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Our Favorite Ingredients for Natural Hair

December 12, 2012 · Posted in: Blog, Hair, Our Favorites

If you have natural hair or are looking to go natural, below are some of the best ingredients to look for when shopping for products. You can keep your hair healthy by ensuring that the products you use contain these great ingredients.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter is a natural emollient derived from the nut of African karite trees. Shea butter provides optimal soft ‘n fluffy hair results and seals in moisture minus the heavy buildup. It also softens nicely when mixed with essential hair oils for easier application.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil penetrates into your hair to help from the inside out. If used alone, this light ingredient’s best use is thought to be as a pre shampoo hair oil treatment.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil closely matches what the scalp produces naturally, making it ideal for balancing out oil production. Extracted from jojoba seeds, jojoba oil acts as natural humectant and boosts shine without leaving the hair greasy.

Olive Oil

Olive oil (particularly extra virgin or EVOO), nourishes and improves the elasticity of hair with each use. It is rich in moisture and less prone than other oils to aggravate allergies. Used for everything from pre-shampoo and scalp treatments to curl friendly conditioners, it is an exceptional ingredient for natural hair.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera’s pH balancing properties make it a model ingredient for natural hair use. Aloe Vera also promotes hair growth and acts as a natural astringent to combat dandruff. This multi-purpose ingredient (in gel or juice form) is commonly combined with conditioner to soften hair, add shine and reduce frizz. For curls, you can mix aloe vera with water and spritz it on as a coil refresher.


Honey can be combined with conditioner or oils to give natural hair a healthy, smooth and shiny appearance. The peroxide found in honey is lightening agent that can subtly lighten strands over time.

Do you know of any ingredients that are great to use on natural hair?
Leave a comment below to let everyone know!


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10 Responses to “Our Favorite Ingredients for Natural Hair”

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  2. Tracy Gordon says:

    Jojoba oil

  3. Char says:

    jojoba oil!

  4. Spencer Schmale says:

    Jojoba oil

  5. Heather says:

    jojoba oil acts as natural humectant and boosts shine

  6. Bridget Kagan says:

    Jojoba oil

  7. Christine says:

    Jojoba Oil!

  8. Jacqueline Jasek says:

    Jojoba oil! Happy Holidays, XEX!

  9. Lisa S. says:

    Jojoba oil

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