55 of the Best Natural Hair Products to Try Now, According to the Pros
Camille Rose’s deep conditioning mask is filled with blue-green algae, which is known for preventing hair from thinning and breaking off while mango butter is deeply nourishing. Vernon Francois’s Whipped is amazing for “stressed” strands. It doesn’t weigh curls and kinks down thanks to its light formula consisting of keratin amino acids, jojoba oil, green tea and sweet almond oil. Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! mask is great for restoring damaged hair with its blend of B-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, collagen, and silk, while Davines Love Curl Hair Mask is rich in Noto almonds, vitamins B and E, iron and magnesium, perfect for adding elasticity and volume to curls. Naturall Club’s new Ice Cream Deep Conditioner Treatment is protein-rich and filled with lavender, tea tree, and avocado to keep curls soft.
Celebrity hairstylist and Lizzo’s go-to Shelby Swain says her favorite product is Main Choice’s Doesn’t Get Much Butter Than This, because “it’s a really good hair dressing, leaving your hair entirely moisturized with a perfect shine and smelling incredible. It’s perfect for twist outs and wash and go’s!” Model and activist Ebonee Davis’s favorite is Mielle Moisture Hawaiian Ginger Moisturizing Hair Butter, which offers a sweet burst of moisture thanks to ginger, lemon, sugar cane, and orange.
Prose’s curl cream, on the other hand, “is designed to work for a wide spectrum of curl patterns on the curly, coily, and tightly-textured spectrum—from 2B to 4C hair types—by determining a bespoke ratio of four primary sustainably sourced ingredients: anti-frizz pequi oil, definition-imparting flaxseed extract, strengthening baobab protein, and nourishing shea oil,” as Vogue’s Lauren Valenti reported. “With curly hair, there are so many different textures and lots of in-between, so typically you have to go and get everything separately,” says hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, whose clients include Kerry Washington, Willow Smith, and Nesta Cooper. “This is a game-changer because it’s a one-stop-shop!”
Pattern’s new styling cream is great for all curls and tight textures, perfect for wash-n-gos, as well as twists or re-twisting locks, as it’s filled with shea butter, cacay oil, and sweet almond oil which nourishes the hair and prevents damage and breakage.
For many, gel is the perfect way to add lasting definition and hold to your style. Enter Oribe’s Curl Gelee, which offers a moisturizing, crunch-free hold on your curls thanks to mango butter, macadamia seed, apricot oils, and neem seed. Similarly, Pattern’s new Curl Gel creates defined, springy curls with the help of aloe vera, coconut oil and cacay oil.
Hair-Slicking Products and Edge Stylers
Celebrity hairstylist and barber Nigella Miller loves using Curls’ Blueberry line for laying baby hairs as “they give a natural hold.” Felicia Leatherwood, another hairstylist to the stars, uses Aunt Jackie’s Slicked! Flexible Styling Glue with a “double-sided edge brush or a toothbrush.” If you’re opting for a sleek updo or low bun without baby hair designs, try Carol’s Daughter’s Mimosa Hair Honey to tame flyaways, while Pattern’s Strong Hold Gel keeps everything in place, remaining soft to touch.
Colorist and scalp therapist Bridgette Hill recommends rinsing and conditioning between shampoos with René Furterer Complexe 5 Detoxing Oil, as it’s “truly a cleansing oil, and that is a great thing for cellular turnover. It gets the blood circulating intensely and has lots of active oils that penetrate and reduce inflammation, which is the end goal,” Hill says. Other great options include one from Bread, a new textured hair care brand saying no to “anti-frizz” messaging, founded by Maeva Heim. The oil is silicone-free and laced with Kakadu plum and safflower oil; it’s meant to act like a “lip gloss for your hair” that can also be used as a prewash treatment. “We wanted to create an assortment that was all about speed, and making the routine as quick as possible,” Heim says.
Finally, Bomba Curls’ hair oil is great for nourishing the scalp and strands pre-cleansing, to protect the hair from getting stripped of its natural oils or becoming overly dry due to harsh shampoos.
While rocking braids, twists, or whatever your protective style of choice might be, having the tools to protect and refresh your scalp is important. TPH By Taraji has a delightful scalp cooling serum with a three-pronged applicator, targeting the scalp easily whether you have cornrows, box braids, twists, or locs. Tea tree and avocado oils deliver a soothing and invigorating feeling to an itchy, dry scalp. Dark And Lovely For Protective Styles Tension Tamer behaves similarly, offering relief to an uncomfortable scalp with its rosemary leaf extract and avocado oil. Vernon Francois Scalp Nourish-Ment Braid & Loc Spray, meanwhile, is equipped with hydrating oils like jojoba, sweet almond, crambe, argan, and castor.
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