Did you know there was an art to picking the right natural hair product? Well, there is! We’ve got 5 easy steps that anyone can follow to pick the right product for your natural hair the first time; without turning into a hoarder of products that didn’t quite pan out.
1) DEFINING THE PURPOSE OF YOUR PRODUCT
The first step to finding the right product is knowing what you want the purpose of your product to be. There is no such thing as a one stop shop unfortunately. Even though many brands try to state this claim all the time for their products. You want to keep the purpose of your product simple. For example, “I want to cleanse my natural hair”. So the purpose of your product would be to cleanse your natural hair. This step is important because you’ll want to look for keywords and ingredients when looking for hair products that specifically state your purpose.
2) READING THE INGREDIENTS
The next thing you want to make sure that you ALWAYS do before buying a new product is reading the ingredients list on the back of your product. Sometimes titles/names of products can be very misleading. It could claim to be a moisturizing product but not even have moisturizing ingredients as its main ingredient. So avoid the headache of not finding what your hair needs by reading the ingredients list BEFORE you buy. All ingredients are listed on the back of products in order of concentration of each ingredient. The first 3 ingredients of the product are what that product mostly consists of. So if you’re looking for a moisturizing product then you want to make sure WATER or AQUA are the first three ingredients.
3) TEST A SECTION OF YOUR HAIR
It’s important when trying a new product to give it a test run first. Everyone reacts differently when exposed to certain chemicals and ingredients. Always test your product first on a small section near the back(nape) or middle of your scalp. You want to choose a section that can be easily hidden if you do discover you have an allergic reaction to a product. Never just soak your entire hair with a new product especially super fragrant products without knowing how your strands will respond first. Sometimes, you can read the ingredients of a new product and notice that it has similar ingredients to a product that you already use and love. Then, testing a section of that similar product on your hair may not be necessary. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
4) TESTING THE PRODUCTS BLENDING CAPABILITIES
Once you’ve found a product that you love, it’s important to make sure that product also loves other products you also love and are currently using in your hair. The blending step ensures that once you add your new product to your hair and mix it in with some of your old and faithful products, you won’t be left with buildup on your scalp and white flakes once your style is complete! To test if your new product blends you want to test it on your hands. You take a dime size amount of your new product in one hand and then place a dime size amount of the other product you want to use in your other hand. Then, you mix the products together with your hands as if you're putting on lotion. Products that blend well together will appear clear or transparent; a little shine on your hands is fine. Products that do not blend well together will leave behind a white film and no matter how long you continue to moisturize the white film doesn’t go away.
Want more tips on how to avoid flaking in natural hair? Check out this video!
5) USING THE PRODUCT IN ALL 3 HAIR PHASES
The last step to finding the right product is giving it every opportunity to show you what it can really do. You always want to try new products out (specifically styling products), in all three phases of your hair; Dry hair, Damp hair and Wet hair. Sometimes certain products perform better on wet hair versus dry hair. Don’t write a product off as “not good” until you’ve tried it in every phase of your hair. Applying this last step, almost always have you thinking twice about whether or not you like that new product.
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