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This Or That: Best Natural Hair Care Products and Practices

This Or That: Best Natural Hair Care Products and Practices

It’s no secret that we take haircare very seriously. However, today, let’s have a little fun! Every head of hair is unique, some requiring more TLC in particular areas than others, but we all tend to measure our “hair fitness” according to a few general concerns. We’re coming through with a special game of “This or That,” the "hair fitness” edition, covering 5 areas of concern: Definition, Detangling, Moisture, Breakage, and Scalp Care. Play along and pick which contenders suit you best!

 

1. DEFINITION

Round 1: Products 

@watchciwork

 

COCONUT SHEA CURL DEFINING CREME

An OG fan-favorite, this thick, humidity-resistant styling cream is known for providing medium hold, helping to make even the coiliest of curls pop! It’s specially designed for high density hair and delivers moisture along with the definition. Stand out ingredients: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil, Rice Extract, and Jojoba Oil. It’s ideal for wash ‘n gos or stretched styles like twist-outs or braid-outs.

 

OR

 

@darkestcocoa

 

ALMOND MARSHMALLOW HYDRATION SERUM

Nicknamed “Liquid Gold” by customers, this jelly-like serum slips and slides through all textures of hair, providing unmatched shine and definition with soft-medium hold. Its lightweight formula smooths down the hair shaft to combat frizz and frayed ends. It hydrates and protects hair against daily pollutants. Reputable ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Marshmallow Root Extract, and Aloe Vera. Great for wash ‘n go styles + slicking back updos!

 

 

Round 2: Methods 

@sullyg_

 

RAKING

The raking method refers to applying product to wet curls by using your hand as a comb and “raking” it through the hair, from root to tip, section by section. This takes a moderate amount of time, depending on hair length and density. It leaves behind defined “day one” hair, with moderate volume prior to fluffing or picking.

 

OR

 

@_iamlenn

 

SHINGLING

During the shingling method, product is applied to the hair overall (wet), then each curl is individually coated, clumped and twirled, one by one. This tends to take a considerable amount of time, leaving behind highly defined “day one” hair, with minimal volume prior to fluffing or picking.

 

 

 

 

2. DETANGLING

Round 1: Products 

@maneobjective

 

PEPPERMINT TEA TREE CONDITIONER

Minty and refreshing, this rinse-out conditioner provides quality slip to varying hair textures. It’s creamy, but not super thick, so it spreads through curls with ease, providing a tingling sensation that’s therapeutic to the scalp. It’s built to fortify and soften the hair, especially following a clarifying shampoo. Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil and Carrot Seed Oil are just a few of its knockout ingredients.

 

OR

 

@dominiquescurlss

 

HIBISCUS HONEY CURL HYDRATION CONDITIONER

This hidden gem can serve as a rinse-out or leave-in conditioner. Soft and sweet-smelling, its lightweight consistency provides major slip to curls while also penetrating them with hydration. Key ingredients: Hibiscus Flower Extract, Honey, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Aloe Vera.

 

 

Round 2: Tools

 

 

BRUSH WITH THE BEST, FELICIA LEATHERWOOD BRUSH

Made with incredible flexibility, this brush is only bonded on three sides, unlike most brushes, which are bonded on all four sides. These “flexi-bristles” provide fluidity, allowing them to move with the hair, which prevents pulling and breakage from occurring. It was crafted by professional stylist and Hollywood’s Natural Hair Guru, Felicia Leatherwood (@lovingyourhair).

 

OR

 

 


WIDE TOOTH COMB

Simple, yet effective, this OG tool gets the job done. It’s a comb with teeth set spaciously apart from one another, to prevent breakage to curls.

 

 

 
 
 

3. MOISTURE 

Round 1: Products

 

HIBISCUS HONEY HYDRATION CUSTARD

Thick and ready to hydrate, this custard moisturizes while it styles. It helps smooth and strengthen the hair + define curls with a soft-medium hold that’s perfect for twist-outs, braid-outs and other stretched styles. It works particularly well on high density curls and coils. Made with Hibiscus Flower Extract, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Rice Extract and Aloe Vera, it’s sure to fight off dryness! 

