According to market intelligence agency Mintel, relaxer sales have dropped by 36.6% since 2012, meaning that more and more black women are embracing their natural curls and kinks.
Whether you’ve got waves, curls or kinks, certain products/items have been proven to remain consistent and beneficial in many women’s natural hair journies.
Here’s 4 of them!
1. An all natural, healing oil.
The key to prolonged growth and minimized breakage in natural hair is moisture. To achieve this, it is important to continually smother your locs with oils that will keep each strand feeling soft and revitalized.
Some popular and affordable options to pick from include coconut oil, jojoba oil, and Jamaican castor oil!
2. Sulfate-free shampoo:
Shampoos formulated with sulfates are known to strip the hair from oil, make it more likely to frizz and increase overall hair damage. In contrast, sulfate-free shampoos are gentle, less likely to wash away hair color, and can prevent epidermal irritation, dryness, and itchiness.
3. Satin/Silk Scarf
To protect your hair and seal in moisture overnight, purchasing a silk or satin scarf should become a priority for you.
Natural hair can be prone to breakage and damage when exposed to the rough fabric of cotton pillowcases. Because of this, it is highly advisable that you protect your hair by sleeping in scarves and bonnets made out of silk or satin materials to avoid the breakage caused by friction between your hair and moisture-absorbing materials.
4. A Deep Conditioner
Too many people skip this part of the process but it is so important to keep your hair soft and strong. Having a deep conditioner is a staple because it replenishes your hair with moisture and nutrients. The elements in the atmosphere and so many other things lend to dry, brittle and damaged hair.