Cherie is My Go-To Guide for Black Hair Care

With products for Black hair, it’s helpful to hear from actual users with Black hair for insight. Cherie has got you covered
ToriBPowellToriBPowell
Jul. 8, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!It’s no secret that Black hair is an intricate aspect of the Black experience. The politicization of our curly crowns over time has made it so much more than just hair. It’s a way that we can bond with each other, connect to our roots, and it serves as an avenue to express ourselves creatively. For myself, my hair journey is delicate and one that is ever-changing as I’m still learning not only how to appropriately care for my kinky locs, but how to love and celebrate them too. I’ve been natural for around seven years now and have tried my fair share of products and styles that have definitely varied in success. My hair tends to get really dry and has trouble retaining moisture. It’s pretty sensitive too, so with one wrong product my hair becomes brittle and breaks off. Because of this, I’m always incredibly weary when changing up my usual routine. Over the years, I locked down into a regimen that I thought was sustainable, but if COVID-19’s quarantine has taught me anything, it’s how dependent I was on other people to do my hair. I was used to frequently going to salons for appointments as simple as a deep condition and blow-dry, so staying at home has shown me that I’m not actually as familiar with successfully caring for my own hair without my stylist’s help as I thought. So as someone who needs quite a bit of direction when it comes to her hair, finding the right products to take care of it independently is imperative. That’s where the Cherie app stepped in for me as my go-to destination to find authentic reviews on products from real people with hair like mine. No one’s Black hair is quite the same, though and that’s why I appreciate the diversity on the app. Our curl patterns and textures are diverse and don’t have the ability to or deserve to be lumped into one category. On Cherie, users can show pictures and include their hair types so that we can find the most appropriate products for our hair. I’m also a person who tends to easily become overwhelmed and so figuring out where to start with this independent hair journey of mine was daunting. Users on Cherie helped set me in the right direction, though, and I began my process by looking for the perfect moisturizer.
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All this extra time in quarantine is compelling me to spend more time caring for myself and adding steps to my skin and hair routines I wouldn’t otherwise have or make time for. For me and my natural hair that means reintroducing pre-poos! Pre-pooing is so great for adding that extra moisture and hydration into your hair before the wash day process. Also super helpful in aiding with detangling and minimizing breakage. My hair tends to dry out quickly, especially the ends when my hair is stretched so any added hydration makes a huge difference. I just bought as part of a run on black owned beauty brands I did last week. I have tried their products before and truly enjoyed them but hadn’t in a while so I was happy to revisit! This pre-poo: 💆🏾‍♀️ smells freaking AMAZING 💆🏾‍♀️ melts tangles to help minimize breakage and preserve moisture 💆🏾‍♀️ has umutanga oil, palmarosa oil, yashtimadhu root, yucca root and burdock root oil (never heard of half these things) a blend that supports growth, soothes dry scalp and strengthens hair I can’t get over the smell. This is like the best smelling hair product I’ve ever used! Just used it for the first time and it literally MELTED my super tangled and dry hair. Made it so so easy to finger detangle. I am going to leave it in for about 20 mins then follow up with my #TPH by Taraji P Henson - Hustle & Co Cowash] and #TPH BY TARAJI - by TARAJI Make It Rain Hydrating Conditioner. Today the leave in conditioner I’ll use is the #OUAI - Leave-In Conditioner which also has an amazing smell and then coconut oil and seal it all with #tgin - Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer
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Because I’m prone to eczema on my neck, I have to be really careful with my haircare. I used to consistently use Shea Moisture, but unfortunately their products are too heavy on the fragrance for me, so I tried different “clean” lines that were either greenwashing and/or just didn’t support my kind of hair texture 👩🏽‍🦱 Now I’m finally satisfied with my hair wash and conditioning process thanks to these products! Pure Anada’s line is almost doing it for my type of hair, I feel like the conditioner could just be a little richer and then it’d be a 5 ⭐️ for my coils. I did use some of my old Shea Moisture conditioner to detangle some super tangled strands. I like the use of rosemary in the Pure Anada s+c though, due to its hair growth properties, which I can use for a bald patch that I discovered on my nape last year. After washing, I deep conditioned with the coconut milk mask & oils (castor (4/5 bc of dense scent) on scalp to promote hair growth & the apricot and intimacy oil (not for sex! 🤪 contains hemp) all over for that nice sheen.) Check out that curl pattern before and especially after a twist out! Whew we’ve honestly come a long way, I’ll have to show you guys my hair transformation journey at some point🤳🏽 #Pure Anada - Shampoo - Peppermint Rosemary #Pure Anada - Conditioner - Peppermint Rosemary #GRAYDON - Intimacy Oil #Om organics - Coconut Milk Hair Mask #SheaMoisture - Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner #Sunny Isle - The Original Authentic Jamaican Black Castor Oil #now - Solutions, Apricot Oil
