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How to Determine What Are The Best Products for Natural Hair Growth

Finding the best black hair growth products that work on your hair may be a bit of a mission if you are on a budget. This is simply because it is all about trial and error. Now that my hair has reached tailbone length on a my 5 Foot 11 inches body frame, I realized I must have been doing something right. And that something was most definitely in my technique of washing my hair weekly, oiling it and braiding my hair on a daily basis, keeping it well protected and moisturized. As you can see, there are no major secrets to growing black hair long. Common questions that very often finds itself to my mailbox is

  • How do I choose the best hair natural hair products for black hair growth
  • What are the best products to promote growth in black hair?
  • What is the best 4C hair growth regimen when using black hair growth products?
  • Are your natural hair growth products for black hair only?‘

With this article, I aim to answer all those questions.

So now that I have created my own natural hair growth range, (which is primarily aimed at 4B and 4C naturalistas), I get many questions from visitors curious as to whether my products will work on their own hair. Despite the fact that we 4B & 4C hair ladies and gents share the same hair type, how can we determine if all 4C hair products are suited for us all?

The truth is that the factors that determine hair growth are different from person to person, so the best you can do is to try and test products to see if your hair responds positively. Your hair may be drier than mine, or stronger than mine, which can cause the products to work differently.

In order to help you determine how to find the best natural hair growth products for you, and if the Jostylin products are suitable for your hair, I have provided some questions and answers below.

How The Structure of 4C Kinky Hair Determines Your Choice

It is important to understand the behavior and structure of your natural hair, in order to find out what are the best natural hair products to grow healthy Afro hair.Many people think I don’t have type 4B/C hair because of how I look after my hair. But as you can see in the picture below, my hair is certainly kinky. I often wash and blow dry my hair weekly on low heat, which gives it that silky looking texture. This way you will know what YOUR hair loves and hates.

How is African Hair Different from Other Hair Types?

As the hair shaft of Afro hair is flat with a more twisted structure and a thinner diameter compared with other hair types, this creates the curly nature of African hair which is now termed as ‘kinky hair’. Such extreme curls can sometimes make it difficult for the oils formed at the root of the hair, to travel up to the ends of the hair. For these reasons, Afro hair is more prone to dryness than other hair types, making it more vulnerable to breakage.

Keeping the above information in mind, you should aim to choose specially formulated natural hair growth products. This means that the oils used within such products should be able to provide maximum penetration and moisture to the shafts of your naturally curly hair.

Consider Your Hair Porosity

The porosity of your hair is the biggest clue to help you choose the best black hair growth products that can meet all expectations in terms growth, care and moisture.

Not every product is suitable for every hair type, so effective natural hair care requires a proper adaptation of your chosen black hair care products to the actual condition of the hair. The care of dry curly hair looks different than the care of greasy curly hair. The care of brittle 4C hair is different to the care of strong 4C hair.


Oleic acid is the best friend of 4C hair as this hair type requires high levels of Oleic acid. Regardless of whether you have low or high porosity hair, the key to using oils and natural hair products on your hair is by having the right blend – balancing oleic acid and essential fatty acids can help meet your hairs individual needs. For example, some hair products may have certain oils great for low porosity hair, but will neglect other oils rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids. Having the right balance is the key. For more information on hair porosity, read the article: Hair Porosity Test.

To also learn more on creating the best hair regimen for low porosity hair, read the article: Low Porosity Natural Hair Regimen. The image below will also help.

Avoid Using Products That Contain Heavy Chemicals

When I first went natural, I was using chemical based products. Although this did not slow down my hair growth, it certainly destroyed my scalp. At first, I didn’t realise why I had so much dandruff and why my scalp was peeling. It was only later when I started researching about dandruff, that I understood why my scalp was in such bad condition.

In my honest opinion, harsh chemicals do NOT stop the hair from growing. In my case, my hair grew very fast. However, what it did do was to cause my scalp to produce a heavy build-up of sebum, to compensate for the constant loss of natural oils in the scalp, caused by the chemicals. This build-up of dandruff over a period of time not only weighs down the hair, but causes lots of itching. Itching leads to damage of the hair follicles, which can slow down growth. This is the reason I stopped chemical shampoos.

After a few years of using chemical shampoos, I started to notice that my hair was sometimes shedding so much if I hadn’t washed it in over one week. It was as if my hair became dependant on the shampoo. However, after about a month after quitting those shampoos, the shedding stopped.

