Explanation of Hair Typing & The Case Against It!

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What’s your hair type? Are you a 3b or 4A hair type? Something different??

Look hun... We’re asked very often about hair typing systems. More specifically – many naturals are interested in how to determine their hair type.

Generally speaking – we don’t discuss hair typing very often because there are many things that we all need to do to care for our hair regardless of our individual hair type.

Having said that, we do recognize that there are some differences associated with caring for certain types of hair. Furthermore, many women utilize hair typing systems to describe the way their hair looks.

Now look,  we recognize that the system created by Andre Walker (Oprah's stylist) is popular and so we talk about it.  This doesn’t mean that Andre Walker’s system is necessarily the best or most accurate.

Oprah's stylist for 25+ years... Andre Walker created a hair typing system that many use today....

Disclaimer: It’s very easy to incorrectly determine your hair type if you only look at the pictorial representations that have been provided. Please don’t rule out a particular hair type simply because your hair doesn’t look like the pictures below.

Andre Walker's Hair Typing System

Andre Walker is famously known for creating a hair typing system or infamously known depending on your perspective. Andre reveals his hair typing system in a book titled Andre Talks Hair!

Andre makes it very clear in his book that everyone has good hair regardless of ethnicity. He was hoping to immediately debunk the often ridiculous good hair vs. bad hair debate prior to diving into a discussion about hair typing.

 

Even if you have a negative opinion of Andre Walker, I encourage you to read the book yourself and develop your own opinion of his hair typing system in Andre Talks Hair!. Andre’s system isn’t communicated accurately on many popular blogs that have written articles about the system. Having said that, let’s discuss the hair types defined in Andre Talks Hair!

Type 4: Kinky Hair

Type 4 Kinky Hair

Type 4 Kinky Hair: Type 4 is “kinky” or more appropriately full of tight coils (tightly curled hair). Typically, Type 4 hair is also extremely wiry and fragile. Often times, it appears to be coarse, but it is actually really very fine, with several thin hair strands densely packed together. Note that type 4 hair is one the most common hair types found in black hair (African American hair).

  • Type 4A hair is full of tight coils. It has an “S” pattern when stretched, much like Type 3 curly hair.
  • Type 4B hair has a less defined pattern of curls and looks more like a “Z” as the hair bends with very sharp angles.
  • Type 4C hair isn’t a part of the Andre Walker Hair Typing System. Please see the “what’s missing” section below for more information.

Type 3: Curly Hair

Type 3 Wavy Hair

 

Type 3 Curly Hair: Curly hair textures have a definite “S” shaped curl pattern. Since the cuticle doesn’t lay flat, you will notice that curly hair isn’t nearly as shiny as Type 1 (straight hair) or Type 2 (wavy hair) hair types.

  • Type 3A hair is very shiny and loose.
  • Type 3B hair has a medium amount curls, ranging from bouncy ringlets (spiral like curls of hair) to tight corkscrews (spiral-shaped corkscrew curls).
  • Type 3C hair isn’t a part of the Andre Walker Hair Typing System. Please see the “what’s missing” section below for more information.

Type 2: Wavy Hair

Type 2 Wavy Hair: Type 2 is wavy hair that usually isn’t overly oily or very dry. The thought is that Type 2 hair falls right in the middle of Type 1 and Type 3.

  • Type 2A hair is fine and thin. It is relatively easy to handle from a styling perspective because it can easily be straightened or curled.
  • Type 2B hair characteristically has waves that tend to adhere to the shape of your head.
  • Type 2C hair will frizz easily and it is fairly coarse.

 

Type 1: Straight Hair

Type 1 Straight Hair: Generally speaking Type 1 hair is straight;  this hair type into three very specific segments – Type 1A, Type 1B, and Type 1C.

  • Type 1A hair is described as fine, very thin and soft with a noticeable shine.
  • Type 1B hair is medium-textured and has more body than Type 1A hair.
  • Type 1C hair is the most resistant to curly styling and relatively coarse compared to other Type 1 hair types.

What’s Missing? Now, Let’s Discuss Hair Type 3C and Type 4C

You’ll notice that Type 3C and Type 4C hair types aren’t mentioned in the discussion above, that’s because they were not included in the original Andre Walker system.

Type 3C was created after Andre Walker released his hair typing system by a community member at NaturallyCurly.com. The prevailing thought was that the original hair typing system left this hair type out. Consequently, Type 3C hair has been defined as tight curls or coils that look like corkscrews.

