Natural Hair Products 101: Your Guide to Buying the Right Hair Care Products
Are you looking to buy natural hair products? Before you go to the grocery and pick whichever hair product you think, we suggest you read this guide first.
Choosing the right natural hair care products is not easy, right? Regardless if you have thin, thick, curly, short or long hair, you know that there are so many formulas out on the market today, which makes it hard to find the right product. It’s just sad to know we easily fall for a product after a product and only to find out that it’s definitely not worth our time, effort, and of course, our hard-earned money.
You probably are using the wrong hair care products right now. So, knowing your hair type and texture really helps to prevent your hair from getting greasy and damaged. It’s useless how beneficial the ingredients of the product are when they don’t make any changes on your hair and are totally not intended for your hair type.
How do you actually know if you picked the best hair care products? From moisturizing, strengthening, detangle-free, anti-frizz, to smoothing and volumizing products, let us help you decide what products to choose for your hair to achieve those healthy locks you have been dreaming of.
Here is a handy guide about the most common hair care products on the market today:
Shampoo is one of the most common hair care products, which is used to remove oil and dirt from the surface level of the scalp and hair strands. While most of the shampoo products are made of viscous liquids, some come in bar forms (like a soap bar). There are also shampoos formulated for people that has dandruff, damaged hair, color-treated hair, hair fall, and dry hair.
What type of shampoo does your hair need?
A clarifying shampoo does more extreme cleansing on hair. It totally removes residue, including hair wax, gels and hair-volumizing products, from your hair. By using this, it will help your hair look fresh, bouncy and healthy again. It more suits for oily hair type to remove excess oil. For dry hair, since scalp only produces less oil to create shine, it can result in worse dryness. For color-treated hair, it increases the possibility that it will fade the color of the hair.
If you don’t have time to wash your hair, this product is perfect for you! Dry shampoo is in a powder form or fast-dry spray, which is used without the need to shower or wash the hair. It removes excess oil, and giving fresh, clean hair look. It conserves color-treated hair. You can try our O so Stylish Dry Shampoo, infused with Argan oil, to make your hair softer and shinier.
A Volumizing shampoo is used to give body to the hair and make it bouncier. This product suits dry, thin, and fine hair as it adds more volume and makes hair easy to manage. If you use our O So Wow Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Set, you will notice different results, such as less hair breakage as well as thickened and strengthened hair.
A hair conditioner is used to moisturize your hair and make it more manageable. It helps detangle knots, which makes it pretty much easier to comb or brush your hair. It also helps repair hair damage, reduce split ends, and condition your hair. Conditioner is available in the forms of thickly liquids, sprays, gels and creams. It is usually applied after you shampoo your hair and is best used 2-3 times a week to maintain healthy hair.
3 Common Types of Hair Conditioner
1. Regular conditioner
Use this type of product if you want to condition your hair for a short time. Always take note to apply it from the mid-lengths through the ends of the hair to prevent excess oils, weigh your hair down, and avoid extra build-up. Let it sit on your hair for at least 2-3 minutes and rinse it thoroughly after.
2. Leave-in conditioner
If you want more moisture in your hair, we suggest you use a lightweight natural leave in conditioner. You can leave it on your hair until the next washing. It is also great to achieve those glossy locks and smoother hair.
3. Deep Conditioner
By using a deep conditioner, dry and damaged hair can be repaired. Apply it from the roots to the ends of the hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it thoroughly.
3. Hair Mousse
Hair mousse, which is a lightweight hair styling foam product, is used to add extra volume, lift, provide light hold and conditioning to the hair, and make it look more defined. It is popularly used to support and get hold of a certain hairstyle. Most of the hair mousses today are contained in an aerosol can and often come in foam spray or cream form. They are popular among women who have natural curls to help reduce frizz and get more defined curls.
The best time to apply hair volume mousse is when your hair is wet. It is best paired with a blow-dryer to keep the hairstyle in place. If you want, you can also air-dry your hair to keep things natural and protect your hair from getting damaged.
