25 Best Natural Hair Products That Actually Work
From moisturizers and makeup to hair dyes and extensions, figuring out which products actually work can be a struggle. Most brands have marketing campaigns designed to make you think they’re the best, and the world of online reviews can be overwhelming to say the least. When it comes to natural hair, great products can make the difference between dry, tired strands and silky, nourished locks. To help in your quest to reaching your hair goals, we’ve scoured the web to bring you a list of 25 natural hair products that actually work.
1Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Used for hundreds of years in hair and skin care products, castor oil not only moisturizes, but it also contains an amino acid that promotes hair growth. This Jamaican Black Castor Oil is processed differently from most commercial castor oils, giving it a darker color. Because this product is very thick, most users like to heat it or dilute it with another carrier oil before applying it to the scalp, concentrating on areas where hair is thinning.
2Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo
If you’re looking for a shampoo that moisturizes hair instead of leaving it feeling stripped and dry, Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo is here to make your cleansing dreams come true. Women with coily hair love how it helps to define curls while cleansing. If you’re looking to go completely sulfate free this isn’t the product for you, as it does contain a mild sulfate detergent.
3Aubrey Organics GPB Protein Balancing Shampoo
This shampoo is designed to help restore protein in your hair, but is free of the harsh chemicals that can strip natural curls and leave hair feeling dry and frizzy. Because GPB protein balancing shampoo uses more natural detergents, it produces a much lower lather than traditional shampoos.
4Deva Curl No-Poo
For anyone with chemically treated or dyed hair, traditional shampoos with harsh ingredients can make hair feel dry and brittle, and strip away the color that you spent time and money trying to achieve. As a cleanser free of traditional detergents like sulfates, Deva Curl’s No-Poo offers a new way to get your hair clean. With a zero lather formula enriched with vitamin C, curly haired women with color treated hair say No-Poo is a life changer.
5Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner
This moisture balancing conditioner from Elucence hydrates and penetrates all hair types, makes detangling a breeze, and can be used as a leave-in.
6As I Am Coconut CoWash
If you’re a member of the co-wash community who chooses to forgo shampoo to keep from drying out your natural hair, this coconut co-wash from As I Am is a cleansing conditioner specially designed to be the only product you need.
7Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion
Use Curl Junkie’s smoothing lotion as a conditioner or leave-in for soft, touchable curls. Some users find they need to use other styling products to give curls definition, meaning this lotion won’t replace a gel or other products that bring definition and hold.
8Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/Detangler
If tangles are the bane of your hair’s existence, this leave in conditioner from Kinky-Curly is a must-purchase product. Apply to clean, wet hair for extra conditioning and detangling that provides curl definition and minimal frizz even on coily hair types.
9As I Am Leave-In Conditioner
As I Am’s Leave-In Conditioner is a well loved natural hair product both for its moisturizing and curl defining properties, and also as a detangler that provides lots of slip. For parents of natural haired children, this leave-in conditioner means the difference between struggling and tugging at knots and a happy hair brushing session after bath time.
10SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque
This manuka honey and mafura oil hydrating hair masque gets rave reviews for how much moisture it provides to natural curls, making them defined and soft for several days after treatment.
11ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor
If you’re looking to repair damaged hair, protein treatment products are a great option. ApHogee’s Keratin Reconstructor helps to replace lost protein and repair cuticle damage on any hair type, and is especially helpful for hair that’s been damaged by chemical straightening or lightening processes. Even if your hair has never been bleached or straightened, this two minute treatment makes a nice weekly or monthly treat.
12Ouidad 12 Minute Deep Treatment Intensive Repair
Spending 12 minutes with this luxurious product will repair damage, replenish moisture, and rescue curly hair from its dull, dry state. Ouidad’s 12 Minute Deep Treatment comes at a higher price point than some other protein replenishing products, but natural haired users rave about its dramatic effects, and it should last you longer than products that are meant for daily use.
13Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Treatment
For an extra moisturizing treatment to add to your routine when natural hair needs some extra TLC, the aptly named Curl Rehab brings major results to most curly haired users. Women with chemically treated hair find that it reinvigorates curls, and even those with low porosity hair get surprisingly moisturized results.
14Kinky-Curly Curling Custard
If you’re looking for a product to define your curls, Kinky-Curly’s curling custard is a tried and true formula made will all-natural ingredients for your all-natural hair! Applying a small amount to wet hair reveals defined, frizz-free curls once dry. This is one product where a little bit goes a long way, and overdoing it can result in a crunchy finish.
15As I Am Twist Defining Cream
When you feel like styling your natural hair in a twisted or twist-out style, make As I Am’s Twist Defining Cream your new go-to product for soft, moisturized twists with no flaky residue left behind.
16Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
If you’re looking for a moisturizing product you can use on your body as well as your natural hair, try Shea Moisture’s extra virgin coconut oil. Use it as a natural body butter, a makeup remover that’s free of alcohol and other harsh chemicals, and a moisturizer and natural sealant when applied to clean hair that’s wet or dry.
17Deva Curl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler
This Coconut Curl Styler by Deva Curl provides amazing curl definition, and smells fantastic thanks to an infusion of coconut oil. Fine haired women love how a small amount of coconut curl defines their hair without weighing it down.
18Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream
If you’re looking for a nourishing cream product that keeps hair soft and moisturized, but is light enough to be used on fine hair, meet Burdock Root Butter Cream from Qhemet Biologics. If you have low porosity hair, this may be the only styling product you’ll need to use, and it gets especially great reviews for results in twist out styles.
19Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste
Natural haired women rave about this product, especially when used for laying down edges and keeping hair slicked in updo styles. Because this curl control paste is quite thick, it can weigh down fine hair if used all over hair, and most users find it most helpful for controlling hair rather than defining curls.
20Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Control Edge Glaze
For an edge control product with a softer, more flexible hold, try this control edge glaze from Eden BodyWorks. Coconut oil and shea butter in the formula help to instantly hydrate and lock moisture in for later, while it contains enough water to never feel greasy or heavy in hair.
21Jane Carter Solution Wrap And Roll
Jane Carter Solution’s wrap and roll can be used as a curl defining product for wash and go styles, but it also works wonders as a setting product for wrapping hair with perm rods, roller sets, or even in pin curls.
22Kinky Curl Perfectly Polished
Formulated with a blend of oils, (including luxurious argan oil) Perfectly Polished is a multi-dimensional product that can be used to moisturize curls after shampooing, hydrate locs or braided styles, or as a finishing serum to keep your completed style looking shiny.
23Bumble And Bumble Hairdressers’s Invisible Oil
Not only is Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil a heat protectant and primer, but you can use it as a serum to bring shine to ends and tame fly-aways once heat styling is complete. If you’re looking for a stronger hold product to use in conjunction with this primer from Bumble and Bumble, try their Styling Creme to add body that withstands humidity.
24TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
While heat styling can be damaging to anyone’s hair, we know that natural hair is particularly susceptible to the drying and breakage that can occur. So whether you’re planning on using a blow dryer or straightener, heat protectant is a must. Heat Tamer spray from TRESemmé is an affordable product that creates a protective layer when used prior to heat styling, but won’t saturate or weigh down the hair.
25IC Fantasia Heat Protectant Straightening Serum
Another great option for heat protectant comes from Fantasia’s Heat Protector Straightening Serum. It has a thicker, serum consistency that thicker hair types really appreciate, while some fine haired users might find it overwhelming if more than a tiny drop is used.