Our hair is a part of our body we often overlook in our beauty routine. Most of the time we use any random shampoo or conditioner, brush it out, and we’re done. If we want our hair looking it’s best and beautiful, we have to take good care of it.
Proper hair care routine
You should consider introducing a proper hair routine into your daily routine.
- Start by determining your hair type – not everyone has the same hair type. Every type has different needs and ways to care for it. Try going a few days with your natural hair without adding any products. Your hair will be either oily, normal, dry, thick, fine, straight, curly, or wavy. Once you know your type, buy products that are best for it.
- Try not to wash your hair everyday. It isn’t always necessary to wash it all the time, especially every single day. You should only wash it when it’s dirty, not out of habit. Dry hair should be washed every third day, try washing oily hair every other day, and normal hair every two to three days.
- Wash hair with lukewarm water. Hot water can dry out your hair and strip it of its natural oils. With cool water your hair will naturally stay shiny and healthy-looking.
- Brush only with a wide-tooth comb. This type of comb is best to remove any tangles. A brush can pull and break the hair, especially because it’s more gentle when wet.
- Air dry as much as possible. Heat from blow dryers can extremely damage the hair and strip it of it’s oils.
- Visit your hair stylist often. Split ends, dryness and uneven ends aren’t too attractive and can look unhealthy. Try to trim your ends every six weeks. If it is a big cost for you, try learning how to trim your hair by yourself with special salon scissors.
- Dye it as little as possible. Hair dye contain many harmful chemicals that also dry out the hair. It is very damaging, especially if you bleach it or do a drastic change.
- Eat healthy. A healthy diet means healthy hair. Try eating more food with a lot of nutrients. Some of them are: protein, folic acid, vitamin B6 and essential fatty acids. Smoking and stress are also things you should avoid.
- Use conditioner. Conditioners moisturise the hair and leave it silky. Avoid the roots and only focus on the ends. Dry hair can especially use a conditioner.
- Apply heat protectant. If you enjoy using flat irons, curlers or blow dryers, invest in a heat protecting product which acts as a barrier between your natural hair and the heat.
- Try a hair mask. Using a deeply nourishing hair mask around once a week can deeply restore damaged hair and make it a lot healthier. A mask moisturises and refreshens the hair.
- Use dry shampoo. Instead of regular shampooing switch to a dry shampoo sometimes. Dry shampoos are easy to use and cover any dirt or grease in the hair and make it look freshened. It’s best to use it only on the roots and massaged into the rest of the hair.
- Protect from the sun. Sun damage is just as damaging to the hair as it is to the skin. Try using a product with SPF protection, especially if you colour-treated hair. Hats are also a good option for protection.
There are so many reasons to choose organic products. Hair products contain so many chemicals and toxic ingredients that are bad for your body. Some examples are:
- Fragrances: they are very hazardous to your health. They’ve been associated with dermatitis, allergies, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): it strips oil and dirt well, but stop the natural serum production that moisturises the hair. It isn’t so bad for oily hair, but it’s bad for dry and curly hair.
- Toluene: a solvent that can dissolve paint, but it is also found in some hair color/bleaching products. It can affect the respiratory system, irritate the skin, and cause developmental damage in the fetus. It’s also frequently labelled as benzene, tuluol, phenylmethane, or methylbenzene
- Benzene: a toluene that can damage the respiratory system, irritate the skin, and cause developmental damage in fetuses.
- Formaldehyde: an irritating preservative to the skin and eyes. It is a known animal carcinogen, and can increase cancer risk for humans.
- Mineral Oil and petroleum: they coat your hair and scalp so much that they are more harmful than helpful. They can cause acne, hindered skin respiration, imbalanced oil levels in your scalp, and skin irritation.
- Synthetic colors: D&C Red 27 or FD&C Blue 1 are derived from petroleum or coal sources. These synthetic colors are known to be carcinogenic, skin irritants, and linked to ADHD in children. The European Union has even banned the use of these ingredients.
Using any of these ingredients puts your hair, skin and health at risk. Switching to organic hair products will be safer and more gentle on the skin- especially for those with sensitive skin.
