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14 Natural Hair Products to Try in 2014

Avatar • Apr 9, 2014

products to try in 2014

 

 

We’re already 4 months in to 2014, and I’m seriously slacking on what I said I was going to do. Although I promised in my Must-Haves for 2014 that I was simplifying my regimen, I do realize that as someone who is obsessively fascinated with products (okay, I’m a PJ), it can be difficult to stick to that charge. While I do have my ride-or-die products, I love to go out and explore new and new-to-me products. I excitedly investigate ingredient labels while cross-referencing other reviews, and of course, I live for a great bargain. As I mentioned to another blogger before (@RadiantBrownBeauty, I believe), I love the thrill of the chase.

Sometimes, that product junkie chase can burn an hole in your pockets. By no means do I ever advocate for driving yourself into financial ruin trying to find the perfect curl definer. There are plenty of ways to experience new products without your bank account imploding on itself, and one of the best methods (besides ridiculous sales) is to pace your purchases. You’ll especially want to try that with this list, because although they aren’t insanely expensive, these products aren’t necessarily cost effective either. These products are all listed in the spirit of trying something that might be a little out of your price range or a little beyond your purview. Some of them you might not even know existed.

But that’s the fun in being a product junkie, right?

(by the way, these products are listed in no particular order.…except number one!)

 

1. TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier 

Of course, I was going to open this article with a product that I absolutely cannot live without. It’s expensive, the ingredients aren’t all wholesome and natural (hello, polyquats, silicones, and artificial fragrance), and it most certainly wasn’t designed with natural hair in mind. But IT WORKS. Of all the curl definers in the world (and trust me, I’ve tried PLENTY), Curls Rock Amplifier takes the #1 spot (tgin Twist and Define Cream is a close second.…very close). At $18 for 5.07oz of product, it is by no means affordable — it’s just one of those products you simply must splurge on and try at least once. For more information on TIGI Curls Rock Amplifier, check out my review here.

 

2. Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo

Whenever we think of clarifying shampoos, SLS almost always comes in to play. Although SLS has a bad rep among naturals for being stripping and drying, it is those very properties that make it ideal for cleaning. Ouidad has really shifted the paradigm for what it means to clarify natural hair. Although, at $18, it’s a bit pricey for a shampoo, it will definitely leave the hair and scalp feeling clean without being robbed of moisture and softness. For all the details on Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo, read my full review here.

 

3. Camille Rose Naturals Curl love Moisture Milk 

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A while back on Instagram, I posted a PSA/sneak tip for my L.A. naturals. At a specific Target for whatever reason, the three Camille Rose Naturals products they carried (and still do) are being sold at half the regular price. Not on clearance, not on sale, but the regular yellow Target tag is set to half the price. Enticed by the $7.48 price tag, I purchased one bottle of Curl Love Moisture Milk..and fell in love. So much so that I’ve gone back several times to stock up for myself, my mom, and my boyfriend’s mom. Enriched with avocado and rice bran oil (hello omegas and ceramides), this super thick and creamy moisturizer can nourish and soften a wide variety of textures without making the hair feel greasy. In fact, my mom has a short relaxed cut, and she loves this stuff! Even though I’ve been grabbing it for half off, if it ever goes back up to full price I’ll continue to purchase Curl Love Moisture Milk. It’s just that darn good. (P.S. if you’re in L.A. and want to know the specific Target to visit, let me know via Facebook!)

 

4. Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner 

I was so very excited once I saw Oyin Handmade products hit the shelves at Target stores. I knew I had to purchase something to try, and based solely upon the number of rave reviews, it was either going to be Burnt Sugar Pomade or Honey Hemp Conditioner. I told myself the conditioner would probably be of more immediate use, especially since I was interested in a new pre-poo product for these super dry ends of mine. Although $14 for 8.4oz isn’t totally cost effective for a conditioner, the ingredients are stellar and I found a way to not use the entire bottle in one wash (as a pre-poo treatment and/or leave-in). I definitely need to get my hands on the liter bottle!

