The #1 way to beautiful, healthy, long hair is actually simpler than you think- Moisture! Your natural hair craves it. Without it, hair is left brittle, thirsty, and dull. Routinely moisturizing and sealing your hair will lead to more elasticity in the hair shaft, preventing damage and breakage. It’s also very important to keep your scalp hydrated… start from the root of things and of course keep your ends trimmed! Here are some great natural moisturizers and oils for natural hair–
Water: This simple and obtainable natural resource works perfectly when trying to achieve moisture! Water is by far my favorite moisturizing agent. Whenever I want to refresh my curls or just add some moisture to my ends before bedtime, water is the first thing I grab. For healthy hair, be sure to pay close attention to moisturizing and promoting elasticity for your tresses. Water is the remedy for both. When I’m not using pure distilled water I still try to stick to water based products such as Cantu shea butter and Oyin Juices and berries for a light spritz to keep my tresses hydrated.
Vitamin E oil: is an all natural vegetable-derived preservative that is easily absorbed by the hair and is highly regarded for its nourishing and moisturizing benefits.
Jojoba Oil: This emollient helps to restore shine and manageability without causing product build-up (which we all hate) or leaving a sticky residue. Coconut and sweet almond oils are also great, all-natural nourishing and sealing agents! Castor oil works great for shine!
Glycerin: Glycerin is a natural humectant and conditioning agent that helps your hair attract and retain moisture. This ingredient is mostly used in shampoos, conditioners and leave-ins to increase their moisturizing properties.
Wheat Protein: This natural protein derived from whole wheat, helps to improve body and impart shine to dry, distressed hair.
Shea Butter: Shea butter is a natural fat extract from the fruit of the Karite tree in Western Africa. Because of its conditioning properties, it is frequently used in hair dressings and pomades in order to restore moisture to dry brittle hair, prevent breakage and split ends, and promote healthy hair growth. I use Cantu Shea butter in my hair and it keeps my curls so soft.
Other oils good for the hair are carrot oil, avocado oil and sweet almond oil.
I found for scarring,a good brand of rosehip oil and evening primose oil. Just get the globules and pierce a hole in the top and squeeze the goodness out.
If you go to Hautelook.com, they're having a major sale on African Black Soap & African Black Soap w/ Shea Butter. I just bought 3 4 oz bars for $3/ea!! And they have a whole bunch of other Shea Butter products. I believe the sale ends tomorrow so don't miss out!!!
Is there 1 product with all of the ingredients?
I completely forgot to list my favorite place to buy butters (and African black soap) for my hair and skin. It's a fair trade company called Agbanga Karite. I love the quality and quantity for the price.
In response to newlife:
You can purchase these products from a number of outlets – retail and online.
Retail: Whole Foods, Mother Earth's Storehouse, and other natural foods stores
Online: Soapgoods; Mountain Rose Herbs, Lotion Crafters – all carry butters, oils, essential oils etc. Plus specific brand name products such as Oyin Handmade, Carol's Daughter, Uncle Funky's, etc.
Google any of these retail or online outlets. There are MANY more, but I tired to keep the list manageable. Good luck.
I am a newbie to the natural hair world….WHERE CAN I FIND THESE PRODUCTS…A LIL PLEASE!
I just Brought some Wheat Protein.
I have all the rest of the Products in
the above article. Thanks again for the Info
Thanks for the Info…
Jojoba is a good oil to use…very light
Great Blog.Thanks for sharing these beautiful and helpful tips.
Hair looks great! Shea butter is too heavy for my hair. Just sits on it. Olive oil and coconut oil make my hair hard and scalp itch. They too just sit on top of my hair. I've found that conditioner and water works best for me.
I absolutely love this list. I use Vitamin E on my face to help w/ the dark spots from acne and I always wondered if I could use it on my hair. Its wonderful that when using natural products, they can have multiple usage capabilities 🙂
What oils are good for the scalp?
I have tried shea butter once and it formed a build up on my scalp. Also tried olive oil and it itched like crazy.
Look at that shine…not sheen! Great way to take care of those tresses!
Your hair looks SOOO good!