So you just started your natural hair journey or you've been natural for long but  still don't know what products to use on your hair? Then stick around and read this.

A natural hair starter kit should contain products to help cleanse your hair, moisturize, nourish and protect your hair, avoid frizz and retain length. The essential items or products that every natural hair starter kit must contain include;

1.    Sulphate-free Shampoo  
Shampoos are used to cleanse the scalp of dirt or product build-ups. The regular shampoos are made up of sulphates which can strip the hair of natural oils, make it dry and frizzy. The recommended shampoo for every natural queen out there is a sulphate-free shampoo. A sulphate-free shampoo cleanses the scalp gently, help maintain the natural oils on the scalp and leave the hair with more moisture. 

2.   Conditioner
Conditioner also known as rinse-out conditioner is a conditioning or moisturizing hair care product made up of silicones, oils and emollients which help restore the hair's moisture and shine after shampooing. It improves the feel, appearance and manageability of the hair. It makes detangling easier and help reduce split ends. A rinse-out conditioner is to be left on the hair for 1-2 minutes before rinsing out.

3.    Deep Conditioner
A deep conditioner is a product used to add moisture or protein to the hair strands. A deep conditioner is left for a longer period (about 10-30 minutes) than the regular conditioner. There are two types of deep conditioners; moisturizing and protein deep conditioners. A protein-based deep conditioner helps repair damaged hair, strengthen the  hair and improve the hair appearance. A protein treatment is needed to repair damaged hair. A moisturizing deep conditioner is used to add moisture back to hair. It is needed after a protein treatment because a protein treatment leaves the hair hard and brittle. It is advised that both treatment be used alternately to balance the hair's need.

4.    Leave-in Conditioner
A leave-in conditioner is a conditioning product that is applied to the hair and left in until the next wash day. Leave-in conditioners are light and do not weigh down the hair. They moisturize the hair,  boost its shine, make it soft and easier to detangle and style. 

5. Oil
Oils are used to moisturize the hair or lock in moisture. It is important you use the right oils for the right purposes. Using a moisturizing oil in place of a sealing oil will not give the desired result. Examples of oils used for moisturizing are; coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil. These oils penetrate the hair shaft. Examples of oils used for sealing moisture in hair are; jojoba oil, Jamaican black castor oil, and grapeseed oil. These oils are heavy and sits on the hair shaft.

6.    Butters
Hair butter is a natural blend of organic oils and unrefined butters that acts as a moisturizing sealant to protect your hair from dryness and breakage. A hair butter contains natural butters like mango butter, shea butter and cocoa butter and oils like coconut oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil. They are used to seal moisture in hair. They protect the hair against the sun rays and keeps the hair soft and shiny.

In my next article I'm going to talk about some tools used to manage, maintain and style natural hair. Was this article helpful? Drop your thoughts in the comment box. Thanks for reading!


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