 

5. Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask 

Sometimes, the best products for natural hair don’t say natural hair on them. Such is the case with this particular deep conditioner that I’m now totally obsessed with. I was prowling around Ulta, looking for a new product to play with. Since I had planned to straighten my hair soon, I was really looking for a new deep conditioner — something with cetrimonium chloride (click here to learn why cetrimonium chloride is important). While scouring the store for products that were buy one, get one 50% off, I came across the Therapy Session Hair Mask. The ingredients were fab, and I loved how smooth and velvety it felt between my fingers (yes I opened the jar in the store). I grabbed two of the 16.9oz jars (regularly priced at $14.99 which is pretty good for a deep conditioner), and haven’t looked back since. After just one use, my hair was super buttery, smooth, soft, and just felt utterly amazing. New staple? Absolutely.

 

6. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin 

On the heels of grabbing the Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask I also nabbed It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin spray. It’s a great leave-in, refresher, smoother, moisturizer, strengthener, and more. Seriously, there are 10 different uses for this product listed on the back of the bottle.

 

7. Long Locks Hair Care Mystique Frizz Control Cream

Sometimes, you absolutely must put product claims to the test and see if they actually rise to the occasion. Mystique Frizz Control Cream most definitely taught me a lesson or two. When I used it on my wet hair as a leave-in, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered exactly how much of an impact this product could have on improving definition and cutting down on frizz. When it comes to the Mystique, I tend to let this picture speak for itself:

I decided to put @longlocksmobile Frizz Control Cream to the test. On the section on the left, I applied the Almond Jai Twisting Butter and Curls Rock Amplifier Only. To the section on the right, I applied the Mystique Frizz Control Cream, then the Almond Jai and Curls Rock Amplifier. Tons more defined and shiny, with zero frizz -- especially in those sections that can be more difficult to define. I need a lifetime supply of this stuff!!! # naturalhair #naturalhairproducts #antifrizz #curls #LongLocksHairCare #reviewcomingsoon

My only wish is that Mystique Frizz Control Cream came in a lifetime supply size. $14 is a bit pricey for 4oz of product, but it performs well and is worth the splurge.

 

8. Lawrence Ray Concepts Shake & Go 

Shake & Go is another one of those products that really speaks for itself. It can be used as a leave-in, detangler, curl refresher, and miracle worker. Enriched with aloe, jojoba, silk aminos, and keratin, it most definitely conditions and nourishes the hair. I absolutely adore Shake & Go, and much in the same vein as the Mystique Frizz Control Cream, I tend to let pictures do the talking. I tried Shake & Go for the first time on a dry, dirty, frizz-prone, tangled, and rough section of my hair. This was my result:

So, I was just chilling playing around in the new products I got right....and decided to see what this @lrchealthyhaircare Shake & Go leave-in detangler was all about. LAWD! Granted, my hair is 4 days old, frizzy, and dirty. But let me tell you that I sprayed the Shake & Go, and my hair INSTANTLY detangled. Like, comb right through without a single snag. And ya'll know the front of my head is the most resistant to clumping, and loves to frizz. Do you see this clump action? The shine? I wish ya'll could feel my hair right now. These reviews are gonna be good. Yes'm. #naturalhair #naturalhairproducts #LawrenceRayConcepts #supportsmallbusiness #reviewandgiveawaycomingsoon

My jaw hit the floor. I couldn’t believe this elixir could have such a profound effect on my old, tired hair. Although this product is sold in the 8oz size for $15, I will gladly shell out the extra dough for the super salon-sized refill.

 

9. Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste

Plenty of ladies love the Curls Passion Fruit Control paste, if for no other reason than the smell. Ever since being introduced to the Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste, I haven’t given the orange stuff a second look. I’m obsessed with the tart blueberry fragrance, and I love to apply the paste to my edges when I’m going for a more sleek and polished look. The texture and consistency is spot on with the Passion Fruit version (they have the same 4 base ingredients), but the addition of blueberry extract, hydrolyzed quinoa, silk amino acids, and argan oil make the Blueberry Bliss stand out. For me personally, Blueberry Bliss is a little less tacky and leaves my edges a little softer — both of which are great. Is $10 for a 4oz jar cost effective? Not entirely. But the little jar will last a long time if you use it sparingly!

