Dealing With Dry Natural Hair? These 7 Products Are Ready to Flip the Script
Hydrated hair is healthy hair, and no matter how you are rocking your natural curls, there are specific products to help keep your mane nourished.
But it's important to note that natural hair comes in such a variety of hair types and textures — our hair is not monotypical. So depending on your own unique curls and coils, there are specific ingredients and products you'll need to keep in mind to tend your needs. And typically, that will vary by hair type and porosity.
What's the Difference Between Type 3 and Type 4 Hair?
If you have type 3 hair, your hair will likely range from light, loose curls to tighter coils. Type 4 curls range from very small and tight spirals to a zig-zag type hair pattern, but sometimes this afro hair type doesn't have a defined curl pattern — and there's nothing wrong with that.
What Is Hair Porosity?
To discover your hair porosity, pay close attention to how your hair behaves in the shower. If the water just sits on your hair, then you likely have low porosity hair. If your hair sucks up water then you more than likely have high porosity hair. High porosity hair also tends to lose curl definition quickly.
But no matter your hair type or texture, if you are looking for products to penetrate your strands for optimum hair health, then avoid products with silicone. "Silicones can actually block moisture coming from the natural ingredients," explains hairstylist Naté Bova.
Here, Bova shares the best products to use for each hair type.
The Best Products for Type 3 Hair
When it comes to type 3 hair, Bova stresses the importance of your "leave-in and daily care [products] to have a bit lighter weight."
Seeing as this hair type is curly, but too much product can easily weigh down the hair strands, you don't want to use formulas that will leave hair greasy.
Hydro Hair Leave-In Hair Mask
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Complex Color Care Conditioner
Andalou Naturals Argan Oil & Shea Conditioner
And if all else fails, try a DIY mask.
"I recommend grabbing a big aloe vera stalk, cutting the meat out of a third of it and mixing it with room temperature coconut oil," shares Bova. "Apply to the hair, comb or brush through and rinse after about 20 minutes and then lightly shampoo out."
Aloe vera contains fatty and amino acids, as well as vitamins A, C, E, and B12, making it great for fortifying hair follicles and promoting growth.
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The Best Products For Type 4 Hair
Mielle Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk
Shea Moisture Strength & Restore Leave-In Conditioner
Creme of Nature Argan Oil
TGIN Rose Water Curl Refresher
This is All Natural. From the kinkiest coils to loose waves, we're celebrating natural hair in its many forms by sharing expert tips for styling, maintenance, and haircare.