I’ve been natural now for what feels like ages. I moved from the US to the UK years ago. I’m still trying to find my way around hair and beauty products. What really shocked me when I first moved was how few naturals there are here. It’s gotten a bit better but I stuck out like a sore thumb when I first moved. My afro got stares from everyone, everywhere I went. The lack of natural hair meant a lack of natural products. Some Asian owned beauty supply stores had my staples and a few Jamaican grocery stores did as well.
What’s Easy to Find
I still use Ecostyler gel from either the beauty supply or Jamaican shop. Oils and butters are surprisingly easy to find. Coconut oil is everywhere- grocery stores, discount goods stores, pound shops, etc… just everywhere. Because there are a ton of oils available, I try a new one each time. I currently own rapeseed oil and it STINKS so I haven’t been using it much.
Just a few months ago, I noticed that Giovanni products are sold by the liter in TK Maxx (TJ Maxx). I buy either the tea tree conditioner or the Smooth As Silk for £10- which with the current exchange rate may be cheaper than in the US. For stylers- I’ve switched almost exclusively to Boots own brand curl creme. It’s about £2 for a small jar. I don’t love it but it’s £2, easy to find, and gets the job done.
What’s Here But Expensive
Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk is my go to leave in. It was available in the beauty supply stores but way overpriced. I think I was here for a year before Shea Moisture was launched in Boots (Walgreens owned drug store). I haven’t purchased from them because it’s still overpriced and I haven’t noticed any BOGO offers like they have in the states.
What I Buy Online- mostly from Feel Unique
I get my Dr. Bronner’s Soap from here. I can purchase Shea Moisture from here and with the sales, it’s cheaper than buying from the high street.
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