10 hair styling products which could save my poor, mixed race life

by - Monday, August 11, 2014

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I’ll admit it – my hair is the bane of my life. Whilst I can buy clothes that fit and make up that suits my skintone (well, maybe not, but that’s another blog post), I can never seem to get my hair to do what I want. 

Having relaxed it almost three years ago, it looked lovely despite being highly expensive, and a good slick of oil and the odd flat iron was enough to keep it long, glossy and reasonably tamed. However, after suffering years of terrible breakage, especially in the recent heat, I am determined to find a new way of styling that works with my natural frizzy mop rather than against it. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of 10 of the most recommended products for black or mixed race hair. If you’ve got any great tips or ideas, let me know!  

1) Boots Essentials Curl Creme 250ml (£1.69) 
Super cheap and looks like candy floss, promises to smooth frizziness and hold curls. Been discontinued a few times but the fact that 160 out of 170 reviews have been five star is enough for me.

2) Sleep cap (£2.96 from eBay) 
So you might end up looking a little like 50 Cent (or a deranged nana in a shower cap) but this is essential to avoid breakage or drying out, particularly if like me, you roll around like a mad case in your sleep.

3) Tangle Teezer (£10.50 from ASOS)
I've been recommended this for ages but never got round to purchasing because I've always kind of thought that it's just an overpriced brush. However, after reading up about how it moves with the hair  rather than against it to gently detangle  without any tugs or pulls, it could well be the end to the trauma that is having to pick broken bits of comb teeth out of your hair (trust me, it happens)

4) ORS Olive Oil Sheen Spray 455ml (£2.76 from Boots)
I've been using this spray for years and it’s an amazing quick fix to moisturize dry hair. My bottle is finally running out (which is no mean feat considering it's size) so I will need a repurchase stat. Also, it conceals a hidden bonus - also works as a basic heat protector when straightening.

5) Dark & Lovely Moisture Seal 3 in 1 Shampoo 500ml (£3.29 from Wilkos) 
My shampoo regime has also been somewhat lazy and orientated around whatever is cheap, but my mum used lots of Dark & Lovely products on me a lot when I was younger and I never screamed (much) so I think it’s about time I got back into them. Also, they smell delicious - what's not to love?

6) Ojon Damage Reverse™ Restorative Conditioner 250ml  (£23 from John Lewis)
Bit pricey I know, but this conditioner claims to be able to literally reverse hair damage, which would be ideal for my hair which is currently about 27 different lengths due to breakage. According to it's description, it 'surrounds dry, brittle hair with nourishing lipids including pure Ojon™ oil, nature’s golden elixir, antioxidant-rich Brazilian Buriti Oil and Murumuru Butter.' Sounds luxurious. I like.

7) Aussie Dual Personality Styling Anti-Frizz & Conditioning Milk 150ml (£11.95 for pack of three from Amazon.co.uk)
A useful product to have in your cabinet as it doesn't require washing, which is a rare and wonderful thing in black haircare. My boyfriend and lots of my friends swear by Aussie haircare so as a newbie, my current hair crisis would be a perfect time to give their frizz products a go. Simply shake it, work it and crack on with your day. The perfect lazy option. 

8) John Frieda Frizz - Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecter 200ml (£5.99 from Boots)
Working best with that everpopular ‘scrunch’ motion, this potion claims to be ‘an alcohol-free formula, leaving hair super-silky, never "crispy". Innovative magnesium-enriched formula penetrates hair to restore elasticity and spring boosting and enhancing your natural curl pattern. Special conditioning and glossing agents help Frizz - Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecter leaving hair virtually frizz-free and glistening with healthy-looking shine. Non-sticky, non-greasy.’ Sounds pretty good to me! Sold. 

9) Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining cream 177ml (£6.99 from Superdrug)
This product always seems quite easy to find and fairly decently priced  - I’m convinced that you can find this cheaper instore so worth shopping around. Anything with morrocan oil is supergood for dry hair and again,this product works on damp hair so you can avoid the dreaded 3 hour wash and dry session if you're in a hurry. I'm a little worried about this one as I’ve used products like this before which can turn your hair a little sticky, but maybe worth a go. 

10) Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment 16oz ($24 From missjessies.com) 
Worth going through custom's for, this range looks like my top tip, not just for the beautiful packaging. The Super Sweetback treatment is designed for girls who want to grow out naturally curly and kinky hair, encouraging healthy length as it is often this length that helps weigh down the curl and make it neater, with more bounce and less frizz. Packed full of growth stimulants, it sounds as if it would sort out my breakage super stat, plus help me grow out the last bit of relaxer lingering at the tips of my hair. Miss Jessie's other products look similarly ace, including her transitioning treatment which looks ideal for girls who’ve had their hair relaxed but are planning on going au natural. May the force be with you!

Do you have any mixed race hair tips? Let me know in the comments below! 

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