Type 4C, like Type 3C, isn’t an actual hair type according to Andre Walker’s Hair System. His comments are actually very simple regarding Type 4 (Kinky) hair – if you can see a definite curl pattern, then you have Type 4A hair. If you can’t identify a defined, specific curl pattern, then your hair type is 4B. I would imagine that the Type 4C hair type was created by a member within the natural hair community – just like the Type 3C hair type.

 

Hair-Type Tutorial from Breanna Rutter

The Case AGAINST Hair-Typing [Video]

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Vitagoods Scalp Invigorating Brush for Hair Growth!

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It's no secret that massaging your scalp stimulates hair growth through increased blood circulation and superior scalp health. ( For more scalp health info read about the WOW method)

Still though, massaging ANYTHING with your hands for more than a couple minutes can getting tiring, can cause hand cramping and if you have arthritis (or 'Arthur' as my mama used to say).... forget about it!

That's why we were so excited to read 100's of positive reviews about the Vitagood scalp invigorating massage brush.

It has soft vibrating tips that deep massage your scalp, it's waterproof for use in the shower or bath. You'll experience the benefits of enhanced cleaning to help your hair grow out faster.

In my opinion, massaging your scalp should be a part of everyone's weekly routine. I've noticed that I remember to keep up with my routines when I've invested in things that give me quicker results and help me do less work.

Yeah, I'm lazy & triflin' SOMETIMES, haa! But honestly, this is not just about being lazy, the type of massage you get from this scalp massage brush is lot more thorough and quicker without tiring your hands out. It just makes sense.

The Vitagoods scalp invigorating massage brush works with batteries and has an ON/OFF button to crank up the massage vibrations.

Naptural85 used this after her deep conditioning session and loved it, and now she uses it every time she co-washes her hair.

She says that her scalp feels so much cleaner since using the massage brush and she is really a big fan, you can tell because she uses it so much that the name of the product is wearing off, you can hardly see the letters anymore, lol!

And remember that this Vitagoods scalp massage brush is powerfully efficient, you don't need to grind away with your hands. You can think of it much the way you'd think of an electric toothbrush, you don't want to put tons of pressure on it, just apply it with light pressure and let it do it's job.

Benefits of Blood Circulation On Your Scalp

The deep massage you get from this massage brush greatly increase your circulation. But why is that important? Well... Circulation determines the flow of oxygen into the scalp, your follicles need this for healthy, steady hair growth. You can give your scalp a boost in circulation by massaging it.

One way scalp massaging increases blood circulation is by warming the vessels. This makes the roots stronger, which helps slow or stop excessive shedding beyond the normal or average hundred strands a day.

Massaging also reduces stress hormones that interfere with the your hair growth cycle. When your stress hormones are raging, your body compensates and doesn’t run as efficiently. This means your body will use the water and food you consume to keep your vital organs operating; your hair, skin and nails are last on your body’s priority list of nutrient distribution and suffer the ugly consequences. The Vitagoods scalp massage brush helps you massage your scalp to superior health and promotes a scalp condition that is ready for hair growth.

Products Often Used With The Vitagoods Massage Brush

 

 

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7 Worst Ingredients In Black Hair Products

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Here's why these black hair products should not go on your head:

And there are many reasons why... The products go from simply serving no positive purpose in your hair regimen all the way to containing carcinogenic chemicals in them that will HARM YOUR HEALTH.

If you find them in your hair products then you are better off tossing the product in the trash.

So here we go....

1. FORMALDEHYDE: This is not only a product used in some hair products but in MANY nail polishes, formaldehyde should definitely be a "NO-GO" in the hair lines you choose to use.

It's often used in hair care products containing water to slow bacteria growth. That's all well and good but Formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen and may cause skin reactions, lead to joint pain, allergies, trigger heart palpitations, headaches, ear infections, dizziness, and chest pains. (Join 17,700+ Lovely Sistas who are getting smart, fast hair growth tips)

2. METHYLENE GLYCOL: Beware.... This is nothing more than Formaldehyde by another name.

Leading hair straighteners, including Brazilian Blowout, claim that formaldehyde mixed with water creates a new chemical, methylene glycol.  That is like saying that sweet tea does not contain sugar.

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3. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: This ingredient has the MAJOR potential to dry your hair out and cause serious breakage! It can be found in cosmetics, hand lotion, and hair color rinses. Natural hair of African descent does not interact with this ingredient well at all.

