or look any worst. I recently tried Ojon Glossing Cream (can't recall the exact name) and initially my hair was soft, moisturized, shiny and smooth. But within 2 hours, my hair was very dry! And it builds up very quickly in the hair after repeated application. Alas, I have discovered an alternative (Blended Beauty SilkShake) which is 98% natural and I'm happy with it. I use it as my daily hair moisturizer. The prices at Beauty for Ashes is extremely expensive to purchase a daily hair moisturizer from them. But if their products work for me, I'm willing to invest in the shampoo/conditioner in which I usually wash my hair 1-2 times per week.

KK BAby 8 years ago

why are black-americans' hair so different and frizzy? How come our hair doesn't stay sliky at the edges. No disrespect, but please don't answer my question saying "it genetics". because there must be other reasons. thank you

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joy 4 years ago

Beauty for ashes IS GREAT it WILL DEFINITELY MAKE YOUR HAIR GRO. I have medium length hair w/semi color i don't use heat much once a month maybe and i only use organic products like wen beauty 4 ashes and a product i got from target which is organic raw shea butter restorative shampoo and conditioner.But i see the key is MOISTURE and with thick hair craves it. Hope this helped

inhimitrust 4 years ago

my hair is natural and was,I thought, in pretty good shape until I went to a beauty school. A black young lady who had graduated, building her clientele and had 3-4 black clients who she wa working on. They all raved about her growing their hair so I let work on me. I had been using HAIR ONE CLEANSING AND CONDITIONER (like WEN only cheaper) and it made my hair very soft. I had been cutting my own hair and until recently did not realize that I was NOT using hair cutting scissors. Thus, this made my ends split dramatically. That said, the young lady had someone else to blow dry me and she flat ironed about 6 inches and cut the rest which was about 4 inches off . She said that my hair was badly damaged and I needed to cut the damage away. I have thin, wiry hair had not applied any heat to my hair in a year. I went back to her the next week and because I told her my scalp needed a little scrubbing she decided to use Sea Breeze without telling me. She used flat irons again but I could smell hair burning and told her that my hair was thin and did not need high heat. And, this is when I asked her what she poured on my hair.Too late, as she was about done.After I went home my hair was not the same softness and it started to shed. I was leaving to go to California and wasn't sure what to do once getting to the west coast. M hair has continued to shed and does not have a curl pattern consistent with natural hair except at the root. It appears like I have a relaxer when, in fac,I don't. My hair will hld a curl, as I recently bought perm rods to roll it as a curly type style. It turned out really good for a beginner but it is still shedding something aweful. While at a Walgreens I ran across 2 products called Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk with coconut oil, silk proteins and Neem Oil. The other is the Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hisbiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist. It made my hair soft and managable and kept a curl for at leat 3 days. I have been using Tea Tree oil to my hair because it is so dry. My breakage is coming form the natural curly part clse tomy scalp. I don't want to cut my hair off and start over again. I have just come out of wigs that took out my edges. I have a receding hair line and a large forehead. I am going to try to keep working with this but I read tht one viewer uses sponge rollers at night. I have been pin curling the sides and back but won't sponge rollers dry hair out too? Any help for any viewers will be greatly appreciated. I also use a semi permanent rinse and still use the HIAR ONE to cleanse my hair and leave some in as a leave in conditioner in hopes of conditioning the fried hair and, it does curl with rods and/or pin curling. Any suggestions? Thanks so much and I am glad to find you ladies!

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