8 Hair Products Nigerian Beauty Bloggers Always Buy

In his heyday, Lil' Wayne had the ability to turn a one-liner into a saying that lasted a lifetime. (How many times have you heard "long hair don't care"?). So when he bragged that he was "tougher than Nigerian hair," people picked up on the saying — no matter how offensive the quip was. "It’s really frustrating that people don’t view Africans as having beautiful hair," Jackie Aina tells us. "It’s also frustrating when people see my hair and say things like, 'Well, your hair looks like that because you’re not fully Nigerian.' In reality, the coily, pillow-soft texture that I have comes from the Nigerian side of my family. Our hair is diverse, too."
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Vlogger Chizi Duru, who has over 277,000 YouTube subscribers, feels the same way. "My grandmother had completely curly hair. My cousin has coarse and wavy hair. My brother has a blend of wavy hair and tight coils," she notes. "Nigerian hair does not have one look because we are multifaceted people with over 250 ethnic groups." With that texture diversity comes a diverse range of products that Nigerian women use for cleansing, hydration, and definition — and some of our favourite influencers are sharing their go-to products, ahead.
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Photo: by Angela Marklew.
Jackie Aina
@jackieaina
Los Angeles, California

Hair Type: "Tightly coiled, fine, and prone to dryness. I don’t believe in curl typing anymore."
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"I love styling my hair with anything Kinky-Curly, but this custard always gives awesome hold and definition."

Kinky Curly Curl Custard Gel, £13.08, available at iHerb.
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"Recently, I've been using Briogeo products, which are not only really nourishing, but it's a Black-owned brand, too."

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Shampoo, £28.00, available at Strawberry Net.
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Photo corutesy of Whitney Madueke.
Whitney Madueke
@whitneymadueke
New York, New York

Hair Type: "My hair is super curly. It's 4c and very much loves moisture. It shrinks a lot. Most people would find that annoying, but I love it because it gives my looks the diversity I want."
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"One of my favourite leave-ins! Moisture is key for me, and this product does that."

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner, £10.95, available at All Beauty.
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"Shea butter is a key ingredient in any product I buy. It keeps my hair super moisturised, especially after applying a leave-in. This shea butter is also made in Nigeria, and I'm really into 'Made in Africa' products. Gotta support!"

Oye Shea Butter, £7.68, available at Oye Shea Butter.
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"It has so much slip because of the hero ingredient: marshmallow root. It's bomb!"

Jane Carter Solution Untangle Me Weightless Leave-In, £8.45, available at Jane Carter Solution.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chizi Duru.
Chizi Duru
@chiziduru
New York, New York

Hair Type: "Tightly coiled, 4b/4c hair with a splash of 4a in the back thanks to my grandmother. I have a mix of fine and medium hair strands, and I consider my hair to have normal density."
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"This butter is great for sealing the hair while wearing protective styles or as an extra layer of protection for your ends when I wear my hair out. It's also a good heat protectant for blowouts or using any heat tool. Also, it smells so gooooood."

Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine, £9.03, available at Target.
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"I've never used a leave-in conditioner that has so many uses. I can detangle, use it to refresh my hairstyles or wigs, and it acts as a great base before adding my moisturiser."

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Treatment, £11.16, available at House Of Beauty World.
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"I can count on this moisturiser to leave my hair feeling soft, smelling good, and looking really plush for a few days. The brand's deep conditioner is also a staple in my life."

Kinky Tresses Coconut Mango Hair Butter, £12.30, available at Kinky Tresses.
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