This ingredient can also cause dizziness, depression, headaches, and nausea if inhaled directly. Definitely crossing this off of my list of ingredients I allow/turn a blind eye to. If you see Isopropyl alcohol in your ingredient list toss it (especially if it is listed in the top 10 ingredients on the list)

4. PROPYLENE GLYCOL: It's always troubling when products that are used for other non-human related things are used in a hair product or ingredient that has to come in contact with our skin. This is one of them.

Propylene glycol is used as the main ingredient in antifreeze if you can believe that!

People who work with this substance are told to wear gloves since it easily penetrates the skin, however we apply this humectant to our bodies quite frequently (deodorant, makeup, toothpaste, hair care products…etc) without any form of protection.

This chemical is stated to cause dry skin, dermatitis, hives, eczema, and other allergic reactions.

5. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN: Thought we'd finished talking about formaldehyde? I wish... These ingredients actually release formaldehyde (ugh!) They can cause irritation to your respiratory system and create heart palpitations!

6. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethnanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine): DEA and MEA are hormone disrupting chemicals that are usually listed with the compound being neutralized.

Most beauty products contain this like bubble baths, body washes, facial cleansers, and soap. These ingredients if absorbed into the skin frequently can lead to liver and kidney cancer.

They also lead to dry hair and skin. Which is why they are a big no-no for your hair care regimen. Even natural products use DEA and MEA on occasion which is why it is still important to read the label of a “natural” or “organic” product! ( Get FREE Hair Growth Tips for 4c Hair HERE)

7. SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES): This product is a detergent used in most shampoos and foaming properties. SLS strips your hair of its natural oils and leave it dry and brittle.

Because they are cheap ingredients they are used in most personal care produces and is used in testing labs as the standard to irritate skin.

If you use shampoo with SLS there is a possibility that it may be absorbed into the body which is not a good thing at all.

Too much presence of nitrates can become toxic in the body. This ingredient can stay in your body for up to five days, and it may be damaging to the immune system especially in through your skin.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)– SLES is the alcohol form (ethoxylated) of SLS. It is slightly less irritating than SLS, but may be more drying. Both ingredients can be absorbed into the blood stream through the skin.

If you’ve found any of these ingredients on your product list are you considering throwing them out or finishing the product? Let us know we’re interested to see how you’ve responded to this list!

Always check your ingredient list carefully and make sure you are aware of what is going in and on your body!

Super Hair Growth Oil DIY Recipe!

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OK, if you are looking for proven hair growth recipes then you are going to want to KISS ME after this!

Let me introduce you to this video from Curly Proverbz showing her unique Super Hair Growth Oil DIY recipe with Before and After footage.

Over the years she has tried and tested so many oils and ingredients with reasonable success in growing her hair faster than its usual pace. In the past, she used gro aut oil with great success and got 2 inches of growth in 8 weeks! She made up her own version of the oil with additional ingredients that she feels improved the formula. If you are looking for fast hair growth, whether your hair's natural or processed this is the video for you. (Learn to transition to Natural in 7 steps here...)

Super Hair Growth Oil DIY Recipe & Instructional Video

Whenever the words hair growth and oil are in the same sentence there are a few select oils that most experts would say MUST be part of the mix.

For example, always see that your formula has oils that encourage increased circulation to the scalp as well as follicular strength so that your hair keeps from breaking. Examples include coconut oil, peppermint oil or tea tree oil.  (Join 17,500+ ladies and get BlackHairOMG's Email Newsletter)

For this hair growth recipe you will need the following:

INSTRUCTIONS: Carefully add all of your ingredients to a glass jar and mix well. When you want to use your oil just add what you need to an applicator bottle. Curly Proverbz makes it very clear that you should not use your mix beyond four weeks.

Because this recipe calls for a few ingredients that can cause allergies you should be sure to test everything especially if you are not familiar with some of the ingredients. (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)

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Kinky Hair Straightening Brush Is $100 Cheaper!

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So as I'd wrote about last year, ladies have been going crazy over the Dafni hair straightening brush.

It allows you to straight kinky/curly hair without the high heat of professional-level flat irons. There had been a ton of Tweets and Facebook posts in different Black Hair Groups about the new miracle hair tool.

But there was one big problem....

The $300 PRICE TAG!!!

Like many others at the time, I wasn't dropping no dang $300 for it.
Hecks-to-da-naw....
But all y'all that was complaining right along with me will be hyped up that 10 months later the price has dropped to less than $200! And that's FROM DAFNI (the real manufacturer), be careful of people selling knockoff fakes.

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I say to be careful of the fakes and knockoff brands because there are TONS of them out now after the success of Dafni's Brush. The DAFNI company is the originator of this beloved "hair straightening ceramic brush", some have bought fakes and been very upset about it.