Some chemicals to watch out for include sillicones and Sodium Laureth Sulphate.

Choose Natural and Organic Natural Black Hair Growth Products

The Jostylin hair products are 95% natural and 40% organic. In other words, 95% of our ingredients are naturally derived, and 40% of those natural ingredients are organically derived, and are sourced from farms across various African countries.

As 95% of our ingredients are natural you may be asking yourself about the ingredients in the other 5%. These are simply made up of light chemically derived ingredients such as Cetearyl /Cetyl alcohol. We use this as a preservative, as there are no other effective natural preservatives on the market.

What is cetyl / Cetearyl alcohol?

Cetyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol that means that they are derived from oils or fats of a substance. The essential oils generally will help in polishing surfaces and materials and to reduce the surface tension of a liquid. This alcohol is widely used in a variety of cosmetic oils , skin and hair due to its chemical properties that benefit hair. Fatty alcohols are larger molecules temporarily, by nature, and are better able to extract enough oil in them.

Generally, fats such as oils do not mix with water at all, cetyl alcohol therefore has all the reasons to act as a barrier to water loss. Cetyl alcohol is cited as an emollient and a secondary emulsifier because it has softening properties. A cetyl alcohol lotion simply adds volume and products to the body. Therefore, this substance is the best in nails, hair and other products or skin care.

This alcohol is perfect for adding to black hair growth products. Experiment with this alcohol for some time, it could make you understand why your scalp and hair does not light up all the flakes of dry skin, commonly called “dandruff”.

The toxicity of the investigation based on cetyl alcohol is minimal. As this is not a “true-type” of alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol, “the properties available to it are yellowish with odorless white flakes and toxicity.

Consider Your Hair Type

The Jostylin natural hair products can work for other curly hair types ranging from 3A -4C. However, if your hair is not comfortable with heavier oils such as Castor oil, it may not be for you.

Check the Oils in the Ingredients List

This entirely depends on your hair porosity, but the best natural hair products for Afro hair and black hair types should contain the following oils for maximum absorption and retention.

  • Moringa oil, in particular, has an impressive Oleic acid content of 72%, which makes it one of the best oils for Afro hair & curly hair types. Castor oil, although with a low Oleic acid content, is made up with a high concentration of Ricinoleic acid, which is extremely beneficial to Afro hair.
  • Avocado oil: If you have really dry and frizzy hair, avocado oil is a good choice. It is one of the most emollient and moisturizing oils you can find.
  • Castor oil, one of the best oils to grow natural Afro hair, comes from the castor plant, Ricinus communis, which commonly grows in tropical regions. Castor oil carries ricinoleic acid and omega- 6 essential fatty acids, which accelerate blood circulation to the scalp, hence increasing hair growth. It works on nourishing the scalp and strengthening the roots with the help of essential nutrients.
  • Hemp Oil: I have used this oil both on my hair, skin and consumed internally for over 13 years. I simply cannot put this oil anywhere below number one.
  • Shea Butter: My hair simply loves shea butter. Its thick, creamy texture is an absolute godsend for afro textured hair.
  • Rosemary oil is generally celebrated as a miracle hair growth oil. It’s generally thought that the naturally active ingredients in rosemary can help block some of the causes of baldness. There is increasing scientific evidence that rosemary oil can help boost hair growth.
  • Coconut oil: The reason coconut oil is one of the best oils for a hot oil treatment is due to the softness and shine it provides. I love how a little goes a long way and it can just glide through my hair with ease.
  • Castor oil: Castor oil carries ricinoleic acid and omega- 6 essential fatty acids, which accelerate blood circulation to the scalp, hence increasing hair growth. It works on nourishing the scalp and strengthening the roots with the help of essential nutrients. it’s also a powerhouse at adding strength to your hair, so those of you with thin hair that breaks easily, think about using castor oil in your hot oil hair pack. Hemp oil has always been my favourite oil, but about a couple of years ago, I started experimenting with Castor oil. What I found was that the thick consistency of the oil was perfect for my 4c hair type.
  • Fenugreek Seed oil: Fenugreek seed can be easily incorporated in your homemade hair care recipes so that you can reap the best benefits for your hair. If you want to get healthy and nourished hair sans dandruff and flakiness, try using fenugreek seeds as a significant ingredient in your hair care regime.
  • Jojoba oil: There are many factors that can lead to the dryness of the scalp, dandruff, and increased hair loss. Jojoba oil is capable of minimizing those factors. It mimics the natural oil sebum, which is produced in our scalp. It nourishes our hair and follicles and maximizes the rate at which our hair grows. The oil has antifungal properties that help maintain the health of our scalp. It also helps in getting rid of the layer of dead skin, dandruff, and dirt and leaves behind a clean and well-hydrated scalp. Jojoba oil is capable of moisturizing hair and its follicles without leaving any residue. It can help hair cells to reproduce themselves at a rapid pace. After applying it on hair, wait for a few minutes before washing the oil out.

