by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl
Although the availability of natural hair products has grown exponentially over the past few years, you may still find yourself at a loss regarding where to find the latest and greatest natural hair products. Unfortunately, the boom of the natural hair industry has resulted in several mainstream companies developing natural hair lines that are anything but natural, but have all the bells and whistles of touting natural ingredients and gorgeous hair. So how do you make sure you can find quality products and where do you find them?
I consider myself somewhat of a “reformed” product junkie, but I still like to see what’s out there and what’s new. When I’m looking for products, I find out what’s new on the block by:
- Lurking on hair forums: Even if you don’t have the time to actively participate in a hair forum, you can read reviews or threads about new products members have bought to see what’s out there. And, a lot of the times people review the product as well, so it’s a double bonus! Some forums even have mobile apps so you can read them on the go – I like to check out updates when I’m on the metro or in the passenger seat.
- Subscribing to newsletters: Of course, the best way to hear about a new product is straight from the horse’s mouth – the company newsletter. Newsletters are the best way to hear about new products, sales and company updates. If you don’t want to crowd your inbox, follow them on Facebook or Twitter for similar updates (make sure you check to see which one they update more frequently).
- Attending a natural hair event: Every time I’ve been to a hair event, I see a vendor that I’ve never heard of before. These events are prime opportunities for those new to the industry to showcase their products, and a great opportunity for you to see what’s new without worrying about shipping or receiving a product you didn’t expect. Not to mention, prices are usually lower when a company first releases a line. Just sayin.
- Browsing on Etsy: Etsy is like, eBay for crafty people. Every beauty product you can think of can be found on Etsy, and totally handmade. Sometimes when I want a certain scent of a lotion or body butter, I simply search the scent on Etsy and see what products come up. I’ve found some of my favorite products this way! While this may intimidate some people, I recommend also Googling the company before buying from them to make sure they are a legit vendor.
If you take my advice, I know you’ll be swimming in new products in no time. Just make sure you pay it forward and share your finds with us! I love a good product find posted on my Facebook page.
About Elle: Elle is the owner and editor of Quest for the Perfect Curl, a collaborative YouTube channel and blog dedicated to promoting healthy hair through research and the sharing of information. A former product junkie, Elle promotes the importance of product ingredients, knowing your hair properties, and your climate when choosing what products to use on your natural hair. She also frequently explores healthy hair care practices and methods to achieve the “perfect curl,” which to her is big, healthy hair.