But anyway, the idea of the Dafni brush is similar to any other straightening tool - you slowly run the hot ceramic through your hair and it gets rid of any waves or kinks.

What DAFNI claims makes their product better than competitors is that it has more surface area than the traditional straightener, which means that your hair could be done in as little as two minutes. Plus since it's already a brush, the hair wouldn't get tangled.

The Dafni Brush at work on Kinky/Curly Natural Hair!

Here is a popular video from a Facebook user named Kimberley Satterwhite, she posted her first experience using it and she thought you might like that we share it with you right here. See the video below.

 

Be honest, what do you think of the results?

Given the texture of the little girl’s hair that it was demonstrated on, do you think this will work for your texture?

And thankfully, the price is down from$300 and now less than $200

 

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Here's Kimberly's (the mom) Comment From Her Video Post:

Sometimes things look so good you have to think, "That just can't be!" And "It's just too good to be true!" Like how I earn 6 figures as a stay at home mom. I just say, "Let's just Try it & see"! I understand how it feels to be a total skeptic of something! So I'm going to try out the 'Dafni Ceramic Straightening Brush'.
DOES IT WORK?! You can see for yourself IF In Fact IT Works or not?! This takes the place of flat ironing and saves you MAJOR TIME! I am TOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!

NOTE: I was so excited to use this i didn't wash my daughters hair. She does have GEL in her hair i just ran it through really quick to test it. Imagine this on her CLEAN hair! WOW. I'm very happy with this product! (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)

You can find the Dafni straightening brush at right here for less than $200.

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Black Women Makeup Tips For Dark Skin - Copper Eyes & Nude Lip Makeup

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You are going to LOVE this exotically beautiful makeup job from Melissa! She uses her gorgeous brown skin as the palette to show us all how to get an amazing wedding and prom makeup style.

She makes this makeup tutorial very easy to follow and she gives you all the exact colors of makeup for black skin and other go-to products she uses.

Absolutely gorgeous, check out her tutorial video and be sure to Subscribe to BlackHairOMG's Youtube videos!

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List of The Products She Used In The Tutorial Part 1 (Part 2 Below)

 

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List of The Products She Used In The Tutorial Part 2

L.A. Girl Pro Concealer - Fawn
L.A. Girl Pro Concealer - Cool Tan
Black Radiance Pressed Powder -Ebony
Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder - Dark
E.L.F Blush Palette - Dark
Nicka K Eye Pencil -Black
Estee Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow Palette - Chocolate Bliss Matte
BH Cosmetics Wild & Radiant - Illuminating & Bronzing Palette
MAC Fix & Spray
Black - Up Cosmetics Jumbo Lip Pencil - Jumo1
Brucci Lipstick - Natural Matte
Victoria's Secret Lip Gloss
Estee Lauder Mascara - Sumptuous Extreme

Be honest, homegirl DID HER THANG! She looks amazing and the video is easy to follow along with, that was our favorite part.

The products she used matched well with brown to darker skin and looked GORGEOUS. Get prepared for more top-notch makeup tutorials to get highlighted very soon.

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From Curly to Straight: Straightening Naturally Kinky Hair

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You wanna know how to straighten your natural black hair without chemically reconstructing it? straight hair black woman - 5

Good, well Teaundra will show you how. Her video has beeen VERY well received, getting more than 5,000,000 views! SO if you haven't had the chance yet to see her unique technique, you will enjoy this.  (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)

Just to prep you for the video a bit, just know that Teaundra straightens her hair only once a year if that just to switch things up every once in a while and no heat any other time.

She has been natural since 2008, she has had amazing hair growth over the years after going natural and the techniques she shows in the video are the same as what she always does when she washes her hair. She starts off showing you her GO TO pre-poo product, which is Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner.

HAIR TYPE: 3c/b and 4a

PRODUCTS USED TO GET HER STRAIGHT LOOK:

 

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How To Straighten Your Natural Hair the Safe Way

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Here is a great video from Jewellianna demonstrating how she goes about her hair straightening routine.

Her tutorial video displays how she systematically takes her kinky-curly natural hair from super curly to completely straight.

It's a great way to get a new look for a while without harmful chemicals like perm and relaxers. In this video, Jewellianna shows exactly how she blow dries, flat irons, and silk wraps her gorgeous natural hair; plus, she give pro tips and warnings for you when trying to get your natural hair on straight FLEEK!

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 Enjoy! And if you want more information on hair-straightening brushes, we have a couple new articles for you to check out after watching her video.