The JoStylin natural Afro hair growth oil is a unique formula that contains a rich blend of Castor Oil, Moringa oil, Hemp Oil, Rosemary Oil & Burdock Root to help grow, nourish and rejuvenate your natural hair. Customers can purchase this oil on the Natural Hair shop.

Other Best Oils for Natural Hair Growth That Should Be Used in Black Hair Growth Products

There are many other great oils for natural hair growth. To find out more on using oils for hair growth, check out my other articles on:

Best Natural Hair Growth Products & Leave-in Conditioners

Lack of proper conditioning can result is uncontrollable frizz, delayed growth and unwanted breakage that could have easily been avoided if an effective daily conditioning routine was put into place. A conditioner not only conditions your hair, but also makes it strong, shiny, and smooth.It is important to keep your natural hair moisturised at all times. This is a must if you want to grow your hair to great lengths. As the end of your hair is more prone to damage, it is a good idea to concentrate more on this area.

The Jostylin range includes a specialist leave in conditioner for natural 4B/C hair after you wash hair. Your preferred hair conditioners should be Sulphate free and should contain the right oils to help keep afro hair moisturised. The Jostylin Leave in conditioner is a great choice if you have 4 b/c natural hair, as it contains thicker oils that help moisturise Afro hair.

For tips on choosing a leave in conditioner, read the article called: The best leave in conditioners for natural hair growth.

Best Products for Deep Conditioning 4C Hair

One of the most common causes of breakage on 4c Afro hair is dryness. Since starting this blog, of all the emails I have received, dryness is most often the number one complaint. Women often complain that their hair gets dried out too quickly even with daily conditioning. Dry hair is a lightly damaged condition and in most cases, the causes are due to environmental factors, excess styling and lack of proper care. It’s also possible that the condition or structure of your hair is causing the moisture to escape, which leads to dry hair.

When you begin to notice that your hair is constantly dry, most likely, a deep-rooted conditioning treatment is needed. Having a good deep conditioner is just as important as having a good leave in conditioner for natural afro hair. Deep conditioning is especially important for women with naturally curly or kinky hair, especially if you have naturally frizzy or dry hair.

Every two weeks, I advise using a deep conditioner on your hair. You can create your own deep conditioner using natural yoghurts, whisked eggs and Olive oil. Mayonnaise is also a great hair conditioner which can be blended to your black hair growth products. You can also apply it directly to your hair and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing and shampooing. If you want to keep your hair very soft and manageable, deep condition it at least every 2 weeks.

For more information on deep conditioning natural hair visit my article on Homemade Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair Growth and Protein Treatments for Natural Hair growth.

Products for Protein Treatments

If your hair regularly feels dry and frizzy, it may be a sign that it is a need of some daily conditioning. Opt for protein-rich oils for natural hair such as Hemp oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil and Moringa oil.

Since it takes time for the scalps natural oils to make its way from the root of your hair to the ends, you can supply the additional oil your hair needs using high-quality organic oils.

Proteins also fill the holes in your hair strands, repairing damaged parts. This results in a reduction of frizz and smoother appearance on your hair. This practice is a must if you have porous and coarse curls and is a great care routine that helps grow natural hair fast and healthy. For more information on protein treatments and how they impact hair growth, read the article titled: DIY Protein Treatments for Natural Hair Growth.

Best Natural Hair Growth Shampoos

The best natural hair growth products for black hair should use more natural ingredients than chemicals. This is because chemicals tend to dry African hair out very fast. Remember, as our hair tends to frizz very fast due to loss of moisture, we need to keep the moisture locked in our hair.

The addition of Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS) and other chemical ingredients in shampoos also tend to strip both your hair and scalp from the essential oils they produce, which can often result in excess itching and dandruff. I used SLS shampoos for many years and I could not stop itching my scalp. It was only after I switched to natural ingredients that the itchiness ceased.

Jostylin shampoos are made from saponified natural oils, which is involves a far less harsh process of making shampoos. We also offer more natural shampoo soaps which is perfect for younger people or those whoo have very sensitive skin.

