It's that time of the year when we get to set our natural hair goals for 2018. And that may include taking some time to look at products that our natural hair loves and stocking up on them.
I spoke to some naturalistas to ask them what products they're carrying into the new year with them, and this is what they had to say:
Name: Vanessa Ndinda aka Coco_Vanveen
Tabitha: What are some of your holy grail products?
Vanessa: I'd have to begin with KenTaste Virgin Coconut Oil. This is just gold in a can, I never run out because I'm always all stocked up the minute it hits half. I love it because it is so easily absorbed into my strands, it keeps my hair moisture packed without dripping down my face, and I get to smell like a tropical forest throughout the week.
T: I couldn't agree more! My type 4 coils love coconut oil too! What other treats does your mane love?
V: My next holy grail would have to be bu.ke hydrating shampoo bar. Thanks to this shampoo, gone are the days my natural hair is left dry, stripped down and brittle after shampooing. This bar lasts for close to 4 months, it's a light cleanser that doesn't strip my hair of its natural moisture, it foams perfectly and brings my curls back to life.
I'd also have to admit that I can't live without Profective Mega Growth Anti-Breakage Strengthening Deep Conditioner. My natural hair loves this stuff! Infused with avocado, Shea and coconut proteins it revives my hair, gives it that healthy shine, a boost of strength and my curls start singing for joy. With my high porosity hair, this deep conditioner is a staple.
T: Oh yes! Porosity really does play into what products work best for our hair. What other products are you using to help combat your natural hair's high porosity?
V: I've been reaching lately for Peppermint Shea butter by Binti Naturals. I love using this as a sealant then leaving my natural hair in two strand twists. It reduces scalp inflammation, takes care of my itchy scalp as well and protects my hair from those strong UV rays. It also conditions my hair and gives it that healthy shine.
T: Indeed! Your natural hair is just goals! All the best with your hair journey!
V: Thanks, Tabitha!
Name: Sheila Ndinda
Tabitha: Okay Sheila, you are certainly one of Kenya's top natural hair icons! Tell us the secret - what products do you use on your hair?
Sheila: Oh thanks, Tabitha! I love to keep it simple. Bu.ke Hydrating Clay Shampoo bar is my favorite shampoo hands down. It cleanses, hydrates and adds moisture to my hair strands without stripping it off its natural oils.
T: Yes! Bu.Ke Products is by far one of my favorite cleansers. In fact, Vanessa, who I spoke to earlier, loves it as well. What other products do you use in your wash day regimen?
S: I love conditioners! In fact, I have about four that I reach for often and highly recommend.
The first is Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Knot Out Conditioner. It literally melts my tangles and has an amazing slip that makes detangling such a breeze.
The second is Aphogee Keratin 2 minute reconstructor. This is a protein treatment that I use weekly or bi-weekly. In just 2 minutes, it penetrates my hair shaft, strengthens and repairs any damage caused by excessive styling.
I also have couple of Shea Moisture products that I've come to love over the years. Shea Moisture 10 in 1 Superfruit Complex Deep Conditioner which contains biotin and marula oil helps promote healthy natural hair. It leaves my dry hair feeling so soft, vibrant and looking shiny.
Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave-in Conditioner is yet another conditioner that I frequently reach for. It moisturizes my hair while strengthening it and not weighing it down.
T: Wow! With 4 conditioners on hand, it's no wonder your curls are always popping! What do you use for styling?
S: Obia Naturals Curl Moisture Cream is what I use to moisturize and style my hair. It has a perfect consistency and defines the hell out of my curls.
T: Yes! Your curls are singing! Thanks so much for sharing your holy grails with us, Sheila!
S: It's always a pleasure!