Hej Hej to all my Swedish readers, this is part two of a series of posts about purchasing hair products for natural hair in Sweden. Seeing that this is something most of us struggle with and is a common question I receive, I decided to make some posts on some of the places you can find products for natural hair.
In case you missed it, you can find part 1 here.
Today, I will focus on African hair stores. I went to a couple of African hair stores and in my experience, I wasn’t really able to find any of the products I like or was looking for.
I found that they mostly sell products, that I used to use when my hair was relaxed. You know, products with sulphates and other ingredients that we naturals tend to avoid in our hair. But if you have no problem using products with these ingredients, then you can try visiting a couple of African hair stores and seeing if there is something for you.
I tend to buy stuff from African hair stores, as a last resort, when all of my staple products are finished and I’m in desperate need of hair products. I may go there to try to see if there is anything that I can try as a replacement. Here are a few products that I have picked form African hair stores in the past.
First product : Elasta QP Intense Fortifying Hair Conditioner.
Ingredients :: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Quaternium-18, Hydrolized Silk Protein, Squalane, Cetrimonium Bromide, Stearyl Alcohol, Extracts of Chamomile, Nettle(Urtica Dioica), Birch, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Coltsfoot(Tussilago Farfars), Horsetail, Lemon Balm, Sage (Salvia Officinalis), Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanam)
Directions : Apply QP Intense to freshly shampooed hair. Massage from scalp area out to ends. Comb evenly to distribute. Rinse. On severely dry hair leave on for 10 minutes with heat and a plastic cap. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
There is mixed reviews on this product, some people love it a lot and says it leaves their hair soft, others hate it and say that it makes their hair dry and brittle. This may be due to the protein content within the product, as some people are protein sensitive while others are not.
My Thoughts: I used this product as a co-wash & have no complains about it. My hair does seem soft after using it but it’s nothing to call home about. I like it because it’s easily available & it’s great for the price point. This is my go to when I don’t have some of my staples & favorites.
Second Product : SoftSheen Carson Optimum Oil Therapy 3 in 1 Creme Oil Moisturizer
Ingredients: Aqua (Water) , Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) , Petrolatum Lanolin , PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate , Paraffin , Phenoxyethanol , Sorbitan Oleate , Magnesium Sulfate , Potassium Sorbate , Fragrance , Lanolin Alcohol , Hydrogenated Butylene , Ethylene , Stearine Copolymer , Hydrogenated Ethylene , Propylene , Styrene Copolymer , Butylparaben , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxyaldehyde , Amyl Cinnamal , Benzyl Salicylate , Olea Europaea Oil (Olive Fruit Oil) , Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba Seed Oil) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut Oil) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Oil) , Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone , Citronellol , Benzyl Alcohol , Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Limonene , Linalool , 2-Oleamido-1 , 3-Octadecanediol , Tocopheryl Acetate
Claims: Finally all the benefits of oil without the greasy build up! Micro – Oil Technology penetrates hair with micro-beads of natural oils to nourish, repair, strengthen and protect hair with no greasy build up
- Provides essential oils for moisture and shine.
- Helps prevent dryness and breakage.
- Protects hair from blow-drying & heat styling.
Directions: Pour a small amount into palm rub hands together and massage through hair. Style as desired on dry or wet hair.
This product does contain Mineral Oils, Parabens and Petroleum, if you are trying to avoid these ingredients then this is not the product for you.
My thoughts: Before I big chopped I used to use this product as a heat protectant. Like when I blow dry or straighten my hair. I use it in combination with the IC Fantasia hair polisher straightening serum, heat protectant. It does work well for that.
When Im completely out of my leave-in of choice, I have attempted using it several times. It is very heavy, therefore a little goes a long way. Otherwise I feel like my hair becomes super greasy. For some reason, I also can’t stand the smell of this product. So, I try to avoid it as much as possible. Otherwise it does keep the hair moisturized. But it’s just not my cup of tea!
Third Product: Blue Magic Organics 100% Castor Oil
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Fragrance, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Carthamus Tinctorious (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera(Coconut) Extract, Aloe Barbadunsis Leaf Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus(Clove) Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata Seed Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract
Directions: Gently massage small amount into hair & scalp as needed
Claims: Contains Pure Castor Oil and a combination of nature’s finest ingredients. The enriched, maximum strength formula is made with liqued herbal extracts. Prevents breakage.
My Thoughts: Ok, so I bought this product when I was completely out of my organic natural castor oil. I love love love castor oil, I think it’s my favorite oil & at the moment I was out, I got desperate and found this. I decided to give it a try.I was actually pleasantly surprised, I do like this stuff. It does work well to lay down the edges & it worked well on my flat twist out.
