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5 Clean Natural Hair Brands You Can Actually Afford

December 3, 2018Mikaela Ian

For black women, hair is not just an afterthought. It’s been at the forefronts of our minds since we were little girls getting our tresses cornrowed on a Sunday evening before the start of the school week or getting it hot pressed before a holiday. Our hair is our crowning jewel. It’s not a topic of conversation, it’s a lifestyle. Our hair decides what kind of workouts we do for the week or what sort of vacation we take. Our hair is who we are. Our hair is just as much a part of our identity as the mole on our face or the dimple in our cheek.

And that hair must be taken care of. All my natural ladies out there know that it can cost a ton to keep our curls moisturized and defined. Having been natural my entire life (aside from two years in high school with a perm), I know what works and what doesn’t for MY hair. I can’t make recommendations for hair products that I haven’t tried nor for hair types wildly different from my own. But I can share with you what works for my hair and based on what the brand suggests, it may work for your hair type as well.

Here are five natural hair brands made with non-toxic ingredients that you can actually afford. I have used these brands over the years and still use two of them daily.

Shea Moisture – I was introduced to Shea Moisture at least six years ago by my mom. It works very well in my hair by keeping it super moisturized. They offer a few different collections including Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Raw Shea, Coconut and Hibiscus and more. When I do use Shea Moisture, I use Coconut & Hibiscus, specifically the curl and style milk and the curling gel soufflé. It smells divine!

Mielle Organics – This brand was introduced to me about a year ago by Lenette, a Bermudian natural hair guru. She recommended the Honey & Ginger Styling Gel knowing that I don’t like a ton of definition and I definitely don’t like any crunch. It worked well for my hair without being heavy or having too much hold. I used it alongside the Avocado Moisturising Hair Milk. Now that my hair is short, I prefer a bit more hold and definition so I haven’t used it since the chop.

Curls – This is one of my favourite hair brands. I got caught up in the IG hype two years ago and bought the Blueberry Bliss shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner and jelly. And I’m happy to say I loved it all! My routine on wash day was the shampoo, deep conditioner, leave-in, hair oil and then the jelly at the end. It seems like a lot of products but it really worked to moisturize and define my curls. Now that it’s short, I only use two products but one of them is still my beloved Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly.

Camille Rose Naturals – Some will argue and say this isn’t affordable, but I find Camille Rose Naturals is excellent value and last for awhile. I’ve tried the curlaide moisture butter, which was great and the Curl Maker. I remember it gave me hair great definition without it being crunchy. I haven’t used Camille Rose in awhile but maybe I need to pick it back up and give it another try.

Surishae+Co – I’ve saved what I deem to be the best for last. I’m a big supporter of small businesses, especially black owned small businesses. Lat year, I started following a hair company made in Bermuda and in January, decided to buy the shampoo and conditioner, hoping for the best. These two products changed my life. I had never used a shampoo so cleansing or a conditioner that made my hair so soft> I’ve been using her products exclusively since January and have no plans to stop. A few months ago, Surishae+Co launched a Hibiscus Rose Curl Souffle, which is bomb AF. Check it out asap if you want to try it as it sells outs quickly.

So there you have it – my five favourite affordable non-toxic natural hair brands. I firmly believe in trying various products and finding what works best for your hair. There are many brands that are popular but won’t work well on your hair. Which one of these have you tried? Which one will you try next?

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