Natural Hair Care Must-Haves: Beginners Checklist

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves: Checklist for Beginners

Not all of us come by hair care “know how” and skills naturally. I know how overwhelming and frustrating it can be when your beginning to learn how to properly care for natural hair. You’re not sure where to start, you don’t know what products to use or in what order to use them. While I may not be able to tell you exactly which products will work best for your child’s hair, I can tell you what products we use and love and provide you with a handy natural hair care must-haves beginners check list. You can refer to our hair care routine to see how we use these items and what specific hair care products we use. This list below will hopefully get your started and provide you with the basic natural hair care essentials and why you must have them! (Below is a printable checklist for you as well.)

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves

>>Satin bonnet/sleep cap/head wrap and/or satin pillow case – This aids in preventing the hair from breakage and tangling and also protects the hairstyle.

>>Sulfate Free Shampoo – Sulfates and other chemicals can be harsh and dry out the hair, moisturizing shampoo is best.

>>Moisturizing Conditioner -  You will likely need a lot of this!

>>Wide tooth comb – Using a wide tooth comb or even your fingers to work through the hair and tangles results in less breakage and damage to the hair.

>>Water based moisturizer (petroleum/mineral oil free) – Water is the key ingredient to moisturized hair, you want to start with applying a water based moisturizer to wet hair and then seal with an oil or butter, this is known as the LCO Method. Or you may find that applying oil to your wet hair, then sealing with a cream moisturizer (the LOC Method) works better for you.

>>Oil – To seal in moisture  (coconut, extra-virgin olive, castor, jojoba, grape seed are examples of good natural oils. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter are examples of butters).

>>No-metal cloth hair bands (like Goody or Faded Glory) – These don’t snag and rip the hair out or cause breakage like the elastic bands with metal.

>>Detangling Product – You may find that you need a detangler or leave in to aid in the detangling process.

>>Moisturizing Styling Product – You will want a product that provides hold but doesn’t dry the hair out.  Creamy holding products and moisturizing pomades usually work well and don’t leave the hair stiff, crunchy and dry.

 big hair natural checklist

Natural Hair Care Must-Haves Printable Checklist:

natural hair care checklist for beginners

I hope this checklist helps get you started, feel free to share with you friends and family. You can use the social share buttons located at the top and bottom of the post. Also feel free to leave your hair care must-haves in the comments section below if it’s not mentioned above. Happy Hair Journey!!

Untrained Hair Mom

Comments

  1. Hey Brooke-

    Thanks so much for linking to my article! Have you seen the Infographic I created for the LOC Method?

    This is a great checklist for those just starting out too. Did you get Curly Nikki’s book? I got the kindle version today and am just reading it.

    • Brooke says:

      You are so welcome! Girl, yes, I saw that… you did an excellent job of breaking it down! Loved it. I haven’t read CN’s book…I will have to check it out.

  2. Erica says:

    I use baking soda to wash my hair, but the roots always seem to dry afterwards. Thanks for the oil idea! I think that could totally help!

  3. Ashley T says:

    Awesome checklist and I’m happy to say that I have it all. I never thought about the oil to seal until I read it on your blog so thanks for that. I’m happy with my journey and I’m happy that you’ve helped me with that. :)

  4. This is a great checklist, I’m going to email it to my cousin, she recently became step-mom to two beautiful little African-American girls, and I keep telling her about your site!

  5. Gernette Hereford says:

    There is an infographic on locking that is mentioned in the comments. May I have the link to that please?

  6. Nikki says:

    Thanks for the checklist! I use sulfate-free shampoo whenever possible, and always condition my hair. It’s super thick, so if I skip that step, I’ll never get a comb through it. I always use no-metal hair bands. Anything else hurts!

  7. I wash my hair way too much – sometimes 2 a day so I’ve been trying to use more natural products that won’t strip my hair of its oils. This is a great checklist to get me started.

  8. Darcy says:

    I’ve been struggling with dry hair since losing my awesome pregnancy hair. Thanks for the printable checklist!

  9. Maria says:

    These are some awesome tips! I’m bookmarking this for when I go shopping! My hair get so dry and itchy, and it sucks! It’s so thick!

