I’ve been natural for over eight years, and in that time, I’ve probably tried at least 150 natural hair products, but I’ve never actually sat down and ranked my all time faves. Here are some of my favorite natural hair products that I keep coming back to!
Shampoos & Cleansers
This exfoliating mud shampoo is a super strong cleanser that doesn’t strip my hair of essential moisture, and is incredibly refreshing after I’ve gone the usual three weeks without washing my hair. It’s on the pricier side, so better for a relaxing spa like wash day versus a weekly wash, but definitely worth every dollar.
All the products from Cantu’s apple cider vinegar line are amazing for itchy scalps due to exercise, flaky product combinations, or protective styles, but the dry co-wash is my favorite because you just spray it on and go. Instant relief.
Since I color my hair all the time, I need a shampoo that will help keep my color from fading, and this one does the trick while also containing quinoa protein for extra strengthening.
Conditioners & Masques
I’m not a huge advocate of co-washing (I think naturals abuse it far too often and don’t properly cleanse their hair), but if I had to pick one cowash to use for the rest of my life, it would be this one. The formulation is more hydrating than some of the thickest deep conditioners, so it’s perfect for quick wash days when you want to detangle, cleanse, and condition all in one step. See it used here.
This huge tub of conditioner is a mainstay in my bathroom, and I often find myself putting it on my hair after a less worthy conditioner fails to get the job done. It’s thick but spreads easily, and really does make my hair feel better after use.
The most recent release on this list, this mask is a really solid deep conditioner that can transform dry and thirsty hair into something manageable, and has enough slip for a breezy detangling session. See it used here.
Leave Ins & Moisturizers
Literally every time I put this in my hair, it feels like butter and love and happiness. I think I discovered it four or five years ago and any time I finish a jar, I hunt for a sale on the next one. This is one of the few natural hair products I actually buy with my own money and will continue to do so (though if TGIN wants to collab, you know how to reach me!)
If supporting black-owned small businesses is important to you, or if you prefer small-batch handmade products, then this hair butter is for you. It smells like a tropical vacation and hydrates your hair for days and days on end, without needing to add any additional product. See it used here.
You know a product is a fave when you start rationing out it’s usage as it gets dangerously low. This is my favorite go to, super thick and creamy moisturizer.
I often struggle with finding styling products that don’t flake, don’t make my hands feel dry, and don’t take four days to dry. This is one of those products I always forget about because I’m still unlearning the notion that certain products aren’t “meant” for my hair, but literally every time I use this styler I yell at myself for not using it more. It’s light, smooth, and feels amazing, with a decent hold without the crunch or flaking, and it doesn’t take five years to dry! See it used here.
I’m not a big gel user, but this one manages to have both hold and moisture without any flakes. Works on edges as well as to set styles! See it used here.
All the benefits of an oil, but in a spray bottle! This product is perfect for sealing in moisture in twists, or spritzing on your hair to refresh and shine without needing to add any water or get your hands greasy. The line came out last year and I’m already on my second bottle. Also great to use on blowouts and straight styles!