the best hair products for your hair type
By nataleh wallace
As someone with curly hair, I own so many hair products! It can be hard trying to find your “Holy Grail Hair Product” when you don’t have much knowledge on what your hair needs, because you don’t know much about your hair type. There are many products on the market that claim to be a “miracle for ALL hair types” but that is rarely ever the case. Stray away from those products. Even if you have the same hair type as someone else, there is always several things that make your hair different from their hair. Factors such as your hair's porosity (your hair's ability to absorb moisture), density, length, and damage level.
In order to find the best type of hair product(s) for your hair ,you need to determine your hair type and figure out what your hair needs in order to look its best. My hair type is a mix of Type 2C, Type 3A & Type 3B. I have high porosity hair, dense hair strands, medium/long length and the ends of my hair are pretty damaged due to chemical processing. I’ve found that because my hair is very dry from all the years of damage, it sucks up moisture. I stick to using repairing hair creams and a water-based curl defining product other than gel because hair gel can be very drying due to the high levels of alcohol. Now that I’ve used my hair as an example, below will be an informative list of hair moisturizing tips, as far as choosing the hair product(s) that suit your hair best.
NOTE: This is just a guideline to give you a general idea of what your hair may need. As I stated before, everyone’s hair is different so you have to experiment with different hair techniques and products in order to see what works best for you. Also, the reason I categorize Type B and C together is because these hair types are pretty similar in terms of what the hair needs in order to maintain moisture due to the fact that your curls are coarser than Type A curls.
TYPE 3A: You have the loosest curls, so you should stick to water-based leave-in conditioners and stray from heavy hair creams/butters. Heavy hair creams/butters will weigh down your hair and leave a greasy feel on your hair. One of my favorite water-based leave-in conditioners is Giovanni’s “Direct Leave-In” ($8). It’s not too heavy on the hair and it leaves your hair super soft and supple, while leaving behind a pleasant smell.
TYPE 3B/3C: Your curls are tighter, so you need a little more moisture than those with Type A hair but that does not mean that you should use a million products. Your hair can get weighed down with product just like Type A hair can. All you really need to put in your hair is a moisturizing hair cream and a water-based curl definer or hair oil. My favorite hair products for Type 3B and 3C hair are Cantu’s “Leave-In Conditioning Cream” ($6-$7), Ouidad’s “Curl Quencher Curl Cream” ($13-$27), and my favorite hair oils are Sweet almond oil and coconut oil. This concoction does wonders for my hair. It leaves my curls less frizzy and more defined. Let's just say I have been having better hair days.
TYPE 4A: Your hair type is more coily than curly, meaning your curls are much tighter and also fragile being that your hair strands are densely packed together. Most of the time watery leave-in conditioners will do absolutely nothing for your hair so you need something heavier such as a hair cream or butter, paired with an oil to seal in the moisture. A great hair cream that’s also on the affordable side is EDEN’s “Coconut Shea Curl Defining Cream” ($8-$9). As far as oils, Organic Coconut oil or castor oil are great for your hair type.
TYPE 4B/4C: Out of all of the hair types, your hair is the most coiled and/or kinky and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Your hair just requires a little more TLC. Due to your hair being more on the drier side, you can pack on quite a bit of product and not have to worry about your hair getting weighed down as easily as other hair types. You should stick to hair butters and of course an oil to seal in the moisture. A highly recommended natural hair butter that you should try is Shea butter (prices varies depending on where you purchase it from) and jojoba oil is your best friend! It adds moisture and shine, works as a hair styler, and even de-frizzes your hair.