With summer just around the corner and many major cities preparing to fully reopen up following a year-long lockdown—and your vaccination card fully in hand—now is the perfect time to begin thinking about how you’ll care for your hair. Summer 2021 is going to be popping, so you want to be ready to slay.
With all the barbecues and functions that you already have lined up, you don’t want to neglect caring for your tresses because of your jam-packed schedule. Remember, frayed edges, disappearing edges, and hair breakage is never a cute look. Simplify your hair routine without sacrificing on style and strand health with these Black-owned products for some major mane flex.
Inahsi Naturals Mango Hemp Restorative Deep Conditioner
There’s no way to truly forgo deep conditioning when it comes to maintaining healthy hair. The key to shortening wash day is finding a deep conditioner that doesn’t need to be left in for hours to be highly effective. Try this nourishing condish from Inashi Naturals. It only needs to be left in for 5 minutes to take effect—but we like leaving it in for 30 minutes for maximum benefits. It contains hydrating ingredients, such as mango seed butter, hemp seed oil and aloe vera, to restore moisture to dry curls—plus, protein to strengthen fragile strands.
Inahsi Naturals Mango Hemp Restorative Deep Conditioner, $17, inahsinaturals.com
Winnie and Co. Avocado + Cucumber Cleansing Conditioner
Wash day can be an all-day process when you have natural hair—and, it is multiplied if you happen to be a parent. Winnie + Co’s solution remedies the dilemma by combining the cleansing and conditioning steps into one step. The brand’s tear-free vegan formula gently cleanses curls while simultaneously conditioning and restoring moisture. Though made to be gentle enough for children, this co-wash works wonders on grown-ups as well.
Winnie and Co. Avocado + Cucumber Cleansing Conditioner, $20, winnieandco.store
2 Mango Sisters Hair Softener
Even the best wash day routines fall flat in the absence of the right leave-in conditioner. This yummy-smelling hair softener serves as both a daily moisturizer and a leave-in. Enriched with shea butter, it detangles coarse curls and coils on contact and will keep them looking supple all day long.
2 Mango Sisters Hair Softener, $40, virginhairfantasy.com
Peculiar Roots Loc Pomade
Though designed for locs, Peculiar Roots’ Loc Pomade is one of the best edge tamers for both natural and relaxed ‘dos. Its pomegranate seed oil-infused formulation can be used on a daily basis to flawlessly lay edges without worry of a flaky, white residue or a heavy build-up.
Peculiar Roots Loc Pomade, $15, peculiarroots.com
TRU Balance Hair Care Follicle Booster
Setbacks are inevitable when it comes to hair care and while discouraging, there are thankfully a few products that can help you get back on track. We love this revitalizing follicle booster for its restorative prowess. It helps stimulate hair growth while soothing scalp tenderness and irritation when rocking a protective style.
TRU Balance Hair Care Follicle Booster, $30, trubalancehaircare.com
Flawless by Gabrielle Union Hydrating Curl Refresher Spray
Keep your curls fully popping between wash days, so they don’t go limp or frizz.
Flawless by Gabrielle Union Hydrating Curl Refresher Spray, $10, flawlesscurls.com