Use wetin dey your backyard...

In plain English: use what grows around you. My newly natural Nigerian sisters complain that they can’t find natural hair products to buy in our Nigerian markets. After visiting sites like Bglh where most of the ladies featured mention products that are not available in Nigeria, they get frustrated. My dear, flex…no need to worry…our great/grand-mothers were natural and did not have Kinky curly Custard in the village markets but they had products that were just as great, readily available and very affordable. Below are a few I could come up with:

Shea Butter or Ori in Yoruba – Great for sealing in moisture
Cocoa Butter-  Like Shea butter, cocoa butter is a good sealant. What I love most about Cocoa butter is that it smells like chocolate and is not as sticky as Shea butter

 Coconut Oil- Very easy to make by yourself, coconut oil is great for our natural hair. It’s not a thick as castor oil and it keeps your hair soft. Note that coconut oil does not work well for everyone. Some complain that it leaves their hair dry and hard. As for me, I use coconut oil a lot but during rainy season I have to mix it with Shea butter to get good results
Coconut Milk- Great for deep-conditioning hair.To extract the milk, blend the coconut and pour some warm water on the pulp. Using a sieve separate the pulp from the extract and leave it to settle. I put mine in a fridge and by the next day, the coconut milk would have settled allowing me to pour out the water to use just the milk on my hair.

Palm kernel

 Palm Kernel Oil- I haven’t used this before but Natural Nigerian has done a post on it. Click here
Palm Oil- This is readily available in almost every market in Nigeria. You could mix it in your deep conditioner like Minasek does but remember not to use it as a hair cream o:)


Man shanu (milk Fat) - Use for deep-conditioning or as a pre-poo treatment. You can also use it in your hair cream like the Fulani’s.

  • Aloe Vera- The gel from this plant helps reduce breakage. You can use it to deep condition your hair or as a leave in

Lemon Grass- This herb that can be found growing around a number of homes across Nigeria. To use it as a rinse,put the leaves in boiling water, let it steep for some minutes, strain out the lemon grass, and use the extract to rinse your hair before conditioning.
Dogonyaro leaves (Neem Leaves)- This is a home remedy for dandruff treatment. It is also known to treat lice and hair breakage.You can boil neem leaves and use the extract to rinse your hair.

Lali (henna)
  • Lali (Henna)- Could be used for deep-conditioning and as a natural hair dye .

  • Black Soap- A great alternative to shampoos

  • Honey- A natural humectant that helps pull moisture into your hair. I don’t use it much some but naturals mix it into their deep conditioners and leave in conditioners.

 And for simple stretching and styling...
  •  Wooden Combs (lanru/mesinla) and sewing thread.

If there’s anything I’ve left out please share.

Note that some of the products listed above might not have been used for the hair back in the day.


  1. It seems Cocoa butter is quite rarely sold. I haven't seen it sold in any of the markets. How does one get it?

  2. Hi there! If you visit the product find page you'll see a link and some information on how you can contact Natural Nigerian for yours. She sells export quality at a very cheap price(N400)
    Thanks for visiting!

  3. so dogonyaro is neem leaves..interesting

  4. Yes, it is Aloted. You know, while doing this post, I looked up and realized that the tree was right in front of me...I've counted about 5 around my neighborhood...and its like no one even uses the wa o we don't know what we have..

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  6. i think you left out extra virgin olive oil.. (i think GOYA is the popular brand in naija)
    then mayonnaise for prepoo sometimes
    i think lemon/lime is also useful for natural hair not sure what for sha.

    nywayz wonderful list.. thanks. :)

  7. Thanks for sharing Yeva. I know that the things you mentioned apart from lime and lemon are very common but I was trying to make a list of the things you can find even in a village. Stuff that grow easily in Nigeria. And I use lime/lemon for my henna treatment.

  8. NA SOOO!!! I LOVE this post! You are totally right! I was also like that at first, getting all frustrated because I couldn't get my hands on most products sold in the USA buuuut those of us living back home don't know the advantage they have!! How sweet it would be to be natural at home! NEver though about using man shanu as a dc....Isn't that curd? Have always loved it back hoe to eat but hair...would have to try it. And I need me a GOOD wooden comb.Mom brought one from Naija last year but it's not so well made. Thank you soo much for sharing sis!! Ohh and let's not forget hibiscus petals (zobooo lol) :)


  9. Abi o

    My mum buys coconut oil and shea butter from osun for me

    And the lali I use is gotten from the north. I have to sift it myself though if not I will be fighting with twigs and what nots in my hair


    I did a henna treatment post recently on my blog and I would like to share here
    Please natmane, check it out and follow my blog, I dont have any followers ...weeps

  10. Hi Fabulous Babe, I don't seem to be able to comment on ur blog? I'm a year natural and about to try henna 4 the 1st time. How did it go 4u? What colour did u achieve and did it loosen ur curls?



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