The bane of my beauty existence is my dry scalp, so much so that I have to use medicated shampoo to keep the flakes away. But while the itch is gone, my hair is drier than ever. That is where Camille Rose Naturals Algae Deep Conditioner ($16, originally $20) comes in. After 30 minutes under a warm conditioning cap with this treatment (which looks like frosting and smells like chocolate), my hair was soft once again. It even helped make the detangling of my coarse Afro hair easy. Blue-green algae provides protein, while the cocoa and mango butters hydrate hair and give the slip necessary for styling. It's best of both worlds: a dandruff-free scalp and moisturized strands.
If it's good enough for Beyoncé, it's good enough for me. Everyone may have been focused on her new pixie cut on Instagram, but a familiar yellow and orange label caught my eye. Jane Carter Solution had a prime place on the singer's vanity. It seems that Beyoncé and I are both fans of the natural brand for curly girls. In fact, their new Quench leave-in conditioner ($10) has become a daily staple for me.
Washing my kinky hair every day is not an option, but without the moisture, my hair can get dry day after day. So I need something to keep my strands hydrated without messing up my Afro. Quench is infused with rosemary and sage to moisturize and soy protein to strengthen. Although I rarely comb my hair while it's dry, a healthy spritz of Quench helps me detangle easily. This means my second-day (or fourth-day) hair is just as soft as day one. This spray has a warm sandalwood scent that quickly stamps out the smell of smoke — a problem if you spend a lot of time at music festivals, whether you're in the audience like me or on the stage like Bey.
Want baby-soft skin, silky hair, and kissable lips? Then get to your kitchen. This DIY beauty balm combines coconut oil with other emollient ingredients to make an addictive hydrator for your lips and skin that you won't be able to get enough of. After you make the balm, melt it with an equal amount of hot water, and you have yourself an instant leave-in conditioner — perfect for dry hair and split ends! On Kirbie: Splendid top.
1. Boil a pot of hot water to melt coconut oil
2. Heat 1 cup coconut oil in double boiler
3. Let coconut oil cool for 30 minutes
4. Add in 2 tbsp. sweet almond oil
5. Whisk oil mixture; refrigerate for 25 minutes
6. Whisk again until it becomes a thick cream
7. Add in 1 tbsp. glycerin
8. Add 1/2 cup cooled water from double boiler
9. Whip mixture until fluffy, like whipped cream (optional: add soap color of your choice)
10. Pour into a large jar
For the conditioning spray, add one part melted balm to one part water in a spray bottle.
Usually when a product promises to do the job of both a shampoo and conditioner, something falls short. Enter Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Strengthen & Grow Moisturizing Co-Wash ($11 at drugstores). The conditioner wash has long been a popular treatment among women with natural hair because it's an easy way to cleanse the scalp of buildup without stripping the hair of moisture. This product cleanses with the help of kaolin clay, which absorbs dirt, debris, and excess oils from your hair. However, this product also has all your conditioning favorites like coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, which gives this cleansing conditioner a thick, lotion-like consistency that won't give you much of a lather. This co-wash is one to pack for a midweek refresh.
Deep conditioner is a must have to combat dried-out hair due to chlorine and salt overload in Summer, and getting silky-smooth strands can be as easy as taking a trip to the kitchen. Mask mixologist Samira Asemanfar of The Broot (an all-natural hair mask bar in Santa Monica, CA) breaks down the essential ingredients for every hair type. Once you stir these hair concoctions, you'll truly believe in the term hair food. However, if you don't have the time to whip something up, you can always add a drop of coconut oil to the conditioner you already have. Get Asemanfar's favorite recipes to remedy your specific hair woes when you read more.
When I first saw the tiny tube of Clear Damage and Color Repair 7-Day Intensive Treatment ($18), I was skeptical. How could half an ounce per treatment cover all my kinky curls? But the tiny ampule proved to be a force against my full head of hair, giving the slip I needed to glide through tangles and knots fairly easy.
The deep conditioner contains vitamins B5, C, and E to help your strands recover from the usual wear and tear of coloring and straightening. A healthy dose of almond and coconut oil lends moisturizing and shine-enhancing properties. And while you've probably heard that conditioner shouldn't go on your scalp, this line is formulated for your entire head. It even masked my frazzled natural ends. But what makes this product a Summer travel staple is its portability. Each tube is easy to throw in your suitcase, eliminating the need to carry on an oversize jar. It truly is the complete package.
Choose between Brilliant Glossing, Full Blown Volume, or Salon Technician Color-Care formulas. Even better, a Fekkai representative will be on hand to ensure you get the right one for your hair type. So save the date now, and your hair will thank you later.
The products promise to dramatically reduce breakage, but I haven't been using the collection long enough to tell whether that's the case. However, the formulas are incredibly moisturizing — seriously, you could easily confuse the rich shampoo for conditioner — and they've left my hair smooth and shiny without weighing it down. Still, considering how amazing this stuff smells, it could turn my hair green with purple polka dots and I'd still rush out to buy another bottle. Obsessed.