Online shopping for natural hair products

A while back, I shared a post on CurlsUnderstood about 5 websites to purchase natural hair products. I’ve now made a list with only Dutch websites, since it can be hard for us naturals in Holland to find some products/brands.

 

1. My Natural Curls. (www.mynaturalcurls.com)

My Natural Curls has brands like Shea Moisture, Jessicurl and Curls and a few others. They deliver very fast in the Netherlands but it may take a few days for other European Countries. Also, shipping is free above €60 in the Netherlands. You can pay with iDeal, Creditcard and Paypal.

2. Natural Black Hair (www.naturalblackhair.nl)

My natural black hair has brands like Curlformers, Shea Moisture, Aubrey Organics and more. When you order before 4 PM, it will be delivered the next day (in Holland). Also, shipping is free when you spend more than €60. You can pay with iDeal and Paypal.

3. Curls of Nature (www.curlsofnature.com)

Curls of Nature was one of the first websites I started purchasing Shea Moisture’s products. They also offer products of Jessicurl and Kinky Curly. If you order before 5 PM, it will be delivered the next day (in Holland).

4. Pakshop (www.pakshop.nl)

I recently discovered Pakshop and I love it. They offer various drugstore brands, but also salon brands. They have stores in Arnhem and Nijmegen, but of course it is also possible to have the products delivered on your doorstep. Shipping is fast and free if you spend over €50.

5. Me Gorgeous (www.megorgeous.nl)

Again, I recently discovered this website because of a nice tip from a subscriber. They have several stores within the Netherlands, but you can also order online. Shipping is within a couple of days and free when you spend above €50.

I’m sure they’re a lot more great websites/stores to buy natural hair products (in the Netherlands), where do you buy yours?

 

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Ignorance towards ‘black culture’

“You have to calm down. You really have a temperament, but that is normal in your culture.”

 “You people always claim that someone is racist, just because they think different than you.”

“Your hair is greasy, because you people always use Vaseline as oil”

“I prefer to have straight hair, because it is more beautiful”

“So are you mixed? You cannot have naturally curly hair…You are probably white and African”

“Can I touch your hair? It looks so coarse…”  *touches hair* “Oh…hm…different”

I have an endless list of all comments I received during the past half year, if I have to write about all comments received in my life then I would be an author. In the past I felt offended often, whenever people dropped odd comments about my hair. It made me feel bad and sometimes I wished the people had less prejudices. After having multiple confrontations as well as escalations, I realized that I had to change my view on this situation. The point is that indeed there are many comments made about our gorgeous curls/locks. But are these comments meant to be offensive?

During the past centuries people of color experienced difficulties, such as slavery and racism. In order to have a successful career in the music industry, women often relaxed their hair. Around that time conk was often used as well; The miracles and The temptations applied this mixture to their hair in order to make it sleeker. Bands, singers and actors took this effort in order to ease the engagement with the light skinned audience.

Slavery, racism and the music industry all contributed to the misconception that light skinned are superior to dark skin. Our view is also shaped by the perceptions of our ancestors. Since we are raised by the same/similar ethnicity we often do not really have insight on the perception of other cultures towards us. If you admire someone, you will automatically mirror the person in question. For example, if you see your favorite celebrity rocking her curly fro (Solange), you might try to imitate her look for a special occasions. How many M.A.C Ruby Woo lipstick were sold when Rihanna was rocking it? Back then relaxer had the same effect as M.A.C Ruby Woo; Celebs were using it and unconsciously conveyed the idea that straight hair is beauty.

Of course there are multiple other factors contributing to this misconception. In the past, it was difficult for a dark skinned person to get the lead in a movie or to get a successful modeling career. Nevertheless, our world is changing: Tyra Banks, Naomi Campell, Oprah and Beyoncé build a succesfull career and became sources of inspiration for many of us.

“Ignorance: lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated” – Oxford dictionary

We often shout that people are ignorant when they make comments we really do not like. But being ignorant is not really negative, it means lacking knowledge about something. We will always deal with prejudices and it is okay. Because when we teach each other about our cultural background; we will make this world a much better place…Not only for this generation, but also for all future generations.

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Product favorites of 2014

Hi guys!

I wanted to share with you my favorite (curly) hair products I used in 2014 and will continue using in 2015. I know I’m already a month behind but better late than never right!

 

Shampoo’s/Co-wash

Agadir Sulfate Free shampoo
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate Free Moisture & Shine shampoo
Shea Moisture Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser

I always use sulfate free shampoo’s and in 2014 I started co washing my hair in between shampoo washes. This worked especially great with me in the summer when my hair needed more moisture. The two shampoos I mentioned cleanse my hair without making it dry and give me great shine. I would definitely recommend them.

 

Conditioners/Deep Conditioners

Tresemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment
Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Conditioning Treatment

I have thick curly hair and I need very thick and creamy (deep) conditioners. These conditioners never let me down, and leave my hair feeling very soft and moisturized.

 

Leave in-Conditioners

Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk
Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner
Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Leave in Treatment
Ouidad Leave in Conditioner
Lottabody Curl and Style Milk

I actually started using the Lottabody Curl and Style Milk in 2015 but I liked it so much, I had to include it in this list. However, my most favorite is the Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner. This conditioner has a lot of water in it, and that is what my hair needs and loves. I can’t wait to try other product lines of them.

 

Oils/Sealers

Coconut Oil
Almond Oil
Jojoba Rosemary Mint Oil by TwoCurlsOneMission

Coconut Oil will always be my number one favorite. This oil is great to deep condition with but also helps me retain length by applying it on my ends four times a week. However, when I run out of Coconut Oil, I will substitute it for Almond Oil, which gives me great results as well. A new product I used in 2014 was the Jojoba Rosemary Mint Oil by TwoCurlsOneMission. This oil is amazing, I mainly use it as a pre poo or to refresh my curls and protective styles.

 

I like to try new products a lot so I’ve tried many more in 2014 than this, but the list above were my favorites and I still use all of the products mentioned above.

I can honestly recommend each of them to you to try and see how you like it. I purchased them on:

http://www.beautybay.com
twocurlsonemission.bigcartel.com
http://www.pakshop.nl
http://www.beautybyzara.com

 

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