 

 

Black Hair OMG Extra Tips.

So we love this vid, of course, that's why we are highlighting it for you. But still, let us also give you our quick take on what we think may improve this technique....

BlackHairOMG's take on this video about safely straightening natural hair is that we would suggest that it's a good idea to consider using use cool air for the blow dryer. That way, you would not be using heat on top of more heat when you get to the flat iron (click here for FHI flat iron reviews).

And here is another cool option...

You can try banding your hair first in order to stretch it out, this helps to protect your hair because you are not putting unnecessary heat to your natural tresses. Which is always a good thing.

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Top 50 Best Selling Natural Hair Products

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Updated May 30th, 2018 - It's that time of the year when we look at the most popular black hair products on the market!

Here,  we will review hair tools like natural hair steamers and supplements like hair growth vitamins in other articles.

Right now, we'll look at the moisturizers, hair butters, oils, shampoos, conditioners and natural hair accessories that have been selling like crazy with naturals over the last few months.

The following list is a compilation of the most purchased OR highly-rated black hair products on Amazon – by the natural hair community.

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We'll have two separate types of lists... the Best Sellers list and the 4 Stars or Better list (real customer ratings).

 

Top 10 Highest-Rated Shea Butters

If you've been in the natural hair community for any amount of time, it will come as no surprise to you that Shea Butter is one of the most beloved and useful natural hair products on the planet.

So I'd be an idiot not to give you the top 10 highest rated shea butters online.

Shea Butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairs and protects your hair against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging your pores. It is especially helpful for processed and heat-treated hair. It's a go-to treatment for dry scalp problems and it brings life and luster to damaged hair.

I personally have used it for years and years and years on my skin (I was born in 1977). And believe me, my skin shows great results now from years of keeping my face moisturized every morning. Shea Butter is like food for the skin containing Vitamins A, E and F. These vitamins fight against wrinkles and facial lines.

Here are the shea butters with nothing less than 4 Star ratings...

1. 100% Pure Unrefined Raw SHEA BUTTER -  from the nut of the African Ghana Shea Tree

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You already know how important shea butter is...

This brand is also a consistent month after month best-seller. (get real customer reviews)

2. 100% Unrefined Organic Shea Butter - Better Shea Butter

Currently sits at 4.8 Stars with 1,154 reviews. (get real customer reviews)

3. African Shea Butter Cream - 100% Pure & Raw, Gold - Plant Guru

Currently sits at 4.3 Stars with over 650 reviews (get real customer reviews)

4. Molivera Organics Premium Raw Unrefined African Organic Grade A Ivory Shea Butter

Currently sits at 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 530 reviews (get real customer reviews)

5. Raw Apothecary Unrefined Raw Shea Butter - Ivory

This brand has 4.8 out of 5 stars with 200+ reviews (get real customer reviews)

6. Beauty By Shea Organic Raw Unrefined African Shea Butter- Grade A Premium Shea Butter From Ghana

Not a single bad review out of 357! You don't see that very often, currently ranked 4.9 out of 5 stars (get real customer reviews)

7. NOW Foods Shea Butter

Currently ranked 4.3 out of 5 stars with 258 customer reviews (get real customer reviews)

8. African Shea Butter by Smellgood

This ranking is a little weird, they're ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars with nearly 400 customer reviews but one of the first things I noticed is alot of women complaining about the hardness and consistency of the butter. But overall, the rankings are good. (get real customer reviews)

9. Unrefined Shea Butter -  Organic In HDPE Jar
Sits at 4.4 out of 5 stars, "It's fairly soft right out of the jar and take but a few seconds to rub in the palm of your hand and apply." -JayGT (get real customer reviews)

10. Raw Unrefined Ivory Shea Butter TOP Grade From Ghana - SOFT

4.6 out of 5 stars, "The scent is nutty like some other people said but not awful. I mixed it with coconut oil, sesame oil, vitamin E and added essential oils to mask its scent and it works great." -Petunia1620 (get real customer reviews)

 

Hair Butters - Highest-Rated Top 5 List

1. Molivera Organics Premium Raw Unrefined African Organic Grade A Ivory Shea Butter
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Molivera ranked high in the shea butter category and ranks high against hair butter formulas too. They rank 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 530 reviews (get more customer reviews)

2. Nubian Heritage Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Moringa Repair and Extend Hair Butter 
Currently ranked 4.6 out of 5 stars, "This product is amazing and the smell is lovely as well!" -Samaria Farrar (get more customer reviews)

3. Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer

At the time of this update this is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars."Absolutely can't say enough great things about this product. Smells great and leaves my relaxed hair fuller and softer immediately. This will continue to be a staple in my hair therapy routine!" -Dege (get more customer reviews)

4. Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter Protective Cream Hairdress

As of now, this is ranked 4.3 out of 5 stars, "Totally works on chemically treated and natural hair. My daughters and I have been using this protective cream for over a year. I apply it after shampooing and before blow drying my hair. Works great." -ncmcrae (get more customer reviews)

5. As I Am Double Butter Rich Daily Moisturizer

Currently ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars, "All their products are wonderful for my 3b curly hair." -momnson (get more customer reviews)

 

Coconut Oil For Natural Hair - Highest-Rated Top 5 List

1. Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

This best seller coconut oil has alot of natural hair fans and is ranked 4.8 out of 5 stars at the time of this update.

"When you are transitioning through those stages it can be really hard to keep your hair moisturized but I use it daily, and extra on wash day. I also add it to my homemade hair masks that I like to do a couple times a week."  -Tyneisha Fondren

"Great for cooking and also use it as a moisturizer. Will definitely buy again." -M. Betlach (see more customer reviews)

2. Nature's Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

Nature's way is a favorite of natural hair woman and rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. "I use coconut and jojoba oil for moisturizing my dry skin and since I've converted from creams to oils, my skin has never looked or felt smoother. I use it on my legs and arms mostly but it works just about everywhere." -Carrie Watson (see more customer reviews)

3. Nature's Way Pure Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

Currently sitting at 4.7 out of 5 stars. "This is a great moisturizer for my hair and skin. I haven't used lotions on my skin since I started using coconut oil. Going forward, I don't think I will use anything else except coconut oil on my skin. And, Nature's Way is the best." -TonyaP  (see more customer reviews)

4. Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16-Ounce Jar

Ranked by buyers as a 4.7 out of 5 stars coconut oil. "I have been using organic oils on my face and body and hair and everywhere else as a moisturizer and healing agent for about a year in a half and it has made a huge difference in the look and health of my skin in that time. The coconut oil does wonderful things for my hair, I use it every chance I get..in conditioners, shampoos, etc. and it leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling fresh." -Angelina (see more customer reviews)

5. Cococare Coconut Oil 100% Pure 4 Oz

As of date, this coconut oil for natural hair is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. "All I will say is this, this is some real 100% coconut oil, it is not just good it is great, great for your skin and your hair. I have well past my waist dreads or locks if you will and this is just fine for my hair, with a little shea butter added this keeps my scalp and my dreads tight. I have one recommendation, keep it well refrigerated or it will liquefy on you, other than that I have no complaints" -D.L. Brown (see more customer reviews)

 

Top 10 Carol's Daughter Natural Hair Products - Highest-Rated

1. Monoi Repairing Hair Mask for Unisex, 7 Ounce

Currently rated as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"I'm an African-American woman with thick, natural 4b hair that hits around mid-back length when it is flat ironed. The Monoi Hair Mask is hands down the best conditioner I have ever used on my natural hair. After I wash my hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash I apply Monoi and leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse out. My hair is a bed of well defined, super soft curls that can be easily combed out or finger combed." -Sammy (see more customer reviews)

2. Monoi Repairing Conditioner 8.5 FL OZ

Currently sitting at 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"I have waist-length wavy-to-curly hair, and with hair this long breakage is an inevitable problem. Anything that can help strengthen my hair is worth trying! I was really pleased with Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioner (as used with the shampoo from the same product line)." -Suzy Hough (see more customer reviews)

3. Marguerite's Magic Restorative Cream Hairdress

Currently rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.

"My hair responded well and is moisturized, shiny, and soft while twisted up. It's winter here so I don't plan on wearing a twist out until summer, but whenever I take my twists down to remoisturize I like the results. It has a pleasant, light scent. I have a sensitive nose, and it doesn't give me problems. It is VERY thick. A little goes a long way." -SATG (see more customer reviews)

4. Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Anti-Breakage Hair Spray

Currently rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.

"This stuff works great, doesn't weigh hair down and it is a great product! I would recommend anyone with hair that has lots of split ends to use this!" -Caitlyn Johnson (see more customer reviews)

5. Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Rated currently as 4.3 out of 5 stars.

