Debra Lynn Dadd

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As an african American female it is very hard to find natural products that suit our hair type. Do you have any recommendations of hair products?

I am trying to stay away from hair relaxers and want to grow my hair natural. What is an alternative for relaxers?

POSTED BY SISSY :: NEW JERSEY USA :: 02/25/2008 7:06 AM


I found a website called that says it is a "resource for the style and beauty of Natural Black Hair...the place to find photographs, Black natural hair journals, websites, forums, information and links about the care, maintenance and politics of natural hair. Natural napptural hair." You have to sign up as a member (free) to get into the site, so I didn't check it out, but you may find what you are looking for there.

You also might take a look at Carol's Daughter. Their tag line is "beauty by nature" and the product descriptions give a lot of natural and even organic ingredients that the product contains, but there is no full ingredient list, so I can't tell you if the products contain any unnatural ingredients. Therer's also African Wonders, which is similarly uninformative about their ingredients on their website.

There are also a number of books on the subject at Textured Tresses is one of them, other will come up under "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought".

I have no personal experience with this, so this is the best I can do. Could you respond and let us know if any of these give you what you need?

Readers, any suggestions?

Debra :-)


Thanks I will check out the websites.

POSTED BY SISSY :: NJ USA :: 03/03/2008 8:04 PM

This is a question I've actually been wanting to ask Debra :-). I have mixed African American hair also. Although I've never used relaxers or other chemical products on my hair, I have a difficult time finding natural products that might make my hair more manageable. I've tried to make some of my own products at home, but they don't seem to help. Others have good results from this so if you'd like to try making your own products go for it! There are lots of recipes on the internet, from Avocado Banana conditioners, Honey and Olive oil, Teas, Herbal Vinegar rinses, Essential Oils, etc... :-)

There are a lot of natural products for African hair, if you do a search online, but they are expensive, at least for me. I've looked into "Carol's Daughter", but never felt confident enough to buy her products because I can't seem to find a complete ingredient list. has a product they say is a "Natural Relaxer". It is made from herbs and clay (ingredients are listed). It doesn't relax hair the way a chemical relaxer does, but makes the hair more manageable, or loosens the curls a little. I have not tried this product, because it's a little pricey for me, so I cannot say how it works. One of the relaxers they sell is made from an herb called "Daphne Gnidium", which is poisonous, but they say is safe to use on the hair. Debra what do you think of this? If an herb is poisonous when ingested, well, wouldn't the skin absorb it if applied to the hair, and similarly be ingested?

If Debra or any other readers come across an affordable, Natural type of relaxer, or products (shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, etc!) that make African hair more manageable, I'd love to know! I've been searching high and low for them without much success.

Thank you!


Please also check out WONDERFUL site. Women from all walks of life, all around the world, all types of curly hair and variations of it...biracial, black, white, purple, etc. I've gotten so much information from them and information about natural products.

POSTED BY SUSAN :: COLORADO USA :: 03/21/2008 2:27 PM has incredible products for African-American and Mixed hair. So does I am Black,Chinese/Irish w/3b-3c hair and I only use products from these companies. I admire what Carol's Daughter set out to do, but I dont care for the products as I found them to be not completely natural and too drying for my hair.

POSTED BY JC :: OH USA :: 05/06/2008 11:47 AM

I found a line of products online called Inky Loves Nature - I haven't tried any of them, but they sound pretty good...the web address is


Komaza Care is a new company that has wonderful products for women with natural hair.


Try There is a list of ingredients on her website.

This website claims to specializes in the " natural" care of African-American and mixed race hair types. There are at least 4 products she offers that are indeed all natural. The others, such as her shampoo has Sodium Laureth sulfate, polymers and the preservative, Phenoxyethanol. I don't consider these ingredients as natural.

I have been on my own journey to find chemical free hair products for over 5 years and have only found the best bet is to head to your kitchen cupboard. Try using Dr. Bronner's castile soap for shampoo. Use a mixture of 1 egg, tsp of Olive oil and tsp mayonnaise as your deep conditioner.

As to my response to the writer who asked for a natural hair relaxer: there is no such thing! A relaxer will always be comprised of chemicals if it is intended to change your hair structure.

By the way, I found Carol's Daughter products to be very misleading. Her website also represents her products as "all natural." She does not list her complete list of ingredients on her website. I purchased the Hair Milk and Rosemary Mint Herbal shampoo, they were laden with chemical preservatives and Fragrance. Before purchasing, when I viewed her list of ingredients on the website, there was no mentioned of DMDM hydantoin, ioodoproynyl or phenoxyethanol. Furthermore, at the time when I purchased the products, this company had a no refund policy, therefore the products are still sitting in my cabinet unused.

POSTED BY JAY :: FLORIDA USA :: 08/18/2009 3:23 AM

I will look into these products as I have curly mixed race hair also. I have found Carols Daughter to be way too fragrent for me. I wrote the company about any products free of scent or very low and got no response.

I use No Scent No Color by Phillip Kingsley to wash and condition my hair. It was developed for cancer patients and does not cause me to react.

Hair color is out for me now also.I can't imagine there is anything out there to cover gray that would not erupt on my scalp.

I bought a gel that is unscented by Merick the other day. Will let you know how it works when it comes in. I used to use one by Loreal but they discontinued it and I am sure it was full of chemicals. Still it did a fantastic job holding down my curly ringlets.I have been able use a small amount of Smooth & Shine hair serum without a problem.
Bonnie Johnson


It is a myth that Black women can't grow their hair long. Awesome Hair, A Guide to Growing Black Hair Long, is a guide that explains:

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Phases of the Moon
Hair Oils/Grease
Hair Recipes
List of Resources

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