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Natural Hair Report Card: Complete Summary

1 Jan

NATURAL HAIR REPORT CARD 2010

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

A little information about the participants:

Type of natural hair-

  • 73% loose natural
  • 13% loc and sisterlocks
  • 7% low haircuts
  • 7% Transitioning

Where do you get the information about products you purchase?

(These will add up to more than 100% because people were able to make more than one choice)

  • Blogs- 82%
  • YouTube- 66%
  • Other- 33%
  • Magazines- 20%
  • Stylists- 18%
  • Commercials- 4%

How Long Have You Been Natural?

  • Transitioning- 4%
  • Less Than A Year-30%
  • 1-4 Years- 37%
  • 4-8 Years- 12%
  • 8-1o Years- 8%
  • 10-15 Years- 7%
  • Over 15 Years- 3%

(Several participants have been natural on and off over many years. Some have even been natural their entire lives)

THE TOP 10 LISTS:

(Click on the category to go to each post)

Conditioners
Shampoos
Leave-in Conditioners
Moisture Aids
Places To Buy Products
Hair Tools
Product Lines

Once again, I want to thank everyone who participated. I am aiming for even more participation next year. If you didn’t see your favorites this year, make sure you voice your opinions the next time to help those items make it to the list. Also, please share this post with anyone you know who is natural, transitioning, or considering going natural.

You see the categories for the 2010 survey. In the comments section, let me know any ideas you have for questions to include in the Natural Hair Report Card 2011. Thank you!

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Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Product Lines

31 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

Thanks to all of you who are reading these top 10 lists. We have seen conditioners, shampoos, leave-in conditioners, moisture aids, places to by products, hair tool, and finally product lines. This is the last of the top 10, but on January 1st there will be a post summarizing all of the results.

Top 10 Product Lines

10. Yes to Carrots

9. Jane Carter Solution

8. Aubrey Organics

7. Organic Root Stimulator

6. Giovanni Cosmetics

5. Taliah Waajid’s Black Earth

4. Oyin Handmade

3. Shea Moisture

2. Carol’s Daughter

AND THE TOP PRODUCT LINE IS…

1. Kinky Curly

Did your favorite line make the list? If not, tell us what it is.

Click HERE for the complete survey summary.

All of the photos came from promotional photos of each line.

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Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Hair Tools

31 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

Top 10 Hair Tools

10. Bobby Pins

9. Rattail Comb

8. Hair Clips

7. Duck Bill Clips

6. Afro Pick

5. Boar Brush

4. Detangling Comb

3. Denman Brush

2. Fingers/Hands

AND THE TOP HAIR TOOL IS…

1. Wide Tooth Comb

 A wide tooth comb is essential if you have loose natural hair. I am also a huge fan of detangling combs. It makes the whole process go by much faster. Which of these tools have you used? What are your favorites?

Click HERE for the complete summary of the survey.

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Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Places to Buy Products

30 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

10. Grocery store

9. Salon

8. Specialty stores (i.e. Oyin, Carol’s Daughter, Sephora)

7. Drugstore (CVS and Walgreens)

6. Walmart

5. Health Food Stores

4. Whole Foods

(It needed it’s own spot because it was named much more than any other health food store)

3. Target

2. Beauty Supply Stores

AND THE TOP PLACE TO BUY PRODUCTS IS….

1. Online

(Not really a place, but it is the most popular place to buy natural hair products)

Click HERE for the complete summary of the survey.

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Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Moisture Aids

30 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

This list shows what naturals use to moisturize their hair and what helps to seal in moisture. Some are

Top 10 Moisture Aids

10. Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter


9. Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream


8. Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding


7. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk


6. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie


5. Castor Oil

(Regular and Jamaican Black Castor Oil)


4. Coconut Oil


3. Olive Oil


2. Shea Butter

AND THE TOP MOISTURE AID IS…

1. WATER!!

I agree 100% with the top answer. There is nothing that does what water does for hair.  We need water water on our hair, but we also need to make sure that we ar drinking water.  The other great thing about the items on this list are that many of them are inexpensive and can be found in grocery stores and health food stores locally. Many natural are making their own homemade spritzes and butters using some of the ingredients on this list. Other common ingredients were glycerine, aloe vera gel, and other oils. Are these items ones that you use to help keep your hair moisturized?

Click HERE for the complete summary of the survey.

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Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Leave-in Conditioners

30 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

Top 10 Leave-in Conditioners

10. Taaliah Waajid Black Earth

(Protective Mist Bodifier)

9. Koils By Nature

(Creamy Shealoe Moisturizing Leave-in)

8. Oyin Handmade

(Juices and Berries and Greg Juice)

7. Jane Carter

(Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner)

6. Infusium 23

5. Homemade Leave-in

(Several people used Knot Today as a base for their leave-in)

4. Carol’s Daughter

(Primarily Black Vanilla Leave-in and Tui Leave-in)

3. Giovanni

(Giovanni Direct Leave-in)

2. Cantu

(Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream)

AND THE TOP LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER IS….

1. Kinky Curly

(Knot Today)

In this category, lines targeted towards natural hair were the favorites. Also, some of the people participating added that they use their regular conditioner as a leave-in.

Which of these have you tried? Which ones do you want to try?

Click HERE for the complete summary of the survey.

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Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Shampoos

29 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

Top 10 Shampoos:

10. Kinky Curly

(Come Clean)

9. Creme of Nature

8. African Black Soap

(In bar form and liquid form)

7. Giovanni

6. Herbal Essences

5. Trader Joe’s

(Nourish Spa)

4. Suave

3. Carol’s Daughter

(Tui Herbal Shampoo)

2. Dr. Bronner’s

(Primarily diluted Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap)

AND THE NUMBER ONE SHAMPOO IS…

1. Shea Moisture

There were several people who responded that they don’t use shampoo. Some of the others responded that they didn’t have a favorite because all shampoos seem to work the same way on their hair.

I haven’t tried most of the items on this list. I am working on my own black soap shampoo right now. Just trying to get the right mixture. Which of these shampoos have you used? What were your results?

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Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Conditioners

29 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

First up, conditioners:

Top Ten Natural Hair Conditioners

10. Trader Joe’s

(Tea Tree Tingle an Nourish Spa)

9. Giovanni

(Primarily Smooth as Silk)

8. Shea Moisture

7. Tresemme

6. Homemade Conditioner

5. Oyin Handmade

(Honey-Hemp Conditioner)

4. Aubrey Organics

(Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner)

3. Vo5

2. Suave

(Several different, especially the Suave Professionals and Suave Naturals lines)

AND THE TOP CONDITIONER IS………..

1. Herbal Essences

(Primarily Hello Hydration and None of Your Frizziness)

I have used several of these, but some I haven’t tried yet. I was glad to see that so many people are making their own conditioners at home. What do you think of the results? Which ones have you tried? How did you like them?

Click HERE for the complete summary of the survey.

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