The best way to invest in your hair care and skin care is to buy organic and natural beauty products. Thankfully, many of the below listed ingredients are increasingly accessible in South Africa, making organic beauty products boom in South Africa. However, not all natural and organic ingredients are made equal and depending on your particular skin and hair issues, you may want to invest in certain products that are best suitable for your hair or skin type. Here are Suki Suki Naturals best ingredients for natural and organic skincare and hair care that, we believe are indispensable to most and easily found, in South Africa.
1. COCONUT OIL
Many natural hair products contain coconut oil, another emollient perfect for sealing moisture into curly hair and kinky hair textures that are naturally dry. Coconut oil provides both shine and strength to locks, making it a popular ingredient for black hair textures.
Coconut oil can also be used as a leave-in conditioner for thicker African textured hair. Because the natural hair oils have difficulty sliding down the curls, you’ll need to use an abundant amount of coconut oil. Coconut oil for the skin, however, is one of the best natural skincare products and ingredients as it is an excellent skin moisturiser with its anti-fungal and uv protecting properties.
2. SHEA BUTTER
Curly hair and black hair textures love shea butter as since it is rich in Vitamin A and E it can repair damaged ends. Native to West Africa, this natural product is so versatile and is one of the best products in an organic and natural skincare routine. It adds moisture to dry, brittle, dull, lifeless hair. It hydrates, softens, conditions and overall beautifies our hair. Shea butter is high in fatty acids, it’s an emollient — meaning it provides a layer of oil on top of the surface of a hair strand, significantly reducing the amount of moisture (water) lost. The Suki Suki Naturals Whipped Shea Crème also contains coconut oil and is a great water-based moisturiser and since it contains shea butter, it makes one of the best skincare products for dry skin, it repairs skin and boosts collagen production.
3. ALOE VERA
Aloe vera is a natural conditioner and can be used for a variety of skin and natural hair and curly hair ailments. It is excellent to treat damaged or burnt skin, which makes it a great ingredient in treating scalp problems.
You can also apply aloe vera gel into your scalp and gently massage it in before rinsing it off. You should notice an improvement in the condition of your scalp and hair in about two to three months. Make sure to leave the aloe gel or juice on for at least two hours before rinsing or washing your hair. This treatment also works to promote hair growth, since aloe vera contains an enzyme that stimulates hair follicles.
4. VEGETABLE GLYCERIN
Many natural hair products containing vegetable glycerine act as strong humectants— which means that the product attracts and binds water to themselves. Vegetable glycerine also creates a protective layer over the hair strand, thus aiding in the retention of moisture. The Suki Suki Naturals Hydro-Protective Hair Mist contains vegetable glycerine and aloe vera and is thus an excellent moisture spriz.
5. JOJOBA OIL
Because jojoba oil is so similar in consistency to the natural sebum our skin excretes, it makes it a great ingredient in natural hair products as it balances the oil production of the scalp, aiding overproducing/underproducing glands that cause oily/dry scalp to re-balance.
6. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is an emollient that penetrates the hair shaft seals and softens the hair. The “extra virgin” on a label means it was produced using only physical means (no machines involved) and has no chemical treatment to alter it. Use it as a quick pre-shampoo or a deep conditioner.
7. JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR SEED OIL
Not only is this vegetable oil a humectant Jamaican Black Castor Oil also has anti-fungal properties. The Suki Suki Naturals 100% pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil will ensure a clean scalp, with the hair follicles clear and prepared for better hair growth. Apply some to the edges of the hair in order to to increase the thickness of thinning edges, which makes it a great product for people with receding hairlines. This product is a staple for the promotion of hair growth and can also be applied to the ends of the hair to seal in moisture in the ends for better protection.
8. AVOCADO/AVOCADO OIL
Many natural hair products use avocado since it’s packed with vitamins A, D, E, and contains more potassium than bananas. Easily absorbed into the skin, avocado oil is a quick way to get multiple nutrients onto your scalp for improved hair growth.