I am so frustrated. I want to try so many things with my natural hair but I am confined. How do you go about this challenge?... I live around Johannesburg. Are there things that you want to try out badly but cannot because Joburg does not have?
That question was part of a longer question but it highlights the essence of her query. I thought it important to share my response to that and the overall thinking many of my readers and friends have when it comes to choosing products for their natural hair.
Unfortunately, I've learned that many products targeted to us Black women are filled with ingredients that are cheap and ultimately bad for our hair. This keeps the costs down and allows these brands to sell them at a slightly cheaper rate. Not to say that's all brands... but many. There's no doubt that our American and overseas naturals have more options when it comes to hair products and hair extensions etc. but I wouldn't let that bring you down or confine you too much. There are a few products here that we South African based naturals can still use and purchase easily. Yes, we can get American products shipped over but that's not as accessible or as affordable as heading down to Clicks and picking up a huge bottle of Tresemme for R70. It's a case of reading up on them, then trial and error.
So ladies, I'd encourage you to research and experiment until you find your happy place. Whether it's in the 'Black' or 'White' aisle ;)