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I’ve been natural for a little over a year and finally figured out a wash day routine and staple natural hair products. When I first transitioned, I studied the Curly Girl Method heavily, but now there are occasions where I use products containing silicones and use styling tools. The products have my fro growing and curls popping so I must be doing SOMETHING right. If you’re interested, here are my top staple natural hair products for my 4a natural hair.
I cowash with the As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner. If you wash your hair in sections, a little bit goes a long way because it distributes the product generously through each section. The As I am cowash literally leaves my 4a natural hair and scalp squeaky clean and helps retain the moisture. The key ingredients are Tangerine, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Saw Palmetto and Phytosterols.
A Leave-In Conditioner
When I first transitioned, I swore by Tresemme Naturals conditioner. It has since been discontinued and I have graduated to using EDEN BodyWorks’ Coconut Shea leave-in. It has great slip, is thick and works well with pretty much any styler I use on my 4a natural hair.
I generally use coconut oil as a pre-poo, massaging my scalp with the oil and deep conditioning for 15-20 min with a plastic shower cap. Pre-pooing with coconut oil helps as I rinse and finger detangle after deep conditioning. Coconut oil is able to bind to the natural protein structure of the hair, helping it retain natural moisture and reinforces the hair fibers, making it stronger.
I love castor oil and use it as a sealant on my 4a natural hair in the winter months. Castor oil acts as a humectant, absorbing moisture and benefits the hair shaft by locking in moisture. It can also be used on the scalp for growth and regrowth of hair. My favorite brand of Castor oil is Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil. It is a black-owned company and easy to add essential oils like lavender, coconut or peppermint oils to dilute. You can also use the oil for holistic purposes.
I use Pure Unrefined Organic Shea Butter along with Vitamin E oil and Jojoba oil and blend into a mixture. I use it as a styler and as an aide to dryness and breakage on the ends of my hair. Shea butter can be used on the scalp for dry hair as well.
My inner product junkie has me sample other items from time to time, but these have become my go-to staple natural hair products for my 4a natural hair. With the growth of natural hair brands in the coming years, they may change, but I know my hair loves the base of ingredients in those mentioned.
Have you tried any of my staple natural hair products before?