The more we embrace our natural texture, the
more we learn natural and/or organic products work best. There are
hundreds of ingredients found in nature that can be used in hair
products. Healthy ingredients aren’t for textured hair alone! These
ingredients work to make everybody’s hair healthier. Below is a list of 10 popular natural ingredients and what they provide for our hair.
- Shea Butter: High in fatty acids, shea butter is an emollient—meaning it provides a layer of oil on top of the
surface of a hair strand, significantly reducing the amount of moisture
(water) lost. This is what Naturally Curly girls mean when using
products like this to “seal” their hair.
- Coconut Oil:
Another emollient perfect for sealing moisture into the hair.
- Aloe Vera Juice/Gel
Aloe vera adds true moisture to the hair. It is actually absorbed into the hair strand. Try it as a daily moisturizing spritz!
- Vegetable Glycerin
Acts as a strong humectant—meaning, it attracts water to itself and
binds to it. Creates a layer of oil over the hair strand, thus aiding in
the retention of moisture. Can be combined with aloe vera juice to
create an even better moisture spritz!
- Jojoba Oil
Another humectant. Perfect for adding to damaged ends.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVOO is an emollient that seals and softens the hair. The “extra virgin”
on a label means it was produced using only physical means (no machines
involved) and has no chemical treatment to alter it. Use it as a quick pre-poo or a deep conditioner.
- Castor Seed Oil
Not only is this vegetable oil a humectant, it also has anti-fungal
properties. This will ensure a clean scalp, with the hair follicles
clear and prepared for better hair growth. Some apply it to the temples to increase the thickness of thinning edges.
A light humectant that also has antibacterial properties. Check out Oyin Handmade products! They use tons of Oyin—the Yoruba word for honey—in their sweet hair treats.
- Avocado/Avocado Oil
They’re packed with Vitamins A, D, E, and contain more potassium than
bananas. Easily absorbed into the skin, avocado oil is a quick way to
get multiple nutrients onto your scalp for improved hair growth.
- Tea Tree Oil
With potent antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, tea
tree oil is a soothing remedy to a dry scalp. It is an essential
(concentrated) oil, so a little goes a VERY long way. Over-application
of a potent essential oil may actually cause irritation.
What are some of YOUR favorite natural ingredients?
*As these ingredients are usually indigenous to other countries,
NaturallyCurly.com strongly suggests buying these products “Fair Trade,”
where the people who make the product from harvest to packaging are
paid fair wages!
Remember: organic and unrefined versions of these ingredients work best! This ensures the retention of nutrients.