You’ve by now probably heard of melanin-targeted skincare, but now this concept is making it’s way to hair. For quite some time, I’ve been on a journey of hair discovery. Recently, the focus — especially during peak pandemic months — shifted to finding the right non-toxic products for natural hair. My thick and dry 3C-4A curls have been crying out for a savior and I’m here to tell you I found one. Melanin Haircare products are luxe, effective, and truly saved this curly girl from perpetual dryness. If you’re in need of a new set of thoughtfully crafted products for your coils, read on below for my full review.
Melanin Shampoo & Conditioner
Founded in 2015 by sisters Whitney and Taffeta White, Melanin is rooted in a passion for natural hair care, a feat I deeply appreciate. They were kind enough to send along Melanin Products African Black Soap Reviving Shampoo ($19.89) and Multi-Use Softening Leave In Conditioner ($18.99). Their moisture-rich formulas are designed to instantly soften, detangle, and repair. Trust me, any time I hear those three words uttered on a product label, I’m ready to go. Upon the first use, I noticed a major uptick in hydration. This is due to their products containing highly effective strengthening and conditioning agents like ProVitamin B5, Bamboo Extract, and Wheat Amino Acids. Other natural oils promote elasticity and even stimulate hair growth. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t exactly looking to grow my locks upon trying these products, but it was a happy surprise after just a few weeks of use.
I also have to take a moment to highlight the conditioner in particular. It can be used as a pre-poo, regular conditioner, or deep conditioner. For the purpose of the review, I tried all three ways. It will come as no surprise that it also seriously delivered in all three ways. As someone with extremely thick and curly hair, it made detangling both in and out of the shower a total breeze. My curls always felt softer, stronger, and more manageable. Anyone with thicker curls knows this is essential if you want to style your natural hair daily. I can also tell you the hydration lasts past wash day — another major curly test passed.
The Melanin Textured Stretch Satin Head Wrap
In addition to the lovely hair products, I also received their Melanin Textured Stretch Satin Head Wrap ($21.99). I’ve already spoken about the great benefits that come with wrapping your hair at night, so I knew I had to try this product as well. Previously, I would only wrap my hair when it was heat styled, but I decided to try wrapping my locks in their natural state this time. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed with the results. Wrapping your hair can lock in moisture and preserve your style longer, this especially comes in handy for styling curls.
The soft, ribbed satin fabric of this wrap feels smooth AF on your curls and really seals in the moisture of the products. Not only is it perfect for night time wrapping, it also works beautifully as a day time styling accessory. You’ll definitely want to weave it into your hair for an elegant summer ‘do. Overall, these products deserve your full attention if you have curls.