This is what you absolutely need for a successful hair care regimen even on a budget!
We all want healthy gorgeous hair, natural or relaxed but we can’t all afford the crazy prices for some of the best hair care products.
I recently received an email from a lady who lives in Nigeria and she wanted a list of products that she should get to grow her hair long. Rather than answer with a list as requested, I figured that since she lived in a totally different country from myself, it wouldn’t do her any good if I suggested Kerastase or Bumble and Bumble line of products, I don’t know if they are sold in her country and I am in no position to suggest local alternatives. The point is this lady is new to hair care and turning her into a product junkie who will buy anything and everything that gets suggested to her is counterproductive. The best advise I could give was the bare minimum she needs in order to retain length.
Here is my list of the top 5 products you need to look after your natural or relaxed tresses.
1. A moisturizing conditioner
2. A protein conditioner (providing you are not protein sensitive, see the article on how to tell if you are protein sensitive
3. A leave in conditioner
4. A sulphate free shampoo or natural alternative
5. A natural oil to seal the moisture in
Of course this list is not exhaustive but it does give you the bare bones of the hair care products needed to retain your length. A good tip when you are on a budget is to buy the larger bottles of products as they are usually better value for money. It’s also a good tip to buy two bottles of conditioner to every bottle of shampoo, if you are planning to incorporate co-washing into your regimen.
Remember as well to rotate your products. You may absolutely love one conditioner but do not use it every single time you wash otherwise your hair will stop responding as well to it!
Is there a hair care product you can’t live without and would have added to the list?
Yep, I'm protein sensitive and I couldnt live without my curls milkshake!! I think if you are natural then a curl defining product will bunch yor curls together and avoid tangles and knots. 😉
Theresa Bradford says
Oil or moisturizer either one will do
Shawnnita Larkins says
Cowash cleanser , deep Conditioner, evco, evoo, aphogee 2minutes reconstructer,aphogee balancing moisture , tressemee naturals… that’s all i need 🙂
Tai Akiva Wo says
Sophia Dan-braimah says
a very good and helpful article BlackHairInformation.com. am in Ghana so this is certainly helpful as i don’t find a lot of your recommended products on your site in my country.but i was soo happy wen i entered a shop and saw the aphogee two set protein treatment. i sent you ladies a message a couple of days back and i have not had a response yet. pls help.
Dede Spencer says
olive oil, shea butter and leave in conditioner.
Leslie Greer says
Linda Mans says
Water and oil, shampoo
Yvette Martin says
A GOOD DAILY MOISTURIZER! LOVE “As I Am” Daily Moisturizer! Moisture for days!
Benita Ann Green says
* Coconut oil
* Grapeseed/almond oil.
* Silk wrap/ silk pillowcase
* Denman brush
* Hercules Sagemann seamless comb
* Shea moisture deep conditioner with a sonnet hair dryer
* Jamaican blk castor oil
* oh and of course water.
Is my list too long? Lol
Shanique Buntyn says
Relaxed hair : Oil, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner,wide tooth comb, silk scarf. deep conditioner (both protein and moisturizing)
Deborah Oxtail Rigaud says
What type of bottles are these in the photo?
Kay Kay says
Actually I do not use so many products:
a shampoo (if it has sulfate, just follow up with conditioner)
a wide tooth comb
a de-tangling comb
a rat tail comb
some kind of oil ( or a mix of oils)
some kind of butter or lotion (if you style your hair)
I think that products will definitely vary due to different textures, lengths and strength of hair. My hair is very simple to maintain so I do not use specific shampoos and conditioners usually.
HerStyler Amazon UK says
Thanks big hair styles fan here