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I get asked this question all the time by clients in my salon. What are the best
products for my naturally curly hair? Most of us have experienced the trial and error
period of figuring out what the best products for curly hair are. It really is just part
of the journey when figuring it all out. Keep in mind that the natural hair
product industry is at an all-time high with this natural hair boom. They are
going to market any and every hair product to those willing to spend the
money. Here are 3 important steps in choosing the best product for you.
1) Ask someone with hair that looks like yours what they use
Most of us naturals have experienced this from time to time. The new natural
or the woman whose hair texture doesn’t even closely resemble your hair
texture, asking you what products you use. Come on people! If your texture is
a lot different than mine, it’s not going to end well. Inevitably that woman is
going to tell you the following day about how they tried that product on their
hair and it didn’t work for them! Now the irony in this is even the woman
with a hair texture that does closely resemble yours may also fail when using
the products that you use. Product application, how the hair is dried, etc. all
play a vital part in the outcome.
2) Don’t fall for the hair texture chart
Now I know I’m going to catch a lot of heat for saying this, especially on
YouTube, but that hair texture chart is a sham! People need to realize the difference between marketing and scientific fact. As a marketing tool, this chart is brilliant. If your texture is a 4A for example, all you have to do is buy these 8 products and your hair will be perfect! Now scientific fact tells us that NO TWO PEOPLE HAVE THE EXACT SAME HAIR TEXTURE! I have been a hairstylist for almost twenty years, and in those twenty years I’ve never seen the same texture on two different heads. Please just be aware that this is just a way for companies to sell you products. Just that; nothing else.
3) Try to stick to samples in the beginning
Product samples are the best way to try out products when you’re trying to
figure out what works best for your hair. Most companies offer sample sizes
so take advantage when possible. I can’t tell you how many clients of mine
talk about how many natural hair products that they’ve tried unsuccessfully
are still lurking underneath their bathroom sinks. Not asking for product
samples can leave you spending hundreds of wasted dollars in the long run.
Then when you find something that works for you, you can invest in the larger
size. It’s always good to have at least two or three good products that work
for you. Most of my natural clients like to rotate their products that they use.
This is because the hair can get used to a product and feel dull and sometimes
limp. A simple product rotation will renew the hair instantly.
I hope this helped you on finding a product that will work best for you. See
you next time!