From refresher sprays, to deep conditioners, to scalp serums, you won’t want to miss out on these Black-owned natural hair care essentials. We love knowing that these Black-owned brands have created products specifically for our curly and textured hair!
Donna’s Recipe was founded by Tabitha Brown (@iamtabithabrown) and Gina Woods (@ginalosangeles) in 2021 and has quickly grown into a popular emerging brand. The entire line consists of nutrient-rich, clean, vegan ingredients, and the Sweet Potato Pie Extra Creamy Moisturizing Conditioner won NaturallyCurly’s Best of the Best Award, Best Conditioner for Type 4 Coily Hair in 2023.
Calling all protective style devotees: keep your hair happy underneath braids, twists, and sew-ins with this all-natural, pH balanced refresher spray that’s lightweight–but not watery. Babassu, kukui, and baobab oils in the formula provide anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, as well as slip for breezy detangling. Use this on wet hair for hydration and moisture, and for refreshing your style, apply it to dry hair. Ideal for Type 4 hair.
When your scalp is in need of a deep and gentle cleanse this purifying foam treatment will get the job done! This invigorating scalp-purifying micro-foam rinse-off cleanser clears the hair of flakes, excess product build up & soothes scalp irritation. The non-stripping, luxurious silky lather draws impurities to achieve a clean, balanced healthy scalp. Renew & refresh your scalp with powerful natural antioxidant properties of rosebay, witch hazel and tea tree.
Deep conditioners are a phenomenal addition to your routine regardless of the season. Along with highly moisturizing and softening ingredients like shea butter, sweet almond oil, and aloe vera, your scalp will surely enjoy the tingling sensation of fresh peppermint after beach or pool days.
This revolutionary gem infused with amethyst extract, nourishes your strands and saturates them with moisture. It then seals moisture in with protective, yet breathable plant gels and resins to prep hair for styling. Infused with extracts from Bamboo, Rhodiola and Prickly Pear mineralize and stimulate hair growth.
After a fresh wash, it’s important to nourish your hair, but don’t forget your scalp. This oil blend is dedicated to giving your scalp the lavish experience it deserves, featuring ingredients that aid in skin cell renewal and a heavenly scent. Apply this directly to the scalp to improve circulation, or to the hair as a hot oil treatment.
Restore your hair’s natural beauty from over processing, damage and dryness. Fortified to balance the hair’s moisture level, resulting in stronger, healthier more manageable hair. Excellent for all textures and hair types.
It doesn’t take much to unravel curls in humid weather. Keep your style intact with a gentle hold and no flakes with a gel that’s moisturizing and light enough for everyday use for all hair textures.
Super hydrating and luxurious rinse off conditioner contains certified organic ingredients. Contains no silicone or mineral/petrolatum oil, paraben-free, sulfate-free. Effortless, frizz free curls for multi-ethnic women and girls. This conditioner softens, detangles, moisture and hydrates your dry curls in a snap.
10. Uhai Edge Gel
If you prefer your hairline to be sleek and laid for all occasions, but can’t seem to achieve a lasting hold that doesn’t cause damage or flake–you may have found your match. Instead of fighting with your baby hairs into submission, this edge gel will keep everything looking neat and tidy while replenishing your edges with baobab and castor oils.
11. tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo
This gentle, sulfate-free shampoo is incredibly moisturizing and brings plenty of slip, making it a great product for detangling while you wash. Tgin stands for “Thank God It’s Natural” and was founded by Chris-Tia Donaldson, a Harvard trained lawyer and author of the best-selling book Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair. In 2015, Chris-Tia was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, she learned that having money could make the difference between living and dying when it came to treating this condition. Up until her passing in November 2021, she used her success in the beauty space to advocate for women experiencing financial difficulties, who are undergoing treatment, to highlight health disparities due to race and socio-economic factors, and to empower women to listen to their bodies through the tgin Foundation.
Humectants not only moisturize hair, but they ensure that the moisture stays locked in. This mist, which was initially created as an attempt to tame scalp psoriasis, promises to give your hair long-lasting moisture that will last for days thanks to 3 super-effective humectants: aloe vera juice, glycerin, and sodium lactate.
Style your hair with this oil enriched, alcohol-free and lightweight custard. This pH-balanced formula is packed with antioxidant rich Argan Oil, Olive Oil and Grape seed Oil that will leave your hair soft, shiny and deeply moisturized. Perfect of wash n’ go’s, up-do’s, finger coils and smoothing edges.
There’s a reason why this is called “The Great Detangler”! This leave-in conditioner provides amazing slip for even the most knotted curls and improves manageability to strengthen and protect hair when detangling.
A lightweight and gooey curl-defining product that also acts as a moisturizer. Keep your braids, twist-outs, and other styles neat and free of frizz and, of course–no flakes. The high level of omega 3’s in flaxseed may also make this product a great contender for use during months when the sun is high and blazing to fend off damage from UV rays.
Clay-infused products are a great go-to for scalp-soothing and exfoliation purposes. The Detoxifying Clay Cleanser is a 3-in-1 gentle cleanser that also detangles and conditions your hair all in one. Using Kaolin clay, this clay cleanser removes impurities from your hair and scalp without stripping your hair of its natural oils. Hair is left feeling soft and refreshed.
This lavender infused gel is the key to combating frizz on even the most humid days! Formulated with nourishing coconut, jojoba, and real lavender is crafted to define and hold styles in place longer, plus the smell is divine and it works great for all hair types.
This is a five star quality hair treatment curlies of hair textures can’t get enough of when their hair is in need of some extra TLC! Curl Junkie Repair Me! Reconstructive Hair Treatment helps fill in cracks in the hair shaft to give strength and prevent further breakage. Also great for general maintenance of the hair. Makes a great once-a-month protein treatment to help keep your hair in top shape! Light tropical coconut scent.
This lightweight formula is infused with natural oils that add fabulous shine and luster to hair while eliminating fly-always and frizz. The natural oils help prevent hair from drying out and the overall look of your hair. Non greasy alcohol free formula won’t clog pores, suffocate hair follicles or dry hair out. The light coconut scent is refreshing.
Enhance your curl care regimen with the Give Me Slip Blast Hydration Conditioner. This nourishing conditioner is uniquely formulated with rich essential ingredients to revitalize the hair, while delivering intense moisture to each strand.
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