"Nothing else works like it for my wife's hair." -Tim DD

"I don't give out five stars unless a product is pretty flawless; it has to meet or exceed its product claims, be fairly priced for what it claims to do, and have no obvious tweaks needed to make it better. This trifecta of excellence is rarer than you think but with this shampoo and its sister conditioner my hair has finally met its perfect match ...." -Desert Gypsy (see more customer reviews)

6. Black Vanilla ( Moisturizing) Hair Smoothie

Currently rated 4.2 out of 5 stars.

"It moisturizes my dry hair without a greasy or heavy feel. Great for my two strand twists! WONDERFUL FRAGRANCE!" -LaValda Williams (see more customer reviews)

7. Carol's Daughter, Lisa's Hair Elixir

Currently rated 4.1 out of 5 stars.

"It leaves me speechless. I ordered this product after I read about it in Seventeen Magazine. I would wash my hair let it dry then get up extra early the next morning to flat iron it and look decent for my class in the next few hours. With this product, it has greatly helped my damaged hair to repair." -Victoria Rae Burton "Tori" (TX) (see more customer reviews)

8. Loc Butter Shaping Pomade Hairdress 

Overall rating is 4.1 out of 5 stars from customers with dreadlocks.

"This product has done wonders for my dreadlocks and I use it daily on my hair and my daughter's." -P. Gamble

1-Star Warning! "Formula changed. I live outside the US and haven't been able to buy the product in person since I ran out in over 6 months, so I was happy to get it in the mail. Until I found out that the formula has completely changed. Same price, of course, but no as good as the past." -Markeeta (see more customer reviews)

9. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars by customers.

"This is a wonderful product! Tames frizzies,and leaves hair shiny, silky and easy to manage wih absolutely no sticky residue." -MJB (see more customer reviews)

10. Carol's Daughter, Mimosa Hair Honey, 8-Ounce

Customers have rated this one 4.0 out of 5 stars.

"Great for African American hair . It keeps the hair soft and smelling good. Not oily looking. My children are bi racial and this was perfect for their type of hair." -Grammy (see more customer reviews)

 

Top 10 Best Seller Natural Hair Shampoos

All of these shampoos in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair shampoo Top 100 list. I, of course, left out any men's shampoos or shampoos that are not popular among my natural hair readers. So here we go, let's start with number one... Pura d'or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo (Gold Label), 16 Fluid Ounce

1. Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Shampoo, Brown and Blue, 16 Fluid Ounce

This is the #1 best selling shampoo OVERALL on Amazon, it has argon oil in it's formula and buyers use it to prevent hair loss.

2. Pura d'or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo (GOLD LABEL VERSION)

The Pura d'or brand is a powerhouse, they rank #1 and #3 on Amazon's best seller list, a men's shampoo ranked #2, so ofcourse they didn't make it onto our top seller list, so Pura d'or Gold Label comes in as #2 best seller for naturals. This shampoo is bought to prevent thinning hair & loss of hair.

3. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Clean & Classic

Batiste dry shampoo is a big-time best seller on Amazon, many naturals are getting into dry shampoo into or to avoid wetting their hair too much. Below you'll see a video from ThikandKurly on how to use dry shampoo for natural hair and braids. She doesn't use Batiste though, she uses Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse dry shampoo to clean her braids without water.

4. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Set

This best seller is famous for it's reconstructive keratin fatty acids and Moroccan oil. It's the 8th best seller on Amazon.

5. DevaCurl Combo No-Poo Cleanser Shampoo + One

#TeamNatural is probably the sole reason this shampoo is so high on Amazon's best selling shampoo list. It's not cheap ( $60? Sheesh! ), but it still sells like hotcakes. That tells you alot.

6. Acure Organics Shampoo Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell -- 8 fl oz

This best seller is loved because it provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock.

7. Batiste Dry Shampoo, Cherry, 6.73 Ounce

The original version of this shampoo sells better, but the cherry version made the top seller's list too. Very popular brand.

8. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo 8.5oz and Hydrate Conditioner 8.5 oz duo

This best seller has a ton of loyal fans that say it leaves your hair silky soft and vibrant.

9. Mane 'n Tail Herbal Gro Shampoo & Conditioner Olive Oil Complex

This best seller reminds of growing up at the house in Detroit, my sisters and mom loved Mane 'n Tail, they obviously aren't the only ones.

10. Tru Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

This brand probably made Amazons top 100 best selling shampoos because it's known to be a gentle, sulfate-free choice for all natural hair types, as well as color treated hair and hair that has been weakened, damaged chemical processing or heat styling.

 

Top 10 Best Selling Natural Hair Conditioners

All of these conditioners in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair conditioner Top 100 list. So here we go, let's start with number one...