Take note that not all hair mousses are created equal. Make sure to always check the label of the product you choose. If you want to go for hair mousses with natural ingredients, check out ourO so Wow Foaming Mousse.It has been proven and tested to work for all types of hair. It is filled with healing herbal extracts, giving you the assurance that no harmful chemicals have been added. Not to mention, it keeps your hair healthy and shiny.
4. Hair Oil and Serum
Hair oil is similar to a conditioner or a hair treatment. It is formulated to keep the hair healthy. To use, simply apply it to the hair strands. After application, your hair is smoothened and fatty acids are added to your strands to help replace the damaged lipids in the hair and avoid hair breakage and split ends. This product is commonly used for dry hair.
Hair serum, on the other hand, is a styling product, which helps fight frizz and add shine on your hair. Apply it on the hair, about 2-3 drops, for excellent results.
What’s the best hair oil for your hair type?
If you have thin hair, look for a hair oil product that contains Argan oil.
Argan oil, which is also called as Moroccan oil, is known to make your hair silkier and shinier, and even helps prevent split ends. It also promotes hair growth and helps grow thick, healthy new hair. This works best for thin hair. You can try ourO so Nurtured Argan Oil,to help you achieve that healthy locks.
If you have any scalp problems, using a product that contains Jojoba oil helps.
This type of oil is extremely rich in minerals and vitamins, such as Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, copper and zinc that nourish hair. Not only does it strengthen the hair, it also promotes thick hair growth and prevents hair loss. Jojoba oil is also capable of moisturizing hair and fights dandruff. If you haven’t decided what product to use, check out our O so Bright Shine Spray.It’s worth a try!
If you have dry and damaged hair, and hair is always exposed to the sun, pick a product that contains pro-Vitamin B5.
Pro-Vitamin B5 offers plenty benefits for the hair, including hair loss treatment. It helps restore hair damage that’s caused by using too much shampoo, heat styling tools, and overexposure to the sun. It’s also helpful for dry and brittle hair, as it adds shine and reduces split ends.
OurO so Calm Smoothing Serum doesn’t just include pro-Vitamin B5, it also contains algae extract and keratin protein formulas, which add glow, help nourish and smoothen hair, and prevent frizz.
5. Hair Sea Salt Spray
Hair sea salt spray, which is a very popular hair styling product, is widely used to achieve that messy, wet, “Beachy” hair look. It is formulated to give your hair beautiful waves, thanks to the salt component included in the formula. That’s why everyone loves it!
This product is easy to use and very convenient. It works on all types of hair, except for color-treated hair, as it can result to color fading. You can apply this product, whether your hair is wet or not.
If you want to achieve that incredible “Beachy” hair look, try to use ourO so Playful Sea Spray.Using this product, you can experience that “beach-fresh” feeling, with light holds and thicker hair.
6. Heat Protectant Spray
Heat protectant spray is similar to the sunscreen applied to the skin. It is mostly used before blow-drying, curling, and straightening as it offers protection against hair breakage and greasiness. To use this, simply spray it to your hair before styling and blow-drying.
How about you give ourO so Fearless Thermal Spraya try? It contains herbs and beneficial ingredients that will safeguard both hair and scalp from the harmful effects of certain heat styling tools.
7. Hair Wax or Pomade
Hair wax or pomade, another hair styling product, has been used for 10 years to recreate and achieve different hairstyles. Wax is used to hold a hairstyle and make a detailed look. It even draws attention to the hairstyle. Unfortunately, it takes a few hours for the wax to dry. Nonetheless, it allows you to retouch your hairstyle every now and then.
Pomade has two types: (1) water-based formula and (2) petroleum-based formula. The water-based pomade is easier to wash off, but the petroleum-based one is greasier because it is formulated to add extra shine and hold on the hair. You can apply these products either on damp or dry hair.
We always want the best for our hair as it is the best accessory we already own. Hope this guide will help you find the right natural hair care products to maintain your healthy hair. Good luck!