3. All Things O’ Natural
Backstory: In March of 2011, Dominique Harris and her husband launched All Things O’Natural with the vision and intent to support the healing of mind, body, and spirit from a holistic perspective. The Harris’ believe that total wellness and balance are of incredible importance, and the All Things O’Natural line of hair and body products focuses on rejecting the synthetic and non-natural, while embracing the natural goodness of the Creator. For them, natural is a lifestyle — and hair is just a part of it.
Benefits: All Things O’Natural products are all handmade, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and do not contain silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, phthalates, PABA, or parabens. They also measure and indicate the pH of all products on their labeling (which I find to be really cool). All products are also available in a fragrance-free option.
Best Sellers: Simplicity is key to the All Things O’Natural brand, therefore they only produce 5 products and all of them sell amazingly well. The pH balanced products work well on multiple textures, as proven by their natural, relaxed, transitioning, and ethnically diverse customer base. My absolute favorites are the Natty Moist ($17) and Natty Cupuacu & Rhassoul Deep Conditioner ($20). The Natty Moist is an amazingly versatile product that can be used for pre-poo and detangling (the slip is off the chain!), as a leave-in, or daily moisturizer. It can even be used as a skin lotion! Above all else, the Natty Cupuacu & Rhassoul Deep Conditioner has stolen my heart. Not only does it smell like a tootsie roll, it is incredibly moisturizing, and surprisingly curl defining. Dominique shared the wash n’ go secret with me on Instagram, and I haven’t looked back since.
Where to Buy: All Things O’Natural is available at a select few retail locations, but all of their offerings are available online at www.nattynatural.com. To see if there is a store near you, click here!
Backstory: Throughout the 90’s, Saleemah Cartwright worked as a licensed cosmetologist and noticed an alarming trend of breakage and damage with many of her new clients. She discovered that her clients were unaware of the necessity for a protein-moisture balance within the hair, or how to maintain it. After trying a number of products on the market on both her and her clients’ hair, Saleemah found that most products were either too moisture heavy, or too protein-heavy — both leading to breakage. As a solution, she began making a moisturizer for her clients in her basement, experimenting and incorporating some of her favorite natural ingredients, aimed at helping their hair flourish. This product, the Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion gained popularity among her clients, friends, and family. From that one product, the Hydratherma Naturals line was born.
Benefits: The entire Hydratherma Naturals line is focused on creating the perfect protein-moisture balance in all types of hair textures. All products are pH balanced, paraben, mineral oil, and petroleum free. All Hydratherma Naturals also contain Emu Oil, which assists in the stimulation of hair growth by increasing circulation and moisture in the scalp. It has anti-inflammatory and anti- aging properties, soothes the scalp, contains omega‑3 and omega‑6 fatty acids.
Best Sellers: The flagship Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion ($14) is the #1 seller, and the Protein Balance Leave-In Conditioner ($16), as well as the Hair Growth Oil ($14) are also at the top of the list. The Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion is amazing at providing moisture to the hair without weighing it down. I am also a fan of the Hair Growth Oil for light sealing and super stimulating scalp massages. Personally, the real star of the line for me is the Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioner ($17). I won’t get too much into why, because you can read my full review here. But please understand. The love my hair has gotten from the deep conditioner is REAL.
Where to Buy: Hydratherma Naturals is available on Amazon.com, at tons of retailers nationwide, and some international locations. Even if there isn’t a store near you (find out here), you can always order them online at www.healthyhairjourney.com.