Every naturalista knows that not every product is created equally when it comes to styling. Some products help achieve a smoother style while some provide a stronger hold than others. Using the wrong products to achieve a specific style can lead to unexpected results.
A product may have given you a stellar wash and go, but if you use it for your twist out you may be disappointed. Your technique may be on point, but if you didn't use a product with the right amount of hold or flexibility, your style might just fail you every time.
Using the wrong products to achieve a specific style can lead to unexpected results.
There are people who have a list memorized of what products work for their hair - if that’s you that’s great! That’s half the journey. If that’s not you and you are still discovering what works for your natural hair, this list could offer some assistance. Below are lists of products that have been reported to give excellent results to achieve different styles.
The Twist Out
This vanilla and strawberry scented product has a consistency of setting lotion for roller sets, however it is designed in order to aid in defining curls. It leaves a soft hold, so if you are looking for a product that allows the hair to gain volume over time, you’ve found it. It allows you to detangle your hair before twisting as well.
If you are trying to get the most stretch out of your twist out, then this product is for you. It provides weight to the hair and a polished, shiny look. It is great to use in humid conditions, because it gives a strong hold, but be careful not to be too heavy handed with the product.
If you are looking for defined, bouncy curls then you have found your product. It has a thick consistency and a delicious smell. This product claims to hydrate your hair while providing shine and softness. The natural hair community swears by this product. If you happen to see it in stores, give it a try.
This product claims to help tame the frizz while providing great definition. It is a smooth crème with a medium hold and no crunch. It has a great smell and leaves the hair feeling smooth.
This product is very thick and provides a medium hold. It provides bouncy hair while delivering excellent definition.
This setting lotion will give your sets a firm hold while providing shine. Its strong hold helps to reduce the effects of humidity. Be careful when using this because it can leave your hair dry. When applying it use 1 part setting lotion and three parts water in a spray bottle.
This mouse hydrates and nourishes the hair. It gives the hair a soft hold to the style and is not the best thing to use when it comes to humid environments. As the days go by your set could become fluffier depending on the location.
This setting lotion is silicone and paraben-free and is safe for color-treated hair. It is a fast drying mousse that does not leave the hair sticky and provides a soft, bouncy hold. The smell is not very strong so it is great for the fragrance sensitive naturals.
This setting lotion has a pump for easy use. Often when using setting lotion the hands get messy, so having a pump is very helpful. It is fast drying and provides the hair with nourishment and shine.
Wash and Go
This is a holy grail of the natural hair community when it comes to the wash and goes. This gel provides a firm hold without making the hair hard. It also won’t flake once it has dried. It offers great definition and shine to the hair.
This styler provides a no crunch hold and provides excellent definition. It is great for layering under water and clumping the curls together.
This hair gels comes with a pump that allows easy use. This product is great for defining curls and offers a no crunch hold. It moisturizes the hair and provides shine.
This is great product to help detangle the hair. It is great for defining and clumping the curls together before applying your gel or styler. It gives great slip, too.
This edge control doesn’t flake and provides a firm hold to you edges or any style. Once it is paired with water it is easy to smooth into the hair. It’s great to smooth a style.
His pomade provides a firm hold and great for keeping edges under control and great for styling the baby hairs. Too much can cause the hair to tangle, so be careful if you are heavy handed.
This edge control offers strength to the hair and provides a long-lasting hold. It has a bearable scent and is great for holding edges.
This edge control doesn’t flake and gives a firm, lasting hold. The hair will not feel weighed down and the style will not feel dry after applying it.
There you have it, products that will help keep your styles from failing. Which products have you used?