NoScrunchie are pleased to announce our new ‘Natural/Relaxed Hair Tips’ Section!
We have twisted the arms of 2 expert bloggers to give our readers top tips on products and styling for both natural and relaxed textured hair.
Heather Katsonga-Woodward is an Author and Entrepreneur. She is the founder of the natural hair blog and product line at NenoNatural.com.
Tola Okogwu of haircare blog, My Long Hair Journey has been blogging for years and really knows her stuff. She blogs with her sister, MoHair and these girls are at the top of their game. This week we challenge our panel on the ever important Moisturising. Read what they have to say here!
RELAXED: By Tola Okogwu of My Long Hair Journey
The key to long healthy relaxed hair is moisture, moisture and even more moisture. Relaxed hair is fragile so needs to be kept hydrated and supple to prevent breakage. Any good hair regimen will always incorporate frequent moisturising and so to help you along, here are my top 5 moisturisers for relaxed hair.
This lotion is for those with dry hair and whose use of heat is high. Part of the Kerastase Nutritive product line for dry sensitised hair, it is perfect for moisturising freshly straightened hair. It has a light creamy texture so it won’t weigh down your tresses or cause build-up. It also helps reduce frizz, leaving hair with a soft and smooth finish. You can get Sublimateur Jour from official stockists and most online salon brand retailers.
This may seem like an odd choice for a moisturiser as it’s actually a product for those with curly or wavy hair; but trust me; this product is a moisturising powerhouse. Its real charm for relaxed hair is its ability to help soften and moisturise new growth. Because it’s a watery moisturiser and uses a spray nozzle, application to those tough dry areas is so much easier and quicker. Scurl No Drip Activator can be purchased from most beauty supply stores.
A mid-weight cream based moisturiser; Whipped Crème Ends was originally created to be used with the baggie method. It has since become a staple moisturiser for both relaxed and natural heads and has a great mix of natural and effective ingredients like shea butter and castor oil. Its fluffy creamy texture sinks easily into dry parched locks, whilst its sweet sugary fragrance leaves you with edible smelling hair. You can get Whipped Ends Creme from the Curly Emporium website.
For those looking for a more ‘natural’ product, GVN Direct Leave-in is about as natural as you will get. Chocked full of botanical extracts, natural oils and panthenol, this leave-in conditioner makes a great lightweight moisturiser. Low in oils but high in moisture, it keeps your hair hydrated without that greasy feeling. You can get GVN Direct Leave-in from most natural or wholefood retailers.
A watery, spray based product that both softens and hydrates hair, this must-have item does triple duty as a leave-in, a moisturiser and a skin refresher. As with all Joico products, it contains a small amount of protein so will help strengthen as well as moisturise your fragile relaxed hair. You can get Moisture Recovery Leave-in Moisturiser from official stockists and most online salon brand retailers.
NATURAL: by Heather Katsonga-Woodward
Top 5 Moisturisers
If you’re looking for a good moisturiser you’ll want to consider one of the following. Here are products I have used and like and a few that I would like to use:
1. Leave-in conditioners
I didn’t realise until now that leave-in conditioners are just another type of moisturiser. You can apply most of them to your dry hair daily after you’ve spritzed your hair with water.
My two favourite leave-in conditioners are currently: Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCKT) and LUV Naturals Leave-in conditioner. Luv Naturals is only available in the US.
2. Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado and Honey Twisting Cream
A great product. So good on my hair that I have two YouTube videos on it! Personally, my hair doesn’t twist well but I find it highly effective as a moisturiser.
3. Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter
This is next on my “hit list” – all the ingredients are natural and it’s coming in at GBP5.50 for an 8 oz (230 ml) jar. This is a great price for a natural product.
4. Cherry Whipped Shea Body Butter
This is another one on the hit list. It’s only GBP4.95 for 280ml on Amazon.co.uk. At that price it is definitely worth a try.
5. Coconut Lemongrass Transition Creme 8oz
At GBP10.95 on the Curly Emporium this product is on the more expensive side but this is actually quite average for natural hair products. This product has good reviews and is well worth a try if you are transitioning. It is also by Darcy’s Botanicals.