If you’re starting your natural hair journey, you may notice the struggle of figuring out how to style it. But before showing it off, you may also consider the type of products you should be using to keep it healthy.

Be creative with natural hair.
Be creative with natural hair.
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For those unaware of the term natural hair, it is afro-textured hair that is normally curly, wavy, coily or kinky, and is not chemically treated. All natural hair isn’t the same though, so it can become difficult to take care of at first, especially when you do not understand what you’re doing.

But don’t stress natural hair newbies. I’ve got you covered.

When I first began my natural hair journey, I became overwhelmed over the unlimited hair products at the store specifically for my hair. That was 8 years ago. I couldn’t tell you any of the products I used back then, but I can tell you about the products that most of the natural hair community loves today.

Moisturizer for Natural Hair

The versatility of natural hair is everything.
The versatility of natural hair is everything.
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Moisturizer is used to maintain moisture throughout your hair to protect it from becoming dry and brittle.

Everyone is different in moisturizing natural hair, but I’ve learned it’s best to do it after washing to maintain moisture after you air or blow-dry your hair. It’s also best to incorporate moisturizer before combing your hair because it acts as a good slip, especially regarding thick hair when the comb is passing through your strands.

A great moisturizer I like to use sometimes is Mielle Organics Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk and Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer. They make my hair so soft and silky every time.

Regardless of the moisturizer you use, It’s up to you of how much you moisturize. Just make sure you’re doing it sparingly.

Leave-in Conditioner for Natural Hair

The bigger the hair the harder they stare.
The bigger the hair the harder they stare. 
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Leave-in conditioner can also be used to nourish the hair and keep it moisturized. It can also act as a heat protector and detangler.

You’re probably wondering, Is it necessary to use leave-in conditioner and moisturizer? No. Not really. However, some with natural hair love to use the two interchangeably for extra nourishment.

For my hair personally, I prefer to apply leave-in conditioner after washing my hair and then I use moisturizer every couple of days; but not too much as to overdo it.

My all-time favorite is Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream. My hair has been thick for years, and this conditioner is the crucial one that knows how to tackle it with detangling.

Oil for Natural Hair

Always incorporate hair oils.
Always incorporate hair oils.
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Oil is used as a sealant after applying moisture throughout the hair strands, while also keeping it smooth and providing shine.

Oil is perfect for natural hair because it’s usually the last step of the moisture process. It’s also a great product to apply directly to the scalp for extra hair growth. I recommend a few oils such as:

  • Coconut oil
  • Castor oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Argan oil

Sometimes I spice up my natural haircare and incorporate hot oil treatments. The hot oil always feels lovely on my scalp as I massage it in.

These products may go a long way in helping natural hair to thrive, but of course there are so many more. With whatever products you choose, pay close attention to the ingredients so you’re not putting anything harsh in your hair.