By Tyler Hatten
Growing up, there were only a few good hair products for women of color. With more knowledge of coarse and curly hair, there are now tons of products which focus on growing and maintaining healthy hair. Dealing with our hair doesn’t have to be a hassle. Using just one of these products can improve your hair growth and reduce breakage significantly. Here are a few go-to products, old and new, that can definitely keep your hair looking fresh and damage free:
Coconut oil has always been around however there are so many benefits to this product aside from your hair. It is also very inexpensive and can be found at any hair store. Coconut oil helps in hair growth and gives your hair a shiny, healthy look. It also reduces dandruff and aids as a great conditioner.
Olive Oil products
If you have relaxed hair, Olive Oil products should be your go-to when applying relaxers. From experience with trying different relaxers Olive Oil is found to be the better product as far as straightening the hair and conditioning before styling. Olive Oil products are a bit pricey however you will definitely reap the benefits from the well-known brand.
Having coarse or curly hair, you know the struggles are keeping your sides laid down, especially when wearing ponytails or sleek hairstyles. Cream of Nature’s Perfect Edges edge control works great for relaxed hair. Your hair will definitely hold throughout the day and without any flakes. The only downside to this product is that it’s not so effective on natural hair. The product tends to make natural hair curlier.
A great edge control for natural and curly hair is Gorilla Snot. The name doesn’t sound appealing and the consistency is slimy however it will hold your hair for the entire day. There are tons of reviews on how Gorilla Snot has helped people with curly create clean sleek looks which last all day. Both products are available at most retailers.
Shea Moisturize products
Natural hair gurus rave about SheaMoisture products. They are great for shampooing and conditioning your hair. SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie helps maintaining nice curls while also hydrating the hair.
Clairol Textures & Tones
Hair coloring is a scary process. No one wants to look in the mirror and see their hair was damaged, it looks completely different than the box or worse, gone. Clairol’s Textures & Tones is an amazing product that was designed specifically for coloring African American hair. Clairol has provided over 20 different hair colors for African American women to choose from. There is no bleaching involved and the color comes out exactly how the box looks. Clairol’s Textures & Tones is very inexpensive and can be found at every hair store.