Natural Hair Growth Regimen

On your journey to grow long natural hair, many sacrifices must be made. Relying alone on products is not always the solution. So keep in mind that when using products, it is important to also pay attention to your natural hair care regimen. For example, you are more likely to see maximum benefits of the Miracle Hair Growth Oil if you wrap your hair at night with a satin bonnet. The satin bonnet will lock in the oils whilst maximising the penetrative effects. So here are some tips to help you on your natural black hair growth journey with our products:

Shampoo your hair bi-weekly: Get rid of any dirt or product build-up with a bi-weekly wash.

Water only wash your hair weekly: I can’t stress how important this stage is. You need to get the moisture back into your hair as often as you can. Not just any old moisture but water.

Apply the oils to your scalp: Apply oils to your scalp every two days and wrap your hair with a satin bonnet

Apply the leave-in conditioner daily to your hair: If your hair feels dry very often apply the leave in conditioner on a daily basis. Otherwise, use 3 times a week.

In addition to using the best natural hair products for your hair type, we recommend following a strict daily care routine for healthier and stronger hair.

Trim your hair when needed: It’s no secret that damaged Afro hair tends to slow down the natural growth process of your hair. When you start noticing that your hair is getting constantly dry, it may be time for a serious trim. Be sure to trim your hair once a month, which is an effective way to keep split ends at bay.

Wrap your hair with a satin bonnet at night: To avoid constant dryness of hair caused by over exposure to harsh environmental factors, make sure you wrap your hair, in order to aid in moisture retention. Since you cannot do this during the day, you can always wear a scarf during the night. A satin or silk scarf is recommended as they do not absorb oil like other fabrics.

Sleep with a satin pillowcase: To avoid oil getting sucked out of your hair while you sleep, use a silky pillowcase.

Avoid frequent use of rubber bands: Tying hair back with rubber bands often causes breakage of hair, especially for curly and Afro hair types. Opt for a softer hair band made from satin or silky fabrics.

Braid your hair often: This reduces the exposure of black hair, hence less damage is done to your hair. There are different styles of braids to go for such as Marley braids or box braids, whatever style you choose, make sure ther braids are not too heavy on your hair which can cause further breakage.

Eat good food for faster hair growth: The best foods that help with the growth of your hair should be consumed more. Vitamin C is vital for stronger hair and a deficiency in Vitamin C can cause hair breakage. Blueberries are a great source of Vitamin C, so we advise consuming more of them. Greek yoghurts and eggs are great sources of protein which are well known to enhance hair strands. For healthy hair follicles, opt for foods that are rich in omega3-fatty acid and protein such as salmon and avocado.

Some Important Things You Should Know When Using Hair Products

Be aware that when using hair growth products, as your hair becomes deeply moisturized, you may notice a slight change in your hair texture. This is because adding excess moisture and oils to your hair tends to de-frizz your 4C hair pattern into a 4B or 4A looking pattern. But when you wash your hair with shampoo, it will go back to 4C. Overtime, as your hair gets saturated with more oils, your curl pattern may loosen. Don’t be afraid of this as it is completely normal for hair products such as Shea Butter to loosen curl patterns. There are many videos about this on Youtube if you want to find out more.

Do You Have Any Natural Hair Growth Products for Black Males?

Most natural hair growth products works on both men and women. However, if you are male, and experiencing hair loss you will need to investigate what is causing your hair loss. Your hair loss may be due to male pattern baldness, which is related to your genes and male sex hormones. Usually, it follows a hairline pattern that regresses and thinning hair on the crown.

Each strand of hair lies in a tiny hole (cavity) in the skin called a follicle. In general, baldness occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, producing shorter and thinner hair. Finally, the follicle does not form a new hair. However, the follicles remain alive, which suggests that it is possible to grow a new hair.

Treatment is not necessary if you are comfortable with your appearance. Hair extensions, the use of toupees or the change in hairstyle can conceal hair loss. Normally, this is the least expensive and safest procedure for male baldness.

Medicines to treat male pattern baldness include:

  • Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar): It is a pill that interferes with the production of a highly active form of testosterone related to baldness. This medication delays hair loss. It works a little better than minoxidil. Hair loss happens again when you stop using this medicine.
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine): It is a solution that you apply directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. This solution delays hair loss in many men and some men grow their hair again. The previous degree of hair loss occurs again when you stop using this medicine.
  • Dutasteride is similar to finasteride, but may be more effective.

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