Q: I’ve recently gone natural after having relaxed hair most of my life. I have no clue where to begin when it comes to haircare. Please help!

A:  Contrary to popular belief, natural hair requires a lot of care to stay healthy and manageable. Protein and moisture are the two main things that make natural hair strong, but finding the best products can be a daunting task. Here are the products that will make your natural-hair care routine easier:

 

Problem: Dry ends

Tested product: Dr. Miracle’s Strengthen Intensive Spot Serum, R145,95

Why we love it: This oil doesn’t leave your hair greasy and has the right amount of moisture to make dry ends supple. It also has a blend of peppermint oil and essential vitamins to help moisturise and heal dry spots on the scalp.

 

Problem: Brittle, coarse hair

Tested product: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, R 159,95

Why we love it: This conditioner contains pure shea butter and other natural oils to leave dry, damaged and coarse hair softer and more manageable. It also mends breakage, repairs split ends and reduces frizz.

Problem: No time to go for a salon treatment

Tested product: Dr. Miracle’s Conditioning Treatment Pack, R76, 95

Why we love it: This pack includes a deep conditioning treatment, a leave-in treatment and conditioner, and an anti-breakage cream. It works like a charm when your hair is in need of a quick pep-up and deep nourishment. It strengthens hair while adding brilliant shine and body.

Problem: Edge Control

Tested product: Design Essentials Almond Avocado Natural Edge Tamer, R 179,95

Why we love it: A small amount of this firming mould securely lays down the hairline and tames unruly flyaways. Apply a fingernail-sized portion of the product and smooth down your edges using a toothbrush.