For user @valchemic, I really appreciated their honesty and insight as someone with sensitive skin and Eczema. I’m always on the hunt for products that aren’t too fragrant because my skin tends to become irritated too, so this review particularly was one that I absolutely had to bookmark.
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And as much as I love finding new products to add to my wishlist, it’s also equally as helpful to read about products to avoid and that didn’t work for certain people. Cherie user, @Brandon spoke candidly about a product that I’d heard of before and had definitely considered trying. But as someone searching for something that can provide me more moisture, @Brandon’s review definitely stuck in my mind as a product to be critical of while shopping.
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Since I’ve gone natural my shrinkage is so real and it feels like it takes forever for my hair to grow. Along with finding my moisturizer match, I’m also interested in finding products that will stimulate growth too. It’s pretty inspiring to hear other Black hair growth stories. Reading first-hand experiences has made me hopeful that one day this can be me too.
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// Products that saved my damage hair \\ For my curly/coily/wavy girls, this one’s for you!! I have 4B/4C hair, which is on the thicker, more coiler spectrum of curly hair. It can be prone to breakage, which damages my hair. I am ALWAYS on the hunt for new products to try because well my hair always needs moisture & lots of slip to detangle. That’s where Emerge comes in! Created for naturals in mind, they’re a brand new hair line that is found at Target (my favorite place + second home of course !) & these products are $7 each! I was skeptical at first, but I figured if I don’t like them, I can return them. Let’s just say I am SO SO happy with purchasing these products. This hair care brand has definitely saved my hair! 🌿 It’s Knot Happening Shampoo - This shampoo is freaking EVERYTHING!! It does not strip your hair at all, leaves your quite soft & moisturized (which is unheard of for a shampoo), & it helps to detangle my hair at the same time! What shampoo you know does that? I was shocked by how much definition my hair had once I rinsed out the shampoo. With two washes, my hair feels so soft & clean. 🌿 Smooth Mover Conditioner - Whomever made this conditioner, I literally want to thank them myself! This conditioner is AMAZING!!! I can’t even tell you how super soft, moisturized, hydrated, & nourished my hair felt with this conditioner. My hair seemed to absorb it immediately & BABY! When I tell you detangling was a breeze 😩 Like what!? Whomever made this magical product, THANK YOU! It’s the right amount of thick & creamy. I will leave it in my hair as a hair mask if I’m too lazy to use the actual hair mask. My hair feels so so lush afterwards ☺️ 🌿 Back to Life Hair Mask - I was very hesitant to try this mask, just because I loved the conditioner already on it’s own. I also am super hesitant to try masks; they can always be a hit or a miss. This one is definitely a lot thicker than the conditioner (I wish it were at least the same as consistency or a tad bit more creamier than the conditioner). At first I didn’t like it, but then I saw how moisturized my hair was after washing it out, which is a plus. A lot of products can have hydrating shampoo & conditioners, but the mask lacks so much! This definitely complimented the shampoo & conditioner. However, I would do one or the other, not both the conditioner & hair mask. 🌿 My Everything Butter Cream - This butter cream is superb! It’s very creamy, it isn’t too thick & I feel my hair instantly defines with this product. It does not weigh down my hair & I feel like it smells like roses. All of the products have a seemingly faint scent to them, which I’m very okay with. I’m sensitive to smells, & I hate products that are masked with fragrances. Overall, the butter cream is great for twistouts, or even to style the hair when needed ☺️ If you’re a curly/coily girl, try out this brand. You won’t regret your purchase 😁 *second photo is of my hair after shampooing*
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As I mentioned earlier, my hair journey is a rollercoaster. Sometimes I feel really confident about my curls, and other times, I’m incredibly insecure. It feels like a big hug to hear similar stories from other people who look like me and who also have had a complicated relationship with their hair. It lets me know that I’m not alone. Stories like Cherie users @BriAlecia and @Sade.s.a’s let me know that one’s hair journey isn’t always linear. Sometimes your hair may break off and shed, but there are products that can help your hair be healthy again.
