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Question of the day: Where do you buy your natural hair products?

Avatar • Jan 6, 2010

This question was submitted by BGLHer Franchesca.

I soooo love ur website! I think that many people would benefit from finding out where to get products like honey, honeyquat, oils (castor, coconut, avocado, olive, sunflower, etc.), wheat germ, glycogen, the humectants, shea butter, aloe vera, botanical extracts, no-poo/co-wash products etc.”

Alright ladies, spill it! Where do you find your hair products? Which grocery/health food/beauty supply chains are the best to hit up? Do you go to the health food store on the corner? Does your auntie from Trinidad hook you up with that shea butter? What websites carry the products you love? Let em know!

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Ivy
Ivy
10 years ago

I like Trader Joe’s but Whole Foods has a wayy wider selection. Those are the best I’ve encountered as far as chain grocery stores go. In New Haven, a store called Edge of the Woods has all I’ll ever need. Love them!

Accesuality
10 years ago

I buy my natural hair products from http://www.coastalscents.com, http://www.essentialwholesale.com, http://www.butters-n-bars.com and my local whole foods store.

Love the products from either websites and all certified organic!

BlaqInfinite
BlaqInfinite
10 years ago

Whole Foods, Cornucopia (a small local organic grocer which has EVERYTHING), or the organic section of any local grocery store.

Tia
Tia
10 years ago

Whole Foods, Walmart, the local farmers market, and street vendors at cultural festivals.
I have ordered Shea and Henna from http://www.butters-n-bars.com/ but so far that is the only online vendor I have used.

Beana
Beana
10 years ago
thelady
thelady
10 years ago

I live in a small town so I go to two locally owned health food stores to buy Coconut Oil (in the food aisle), Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Shea Butter, various oils, Aubrey Organics, Giovanni, and other organic brands. When I’m in the city I’ll stop at Whole Foods for Kinky Curly brand products. We also have a Sally Beauty Supply that I get Cream of Nature shampoo and satin hair bonnets at.

Lisa
10 years ago

Jamilah Shakir also has a facebook page. Her products moisturize and strengthen very well and are all natural.

Lisa
10 years ago
lexibugg
lexibugg
10 years ago

since i live in the pacific north west, there are natural product everywhere, but i mainly shop at my local co-op,whole foods, and where ever else i can find what i need the cheapest, oh i also bought my shea butter from an African import store.

aloeveranewyork
10 years ago

On this site, you can find butters (shea, cocoa, etc…) oils, and more. They are organic.

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

kisha
kisha
10 years ago

target has giovanni and dr. bronner’s castile soaps. whole foods is my fav cuz its a one stop shop (jane carters, kinky curly’s, aubrey’s and a plethora of eo’s and oils). im also an online shopper so butters-n-bars is sufficient and affordable; qhemet’s and afroveda’s around the holidays (for sales)and my shea’s, coconut oil and hair butter from http://www.subtle-essence.com/ they have THE BEST BODY SCRUBS EVER!!

Nicole
Nicole
10 years ago

This is a great post! I’m tend to be little skeptical about online stores, so this really helps! Whole Foods has great selection of products, including Kinky-Curly, Giovanni, Aubrey Organics, Nature’s Gate and more natural hair colors. I also go to a Seventh-Day Adventist book/health store near my house for butters and oils, glycerin, etc. Any SDA health store would probably have a selection of natural products. It was product heaven when I first went natural!! I also go to Target for Giovanni and Yes to Carrots, and then there’s online of course. Oh! And Oyin Handmade is in Baltimore,… Read more »

JOYCE
JOYCE
9 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

wow I AM FROM BALTIMORE AND I AM SHORT NATURAL HAIR CUT NOW AND I AM ALSO SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST I LIVE IN TX SINCE 1988 NICE TO READ ABOUT THE HAIR INFORMATION BE BLESS

Nikki
Nikki
10 years ago

I buy stuff from everywhere, I buy conditioners and styling creams, and even honey from drugstores like CVS or Walgreens. I buy coconut oil (and Giovanni products) from Whole Foods and Jewel’s grocery store. I have to have Carol’s Daughter’s products which I usually purchase from either Macy’s or Sephora. Other things like Ojon’s conditioners, and other products I get from Sephora. The only thing I have yet to see is shea butter, which I’ll probably order online when I get around to it.

