“My mother took me to have my hair relaxed at age 6 and I kept my hair chemically straightened until I was 23. I finally got sick of the burning, the smell, the look of relaxed hair on me. I began to question why I felt this intrinsic need to chemically straighten my hair. When I got married, I cut my hair short and rocked a tiara made of seed pearls and copper wire. That was my big chop and I never looked back. It’s been ten years and I can’t imagine myself without my natural curls!” – Afrobella
When I first sought out to find my own space within the fashion and beauty digital world, Patrice Grell Yursik from Afrobella was one of the first women to offer advice and kind words of “keep on keeping on”. If you’ve ever googled anything pertaining to brown girl beauty, then you’ve likely to have stumbled upon the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging.
I consider Patrice a good girlfriend of mine and I’ve proudly watched her shine in Lancôme and Urban Decay campaigns. I’ve read almost every feature of hers–my faves New York Times, Essence, and Glamour. I even stalked the MAC cosmetics site for her exclusive “All Of My Purple Life” lipglass. So I was beyond delighted (after I stalked her with few emails and twitter messages) when Patrice offered her list of must-have hair products.
Check out what products made her list!
1. Karen’s Body Beautiful Secret Weapon Restorative Treatment
"When my hair is at its most dry and tumbleweedish, I slather a little of this on and let it work its magic. It restores my curls and makes my hair look so moist and healthy. Love!" -- Afrobella
2. Koils By Nature Shealoe Leave In Conditioner
"Koils By Nature is one of my favorite natural hair brands and my hair absolutely adores the ingredients of their Shealoe leave in!" -- Afrobella
3. Naturalista Cosmetics Juicy Leave In
"Some products I only use for a specific season. I love Juicy Leave In Conditioner year round. It keeps my hair moist and fluffy, and it smells like a fabulous dessert." -- Afrobella
4. Shea Radiance Rich Hair Butter
"I absolutely love what Shea Radiance stands for, and their rich hair butter is what my hair’s crying out for in the winter. It’s perfect for twists and protective styles." -- Afrobella
5. Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
"I love everything about Oyin, but this is probably my hair’s favorite of all their products. That and Hair Dew. This conditioner smells like heaven and makes my hair soft as silk." -- Afrobella
6. BelleButters Unyevu Butter
"Shea, mango, and avocado butter, plus neem oil. I use this BelleButters product on my hair and my skin, especially during the harsh winter weather." -- Afrobella
7. Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Milk Shine & Hold Mist
"Sometimes natural hair needs a little spritz of moisture to give it life, depending on the weather. In these dry winter months I’ve found that Cantu’s mist helps to restore a curl pattern when my hair’s turned to frizz." -- Afrobella
8. Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo
"When my hair feels gunky and out of whack, and my scalp feels sweaty and dirty, this shampoo reliably restores my hair to feeling clean while not stripping away all my natural moisture." -- Afrobella
9. Anita Grant Hair Oils
"Anita Grant’s products are amongst the purest and best on the natural hair scene, and her hair oils are amongst my favorites. They smell amazing and my hair loves them." -- Afrobella
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