 

OR

 

 

CITRUS FUSION HAIR + BODY BUTTER

Don’t let this product’s dual purpose fool you, it delivers when it comes to moisture - whether it’s used on the hair or skin. Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, this butter provides intense hydration, leaving behind moisturized tresses (and skin) that’s soft to the touch. Castor Oil, Acai Fruit Extract, Aloe Vera, Honey, Grape Seed Oil, and Avocado Oil are just a few of its impactful ingredients.

 

 

Round 2: Practices

@curlygirlfaith

 

HAIR MASQUE TREATMENTS

This type of treatment involves thoroughly applying a designated hair masque or deep conditioner to the hair, especially focusing on the ends, which tend to be the oldest and driest part of the strand. Cover the hair with a plastic cap, and let the product work its magic for a minimum of 15 minutes before rinsing it out. Those with low porosity hair (when moisture doesn’t easily absorb into the strand) may also want to sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap to ensure the product penetrates. The frequency of these treatments depends on the individual; they can be done as often as every wash day, or as seldom as once per month.

 

OR

 

 
@_bubsbee

 

HOT OIL TREATMENTS

An age-old practice, hot oil treatments are an effective way to saturate the hair with moisturizing nutrients. A number of different oils can be used or even mixed together to perform the treatment; some of the most commonly used are  Olive Oil, JojOba Oil, and Coconut Oil. One of the most effective ways to carry out a treatment is to thoroughly apply the oil from root to tip, then cover the hair with a plastic cap. Sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap for 15-30 minutes, then rinse. Heat opens up the hair cuticle, allowing the benefits of the oil(s) to penetrate.

 

 

 

 

 

4. BREAKAGE 

Round 1: Products

@nyabryanna 

 

JOJOBA MONOI DEEP CONDITIONER

Another OG customer fave, this deep conditioner is thick and packed with nutrients. It treats hair that’s damaged from daily manipulation, heat styling, coloring or over-processing. It penetrates strands with moisture, locks it in, and smoothes out the cuticle, boosting the hair’s overall strength and integrity. It’s key ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Tiare Flower, Coconut Oil, Chamomile, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, and Tea Tree Oil.

 

OR 

 

@knotsncurls 

 

ALMOND MARSHMALLOW SPLIT END REPAIR MASQUE

This masque has incredible slip! It melts right into the hair and smoothes out frayed ends. It infuses restorative ingredients into each strand, protecting the hair from snagging or becoming rough and brittle. Sweet Almond Oil, Marshmallow Root Extract, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil are its top performing ingredients.

 

 

Round 2: Protective Styles 

@heyyyitsmimi 

 

MINI BRAIDS

Shelter-in-place has inspired many to try out DIY protective styles like this one. Mini braids are a series of small braids installed on natural hair, no extensions added. It’s super cute, and the style can last for weeks if the hair and scalp are regularly moisturized and cared for. 

 

OR

 

@heycurlie

 

KNOTLESS BRAIDS

Trending right now, this style is very similar to traditional box braids, except the braiding hair isn’t added at the root. Instead, the extensions are gradually added to a person’s natural hair in small portions as the braid continues down, feed-in style. The result is: more “natural” looking roots, with less weight, tension and pulling. Knotless braids can last for many weeks, if the hair and scalp are properly cared for on a regular basis.

 

  

 

 

5. SCALP CARE 

Round 1: Products


 

 

PEPPERMINT TEA TREE HAIR OIL

Scalp therapy in a bottle! This Hair Oil contains a unique blend that quickly absorbs and penetrates into the hair and scalp. It leaves behind a tingling sensation that helps stimulate blood circulation + relieve itching. The essential oils within its mix also work to treat dandruff without leaving behind buildup. What does it consist of? Sweet Almond Oil, Peppermint Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil and more!

 

OR

 

 

PAPAYA CASTOR SCALP MASSAGING SERUM

This daily scalp treatment was formulated to provide hydration and nourishment at the root. It’s a lightweight serum that readily absorbs into the scalp. It soothes and cools, promoting a healthy environment for hair growth - great to use while protective styling! Ingredient highlight: Papaya Fruit Extract, Castor Oil, Mango Seed Butter, and Aloe Vera.

 

 

Round 2: Practices

@meriahjohn

 

SCALP OILING

Oiling the scalp is self-explanatory. It’s a way to alleviate itching, prevent dandruff and promote growth. While a number of different oils can be used, it’s important to opt for those that easily absorb into the skin to assure the scalp is actually reaping benefits. Some examples: Peppermint oil, Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil. Many routinely treat their scalp with oil on a daily or every other day basis.

