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There is a Huge Gap in the Hair Care Industry for Women of Colour

I have noticed a trend with haircare brands. Some of them start off with catering to natural hair for women of colour, but along the way, they start popping up on the high street and catering to every hair type. I know it all boils down to making as much profit as possible and this is easily done when you are on the high street and caring for all hair types. But the reality of the matter is, we all have different hair types. Women of colour tend to have dry, coarse, brittle hair, and there are even still different hair types among women of colour. So using haircare products created for “everyone” doesn’t really work for our type of hair. Which is why it is super frustrating that our hair type is pretty much overlooked in the hair industry. You just need to read interviews like this one on Forbes to get the full picture.

 

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Creating a Haircare Range for Women of Colour

There is a huge gap in the market for haircare products for women of colour. The kind of hair oils and creams I need to keep my hair soft, shiny and healthy are not what I can easily pick up on the high street. Certain ingredients won’t work on my kind of hair and some may even damage it altogether. I have been thinking of creating some haircare products specially for natural afro hair. Over the years, I have used all sorts of haircare products and many of them were not great for my hair type (I am a 4C). Which is why I decided to start creating my own hair oils and creams. I am still working on the potions and testing them out. So it is still all a work in progress. I love the fact that I am able to create and I am looking forward to what the future brings.

Now to the main question behind this post; What is your main hair concern? Is it growth, dryness, texture? What do you think about the huge gap in the haircare industry for women of colour? Do tell.

 

 

 

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Product Review: SheaMoisture Braid-Up Conditioning Gel

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I have used many SheaMoisture hair products and they usually work amazing well. This SheaMoisture Braid-Up Conditioning Gel is the latest addition to my haircare products collection. Myself and my daughter usually have our hair in a protective style, so this Braid-Up Conditioning Gel by SheaMoisture has been put to the test numerous times already. For those who have never heard of this haircare product, here is a brief product description for you.

 

Product description

Create simple or complex braided styles with effortless control using this conditioning gel. Super-hydrating Jojoba Oil, soothing Ucuuba Butter and Carrot Seed Oil blend in this non-greasy formula that softens , improves workability and adds suppleness so hair resists breakage caused by tugging and tightness. Lightweight hold helps keep flyaways and frizz under control.

 

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Ingredients
Water, Glycerin (Vegetable), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinese (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Virola Sebirefa Nut Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed oil, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Aloe Barabadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend) *Certified Organic Ingredient ‰Û Fair Trade Ingredient
I have used this SheaMoisture Braid-Up Conditioning Gel for months now and I really like it. There are more pros than cons with this hair product, which is good.
PROS
1. I love the fragrance. It has a sweet light fragrance that lingers on for ages.
2. This product is quite light on the hair. It gives a firm hold but it does not heavy.
3. It is super easy to use, absorbs into the hair quite quickly.
4. I love the natural ingredients. My hair is natural and I prefer using natural hair products only. This works great for my hair texture (I am a 4C).
5. It moisturises and deep conditions the hair, which makes it a great multi-tasking hair product.
6. This product is colour safe and sulfate free.
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CONS
1. It flakes so I use a little each time.
What do you think of this SheaMoisture hair product? Have you used it before?

 

 

 

My Natural Hair Update

I have been rocking my natural hair for some years now and I am loving it. It took some time to fully transition from my chemical damaged hair to my natural hair now. I didn’t go down the big chop route  and that is partly why it took forever to transition. But I am happy with how my hair is currently looking. There was some hair breakage earlier in the year, thanks to a crotchet braids hairstyle I had on that wasn’t right for my hair. But it is slowly growing back to how it was prior to that and I am hoping to see a significant hair growth before the end of the year. I have so many hairstyles I need to try. I just need my hair to grow some more.

My greatest hair muse is my beautiful daughter. Her hair is hair goals for me. She was born with amazing hair and I have found it very easy to nurture and maintain for her. Her hair reminds me of how my hair was when I was her age. It was natural, soft, long and chemical free. Her hair is one of the reasons why I decided to be free from all hair chemicals and damaging hair weaves. I have never seen any hair so beautiful. This photo does not do her hair justice.

 

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If I could go back in time, I would take better care of my hair. But since I can’t, I have to ensure I right my hair wrongs. So far, it has been a journey I would never forget. It just confirms the saying that whatever you nurture grows and stays healthy.

My hair routine is very simple. I don’t do much with it or to it. I usually have my hair in cornrows and I wear wigs. Sometimes I have my hair braided in big weaves or crotchet braids, which I have now stopped doing because crotchet braids damaged my hair. I think the big fat needles used put too much pressure on the hair. So although it is a quick way to have your hair done, it is not the best for my hair type. For now, I am sticking to simple corn rows style. They suit me and mine. And that is what I have on at the moment.

 

 

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When it comes to hair products, I use a couple of Cantu products. I also use SheaMoisture products. And you can click on the links to read my reviews on the hair products.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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