To all my swedish reader’s, this post is especially for you! I’ve got a couple of enquiries about my natural hair regimen and where I purchase my products here in Sweden and it’s about time I did a post about this!
There is so much information I want to share but at the same time I don’t want to make the post overwhelming, therefore I’m going to try to break this down in a couple of series.
When I moved to Sweden a couple of years ago, I was already about a year or two into my natural hair journey but I was still pretty much learning about my hair and ’till this day, I’m still learning and by no means am I a Natural Hair Guru. But I do love to share what I find and what works for me.
At the time I used to use Shea Butter religiously and I knew that this was one thing, that may be hard to find in Sweden. I used to order organic unrefined Shea Butter from Butters-n-Bars. Before I headed to Sweden, I ordered 25lbs of organic unrefined Shea Butter from Butters-n-Bars, which I still have plenty of ’till this day, 4 years later. Butters-n-Bars does ship world wide. I no longer use Shea butter for my hair because I realized its too heavy for my hair and tends to weigh it down. However, me & my family still use it for our skin.
My Stash of Organic Unrefined Shea Butter from Butters-n-Bars
The only shampoo & conditioner, I used at the time is Organix Coconut Nourishing Shampoo & Organix Coconut Nourishing Conditioner. I brought some with me and continued to order some online, from amazon.co.uk
My bottles of Organix Coconut milk Conditioner & Shampoo ordered online. The Conditioner bottle is now empty.
I knew that Sweden having a low black demographic, it would be hard to find products for Afro centric hair, but I never gave up researching. Every store I visited, I kept my eyes open for any of the products I used to hear naturals rave about on forums and on YouTube. Most of the time I got frustrated and ended up either trying new products that I found here in the local stores or buying products online. So today I’m here to share what I know about natural hair products on the ground and online.
Ok, so for this first post, I will start with local Indian Stores. This is the first place I looked for natural hair products. At the Indian Stores, I was able to find mostly oils like Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Jasmine Oil & Castor Oil. The oils I found are not 100% pure organic, but if you don’t care about that, this is a good place to start.
They also sell lot’s of different types of Henna. I personally haven’t dived into Henna, but I have seen a lot of naturals on YouTube rave about it’s benefits for strengthening natural hair. If you want to try to use it for your hair ,you can try the many brands sold at the Indian Stores.
This week I visited Kista Grossen an Indian store in the Kista area and they had lots of Vatika products. I personally haven’t tried this brand but have heard other naturals like it. I’m planning on purchasing the Vatika deep conditioning treatments and perhaps some of their oils. If you’ve used this brand let me know what you think below!
The only thing to beware when purchasing products for your natural hair, is to make sure they don’t contain Sulfates, Silicones, Mineral Oils, Alcohols & Parabens. I will explain in a future post how to determine this, how this affects you’re hair and why its a NO NO for natural hair.
Pictures of Natural Hair Products available at Kista Grossen.
Below is a list of Indian shops 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.
Indian Food Center
Tel.: 08 653 21 22
Torsnäsgatan 4-6, Kista Centrum
164 40 Kista
Tel.: 08-751 01 00
Mint Online Indian Store (Coming Soon!)
111 60 Stockholm
Bhai Bhai Livs
Address/Phone : Visbyringen 4, 163 73 Spånga, Sweden, +46 8 760 51 08
Address/Phone : Valhallavägen 75, 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 673 13 52
112 40 STOCKHOLM
Tel: 08-654 90 02
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!
I will have Part 2 of this post up next weekend!
Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Have a great weekend,
Much Love & Stay Blessed,