 

OR

 

 
@naturallyyours_

 

CO-WASHING

Co-washing is a practice intended to remove buildup between regular shampoos. Essentially, it means using a conditioner to wash the hair. Co-washes are conditioners containing very gentle cleansing agents that can break down product build-up on the scalp and hair while also infusing moisture back into them. Co-washing does not replace regular shampoo sessions, but it can be especially beneficial to those prone to buildup. As an example, if a person normally shampoos every 10 days, on day 5, they would co-wash.

 

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Congratulations! You made it to the end of our “This or That” game. We’d love to hear your results! In the comments below, be sure to share which matchups were your favorites, along with your winning picks.

 

See you next time!
 

 

 

 

June 29, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
Join #EDENCurlfriends!

Join #EDENCurlfriends!

 

You asked, so we're delivering! Now is your chance to become a part of #EDENCurlfriends, our official brand ambassador program. Get ready to create community while gaining access to free products, features on ads + social promo, a personalized coupon code, opportunities to work brand events, and more!

 

What Does an Ambassador Do?

Our #EDENCurlfriends will receive a special box of products which they'll be expected to use to complete the following each month:

- Create at least two pieces of branded content. Both styling videos and hair/lifestyle images are welcome. All content must have clean, neutral backgrounds + include edited and non-copyrighted background music.  

- Submit all content files via email prior to posting.  

- Post the content to at least one of the following platforms: 

IG
YouTube
Pinterest
Personal Blog/Website
TikTok

- Include product education in captions +  the hashtags #EDENCurlfriends, #EDENVibes and #StylewithEDEN. 

- Submit a product review on any of the below websites:

EDENBodyWorks.com
Target.com
Walmart.com
Amazon.com
HEB.com

 

 

Official Rules

- Must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada; no P.O. Box addresses permitted.

- Social media accounts must be public. Private accounts will be disqualified.

- All application steps must be completed and submitted as directed.

- By completing the application process, you are agreeing to allow all submitted content to be used across EDEN platforms, brand advertisements, and marketing efforts, if selected.

 

 

How to Apply

STEP 1

Complete this survey.

 

STEP 2

Submit a video sharing why you want to join the program. Post it to your Instagram feed using the hashtag #EDENCurlfriends to help gain the votes of your supporters.

 

STEP 3

Email your video + a headshot of yourself (high resolution only) to EDENCurlfriends@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

And That's It! 

Selected ambassadors will be notified via email.

Good luck!

 

February 11, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
Last Minute Lookbook: Haute Holiday Hair

Last Minute Lookbook: Haute Holiday Hair

Ready to get dolled up? We’re here to help! The next week or two is likely filled with friends, family, and parties, which means more opportunities to try out some of those super cute hairstyles you’ve been saving in your screenshot gallery. To provide a little extra inspo, we’ve got a few gorgeous glam looks to share of our own! 

 

The Half & Half 

Featuring @curlsandcouture

 

Products used: Papaya Castor Scalp Cleanser, Conditioning Hairdress + Scalp Massaging Serum and Hibiscus Honey Blow Dry Cream + Hydration Custard

To nourish, protect from heat stretch!

 

  

 

The Halo Braid

Featuring @syeda_bombom

Bonus, this serves as a protective style too!

 

Product Used: Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme

To moisturize, hold + add shine!

 

 

 

The Low Pony

Featuring @heydonae

Another ‘do that serves as a protective style! 

 

Product Used: Papaya Castor Foam Conditioner

To smooth down frizz!

 

  

 

The Side Pin-Back

Featuring @heycurlie

 

Products Used: Papaya Castor Scalp Cleanser, Foam Conditioner, Scalp Massaging Serum, + Nourishing Curl Jam

To set + seal!

 

 

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Arrive rockin’ any of these fabulous styles, and you’re sure to have a #hautegirlholiday! In the comments below, tell us which look is your favorite! Also, be sure to tag us in your photos using the hashtag #StylewithEDEN, should you try your hand at one.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

See you next year!