 

10. Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Bath, Body & Massage Oil 

I know, nowhere on the label of this product does it say for use in hair. Shea Moisture’s latest addition to their bath and body line is that of the radiant orchid-esque labeled Superfruit Complex. I’m in love with the lotion and the oil, but that’s another post. I also nabbed these at Ulta, as a part of their soon-to-expire BOGO 50% off. I stocked up on the oil in particular, because I’m interested in something I can use from head to toe, that’s rich in the ingredients I love/need, and doesn’t smell like a rancid dumpster (sorry flax oil). At $10 for an 8oz bottle, it is reasonably priced, as all Shea Moisture products tend to be. The oil is an amazing blend of safflower, shea, sweet almond, jojoba, and more, and touts superfruit extracts of acai, raspberry ketone, goji, green coffee, and more. Between the ceramides, vitamins, and anti-oxidants present, this oil is perfect for dry hair, scalp, and skin that is in need of a pick-me-up. I use it for scalp massages, dry ends, and as an after-shower oil. I can’t get enough of this stuff. On top of all that, the essential oil fragrance is fruity, slightly floral, and perfect for spring.

 

11. ApHogee Curlific Texture Treatment

When ApHogee unveiled their Curlific line, I gave them the side eye. Although I absolutely love my Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer Spray, I couldn’t believe they were hopping on the natural hair bandwagon. Although I think the line is by no means complete (where is the hair lotion?), they definitely have a rockstar in the Texture Treatment. Although the fragrance is a wee bit strong, it more than makes up for that in performance. It’s super thick, goes on easily, and really coats the hair. If you’ve been feeling like your hair is out of whack and in need of some moisture, a little protein (hi there, quinoa!), and whole lot of softness, give Texture Treatment a try. At $10 for an 8oz jar, it isn’t terribly overpriced. Worst case scenario? Keep the receipt and get your money back. Read on for my full review of the Curlific Texture Treatment.

 

12. Purgasm Shop Wild Cherry Treatment Hair Truffles 

There’s a special place in my heart for Wild Cherry Treatment Hair Truffles. I’ve been in love since my first encounter back in August 2013. At that point in my transitioning journey, I had never experienced hair truffles, and moving forward I never want to *not* experience them. Full of wonderful hair magic working ingredients like rhassoul clay, marshmallow root, banana, honey, and cocoa, the Purgasm Shop truffles are an amazing hair conditioning treat by themselves. At $14 for a pack of three, it’s a little expensive but well worth it. Besides, you can always break them in half to make them last longer! I currently get my fix on a monthly basis, using them as a fab add-in for my henna treatments. Get the scoop on why Wild Cherry Treatment Truffles work magic in my henna here.

 

13. Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel

Spiralicious is a thick gel-esque serum that every natural should try at least once. Although it is marketed as a heavier-hold gel, I found it to be quite lightweight, while still being defining. The gel offer tons of versatility, working well for everything from a wash and go to satin strip braidout. It has tons of slip, gives great shine, and makes for some of the most luxurious-feeling twist and braidouts ever. It leaves super soft and defined, while being free of silicones and the like. $17 for 8oz is a little more expensive than the normal price range for curl definers, but it is definitely worth it and a lot more reasonable than some other products out there. For a more thorough breakdown on Spiralicious, check out my review.

 

14. Q‑Redew handheld steamer

I know, this isn’t a product. It’s a tool — and a mighty good one at that. The Q‑Redew is picking up major steam in 2014 (pun intended, haha!), and I count myself as super lucky because I’ve been enjoying the benefits of this handheld hydrator since May of 2013. The Q‑Redew retails for $70, but creator Heidi is always running promotions for $10 off or more, and free shipping. The Q‑Redew is versatile, and can be used for steaming, detangling, deep conditioning, refreshing, and more. It’s a must-have transitioner tool, and a definite try in 2014 for all naturals. For more on why I love the Q‑Redew and you should give it a try, check out my video review.

