How to wash, style and care for your natural hair with our pick of the best products on the high street
Looking for the best products to care for and style your natural afro-textured hair? You might be surprised where you can find them these days!
Many shampoos contain harsh detergents which can strip hair so are best left to once a week for very dry hair types. In between times use a 2-in-1 co-wash product instead. Palmers Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner uses oils to gently cleanse, feels lovely and nourishing and comes in a giant pump-action tub that’ll last you all year.
Cotton Pillowcases not only create tension, roughing up hair in the night, but they can also absorb moisture from your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. Instead, use this luxurious Holistic Silk Silk Pillowcase to hold on to hydration and, let’s face it, feel like a bit of a princess too!
Ojon make too many great products for afro hair to mention, but this is the most unique. A little mascara tube filled with iconic Ojon Rare Blend Oil for taming flyaways, frizz, baby hairs and anything else that gets on your nerves. Somehow hair doesn’t end up greasy, just smooth and sleek – pop it in your bag and never fear frizz again!
Dove’s most nourishing formula yet is perfect for a daily moisture boost and a bit of a bargain for the technology involved! Both the Dove Quench shampoo and conditioner, £4 each, contain Buriti oil and keratin repair actives to deeply hydrate and seal up split ends.
Afro hair tends to have fewer cuticle layers than other hair types, so needs plenty of hydration to avoid breakage. Natural World Coconut Water Hair Oil is a little shot of oil which will quench hair in moisture, and smells of delicious coconut (which never hurts, does it?) Use it as an overnight treatment all over hair or rub into ends and lengths for an instant hydration hit.
If your curls tend to become a giant mass when left to their own devices, Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Curl Defining Creme Glaze is a no-fuss, mango-scented solution. Run a good handful through wet hair right from the roots down (be generous) then leave to air dry to enjoy glossy, defined curls with minimum crispiness.