I have an addiction to anything related to natural hair. I also enjoy engaging in retail therapy. You combine those two interests and you get a product junkie. I absolutely love writing about my experiences with the various products I try so my readers can learn to love their natural hair. Today I’m going to tell you about five of the products that will make your natural hair journey flawless all summer.
- Slap Cap by Grace Eleyae: The first product I recommend is a fancy bonnet. I’ve damaged my hair several times by sleeping without anything to protect my tresses. That is a NO-NO for kinky, curly girls like me. Most sheets and pillow cases suck the moisture right out of our hair. The hair becomes dry, brittle and frizzy. The ends split and then the hair breaks. Cute styles are basically impossible on damaged hair so it’s important to protect those tresses. You can find a bonnet at any hair supply store, pharmacy or superstore like Walmart. They run anywhere from $1.99 to $5. They are usually made of polyester material that has a silky feeling. Some people opt for real silk or satin. Anything smooth seems to be effective. A cotton head covering is not recommended because it actually soaks the moisture out of your hair. Remember what I said about sheets and pillowcases. The problem with the silky ones is that the smooth materials often slide right off our heads while sleeping. I’ve been rocking my satin-lined cap by Grace Eleyae for about eight or nine months now. I love that it’s stylish enough to dress up to wear in public. If you buy one, make sure you get the right size. I have a small head so the one I bought no longer fits since I cut my hair shorter.
The only other thing I don’t like about the Slap Cap is the price. I admit that the quality is much better than the coverings found at the local beauty supply stores. However, $30 is a bit pricey, I suggest catching a sale or looking for a discount code before purchasing.
- Hot Head by Thermal Hair Care, Inc.: Summertime is idea for wash and goes. Deep conditioning your hair often is key for maintaining this style. I deep condition at least once a week. I came across this neat deep conditioning cap at a local boutique for naturals called Nourish Your Curls.
I like it because my low-porosity hair needs heat to absorb moisture but I hate sitting under a hair dryer. I will wear a regular shower cap for two or three hours before I sit 15-30 minutes under a dryer. I put this little baby in the microwave for three minutes and pop on over my shower cap for about 20 minutes. It’s light weight so I don’t mind doing things around the house while the conditioner seeps in my hair. I use the Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask with a mixture of grape seed oil, JBCO, olive oil, and sweet almond oil for scent. It works well and the process is very relaxing. The Hot Head comes in a variety of patterns and costs $30. I think it’s well worth the price.
- Come Clean & Knot Today by Kinky Curly: Can you say staple products. I’ve been using this line for years with nothing but satisfaction. If you read my blog, you know I am not a fan of shampoo but Come Clean is a wonderful alternative. It doesn’t have all of those harsh chemicals that dry my hair out. It doesn’t take a lot of product to lather and remove the buildup from my hair. After cleansing my hair, the Knot Today is a great leave-in conditioner. It mixes well with many other products without drying out my hair or leaving that nasty white residue. It makes my hair soft, hydrated and shiny. Like the cleanser, it doesn’t take much to activate this product. One bottle lasts a while. The price is moderate on the continuum of natural hair products. You can get these Kinky Curly products at stores that don’t carry a lot of natural hair care products for about $12 a bottle.
- Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer by Alikay Naturals: This little jar packs a mighty punch of moisture and shine. It also smells delightful as do all of the products I’ve tried in this line. I use this product to seal moisture in my hair after I add the leave-in and oil. Most people call it the LOC method. It doesn’t take much to make my curls pop, and I only have to use it every 2-3 days. It’s not greasy at all. It just make my hair curl up. It is expensive. I caught a buy 2 get 1 free sale, but by itself, this lemony jar of goodness will cost you about $16. That’s definitely on the high end of the natural hair product continuum, but the quality makes it worth it. You’ll buy twice as much of cheaper moisturizers in the same amount of time that it will take to use up the Shea Yogurt. It’s worth it.
- Curly Magic by Uncle Funky’s Daughter: Yes, there is a brand named Uncle Funky’s Daughter. More importantly, you need to go out and try it. It just came to Grand Rapids a few months ago but I’ve been seeing great reviews about it for a few years. I picked up a sampler pack and loved it all. I went out and got a regular sized bottle of the Curly Magic though. I couldn’t stop using it. It’s a styler that provides maximum definition and great hold without the hard, crispy cast. I love it! It leaves my hair with a bright sheen that just shines. I love shiny hair. It’s a sign of health and hydration. I only paid $15 at a local Meijer (a superstore in the Midwest). I haven’t seen it at any other stores. They’re asking $25 for it on the website so I’ll keep going to Meijer. It’s well worth the $15. I’ve had the large bottle for two months and it’s only half gone. I’m not sure if I’d pay extra $10 if there were no other options.
So these are the five products I’m recommending you try this summer. If you already have, let me and my readers know what you think in the comment sections. As always, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy and find the information helpful.