  10. Christal says:

    Hello…..I found a picture of your daughter’s hair on the “Natural Hair” page on FB and gasped because it looks exactly like my oldest daughters hair. You said it was washed and rinsed completely (no product)…does it poof up when dry? I’ve had a time since my girls were babies trying to figure out how to manage their hair (curls). I’ve recently begun using Aussie Moist Conditioner w/out rinsing to keep their hair moist during the course of the day. My 13 year old again has hair like your daughter’s pic, but my 10 year old has tighter curls and I’m still finding it to be a challenge keeping her hair moist so they can where their curls proudly. My 10 year old has begged me to straighten her hair for years and I refuse. Please help me. Thank you.

    • Brooke says:

      Hey Christal! I’m glad you found our website. I hope it helps! Have you tried a heavier moisturizer (like Bee Mine Luscious Cream) sealed with an oil… that may help your 10 yo’s hair.

  11. I have to say this is a great list. I do just about everything on that list.

  12. Rhashauna Brathwaite says:

    I have 2 daughters aged 3 and 7 and they have both have dry hair. Can you recommend some hair care products for their hair.

    • Brooke says:

      Yes, I recommend Bee Mine Products. Their Luscious Cream Moisturizer (which is water based) followed by their Hair And Scalp Moisturizer (which is oil based) works miracles! You can also receive a discount on their site beemineproducts.com using our special readers code COLDUTHM Good luck!

  13. Ja'myra says:

    What about hair creams that have water and mineral oil. I use organic root stimulator olive oil hair creams. I hear miss jessie curling pudding is the best but I can afford it $48

    • Brooke says:

      I try to avoid anything with mineral oil in it, I’ve used products in which that was the main ingredient and it did not provide moisture at all. Her hair stayed dry. Miss Jessie is really expensive, especially for what it is.

  14. Laraah says:

    Hello
    I have very very short hair. I recently used a weave but the hair broke and I am back to having very short hair. I am twenty and I can tell you that it is a pain in the neck (or in the scalp I should say). My financial situation is kinda bad now, but is there any purely natural thing I can do for my hair to grow back!!??

  15. Laraah says:

    Hello
    I have very very short hair. I recently used a weave but the hair broke and I am back to having very short hair. I am twenty and I can tell you that it is a pain in the neck (or in the scalp I should say). My financial situation is kinda bad now, but is there any purely natural thing I can do for my hair to grow back!!?? Any help will be great!! Thanksss!!!

  16. gennetter says:

    Love your post and the check list . I have a few questions for my daughter’s hair who is 8, and for mine as well.
    1. Can you give me an example of a Moisturizing Styling Product
    2. You said no metal, cloth hair bands (like goody’s and Faded Glory). Are you saying that Goody”s and Faded Glory are good for the hair or bad for the hair? How do I know if the cloth hair bands have metal in them?
    3. Do I use all the products on the check list every time I wash our hair (I know the oil and moisturizer can be every day).

    • Brooke says:

      Hi Gennetter, a moisturizing styling product is one without alcohol and other such drying chemicals, Bee Mien Curly Butter is a good one. 2. Goody and Faded Glory both have cloth hair bands, the ones that are all cloth with no metal piece on it holding it together. I use all the products each time I was her hair, of course if you aren’t styling right after the wash you won’t need to use the styling product. I hope that helps, be sure to check out our hair care routine post for more examples of the products we use, it also includes a photo of my daughters hair banded with cloth bands. http://www.untrainedhairmom.com/hair-care-routine/

  17. Gennetter says:

    Great blog and website. I have a several questions for my daughter’s hair who is 8, and for mine as well.
    1. Can you give me an example of a Moisturizing Styling Product (e.g. BB Oil moisturizer or Pink Oil Moisturizer?)
    2. You recommended two moisturizing creams for a Moms daughter, Luscious Cream Moisturizer (which is water based) followed by their Hair And Scalp Moisturizer (which is oil based). Why would she need two products for moisturizing especially if she is going to L.O.C.
    3. You said no metal, cloth hair bands (like goody’s and Faded Glory). Are you saying to use a non metal head bands? 4. Do I use all the products on the check list every time I wash our hair (I know the oil and moisturizer can be every day).

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