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For the last 10 years I’ve struggled with Androgenic Alopecia or Female Pattern Baldness. My hair would start to grow and then start thinning and falling out in patches. Hair has always been an emotional subject for me and the I have shed so many tears over the years. I’ve gone to dermatologist and hair specialists to help me treat my hair and find something that would help but nothing did! I would wear wigs to hide my bald spots and sometimes just give up on my hair all together until I started using these products together and wearing protective hair styles. Last year in May my hair began falling out again and I cut the rest off so people couldn’t see the bald spots. In the first picture you can see my hair is completely shaved. The second photo is my hair this year in April! My hair is dry and brittle so I need products that will add moisture to my hair and create a barrier around each strand to protect it from the elements especially in the winter. 💫 #ogx - Coconut Miracle Oil Shampoo #ogx - Coconut Miracle Oil Conditioner The OGX coconut Miracle Oil shampoo and conditioner have really worked miracles for my hair. These products are made specifically for dry damaged hair! Both the shampoo and conditioner are thick and creamy. Both products have coconut oil which is filled with fatty acids and has a ton of benefits for hair and skin: + Helps hair grow longer, thicker and healthier + Helps with Frizz control + Dandruff + Lice + Boosts Shine & Softness + Helps Protect from Sun Damage These products smell amazing and are Sulfate and Paraben free.They make my hair soft and easy to comb through which means less hair down the drain. They add so much shine to my hair and make my scalp feel like it had a tall glass of water. 💫#TROPIC ISLE LIVING - Jamaican Black Castor Hair Growth Oil #Sunny Isle - THE ORIGINAL SUNNY ISLE JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL I’ve tried so many hair oils but nothing has worked quite as well as Jamaican black Castor Oil. I used either Sunny Isle or Tropic Isle castor oil and they both are amazing! Jamaican Black Castor Oil has many benefits for digestion, skin and hair: + Promotes Hair Growth + Moisturizes Hair + Strengthens Hair + Prevents Hair Breakage + Heals and Prevents Split Ends While it doesn’t smell the best it has really has helped my hair beyond expectation. I would 100% recommend these products to anyone that is experiencing hair breakage, damage, thinning or hair loss. They are pretty inexpensive. Each product is less than $12. I also tie my hair up in either a hair scarf or satin lined bonnet at night to prevent any breakage from friction on my pillow. One of my favorite products to sleep with is Grace Eleyae satin lined caps. They hair a variety of hair care bonnets, hats, headbands, scrunchies and pillow cases so you are protecting your hair all of the time! Products can be found at graceeleyae.com.
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So although I still have a long ride ahead of me on my journey to successfully taking care of and completely feeling confident with my natural hair, there’s an abundance of help and support on platforms like Cherie to help me along the way.
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