- Fashion and Beauty
My Natural Hair Care Products
Since I have stopped using many store bought products for my hair and skin, and have gone natural, my hair and my skin look and feel so much better. I have noticed diminshed scars, firmer skin, lighter stretchmarks, a clearer face, and my hair looks and feels healthier. Not to mention it is growing consistently, and no longer breaking off. Anyway, this hub is all about what I am using in my hair, so if you want to find out the reason for me going natural visit my other hub titled: My Natural Hair Challenge
Products I Currently Use In My Natural Hair
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Mango Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Virgin Coconut Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Natural Black Soap
- Avocado Butter
100% Aloe Vera Gel
This is the 100% undiluted, pure aloe vera gel, not the artificially thickened kind. It is actually quite runny in its natural state, and I store it in the refrigerator, but you don't have to unless you plan on taking it internally too. I use it as a conditioner, it soothes my scalp and adds shine.
You can always extract aloe vera from the aloe plant by cutting a leaf and removing the skin with a knife to reveal the aloe vera gel. In products you may find it listed as Aloe Barbadensis.
Here are the benefits of using aloe on your hair & scalp (there are also skin benefits, not listed here though):
- Losing your hair or have bald spots? Aloe stimulates new hair production and can even fight against alopecia.
- Its an effective & natural anti-frizz product.
- Does not leave your hair greasy.
- Naturally conditions & adds shine to your hair.
- Can use it as a rinse by heavily diluting with water. This will leave your hair shiny and silky.
- Has no side effects, use as often as desired.
- Safe to use near eyes.
- Soothing, especially for cuts and burns.
I love this stuff. It is light, not very greasy, adds shine, and a great conditioner. I used to use the mango butter because I loved that too, but once I found the mango oil I was completely converted. The mango butter is much harder to scoop out, although it melts in your hand. The mango oil starts out soft at room temperature and melts even more to the touch! It leaves my hair soft and lightly mango scented, but hardly.
Sweet Almond Oil
After I wash my hair with the natural black soap, I ususally apply Sweet Almond Oil if I am going to do two strand twists or wear an afro. It moisturizes my hair as well as adds shine that lasts for days. Usually if I use an oil in my hair, I have to replenish it daily. but not Sweet Almond Oil. I like using it because of the benefits but sometimes it is too greasy for me(I probably use too much, I drown my hair in products). Here are the benefits:
- Nourishes hair - contains Vitamin E
- Smooths hair cuticles
- Makes hair long, strong and thick
- Massaging with almond oil adds shine to the hair
- Prevents or reduces hair shedding/falling out
- Apply to dry hair before shampooing and you will find that it will result in silky hair.
- Add a tablespoon to your conditioner for a moisture boost, or put in your leave in conditioner for soft, roller sets, or soft, firm, and shiny twists..
- Massage oil into scalp to help treat dandruff.
Super silky feeling. I get out of the shower and apply it while I am soaking wet, and it still absorbs super fast! In my hair it is just the same but still leaves it soft and moisturized. It is light and adds shine.
Virgin Coconut Oil
My #1 Favorite when straightening hair! I hate the smell of coconuts, and the natural oil smells just like it, but I tolerate it because of its tremendous benefits. Now that's love! It leaves my hair so so so soft, and shiny, and light, no matter how much of it i put in my hair, it is never heavy. it soaks into your hair and scalp and leaves it so smooth and shiny, oops! i said that already, huh? I am so in love with this product. When it rains, or when it is humid my hair does not draw up and begin to texture like it usually does when i straighten it and it gets humid or wet out. And the water rolls right off of my hair if it sprinkles and my hair gets a little wet, without ruining my press. It also has many benefits, again, not just limited to your hair.
- Excellent conditioner for the hair.
- Provides protein required for nourishing damaged hair.
- Massaged into the scalp to prevent dandruff and help hair growth.
- Reduces protein loss remarkably when applied to hair before shampooing.
- Not greasy, easily absorbs into skin.
Make sure not to get the hydrogenated coconut oil, it is not the same, and does not work the same! I have tried it. Stick with the virgin coconut oil, it is a creamy white and melts in your hand and solidifies at room temperature. if you live somewhere hot, it will liquefy. It does not crystallize like shea butter sometimes does.
Since I am wearing my hair completely natural, I am no longer afraid of water transforming my hair, since it is being styled in its natural state anyway. Using water helps my hair absorb the moisture I apply. Your hair gets thirsty, just like your skin does. And just like your skin/body, nothing can quite quench your thirst like water!
Depending on the style I am doing, I usually either style my hair while it is soaking wet or I have a spray bottle mixed with some Tea Tree oil in it(more on that later). I have tried styling my hair while
- completely dry, without water,
- soaking wet, and
and it always shines more, is softer, lasts longer, and looks better when water has been applied first. Its also a little easier to style and get it how I want it when it is wet because it is elastic. Then all I do to lay down stray hairs is apply a silk scarf.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil in your hair is good for dandruff, cuts, sore spots, and more. It is an effective anti-fungal and I add a few drops to a spray bottle and add water or oil when styling my hair. I also put it in my homemade black soap spray so that I am cleansing my hair with it while I am washing it.
I don't always appreciate the strong smell of Tea Tree oil so I only use it sometimes. But the benefits outweigh the smell.
Natural Black Soap
I use this as a natural alternative to shampoo my hair. This soap can be used in a variety of ways and has been known to heal people of many skin conditions (including me and my psoriasis!) It looks horrible, like dirt, but it lathers and cleans so well. When you are finished washing your hair with this soap, you will even notice it feels soft and clean like it has been conditioned already.
The bad thing about this soap is that it is brown, and so are the suds. I don't know about you, but I used to look at the suds to determine how clean my hair is when I am rinsing the shampoo out, and if the suds still appeared dirty looking, I knew my hair was still dirty. With the black soap, I have to guestimate (my uniquely created word "guess" combined with "estimate") because the soap suds are brown naturally.
Sometimes I add Tea Tree Oil and other essential oils to my soap. How?? I convert it from a solid clump of black soap to a body wash, or a liquid form in a spray bottle so I can conveniently spray it in my hair. If you have ever used black soap, you know it is a little difficult to keep together because it is so soft and crumbly (just like dirt, I tell you!).
This stuff is heavy & greasy on my hair, but not moisturizing enough for the skin on my body. Still, it is too greasy for my hair. It is great for permed, dried, blow dried, and damaged hair. It is also a great conditioner, which is how I use it. After shampooing, I put avocado butter in my hair and rinse it out. It leaves it very smooth and soft. it is also a great natural anti - frizz treatment.
To Sum It All Up
I use a variety of products on my hair interchangably but these are the ones I have been using for the past two months. I have really fallen in love with the natural black soap, virgin coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and mango oil. If I had to choose my all time favorite of these three oils, the virgin coconut oil would be #1 because of the all around success I have had with it, whether pressing my hair, flat ironing it, or wearing it natural.
Update: 11/25/12: Sweet Almond Oil & Mango Oil are my two favorite oils. Mango butter would be one of my favorite butters. Virgin coconut oil I don't use as much as I used to on my hair, it still adds shine but its winter here now and my scalp needs more moisture than virgin coconut oil provides during his time.
You may not have the same opinions as i do on the product, but your hair may also be textured different to mine. To each his own, right? Still, I would love to know your thoughts and comments.