 

What new products will you be trying in 2014?

For more transitioning and natural hair tips from Christina, check out her blog, The Mane Objective. You can also find her on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Adeola @ The Mane Captain

I wouldn’t mind trying them if they’re gifted to me.
http://www.themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

To thine own self
To thine own self
6 years ago

Why the heck are natural hair products so expensive? when half the active ingredients in them are fairly cheap that you can buy and mix up yourself at home? Even natural hair salons charge out the wazoo for styles such as twist and roller sets. Seriously I feel like we are being taken advantage of sometimes since we aren’t paying for relaxers anymore they gotta get our money some kind of way

Happy
Happy
6 years ago

The end of every review said it’s a little expensive but worth it lol I will pass

Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years ago

Who’s “they”? Many of the products listed in this post are manufactured by “our” “own.”

Miss Gina Ray
Miss Gina Ray
6 years ago

It should mention natural CURLY hair products since the bulk of them are stylers, curl milks and gels etc. not for the 4c girls.

Personally, I don’t try new products unless I haven’t found a good one in a specific category. Qhemet Biologics is always good for me. Also like Oyin Hair Dew to refresh and I’m recently interested in pomades as I’m doing roller sets. As I Am Coconut CoWash was a detangling hit for my intertwining strands. I’d love to try a Q Re-Dew but I’m not in the US.

iluvedges
iluvedges
6 years ago
Reply to  Miss Gina Ray

agree, I don’t see type 4C hair the same as ‘curly’ hair

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
6 years ago

I thank God that I’ve been delivered from the product junkie spirit! 😉 lol After 2 1/2 years as a natural, I have finally found which products work for me and since then I have saved so much time and energy, and money most of all. If I tried anything on this list, it would probably be the Purgasm Shop Wild Cherry Treatment Hair Truffles.…they really do look good enough to eat!

Lo
Lo
6 years ago
Reply to  Caramelcurls

I thought they were actual chocolate truffles at first and had to do a double take! Lol

rlw
rlw
6 years ago
Reply to  Lo

Yes they do look yummy enough to eat!!!!!!!!!

coocurlygal
coocurlygal
6 years ago

I’ve been using Kurlebelle products for the past two months. Just F.Y.I. The “thirsty Kurls” leave in is the TRUTH!

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty

I love love love my Q Redew! I can’t wai to try Oyin. Going to scoop some up at the hair show in ATL in a couple weeks!

Elle
Elle
6 years ago

Just curious, aside from Shea Moisture and Oyin, how many of these are BOBs and does anyone have any other ones to share?

KP
KP
6 years ago
Reply to  Elle

I missed it. What does BOB stand for?

SunshineLexa
SunshineLexa
6 years ago

Oyin Handmade Hair dew, Curls curl stylng paste and any of Shea Moisture’s styling milks. I’m a PJ (no plan on recovering) and I always turn back to my babies. They always do my hair right. Oh, and Curls Gelisque (did i spell that right lol).

Jane
Jane
6 years ago

I love #11. That stuff is a breeze to use and is a staple part of my reggie. One thing to add to this list: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi keratin conditioner. No product other than henna has helped cut back on my breakage like this stuff has. I don’t know many naturals that are fond of the PM line (I’m not) but that one conditioner is my mainstay.

JustJoy98
JustJoy98
6 years ago

Jessicurl Spiraliciouse gel, looks intriguing. I haven’t perfected the WNG yet, we’ll since I first did my BC, so I’m still on the hunt. Kinky Curly Curly Custard is the closest I’ve come to a great WNG gel. My hair despite being 3b — 4a doesn’t clump.

lex
lex
6 years ago

Question: what is with this presence of keratin in products? Isn’t it a straightener?

I’ve always heard not so great things about it so I avoid it all costs. But it’s showing up in more and more products.