 

December 20, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Let's Go DEEP: Battle of the Deep Conditioners

Let's Go DEEP: Battle of the Deep Conditioners

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: deep conditioning is one of THE most important parts of a healthy hair care routine! No matter the hair type, texture, or concern, this step should remain an uncompromisable staple. Why? Deep conditioning is like therapy to our tresses. The product buildup, manipulation, and friction hair experiences on a daily basis can take effect on the look and overall health over time. Hair needs to regularly be restored with moisture and strength so that it can maintain its health and be ready for styling again.

 

For best results, we recommend applying a quality deep conditioner once a week (definitely no less than twice a month). Cover hair with a plastic cap and sit under a heated dryer for 15-40 minutes for added intensity!

 

Now that you’ve gotten the routine down, the question is, which deep conditioner should you choose for your hair? With a little help from our #EDENCurlfriends, we’re here to share some info to make the decision a little easier.

 



Color-treated or Breakage-prone?

 

JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner

Improve elasticity and strengthen the hair shaft with this ultra-thick treatment! Formulated to help reduce + prevent breakage, this protein-free blend of JojOba and Monoi Oil restores the health of hair by replenishing it with nutrients. 



Featured #EDENCurlfriend: Khyra Joelle

 

 

Overall Dryness?

 

 

Coconut Shea Hair Masque Treatment

This creamy masque penetrates the hair shaft to transform dry, brittle tresses ​with the help of Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and a number of other amazing ingredients! Use it to moisturize and deliver overall softer, stronger hair. 

 

 



Split Ends + Difficulty Detangling?

 

Almond Marshmallow Split End Repair Masque

Smooth, repair, and prevent frayed, damaged ends with this hair masque. Sweet Almond Oil and Marshmallow Root provide incredible slip for easy detangling to ensure that no strands get snagged in the process.

 

 Featured #EDENCurlfriend: Kim

 

In the comments below, be sure to tell us which deep conditioner is your favorite and why. 

 

See you next time!

 

 



November 27, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Get the Look: Sleek Puff Ponytail

Get the Look: Sleek Puff Ponytail

Give your look a little versatility this season by experimenting with your hair!
October 23, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
#UNWRPwithEDEN

#UNWRPwithEDEN

Head wraps are heavenly, there’s no doubt about it. One of our favorites is a very special design created by fellow black girl brand, Unwrp!  In March of this year, with the launch of our Papaya Castor collection, we partnered with the company to create a custom silk scarf, inspired by the new line. Unwrp offers luxury wrapping paper in striking colors, and their silk gift wrap can double as a fashion or head scarf! Pretty cool, right?
September 18, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
#AskEDEN: Answering Your Questions

#AskEDEN: Answering Your Questions

What an honor it is to say that EDEN BodyWorks has now been in the game for 15 years! One of the most important contributions to our growth has been your support and feedback. Education and open communication about our products’ functions are essential! We’re always on the lookout for your questions and concerns; that’s why today, we're answering a few of your most frequently asked product questions!
September 04, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Hello Spring, Papaya Castor is Here!

Hello Spring, Papaya Castor is Here!

It’s finally here! The NEW Papaya Castor collection has arrived and we’re excited to share it with you! From scalp to style, this new addition to the EDEN family was created to be a tropical treat to your tresses! As its name reveals, the key ingredients are Papaya and Castor Oil. What are their benefits?
March 20, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
5 Styles, 1 Collection

5 Styles, 1 Collection

Ever get tired of having to cross product collections just to achieve your go-to hairstyle? Mixing five different scents, leaving it up to chance whether the varying lines will mix well or not can be frustrating!
February 20, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Loc Love

Loc Love

Self-love is one of the driving motives behind embracing natural hair, and we are completely here for it! However, often times, when natural hair is discussed, loose curls and kinks are highlighted, but locs tend to be forgotten about. No, we aren't referring to faux or goddess locs, though they make some pretty fabulous protective styles. We are talking about authentic locs!
February 06, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics

Hello 2019!

We are so grateful to all of our OG EDEN supporters and are thrilled to begin another new and exciting year filled with healthy hair and skin! We would also like to take a moment to welcome all of the new EDEN family members!

January 03, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Haute Holiday Hair!

Haute Holiday Hair!

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and glammed up get-togethers, which means it’s time to amp up your style! Wash ‘n gos are always great, but as cooler temperatures approach, it’s the perfect time to give stretched styles a try! Need some inspo? We’ve got you covered!
December 05, 2018 — EDEN BodyWorks