Jai
Jai
10 years ago

Local health food stores for oils(coconut, avocado and olive). Then there’s the natural hair care lines like Qhemet, Afroveda, Karen’s Body Beautiful & Oyin.

dani
dani
10 years ago

The Vitamin Shoppe. I’ve purchased betonite clay, unrefined coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, the Aubrey Organics line etc., Castille soap. etc They have other natural hair products, too.

yaya24
yaya24
10 years ago

I purchase my items at local African, Indian and wholefood stores

Chrissy
Chrissy
10 years ago

Whole foods has a great variety. Also check out your local health and vitamin stores. I go to a family owned store by house and they have just about everything I need.

OneBrownSnowPea
OneBrownSnowPea
10 years ago

I usually go to Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, any local organic food store, online, or my local independent beauty boutiques (ie. Karen’s Body Beautiful. If I need a protein treatment I’ll hit up the regular beauty supply. I only go to beauty supply stores now for actual supplies; such as hair pins, clips, ponytail holders, rollers but not for actual products anymore.

erika
erika
10 years ago

eu compro nos seguintes sites:
http://www.quinari.com.br
http://www.emporioaroma.com.br
— loja.phytoterapica.com.br
neles encontra manteigas, oleos vegerais, aloe vera, entre outros produtos naturais…

renee
renee
10 years ago

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, butters-n-bars, Oyin, local Indian market for Vatika Oil.

Kweenie
Kweenie
10 years ago

oyinhandmade.com

jessicurl.com

curls.com

iamkamilah
10 years ago

2 places that I haven’t heard yet:

Store:

GNC (they sell aloe vera gel, essential oils, carrier oils, ACV)

Online:

Agaba Karite (Fair Trade Shea Butter — this family does a lot for Togo (husband is from there) so I support them.)

Kweenie
Kweenie
10 years ago

Oops…not curls.com, I meant curls.biz. Like their Curls Souffle

iamkamilah
10 years ago

mistake online site name is AGBANGA Karite

ayanna
ayanna
10 years ago

i don’t know about that shea but trinidad hooks me up with the pure, murky, unrefined awesome virgin coconut oil! trinidad coconut growers association (CGA) presses oil like it’s nobody’s business. anyhoo, my mummy brings me a big bottle from the pharmacy home for less that the equivalent of 3 US and it lasts forever. i also ask her to bring me some castor oil, some of that raw cocoa butter in blocks [few packs] and i handle my stories. the shea i have came from new york on the parkway labor day weekend for 5 dollars, [same size selling… Read more »

Appear Diva
Appear Diva
10 years ago

Whole foods for all organic oils. Online sites:Darcy’s Botanicals and Bee Mine Products.

Leah
Leah
10 years ago

Indian grocer — Amla and Brahmi
Vitamin Shoppe and WholeFoods — Aubrey Organics, Nature’s Gate, Giovanni
AbangaKarite.com — unrefined shea butter
BSS — Kinky Curly Products
TJ MAXX and Marshall’s — bulk sized Giovanni and Nature’s Gate

Tiffany
10 years ago

Beauty supply store.

jewellthief
jewellthief
10 years ago

i purchase my firm hold silky milk from Paynes Beauty Supply site…
http://www.paynesbeautysupply.com

Yoshi3329
Yoshi3329
10 years ago

Here’s some more.

http://www.honeyfig.com/

(natural hair products, Also ships to Canada!)

http://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/Hair,default,sc.html

(Sally’s)

http://www.snapaholics.com/

(hair beads, ect, also ships to Australia, and Europe)

http://www.spicesofindia.co.uk/
(Indian powders, oils, ect, for women/men in the United Kingdom)

HTH

Chinye
Chinye
10 years ago

http://www.vitacost.com

Discount site that sells natural/organic hair and body products for 40–50% retail price

http://www.vitaglo.com

Same deal as above but even cheaper. Some people complain about the customer service and shipping. I ordered from them once and didn’t have a problem.

http://www.madinaonline.com

Shea butter for $4 a pound. I’ve used this type of shea butter all my life

Yoshi3329
Yoshi3329
10 years ago

http://www.baldwins.co.uk/
(Basically it’s “from nature with love” For women in the UK)

http://www.folica.com/
(Great place to buy irons and reviews)

http://www.salonsrus.com/
(Some naturals buy their hair steamers here)

http://www.vitacost.com/
(vitamins)

http://www.afrokinks.com/
(heard shipping may be a bit long)

And of course Amazon.com

If I come across anymore I let ya’ll know!

Jewelry Rockstar
10 years ago

Ebay is where I buy things like henna and neutral henna, I get bulk products like aloe vera juice, essential oils from http://www.naturesbouquet.com/. I buy coconut oil at the farmer’s market, glycerin at GNC, and olive oil from international grocer.