1. Tru Moroccan Hair Repair Conditioner

The Tru Moroccan brand made it onto Amazon's Top 100 selling conditioners list and their shampoo list. Ladies are snatching these products up fast.

2. Hydrating Argan Oil Deep Conditioner by Arvazallia for Dry or Damaged Hair

This brand sells like crazy and is known for it's ability to deep condition and help with detangling, leaves hair with soft and silky texture.

3. WEN Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner

"I am African American and have kinky hair. This tamed my hair down. I can wash my hair and go. It helps my hair stay moist. When I straighten my hair it is soft and looks as if I got it done at a salon, I am a cosmetologist so that could be why. One of my bottles had leaked upon approval, I called Wen the lady was extremely apologetic and sent me a new bottle I got it within 2 days. Wen is great ! I would recommend this to everyone" - Fay Green

4. Deva Curl Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner, One Condition

This brand made it onto the best selling shampoos list and the top selling conditioners list. It comes with a big price tag but women LOVE it. It is selling more than most conditioners online no matter the price.

5. Pura d'or: Premium Organic Conditioner

This conditioner sells extremely well and makes the best seller list once again, just like it's shampoo counterpart. It's known to enhance the manageability, shine and control of your hair.

6. Silk 18 by Maple Holistics - Sulfate Free Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair

This best selling conditioner contains a masterful blend of harmless conditioning ingredients to help do the job, Silk18 is formulated with a maximized portion of silk amino acids. The ingredients are naturally derived from silk, to be exact, eighteen different silk amino acids which have great benefits for your hair.

7. It's A 10 Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin

This one makes the best seller list as the first leave-in conditioner on the list.

8. It's a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin

Coming in right behind the leave-in conditioner is 10 Miracle's deep conditioner. Also a fan favorite and top seller.

9. L'Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Cleansing Conditioner

L'Oreal is a household name and that may be one of the reasons it's selling so well over other brands.

10. HSI Professional Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner

This brand is not only a best seller but has some amazing ratings, as of right now 1,050 of it's 1,307 ratings are 5 star! This conditioner may shoot farther up on the list as more women come to know about it.

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This Salon SNEAKED Perm Relaxer Into This Natural Black Woman's Shampoo!

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OK, so using "Birdman " (A.K.A. Baby) sentence structure.... We gonna fight or we finna scrap?

Honey, when I say OUT...OF...LINE. I mean the "me about to snatch off my gold hoop earrings and puttin' vaseline on my face" kind of OUT OF LINE!!!! (Sike, I aint fightin'nobody...) But anyway...

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Here's what happened.

When a natural-haired woman from Marietta, Georgia made her appointment at Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon, she assumed that the "blow out" hairstyle that she’d asked for would consist of a simple shampooing, conditioning, and of course, blow drying. When she first left the salon she was happy, but 3 days later, she noticed something weird when she washed her hair so that she could put into twists.

But for some strange reason, her luscious hair refused to curl as it ALWAYS DID and she noticed that large sections of her hair appeared to be unusually straight. When she called the hair salon to ask what IN THE WORLD they had done to her hair, they told her that they'd put chemical perm relaxer in her shampoo without her knowing about it!

As anyone with naturally curly, kinky hair black woman will tell to you, using any amount of chemical relaxer isn’t something that you do casually as if trying a new hair spritz or something. The active ingredients in most relaxers are alkaline chemicals like lye or ammonium sulfate that have a pH somewhere between 10 and 14. The hair damaging properties of these substances break down hair’s protein structure. Cases in which relaxer is left in for too long can result in severely damaged hair and burning of the scalp.

According to the woman, a representative from the salon informed her that it was standard procedure to mix a small amount of relaxer into the shampoo used for people with natural hair and that it wasn’t cause for concern. Lisbeth Dominican Hair Salon, which the woman also called out in the original post, made a point of posting to Facebook that they did not make a practice of mixing relaxer in with shampoo.

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After the woman posted photos of her now processed hair as a warning to women with natural hair who might patronize the salon, the natural hair community quickly came to the consensus that the woman would be well justified if she decided to sue the salon.

“This is one of the NO-GO’s for my naturalistas,” Yelp user Tosha W. wrote in a critical review of the salon prompted by the screenshot. “Mixing a perm in with the shampoo without consent is just as tacky as a hair salon can get.”

And we'd have to agree, for any salon to slip a major hair killer into a clients shampoo without getting permission is almost a low-level crime in my opinion. How is that any different that punching a hole in someone's tire on purpose?

Ridiculous!

How would you have handled this situation OMGers? Would you have sued?

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