Natural hair products for 4c hair that you need, and don’t need. I had wanted to save this particular subject for a later time because it’s one where you will agree or disagree VERY STRONGLY, but a rainy afternoon (this is not intended for the poetic effect, it was raining for real :)), a cup of tea, and a look into my product collection made me think it was best to get this out early. A little disclaimer before I begin; this post is not intended to stop you from using specific products, but rather to enlighten you that if you didn’t use these products anymore, your hair would not be bothered. Let’s start with products you do not need. For me, these are products I purchased and have used less than 3 times; they stand dusty (this is for poetic effect, no dust here) and sad, unused for over a year now.


  • Edge control

    Raise your hand if YouTube made you buy edge control. If there was ever any one product that you absolutely do not need, it’s Edge control. Why? Easy. Because you do not need to lay your edges, but if you must, you can achieve that with oil and a scarf. Let me not forget to say that if you have 4B/C hair, edge control will keep your edges sleek for 5 minutes before your majestic hair bursts through.

  • Curl definition creams, gels, puddings and custards

    If you’re gasping, hand across your chest, take heart and hear me out. For many of us the idea of enhancing/manipulating your hair/curls (twist-out, braid-out, bantu-knot and more) without the aid of a curl definition product is unfathomable. However, it is possible to obtain a pretty decent twist-out with just a leave-in conditioner, or water and oil. And I should tell you this: as the years roll in and out on your hair journey, the urgent need you once had for curl definition slowly goes mild. At this point, one curl definition product will last you a long, long time.

  • Hair growth serums

    More gasping? You do not need hair growth serums because there is no magic potion that will make your hair grow long in a short period of time. I have learnt that hair growth and length retention is linked more to genetics and general hair practices. What you apply on your scalp may only have a small impact.

  • Anti-frizz serums

    If you have type 4 hair, what’s the worst thing that could happen if it gets frizzy, or if frizz means anything to you at all? For me the answer is nothing. When hair absorbs moisture from the environment it can become frizzy, but this is the nature of type 4 hair. I say embrace it, don’t smother your hair.

I singled these 4 products out because they are fairly common, and you can achieve similar effects with the next 4 products (these are products that you absolutely need). Natural hair products for 4c hair:


These are products that will affect the general health of your hair, without which, you might experience setbacks in your hair journey.

  • Shampoo

    You need to have a way to clean your hair regularly. Some naturals does not use shampoo and opt for other cleansing methods like clay, black soap or plain water (what?!). Whatever works best for you, regular cleansing prevents product build-up and dirt, which when left unchecked, will affect the health of your scalp and hair.

  • Conditioner

    Conditioner is used to strengthen or moisturize hair (especially on wash day). Natural hair gets dry very easily, and you must get ahead of the dryness with a “good” conditioner. Dry hair is difficult to handle and also breaks off frequently.

  • Moisturizer

    This is a leave-in conditioner, a cream or hair lotion. All these work to keep your hair soft, moisturized and manageable.

  • Oil or Butter of choice

    You have to try different oils in order to find the one that works best for your hair, and when you do, oils and butters can be used for many things, such as sealing moisture in your hair, curl definition, scalp massages, pre-poo and many more.

What does all this mean? It means that you don’t have to be a product junkie, spend a ton of money or suffer because you have natural hair. Take only what you need. Do you agree with my list? What is your list of products that you cannot do without, and those you wish you’d left on the shelf?

About the author: Felice

I’m Felice, a self-taught ‘Pictographer’, writer and lover of the arts. I cannot get enough of the beauties of the earth, music, big large life and history. I used to drink way too much coffee, but those days are over! I currently live in Kampala, Uganda.

Many years natural (not consecutively) and I’ve got a lot of tips to share. I am also a super awesome programmer. What?! Oh yes. 🙂

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  Comments: 17

  1. Biyinzika Sharon Kateregga

    This is sooo helpful Phelis. I’m a proud coxite!! Just please throw some light on when the conditioner and moisturizer go into the hair and some examples of the best products for natural hair. Thanks

    • Hey Sharon. Cox oh yeah!!!:D. I’m going to do a detailed post on this but for now, conditioner is a deep conditioner or regular rinse-out conditioner, both are applied to hair after shampooing. You leave that in your hair for a couple of minutes (20-40 mins) then wash it out. For moisturizer, this is your leave-in conditioner or cream that you apply to your hair, it adds moisture making hair soft and manageable throughout the week, and it can be reapplied as needed. Does that help? I will recommend products and where you can get them soon 🙂 🙂

  2. Very nice!!!!When I started out I had pressure to have everything ,.Now I know what works for me and I agree with you.I love the post

    • Thank you Cayne, I’m glad you agree! I bought a ton of products I didn’t need myself, and spent way too much money. But now we know better, so it’s all good :).

  3. very helpful info wish id seen this while starting out but everything here makes sense.cant wait to read more of your stuff

    • Thank you Marion :). I love reading comments like this, and knowing that someone out there has found what I have to share useful. You’ll receive a notification in your inbox with new posts 🙂 🙂

  4. Totally agree save for the curl creams/puddings especially the organic ones without sulphates or parabens

    • Phelis Nakato

      Hi Patsy. I still use my curl definition cream from time to time- about 3 times a year because I don’t do the twist-outs, knot-outs… often. The main reason for this is I prefer my hair in a fro or stretched style. I actually have a more detailed post on this coming up shortly, I’ll be sure to tag you, maybe then I can win you over! *Evil laugh*

  5. The edges once in a while is fine. It’s not everyday you need it. It’s just a want.

  6. Natural hair comes down to a good regimen, knowing your hair and being patient.

    • I absolutely agree. Knowing your hair, regimen and patience; it’s just that these things are a learning process for all of us naturals at some point 🙂

  7. I know the struggle. I can’t imagine the number of years I protective styled but then did nothing to take care of my hair just expecting it to survive and grow under there ?

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