Wondering which are the best black and African American hair products?
Ever feel lost in the sea of endless choices at your local beauty supply store?
There are so many options it's easy to get confused and suffer from "analysis paralysis" as you skim the labels trying to figure out which shampoo and conditioner is right for you.
Here are some basic truths about Black and African American hair products.
African American women alone spend over seven and a half billion dollars a year on beauty products. That's pretty insane if you ask me! I bet as much as half of those products never get used by the women who buy them. Don't spend more than you have to!
A high quality bottle of shampoo can cost as little as $6 for 8 ounces. Educate yourself about the types of products available, the ones that give others good results and learn how to figure out if they can work for you too.
Products don't have to be expensive brand names to work well. Focus on professional grade products designed to infuse your Black afro, biracial or multiracial type hair with hydration and restoring moisture.
My goal is to share some black hair product advice and tips before you go shopping. Work your way through the maze of hair products, see how they're rated, compare and then choose the ideal solutions for you.
There are lots of different Black and African American hair products, but for home use the choices are usually limited to the following:
Oils and Moisturizers
Most products indicate on the packaging what hair types they work best for. Get used to reading labels and ingredients to help you quickly figure out the ones that will work best for you.
Are you wondering why we even need "Black and African American hair products" different from all the other ones out there?
Black hair is the most unique of all the different types in the way it looks and more importantly the way it needs to be taken care of.
Our hair is D-R-Y and there's no getting around that fact.
The curls and kinks that most people of African heritage have doesn't allow sebum (natural hair oils that come from the scalp) to travel down the length of the hair making it moisturized and supple.
When our hair dries out, bad things start to happen. It's harder to comb, it looks frizzy and messy, doesn't hold a style well and it becomes more susceptible to split ends and breakage. All of this means that we need extra strength conditioning in each stage of the hair care process.
Choose shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins, gel, color and chemical products like relaxers that have extra moisturizing and conditioning properties. For people with straighter hair these types of products would create a limp and weighed down look, but for our 'extra thirsty' curly, coily and kinky hair the only result is shine, softness and manageability.
There are products for every hair type and texture, but generally speaking if you have the highly textured hair typical of Black, African American and mixed ethnicities your major concern should be choosing the ones with the best moisturizing effect.
It's helpful to know the types of ingredients that help Black hair to stay moisturized while not being too heavy on the scalp and weighing down hair. Here's a short list of some of the ingredients that are considered "good" and "bad" for our hair. The goods ones tend to be moisturizing and protective to our hair and scalp while the bad ones encourage pore clogging and dryness.
You can find a good selection of African American hair products in drug stores, beauty supply stores and specialty salons. The prices range from economy to upscale depending on where and which products you buy.
Every black and African American hair care product imaginable is available online and usually have lot of reviews to help make the decision making process easier. You can find the product you're interested in quickly and usually for a discounted price (most times with free shipping!).
Here are some popular Black and African American hair product system lines with reviews.
|Black Hair Growth Secrets|
When you're trying to grow your hair out about 80% of your success depends on the things you do to your hair and only 20% depends on the products you use. There are certain products I think work very well for hair growth, but the reality is that anything that keeps your hair clean, moisturized and healthy will work just fine.
Learn the day to day methods of care and styling techniques that work to grow you hair to greater lengths. This is what will put the power to decide how long you want your hair to be in your own hands.
Researching all the African American hair products is a tiring task but you'll find that it's worth it to discover the handful of products that end up being your perfect match. Until then, prepare yourself for lots of trial and error!
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