My staple products for natural hair

staple products

I’ve been thinking of sharing with you my staple hair products that I have been using on my kinky type 4c hair.

Coconut Oil

It’s 2 years 5 months since I’ve been natural and coconut oil  has  been part of my journey like forever. I initially got it because that’s what my pocket could afford at the time but it happened so that my hair loved it and I’ve never looked back since then. I use it when pre-pooing and when moisturizing my hair using the (liquid, cream, oil) L.C.O method. It helps condition the hair as it gets deep into the hair follicles, adds shine and makes the hair soft.

Water (In the spray bottle)

This has always been key in my hair journey. Just like the body, natural hair needs constant moisture. otherwise it will be dry and brittle and start breaking. I usually spray water on my hair, use my leave-in conditioner then seal all that with my coconut oil.


I use this in very small amounts.  It’s has humectants; attracting moisture from the environment and retaining it.  I mix a few drops of glycerin with water in bottle before spraying it on my hair. It just adds a little oomph of moisture on my hair. A disclaimer though, don’t use it if you want to have a defined pattern when doing a twist out, braid out, flexi-rod set and the likes. This will just lead to a total fail because glycerin equals shrinkage.

Organics by Africa’s best cholesterol tea-tree oil

I use this for my deep conditioning. The name suggest that it’s an oil but it’s quite thick and creamy. I’ve been using this for 9 months now and my hair is loving it. I apply it on my hair, cover it with a shower cap  for 30 minutes and rinse it off afterwards. What I love about this product is the fact that it acts as a rinse out and as a leave in conditioner as stated by the company. I’ve tried it both ways and my hair has loved it.

Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioner

This product adds life to my hair. I use it every time I’m moisturizing my hair using the L.C.O method. You know how you can apply a moisturizer on type 4 hair and leave it for 3-4 days but it still gets dry, this product is the remedy to such. I started using it around the same time I got my deep conditioner and it lasted me 4 months before I repurchased it.

Organics by Africa’s best carrot oil cream

My Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioner was over and so I decided to go get another one. When I got to the supermarket where I usually buy it from they didn’t have it either. I was upset. That’s when I came across the carrot oil cream. I’ve used it for two months now.  I tried it out as a cream for my L.C.O. method but it wasn’t close to my expectations. I then tried it out when having my flexi-rod set and the curls were bomb! I’m still on the verge of deciding if my hair likes it or not. You should try it and see if it works for your hair.

Other products that I use on my hair are my DIY homemade conditioner and my DIY clarifying shampoo that can be found here and here respectively.

It’s that simple. I’m not a product junkie. Initially when I went natural I tried an array of products and realized that my hair loves and thrives when I use the products above. One tip that I’ve learnt from people who have been natural longer than I have is to use products that my hair loves and being consistent with them. Another thing, what works for me may not necessarily work for another. We may all be natural but our manes are different. Find out what works for you.

On that note, I’d love to know, What staple products do you use on your natural hair? Does your hair thrive while using them?

Lots of love

Akinyi Fiona.


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