Every woman has those hair products she just can’t do without. In the spirit of giving, we thought it would be a good idea to share our favourite afro hair products.
Like us, you’ve probably had more misses than hits when it comes to afro hair products but once you find that holy grail item, it’s all you can do not to pray it isn’t discontinued!
Our essentials in no particular order:
1. Hair and scalp conditioning treatment
Lots of people falsely believe that afro hair is resilient and strong when in fact it is quite fragile and needs extra conditioning. Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, be proactive and treat yours well with a good nourishing conditioning treatment. Try Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment before you shampoo to strength your hair and condition your scalp. Be generous when applying and you will be left with shiny, bouncy hair. Our new favourite hair product.
2. Hair oil
Moroccanoil is one of the best things to happen to afro hair. Whether your hair is straight, curly, kinky, frizzy, natural or relaxed – this magic in a bottle can be used pre or post washing or blow-drying and we guarantee you will have TV ready hair. Jade Thompson (winner of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model) and Tyra Banks are fans.
Moroccanoil Oil Treatment – £30.45
3. Curly hair cream
If your hair is naturally curly it can be hard to get your curls looking separated and glossy. Mizani Moisture Stretch Curl Extending Cream is recommended by Afro Hairdresser of Year Junior Green as a must have for reducing frizz, preventing dryness and defining your strands to create flexible, individual spirals.
4. Hair heat protector
The majority of us are fans of blow-dryers and straightening irons but your hair will never forgive you (and struggle to recover) if you apply all that heat without priming the hair first. If you want something light, non sticky and crunch free, try Minimiser by Philip Kinglsey before you apply the heat.
Philip Kinglsey Minimiser – £18.70
5. The Phone Number of the Junior Green Salon
Winner of Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2011, staff at the Junior Green Hair & Beauty Salon are experts in working with afro and mixed race hair (in all its states) and offer every hair service imaginable.
Junior Green Hair & Beauty – 020 7752 0620
7. A non crunchy hair gel
We’ve got mixed feelings about gel – we like the hold but not the hard-as-rock finish it leaves on your hair. If you want something to tame those pesky flyaways without leaving a shower of flakes on your shoulder when you brush it out, try Aveda’s anti-humectant Brilliant Pomade. It will tame the curls and repel humidity – afro hair’s worst enemy!
8. Non snagging hair bands
How many times have we taken our hair out of a ponytail only to find more than a few strands caught up in the hair band? More times than we care to recount. To keep your hair on your head where it belongs, always look for hair bands that don’t have a metal join in the middle as that is what is tearing your precious strands out.
Blax Snag Free hair Elastics – £3.59
9. Detangling Brush
The Tangle Teezer brush is perfect if you have any kind of curl to your hair. No need for yanking or pulling, simply comb through wet hair (starting at the ends) and see how it glides through your tresses. It’s also gentle enough to use on weaves and extensions.
Tangle Teezer – £10.20
10. A Satin Pillowcase
Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase dries out your skin and more importantly dries out your hair. We know that we should wrap our hair at night but do we? A good satin pillowcase removes the need for a headscarf. Cos when did they ever look sexy!
Sheridan Silk Pillowcase – £49.00
What are your favourite hair products?