African American Hair
How To Care for Natural African-American Hair
Care for your curls with plant-based products that maintain the health and integrity of your hair.
Shampoo and condition, leaving a small amount of conditioner in hair.
Layer your products. Moisturize with a generous helping of leave-in conditioner, working in sections for even distribution. Next, apply a gel or curl custard in the same manner.
Isolate a small horizontal or diagonal section. Working from roots to ends, use a wide-toothed comb to untangle and even out the texture. Repeat.
Twist sections to create larger formed curls, or simply run fingers through hair and scrunch sections for a finer curl.
Blot (don't rub) with a towel to remove extra product and moisture, and then allow hair to dry naturally or use a hair dryer with a diffuser for tighter, bouncier curls.
Shake dry hair gently. Always start from the roots and be careful not to disturb the curl. Once completely dry, if your curls are a little crispy, scrunch to soften.
Love your curly locks:
6 Tips for Natural African-American Hair
- Know your type. Curly hair comes in many shapes and sizes. Your routine should be calibrated to your curl diameter (tight, kinky or wavy), texture (fine or coarse) and type (dry, normal or oily).
- Assess your shampoo schedule. To preserve your hair's natural moisture, consider using conditioner to cleanse the scalp and reducing shampoo to once every third time you wash your hair.
- Change it up. Don't be afraid to experiment with different curl setting techniques – such as scrunching, ribboning or twisting – and different drying methods, including air drying or blow drying with a diffuser.
- Remember: curl likes moisture and friends. For smooth, beautiful curls, style wet hair with a gel or styling lotion that will hold strands together.
- Do not disturb. Don't mess with your damp styled hair! Once it's fully dry, if it feels a little crispy, you can scrunch to soften.
- Keep it fresh. If you have coarse hair and tight curls, keep your scalp feeling fresh with rosemary or lavender essential oil. Pour a few drops on your fingertips and massage directly into the scalp.
Best Products for African American Hair
Beautiful Curls Curly to Kinky Shea Butter Curl Activating Shampoo
Gently clean scalp and hair without stripping natural oils! Fair trade shea butter from Togo helps keep curls hydrated and defined.
Beautiful Curls Curly to Kinky Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Treatment
Replenish dry or damaged hair with fair trade shea butter and a blend of soothing botanicals. No mineral oil or synthetic fragrance.
Kinky-Curly Knot Today natural Leave in/ Detangler
Give tangles the slip with a creamy herbal formula designed to smooth the hair cuticle and help remove knots.
Jane Carter Solution All Natural Hair Nourishing Cream
This ultra-light styling cream delivers shine and shape without weighing you down. Ideal for blow-drying natural hair.
Kinky-Curly Polished Nourishing Hair Oil
A versatile blend of nourishing oils—including Moroccan argan oil—for everything from scalp massage to hot oil treatments and finishing touches.