Do You Know Your Lines?

Who knows how many lines of natural hair products there are out there. Some you will see crop up again and again on blogs and in the pages of magazines such as Essence. Others, you’ll only hear about in certain regions. And still others only have a cult following. But it never hurts to be educated and browse them all. Here are some you may be familiar with, some you may have heard of but never tried, and some that will make you go “Never heard of it, but now dying to have it.”

Carol’s Daughter

May as well start with one brand that everyone knows. We all know the tale of how Carol’s Daughter came into existence. Lisa Price, the company’s founder, began making hair potions in the comfort of her own home, sold them, and they became a hit. The brand contains many different product lines now, some for natural and some for relaxed hair. Personally, I like the Carol’s Daughter body care. As for hair products, I’ve only tried the Tui oil, loc butter, Macadamia heat setting foam, and Macadamia heat protection serum. The Tui oil smells divine and I use it for shine as well as detangling. The Macadamia line is amazing too and basically the only heat protection products I use. The loc butter was too heavy for me, but I do know people who like it. Carol’s Daughter can be purchased online, at Macy’s, Sephora, and Ulta. There are also several stand-alone stores.

Shea Moisture

As a naturalista, I have a confession. I have never tried a single Shea Moisture product. I don’t even know how it happened, I just haven’t. But this is a popular brand because of its affordable price and exceptional quality. Like Carol’s Daughter, there is also a Shea Moisture body line too. Shea Moisure products can be found at Target and Walgreens.

Cantu Shea Butter

Like, Shea Moisture, the Cantu Shea Butter brand is affordable. It’s offering of products is extensive and includes everything from shampoo and conditioner to flat iron spray. Another plus? Out of all of the brands listed in this post it is probably the most accessible. It can be found at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and Family Dollar.

Miss Jessie’s

Miss Jessie’s claims to “offer the best darn natural hair care products for curly hair.” Unlike, Shea Moisture, Cantu Butter, and even Carol’s Daughter, Miss Jessie’s sells at a much higher price point, which turns some off from trying it. Another turn off? You have to use the products together. It is one of those brands where you really have to use the system to make it work. I find DevaCurl to be the same way. The only product I’ve ever tried from Miss Jessie’s is the curly pudding. You have to follow the instructions on the container or else you’ll have lackluster results. Believe me. However, I have discovered that the curly pudding is excellent for braid outs on my 3c hair. Another drawback, this is not readily available. The brand can be found at select Target stores, salons, and ordered online.

Mixed Chicks

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times. I love Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner. It is a truly amazing product and is my go-to for curl definition. It also give great second-day hair. Like Miss Jessie’s, this brand can only be found online and at select Target stores and salons. It is worth ordering though. I’ve also used the Mixed Chicks shampoo and deep conditioner. Unlike Miss Jessie’s, these products can be used alone! They work even when not used in as a system.

Jane Carter Solution

This line of products was all the rage a few years ago, but the hype seems to have waned a little with the glut of other products on the market now. I can tell you though that those who like the brand are faithful to it. Jane Carter’s message that “hair is hair” and its mission to support women globally is admirable and appealing. Jane Carter products can be round in Vitamin Shoppe stores, Whole Foods, Target, and Rite Aid.

Uncle Funky’s Daughter

This is a line of products I’m fairly unfamiliar with, but it does crop up in Essence every now and then. Based out of a Texas salon, Uncle Funky’s clocks in at a high price point, but the products are rumored to be superb. They can be found online and at select beauty supply stores nationwide. Click here to get funky, with your bad self.

Bee Mine Products Inc.

If you’re a southern girl, this line of products may be for you. It can be found in select beauty supply stores and salons in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. It is also in a few other locations outside of the south. Anyone care to take a trip to Brooklyn? You can also order online of course. One product that I found unique while perusing the website? Mango serum with Sulfur 8. It has rave reviews and to me seems like a novel idea. Check everything out here.

My Honey Child

I’d heard of this line of products before. It is based out of Raleigh, NC. I’ve been looking for a curl cream so this morning ordered the Caribbean Curl Cream and old-fashioned hair grease. I am so excited and can’t wait to try these products. Of course I’ll review them here at Hair Say. Here’s the website where you can learn more about everything Honey Child has to offer.

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