Must-Have Products for Black Women in 2024
Feb 08, 2024
It is true that beauty preferences vary from person to person, but there are some products that are essential for black women, regardless of their individual preferences. This is largely because these products are formulated to address the unique needs of black skin and hair. We’ve curated a list of must-have hair and skin care products for black women.
Hair Care Essentials
1. Moisturizing Shampoo
Shampoos are necessary for getting rid of dirt, product buildup, and sweat from your hair and scalp. Look out for sulfate-free shampoos like the Taliah Waajid Green Apple and Aloe Nutritious Shampoo—they clean gently without stripping away your hair’s natural oils.
2. Deep Conditioner
Natural hair loves a good dose of moisture and this is why a deep conditioner should be an essential product in your hair care arsenal. A deep conditioner is like the regular instant conditioners but with thicker consistency. Now, there are two kinds: protein deep conditioners that strengthen the hair strands and moisturizing deep conditioners, which hydrate the strands. For your hair to thrive, you need a good balance of both moisture and protein.
3. Leave-In Conditioner
Choose a lightweight leave-in conditioner that provides intense moisture without weighing down your curls. Look for ingredients such as glycerin or aloe vera, which help to hydrate and soften your hair.
4. Natural Oils
Hair oils or serums enriched with natural oils like jojoba, castor, or avocado oil provide deep hydration, seal moisture into the hair shaft, and add shine. When selecting an oil for your scalp, go for lightweight oils that will not clog up your follicles and cause itching or dandruff. A good recommendation is the Taliah Waajid’s collection of oils for hair and scalp care.
5. Hair Gel
Edge control gels help to tame flyaways, smooth edges, and lay down baby hairs for a polished and sleek look. If you’re looking to grow your edges back, you should try this Edge Growth Gel by Taliah Waajid. It aids in repairing and restoring damaged, thinning areas.
1. Hydrating Cleanser
Black skin tends to have a thicker stratum corneum (outermost layer of the skin), which can trap oil and debris more easily. A gentle cleanser helps remove impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils, leaving it clean and refreshed.
A lightweight yet hydrating moisturizer with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides provides long-lasting moisture, soothes dry or irritated skin, and improves overall skin texture.
3. Vitamin C Serum
Hyperpigmentation is a common concern for black women, and vitamin C serums can help address this by brightening the skin, fading dark spots, and evening out skin tone.
While this list covers the essentials to simplify your hair and skincare routine, it’s not exhaustive. Remember, individual needs vary. As a rule of thumb, perform a patch test with new products to ensure they’re a perfect match for your unique skin and hair. Your beauty journey is personal, so embrace what works best for you!