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Products for Natural African-American Hair

Sujata Iyer
There are a lot of things you must do in order to maintain natural African-American hair. Here are the options for a rigorous hair care regime.
Natural African-American hair is a real blessing. However, it can turn out to be really frustrating to maintain when it gets all frizzy and unmanageable. This hair is, by nature, thick and curly. Hence, it can be a tedious task to look after it. Given below are some options that you can take into consideration for your hair care.


This type of hair being thick and coarse, requires regular moisturizing and relaxing. For this, organic products are the best option. You can use the following oils for great hair:
  • Almond Oil:  Almond oil nourishes hair and helps it grow long and strong. It also adds luster to the hair.
  • Jojoba Oil:  It softens coarse hair and is also a great moisturizer for your hair!
  • Coconut Oil:  It makes the hair strong. It is loaded with natural proteins and helps in repairing damaged hair.
  • Olive Oil:  Olive oil is great if you want to hasten up your hair growth. It is also a great source of moisture and softens the hair considerably.
  • Tea Tree Oil:  This oil can help prevent dandruff caused by dry and itchy scalp. It also helps in keeping away head lice.
  • Citrus Oils:  Lemon oil and orange oil are great for hair. They add sheen to lifeless and limp hair and also help in getting rid of dandruff.
A regular hot oil treatment is a great hair care remedy! A hot oil massage helps roots of the hair to relax, especially if it has been tied up into a braid hairstyle or any other tight hairstyle. Use these oils and you're sure to have full and lustrous hair to flaunt!


It is a misconception that African-American hair needs to be washed daily. Shampooing hair daily draws out all the moisture and results in dull and dry hair. Use shampoos that have the following ingredients for maximum moisture retention and shiny hair.
  • Essential Oils like Vitamin E Oil, Lavender Oil:  These oils make hair look healthy and are great remedies for scalp issues like white flakes or psoriasis.
  • Natural Herbs:  They cure hair fall and lifeless hair and help in hair softening too.
  • Aloe Vera: This is a great natural remedy to prevent hair loss and also for speedy hair growth.
  • Citrus Fruits: They contain Vitamins which help to keep the hair healthy and also for good scalp circulation.
  • Sage: A cure for hair growth, to prevent and heal scalp issues like dandruff; bacteria formation due to excess sebum secreted by the scalp.
  • Rosemary: A great stimulator for hair follicles, helps in nourishing and cleansing of scalp.

Keep a gap of 4 to 6 days between shampoos to avoid extraction of the nourishment that these shampoos provide. Your hair will look and feel refreshingly cleansed and healthy.


After shampooing your hair, the next step would be to condition it. However, you must ensure that you use suitable conditioners when it comes to protecting your hair. Not all conditioners have the necessary ingredients to nourish natural African-American hair. Given below are some ingredients that you must look out for in the conditioners that you purchase.
  • Shea Butter:  Shea butter has moisturizing properties. This makes it a great conditioner as it helps retain the present moisture and gives the lost moisture back to the hair.
  • Patchouli:  Patchouli is a herb that helps to nourish, strengthen and cleanse lifeless and dry hair. 
  • Avocado: Avocado is a great ingredient that helps in strengthening, moisturizing and repairing damaged hair. It also makes the hair soft and smooth!
  • Eggs: Eggs are great conditioners but they are less used in the raw form due to the unpleasant odor. However, there are lot of hair products that contain egg. They help in adding shine and bounce to your hair.
  • Moroccan Oil:  It helps in reducing frizz and prevents breakage of brittle hair by strengthening it. It helps to smoothen rough and coarse hair.
  • Honey: A great conditioner. It helps in rendering a shine to the hair while conditioning it, to make it soft.
  • Thyme Oil:  Thyme oil helps prevent hair fall. It makes the hair strong and also helps in hair growth.

Remember to condition your hair at least twice a week to ensure that it looks glossy and remains manageable all the time!

Now that you know what kind of ingredients you need, let's also give you a list of some  products of brands that are acclaimed for caring for African-American hair.
  • Argan Oil Hair Treatment
  • Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment
  • The Caramel Treatment by E'TAE Natural Hair Products
  • Doo Gro Oil Stimulating Growth
  • Avlon Affirm Moisture Plus Conditioning Relaxer
  • Soy Cream Shampoo from Blended Beauty
  • Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
  • Emu Conditioner
  • ProFolla Silk Moisture Shampoo
  • Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner
  • sfree Moisture Shampoo

Organic hair products are better than ones loaded with chemicals. So pick natural ones over chemical ones. Take good care of your hair and it'll remain healthy and shiny!