Viva
Viva
10 years ago

UK —

Sheabuttercottage.co.uk — has Jamaican black castor oil, Many other oils and butter including my NBF, Shea. I no longer use Qhemet Biologics due to availability. We don’t have as much choice as you US based ladies. I wish we did.

CAllMeQueen
CAllMeQueen
10 years ago

I use Phytospecific’s Shampoo and their Intensive mask as a conditioner. I do a deep conditioner once a week with Ojon’s Restorative hair treatment once a week. But these products arent exactly what I would call “cheap” luckily I work at Sephora where all these products are sold, but I’m looking to change up the products. I plan on keeping the Restorative treatment in my hair regimen (it is AMAZING!!!!!!!! every 1.5 weeks I put this in my hair, leave it in for an hour of two, rinse then shampoo and condition) but I have looking for a new shampoo,… Read more »

Ashley
Ashley
10 years ago

My sister and I recently found out that GNC sells Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar.

I go to any supermarket to get the cheapest, largest bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil I can find (you just have to check that it’s 100% Olive Oil).

Shea Butter is everywhere here in Brooklyn: Health Food Stores; from vendors along Flatbush Avenue; at Flea Markets in West Indian Neighborhoods.

Candyce
Candyce
10 years ago

Luckyvitamin.com has a lot of ingredients for the low low that I use.

Lowkey…Target sells the burts bee’s brazil nut and rasberry shampoo for $1.89! I dunnno WHY! I’ve been to two stores and it was the same price…I don’t think they know or how long this will last but go GET it. I also got a Giovanni Shampoo and Conditioner gift pack there for $5 (Triple Tea Tree Threat)

ScorpioQueen
ScorpioQueen
10 years ago

Hi everyone, I am new to this site, I use Carol’s Daughter, to date that seems to be the only thing that agrees with my hair. I can comb through my hair when its wet, and there are hardly any tangles. I am so glad that I made the decision 3 years ago to be natural and refuse to put that “poison” in my head ever again. Can anyone recommend something comparable or better that is not as expensive?

Yoshi3329
Yoshi3329
10 years ago

https://store.britishcurlies.co.uk/

(For British naturals, Kinky-curly, Miss Jessies, and Darcy’s Botanicals. Maybe they’ll add Qhemet Biologics in the near future? @Viva)

http://store.sickbay.biz/haircare.html

(A website that carries many product uses in Dominican Hair Salons; ships to United States, Canada, Eastern Europe and Puerto Rico)

http://www.genuineafricanformula.com/scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=21

(Natural & Organic Styling Gel, used by Jenteel)

http://shoponline.dudleyq.com/s.nl;jsessionid=0a01105a1f431d3d8a63b2df4eedbdb6ffa69ac25a20.e3eSc3aTah0Le34Pa38Ta38MaNz0?sc=8&category=2134

(Dudley’s Featured in Chris Rock’s Good Hair, and trusted by Youtube Cosmetologist MSMIKKO100)

http://unclefunkysdaughter.com/
(Uncle Funky’s Daughter ships to over 200 countries, Canada, UK, The Islands, Ethiopia, Australia, Nigeria, You name it they can ship it!)

HTH

Like always if I find anything I’ll let ya’llz know!

christina
10 years ago

TJ Maxx! They sell the HUGE size deep conditioner bottles for like $12.99. However, Whole Foods is having a sale on Giovanni products right now! And other quality products, too! I LOVE TJ Maxx!

Franchesca
Franchesca
10 years ago

THANKS EVERYONE FOR REPLYING!!! U’VE HELPED ME OUT GREATLY!

lina40
10 years ago

I shop at a lot of different places online and locally. I am working towards only shopping with black-owned/African-owned or environmentally conscious sellers (with reasonable rates, of course) for most oils, butters and additives, i go to http://www.oilsbynature.com http://www.lotioncrafters.com http://www.chemistry.com http://www.essentialwholesale.com http://www.etsy.com — lots of sellers have good deals 🙂 http://www.ebay.com http://www.the-sage.com http://www.butters-n-bars.com my local co-op grocery also has a lot of basic oils in bulk too.. for my indian stuff, i have a friend that travels to India several times a year. I also may order locally.. for name brand things, I tend to go to http://www.vitaminshoppe.com http://www.vitacost.com http://www.iherb.com (use my code *OLI158* and… Read more »

Yoshi3329
Yoshi3329
10 years ago

Found some more, LOL!

http://www.nutritiongeeks.com/

(Curly Nikki recommendation)

http://www.theherbarie.com/

(Where you can buy Panthenol, the ingredient that gives hair “swang”)

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Diva_Ri
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I buy my organic oils at a health food store or my local Herbal store. I usually get my products from beauty supply stores.

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