The Natural Hair Products Your Favorite Celebs Swear By

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Perfecting your natural hair regimen is something that can take years, especially if you're just starting to embrace your curls. Or maybe that's just me. I've only been rocking my 4c 'fro for about a month, and have already tried at least 20 different curling creams, leave-ins, deep conditioners, dry shampoos, and more. I don't want to become what hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood calls a "random hair product junkie," but what's a curly girl to do when she's damn near clueless?
Turns out, all of my celeb crushes have sprinkled breadcrumbs of wisdom along their own natural hair journeys. Who wouldn't want a twist-out like Solange's, or a pillow soft halo of hair like queen Lupita Nyong'o's? Exactly. Ahead, find the holy grail products that our celebrity curl heroes hold near and dear.
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You can't touch her hair, but Solange will still let you in on her secret to soft curls. She uses Carol's Daughter Monoi Oil shampoo and conditioner, along with pure Argan oil when her hair is really dry. "Once a week, I set up a time where I wash and deep condition and very carefully comb out my hair, always starting with the ends first," she told Atelier Doré. "I usually sit under a heat cap to penetrate the conditioner and when it’s all clean and rinsed, I twist it with two strands of hair into twists. When I take them out, I shower again… not getting the hair wet, but letting the steam frizz my hair up a bit more."
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"I love [L'Oréal] Elnett hairspray," Queen Bey (who's a L'Oréal spokesperson) once told Allure. "It's very light and holds whatever hairstyle you want." It also appears that she's also a fan of Jane Carter Solution's Wrap and Roll, when she's rocking a shorter 'do.
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Another curly girl mad about Jane? SZA. She told Essence that back-to-back dye jobs caused her hair to fall out, but the brand's serum and pomade revived it.
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Tracee Ellis Ross lays her hairline down with Amla Legend The Treasured Temple Edge Tamer. "Some of the oils that go along in that line are really good for making your hair look fresh even though you haven't had a fresh wash," the brand's spokesperson told Glamour. "I would have to say the edge tamer is one of my favorites, because it's not too heavy. It's great for a bun or any pulled-back hairdos."

Amla Legend The Treasured Temple Edge Tamer, $6.99, available at Softsheen Carson.
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On Empire, the show's lead hairstylist, Melissa Forney, takes special care of Cookie. "I like the Kenra line for Taraji. I like to use a light hair spray so I can continue to comb through it, and if I have to re-curl it, it doesn’t get hard," she revealed to The Cut.
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"I think African hair is like clay. You can mold it into whatever you want, but it's also very easy for it to change shape during the day, so having an Afro pick on me at all times is paramount," Lupita Nyong'o told Harper's Bazaar. "I also use Miss Jessie's Baby ButterCreme, which loosens up my hair so I can pick it with the Afro comb. It's best to use it when my hair is wet because the water softens my curl, so I use it after I shower and also before bed."
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When she's not sending secret messages with her hairstyles, Janelle Monaé told Essence that she moisturizes her hair with Cantu’s Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream.
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To keep her signature braids shiny, Zoë Kravitz tells Refinery29 that she uses a little bit of coconut oil, along with Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Dry Oil Finishing Spray. "It moisturizes the hair, but doesn't leave it greasy," she swears.
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Kerry Washington's mane lady, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, uses the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask on her longtime client's hair after washing and conditioning, according to InStyle. (Kerry is a Neutrogena spokesperson).
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"In between shampoos, I apply a co-wash, which is a conditioning cream," Viola Davis told Redbook. "My favorite is the As I Am Coconut one, because it seals in moisture. I leave the cream in my hair for 30 minutes, then rinse it out. I use it on my daughter, too."
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