Afro Caribbean hair has its own, very specific care requirements. It is important to find a product to suit your individual hair and Afro hair care has become a big business, with many products designed with Afro Caribbean hair in mind.
When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, you need products that will leave your hair moisturised and prevent drying, but without leaving it fluffy. Hairasers and Oliver Gibney both offer such products, as do Dax and Mixed Chicks. If you have braids or extensions, Better Braids medicated shampoo takes a slightly different approach to standard shampoos, as it is designed to be sprayed on and left in, thoroughly cleaning your hair without disturbing braids.
When it comes to afro hair products for styling, Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) offer some products based on natural ingredients, predominantly olive oil. This acts to nourish and protect the hair whilst styling. An affordable styling range, particularly ideal for young people is Fantasia, which also uses many natural ingredients and offers a range of styling products. Other companies providing a range of styling products designed for Afro Caribbean hair include Dark and Lovely, Revlon and Soft n Free.
Serums and oil sprays can enhance the texture of afro hair, as well as enhancing growth and protecting hair from damage. Natural oils protect hair from damage caused by the environment, as well as that caused by styling and heat treatment through blow-drying and straightening. Fantasia products will not weigh the hair down, despite moisturising and hydrating it. Better Braids will soften your braids and make them look shiny and well cared for, also being absorbed into the scalp.
Another essential product for afro hair is the relaxer. Elasta QP, Revlon, Creme of Nature and Dr Miracles all offer relaxers and texturisers. Many use natural products which are less likely to dry the hair, aiming to protect as well as relaxing and texturising the hair. Many will put moisture into both the hair and the scalp, preventing damage at the ends of the hair and encouraging growth by stimulating the follicles during the relaxing process.