My only problem with this product & I’m gonna have to call Blue Magic out on this one… this is not 100% castor oil. If you read on the ingredients, the first ingredient, above everything, even the castor oil itself, is petrolatum.This product is filled with petroleum with a bit of castor oil. It claims that it has a combination of nature’s finest ingredients…mmh well, it does have a little bit of shea butter, coconut, aloe vera, clove & henna but I doubt that its enough to overshadow the amount of petroleum this product has.
Ok, so my advice on purchasing from African hair stores,
Do keep your eye open for ingredients on the products you may be interested in. Unless of course you don’t care. Be free to experiment with products because some individuals with natural hair do use products with sillicones, mineral oils, and petroleum and their hair flourishes. You will never know how your hair reacts to a product without experimenting. But if you want to stick to the safe side then use these types of products sparingly.
Below is a list of African hair stores in Stockholm, Sweden. This is not an exhaustive list but is the list I have found and I have used. The list only includes stores in Stockholm because that is where I’m based, if you live in another part of Sweden, share stores you know in the comment section below.
I have also been asked about African hair salon’s that cater to natural hair. I personally do my own hair, therefore I have not tried going to any of these salons. But the list does contain some hair salon’s that specialize in African hair & you may be able to find one that you are comfortable with, by asking around or visiting them.
Sveavagen 17, Hötorget T-Station. Tel/Fax: 08-222715. Opening Hours: Mån-Fre: 10-1830, Lör: 11 – 17
Afro Specialist African hair salon and beauty products. Drop in and appointments
Tegnergatan 45 (T-bana: Rådmansgatan). Tel: 08-21 79 84, 070 886 53 04.
Erik Segersälls Väg 3
126 50 Hagersten
Phone: +46 8645 2497, +46 762 154 585
Kasmara Afro-kosmetík, Degerbygränd 3B, Spånga
Kilimanjaro Afro-kosmetik, Barnhusgatan 2 (vid Drottninggatan 73)
Afro Söder African drop in barber’s shop, salon, cosmetic products.
Kruksmakagatan 20, Tel: 08-316420.
Klädesvägen 7 (next to the Apoteket)
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 11.00-17.00, Fri: 12.00-16.30, closed on weekends.
Call for an appointment.
Mobile: 073-744 61 61
Gladys is a cozy and welcoming salon owned and operated by Gladys herself. The salon carries African hair products and cosmetics. You can also check out their website to buy your hair products online.
African Magic Salong
Ölandsgatan 48 116 63 Stockholm
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10-19. Closed Sunday
Tel: 08-644 01 64
Mobile: 073-181 92 70
Offers dreadlocks, extensions, lace wigs, hair relaxing, hair styling.
T-bana: Midsommarkransen (exit towards Svandammsvägen).
Opening hours: 11 – 18 or by appointment
Tel: 08 – 744 54 80
Mobile: 073 – 613 71 66
Weaves, dreadlocks, cornrows, extensions and hair products.
Afro Söder Frisörsalong
Opening hours: Mon 11.00-7.00, Tues- Sat 10.00-7.00
Walk-ins are welcome
Tel: 08 – 6687090, 08-316420
Afro Söder is a charming barber shop and hair salon specializing in dreadlocks. Their friendly stylists make you feel at home.
Grev Turegatan 44
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat 10.00-15.00
Call for appointment
Tel: 08 651 1550
Blacknuss offers an impressive variety of services for both men and women including shaving and piercing.
Amina Dream Hair Salon
Tram: Sollentuna Station
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-19.00
Call for appointment
Amina Dream is a hair and nail salon offering hair extension for weaving or creatine wax method and nail extension with gel or acrylic.
Tel: 08-21 79 84
Mobile: 070 886 53 04
African hair salon and beauty products. Drop in and appointments African unisex salon – haircuts, waves, colouring, dreadlocks, etc.
Afro Hair 2000
Döbelnsgatan 56, 113 52 STOCKHOLM
Telefon: 08-650 54 36
Afro Hair Masters
Rådmansgatan 59, 113 60 STOCKHOLM
Telefon: 08-31 64 20
Afro Specialisten, Top Design
Tegnérgatan 45, 111 61 STOCKHOLM
Telefon: 08-21 79 87
Afro Hair & Beauty Salong
Fridhemsgatan 38, 11232 Stockholm
Kungsholmsgatan 11 and 13
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.00-19.00, closed on Sundays.
Walk-ins are welcome
G-G’s offers styling for men and women. The salon also stocks cosmetics, media, foods and beverages from all parts of the Caribbean and Africa.
If you are a natural in Sweden or in neighboring European countries please share where you get your natural hair products in the comments below, so I can aggregate all this info on a page here on the site. A lot of people have found my blog through searching about this information and I would like to help as much as I can.
Also, if you have any products that you want me to try and do a review on, that are available here in the local stores, please send me an email about the product name and where you saw it (which store). You can also leave a comment below and I will try to get my hands on it and do a product review.
This will be a great way for us to discover local products that work for our type of hair!
Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Have a great weekend,
Much Love & Stay Blessed,