Not all natural hair products are the same. One brand may have more of this while another brand may have more of that. Both could be great for your tresses but with varying degrees of ingredients you can only know for sure by trying the product. There is a lot of trial and error on a natural journey and even though most of us try to avoid being a product junkie, we all have been one at some point.
The thing is you don’t know what will work for you until you try it and not everything works for everybody. All you can hope for most of the time is that you find a few products that help to nurture your hair and if you find a gold mine that turns your hair into a diva you sing to the heavens for being so lucky.
There are some top ingredients that most natural hair care products will have in them and if they are really good products they will have them in the first five ingredients on the list.
Always check the back of a product to see where your ingredients fall because some companies might claim to have a great ingredients all over the front of the jar but when you turn it around the ingredients are near the bottom which means they barely have any of it in there. We want to be smart with your purchases naturals so here are 15 of the most important ingredients to look for in natural your hair products the next time you go shopping:
Shea butter* – A master in moisturizing, Shea butter* is high in fatty acids and will keep your hair from losing it’s moisture so using it as a sealant is great. It’s also known to soothe irritated scalps without clogging pores and will naturally soften your tresses.
Coconut oil* – A personal favorite! Coconut oil* is an extremely popular carrier oil that’s perfect for sealing and will add shine while strengthening your strands. It penetrates the cortex so it doesn’t just sit on your hair weighing it down. It’s so great it can even be used as a leave-in conditioner* for thicker hair textures.
Glycerin – Great for winter AND summer, vegetable Glycerin is a humetcant that attracts water to your hair so it’s great for moisture retention as it creates a barrier around the hair shaft.
Tea tree oil* – A potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic essential oil that is wonderful for a dry, itchy, flaky scalp. A few drops will go a long way so if having scalp issues like acne or dandruff check out shampoos with this amazing ingredient.
Aloe Vera – It’s got moisturizing properties, an enzyme to stimulate the hair follicles so it will promote hair growth and it’s used regularly by hard-core naturals to restore their hair’s pH levels. It will soothe your irritated scalp and treats hair loss so it’s a great ingredient to look for.