I definitely want to try the aphogee texture treatment though.

Cre8tive
6 years ago
Reply to  lex

Keratin is found naturally in all hair strands, it is one of the building blocks in hair. Keratin in hair products act as a strengthener, similar to protein. A keratin straighting treatment infuses hair with keratin through a chemical process which includes straightening the natural curl patern. Hair products containing keratin can be wonderful for your hair! Don’t confuse the straightening treatment with standard keratin in products. No need to avoid it, just be sure to read the label on the product to ensure that you aren’t unknowingly buying something meant to straighten your hair when you only want to… Read more »

saffron33
saffron33
6 years ago

So glad u made this article. I follow u on instagram & YouTube so I’m defintely coming out of my shell so I can try some of these products. I’m learning now that u can depend on one product to do everything for ur hair. So yes I’m trying most of the stuff on ur list but not all lol

Cre8tive
6 years ago

Great, great article! It’s so refreshing to see some new/lesser know products on the list. The descriptions make me want to experiment 😉 although I use mostly natural products for washing and deep conditioning, I find that commercial (i.e. store bought, non-DIY) stylers do my hair best — hello Cantu! I actually like that some of these are in smaller sized bottles… This way I can try them without having a huge bottle of something I don’t like. And to the 4c naysayers, I am 4c and although my hair may not naturally “curl”, products still work to “clump” hair strands… Read more »

Nicole
6 years ago

I went back to my roots and bought Design Essentials Naturals Sulfate Free Shampoo which is the bomb and their Stimulations Conditioner. I to purchased the Q‑Redew steamer this year and I love it!

Andrea Taylor
Andrea Taylor
6 years ago

I just started using the cantu shea butter repair cream and I love it. My hair is so soft after using it. I also use on my daughter’s 4c hair and i see a major difference in manability. Best product purchase for me in 2014.

Larissa Amador
Larissa Amador
6 years ago

Hello !!
Gostaria de saber de vocês como faço para adquirir esses produto? Moro no Brasil em Salvador/BA e na cidade onde se concentra a maioria da população negra e por incrivel que pareça não tempos produtos bons para cabelos crespos naturais.
Me ajudem … poderíamos ate fazer uma parceria sei la!
aguardo retorno
Bjs

Crystal
Crystal
6 years ago

Last night I tried Its a 10 Miracle Leave In. It can be used as a heat protectant as well. LOVED IT. This was only my 2nd time blowing my hair out and it turned out so well! I would recommend this. Get the smaller trial size ($11) before getting the larger bottles ($20+)!!!

Mo
Mo
6 years ago

I bought the LRC shake and go to try to revive day 3 or 4 hair bcuz my curl pattern is like the pic you posted. I’m not sure I’m using it right cuz my curls were just wet and not redefined. How did you use it, how much did you spray on? Should I almost saturate my dry hair with it?

Erica
Erica
6 years ago

I use Healthy Skin for a Happy Life’s all-natural shampoo. SOOOOO good! My hairdresser can’t get over how long and strong and healthy my hair has been growing. Worth every penny! I highly recommend it. http://www.healthyskinhappylife.com

Mercedes
Mercedes
6 years ago

Mmm, never tried these products. I am pretty happy with http://www.opassoap.com but they are a very small company and their stuff is hard to get. Their products are in organic salons too! My curls are so healthy!!

Candy Bell
5 years ago

Hi Naturals! I’m the owner and founder of a natural products line that includes a haircare system that has taken off in a big way. I make all products myself and I assure you that they are 100% natural. I’ve been natural for 14 years and was also a product junkie that spent wayyy too much money. So, I researched and started my own line of a system that works and not expensive. It includes a natural hair moisturizer (Unyk) that truly moisturizers even the most unruly hair. And it’s partner is an all natural hair cream (I Scream Cream… Read more »

E.C. from D.C.
E.C. from D.C.
4 years ago

I’m going to try It’s A 10 Miracle plus Keratin along with the Eva NYC mask soon.…just ordered.

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