11 Natural & Organic Hair Care Brands For Women Of Color Who Want Less Chemicals In Their Routine
Once I really started taking my natural hair journey seriously, I became obsessed with researching the best products for textured hair. My strands may have been chemical-free, but I knew I couldn't just slather anything onto them. I tried getting my hands on any natural and organic hair care lines I could find in the spirit of truly keeping things au naturel.
Researching hair care ingredients to avoid can quickly make your head spin. It's nearly impossible to keep track of the "good" chemicals from the "bad", and with so many discrepancies amongst different sources, you never really know where to get your information. Taking out much of the guesswork, many hair care products avoid silicones, parabens, sulfates, alcohol, and synthetic ingredients altogether. Opting for products rich in natural oils, fruits and botanical extracts instead can not only ease your worries, but also have amazing benefits for your curly mane.
It's true that only certified organic hair care lines have USDA approved seals. However, there are many other brands that use the same natural ingredients, despite not being fully organic. Start adopting a natural beauty routine by checking out these 11 textured hair-friendly lines that derive ingredients from chemical-free sources.
1. Nubian Heritage
Browse Nubian Heritage's hair care inventory and you'll not only find product descriptions, but also brief history lessons on where a product's oils and extracts are found across the globe. Moringa, monoi, and extra virgin olive oil are the all-star ingredients in much of the brand's lineup.
2. Belle Butters
3. Mielle Organics
Ultra-moisturizing and enriched with many fatty acids and natural oils, Mielle Organics uses dozens of certified ingredients in their line of conditioners, curl creams, and cleansers. The Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner is the must-have product that restores dry and damaged hair like no other.
4. Alikay Naturals
5. Oyin Handmade
You won't find any petroleum and mineral oils that give naturals a false sense of hydrated hair clogging up Oyin Handmade's moisturizers. This silicone, paraben, and sulfate-free brand commits to using natural food-grade ingredients to nourish textured strands.
6. Aubrey Organics
A brand boasting a number of USDA certified organic products, Aubrey Organics combines shea butter, argan oil, rose hip seed, and other natural ingredients in combinations that leave hair silky smooth. Type 4 naturals typically experience dry tresses, so the honeysuckle rose line of products is the one to put to the test.
7. Camille Rose Naturals
See product ingredients and their benefits broken down in detail on Camille Rose Naturals' site. If you've never tried their Curl Maker or Almond Jai Twisting Butter, you're seriously missing out. Loaded with with almond milk, aloe juices, coconut oil, and more, it all sounds too good to be true.
8. My Honey Child
Twist Out Hair Creme, $19, My Honey Child
There's no competing with the moisture and nutrients My Honey Child products provide for type 4 hair. You'll barely find any chemicals mixed into their blends of natural oils, fruit extracts, and vitamins.
9. Shea Moisture
"Shea" and "moisture" comprises its name, so you'd expect this curly girl brand to be on its natural ingredient P's and Q's. From shea butter to Jamaican castor oil to coconut oil, every Shea Moisture product is loaded with natural extracts and certified ingredients. If there's any must-have product, it's the Curl Enhancing Smoothie, hands down.
10. Avalon Organics
11. Bee Mine Organics
Your mane deserves the absolute best. So, reward your kinks and coils by stripping your hair care regimen of harsh chemicals, trading your old products in for healthier, moisture-rich alternatives.