There’s no shortage of the ways you can style natural hair. While there are many ways to “convert” a base style, the most common natural hairstyles include:
- Wash ‘n Go’s
- Twist Outs
- Braid Outs
- Rod/Roller Sets
- Two Strand Twists
- Box Braids
Each of these styles requires a product to “set” the style. Since this blog focuses predominantly on fine natural hair, it’s important to point out (as in the past) that fine natural hair doesn’t like to be weighed down. You want a product(s) that will literally melt into your strands and set the hairstyle while still allowing for free movement.
I love to use DIY recipes from time to time but there are a LOT of commercial products that are quite effective at helping you achieve the look you desire. I’ve tried quite a few but the ones I’m sharing are those I find perform well again and again on fine natural hair.
Here are the styling products I recommend for purchase if you don’t want to DIY:
Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water “Style Setter” for just about any style you want to do including roller sets.
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker + Coconut Water Styler Setter for an ultra defined and slightly elongated wash and go (I don’t love the CurlMaker alone but with the Style Setter it’s a winner)
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie for wash ‘n gos and twists (layer your choice of gel over it for a wash ‘n go with more hold)
Kinky Kashmere Betta Butta – for super defined twist/braid outs
Your preferred silicone-free conditioner (leave in or rinse out) layered beneath a gel for your hair type. I really recommend TRESemme Naturals Perfectly (un)done conditioner. I also mentioned multiple times in previous posts that I really love EcoStyler Curl and Wave gel for wash and go’s. In this post on setting curls on fine natural hair, I recommend a few other gels.
For the DIY gals, there’s my Whipped Mango Butter Recipe (this is my new recipe but feel free to try my old recipe in the image):
- 1 Cup of Organic unrefined Mango Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Almond Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil
- 5-10 drops of Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Rose or Peppermint essential oil (use less for peppermint but scent to your liking)
- 1 Teaspoon vitamin E
This mango butter can be used for setting twists & braids, smoothing fly aways and finishing an updo like a bun or french roll.