Organic ingredients are also more environmentally safe and don’t pollute the air. They heal and repair the hair and skin and are just better for your overall health.
Black hair can be difficult to care for, especially if it’s textured and thick. Here are some amazing organic hair product recommendations that work well:
Palmer’s Lavender Rose Water Conditioner– they’re known for their cocoa and shea butter body creams. This hair product smells amazing and fruity. It has many strengthening botanicals and is great for detangling hair.
Mielle Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil- oils with peppermint as an ingredient will give your scalp a tingly and soothing feeling. It stimulates circulation in the scalp and helps with hair growth.
Great Value Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil- coconut oil is known as one of the best essential oils. It is lightweight and very moisturising for dry hair. It’s best when used to seal the ends of hair or to add some shine.
Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil– a classic remedy for healing skin and hair. It’s a great product for hair growth and hot oil treatments. It can also be used to seal any liquid or cream product used to style your hair.
Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil- it’s considered liquid gold. A blend of 17 natural oils and herbs that encourage hair growth by penetrating deep into the scalp to strengthen and hydrate the hair.
Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream- it doesn’t contain any mineral oil, sulfates, silicones, parabens, gluten, or paraffin. It’s great for natural hair to soften it and to repair breakage. It also deeply penetrates into the scalp and reduces frizz and flyaways. Made with 100% Pure Shea butter and formulated without harsh ingredients. It can even be used daily.
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate Free Shampoo- a colour safe shampoo that helps cleanse and restore natural moisture of the hair without overweighting it. It’s great for dry, dull and brittle air that lacks shine and softness. It contains ingredients like aloe, clover, calendula and rose. The aloe leaf juice gives the right amount of shine and the rose extract smells beautiful. The black vanilla fragrance is also soothing. It’s important to note that it contains zero parabens, silicones, petrolatum or artificial colours.
Creme of Nature Style & Shine Foaming Mousse– it’s a great natural product that works great for holding and styling hair. It keeps it in place all day while also giving it a healthy shine. It creates soft wraps and defines curls. The product doesn’t build up and can be used everyday after washing the hair. It’s gentle enough to be used daily.
Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly- a long-lasting jelly made for curly hair that leaves zero residue. It doesn’t leave a crunchy feel and defines the curls while adding sheen. Zero silicones, sulfates, parabens, artificial oils, colours or fragrances.
TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo- a shampoo packed with aloe vera that soothes the hair. It also contains many lightweight natural oils that nourish the hair. This shampoo improves hair health drastically and gives manageable hair. It’s enriched with both coconut and amla oil to reduce breakage and increase moisture retention for moisturised and healthy hair. Not only does the oil reduce breakage, but the vitamins in the shampoo also do. It gives double strengthening power.
Ouidad Heat and Humidity Gel- a product that defines curls with a flexible hold and won’t leave hair crunchy, sticky, or weighed down. It locks out humidity and helps protect against heat and UV damage. It also prevents flyaways, frizz, and too much volume.
Moroccanoil Hair Treatment- it provides silky, shiny and healthy hair. The treatment is the product that pioneered oil-infused hair care and argan oil craze around the world. Moroccanoil Treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It is full of antioxidant-rich argan oil and boosting vitamins that detangle hair, speed up drying time and boost shine—leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use.
OBIA Curl Hydration Spray– a daily refreshing spray that can be used daily to hydrate hair without any buildup. It moisturises the hair and scalp. It’s also lightweight, easily absorbable and versatile. It can be used on curls, wigs, weaves and brands. All ingredients are natural, vegan, pH balanced and organically derived.
Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper– a product formulated for frizz-free, well defined curls. It contains only high-quality ingredients and provides frizz control. It reactivates with water with zero build-up which allows you several days of great styling. It’s very effective in high humid weather conditions and will perform 100% of the time. It’s also silicone free and is never tested on animals. All ingredients are biodegradable and safe enough for daily use. It won’t weigh down hair or have it feeling oily.
All of these products can be used for black hair to get healthy, nourished and moisturised hair. You won’t have to worry about harmful ingredients in the things you apply on your hair when using only organic ones.