It’s easy to stock your suitcase with Mixed Chicks, Carol’s Daughter and Miss Jessie’s for a week long vacation but what do you do when you live in a place like Thailand or Croatia? Having faced this many time myself, I offer the following advice from personal experience and online recommendations from black hair care experts.

You can ask visiting friends to bring items you have shipped to their house. At other points in time, I have been fortunate enough to have friends who work at the embassy or military base. When they made their orders I was able to piggyback on them. Since they have an APO or FPO address the shipping is the same cost as in the States—but it takes longer.

The Boderlinx service will ship your items and clear them through customs.If you have must have it, this is one of the best services. It works well if you are ordering over $100 worth of goods. Try combining your order with a local friend to reduce the shipping costs.  Customers around the world can now buy Amazon in the USA and ship internationally with Borderlinx! Determining your cheap shipping, tax & duties upfront has never been easier with our shipping cost calculator, and a number of additional services are available through Borderlinx to make international ordering from Amazon USAhassle-free, including concierge, free repacking and consolidation services.

Oils such as canola, olive, grapeseed, sunflower, and coconut can be found in supermarkets around the world. These oils according to Black Hair Information have nutrient your hair needs. You can also explore new products such as Glatt a semi-permanent straighter that can substitute for texturizers or keratin treatments. Combining natural food products such as an avocado with a generic conditioner can make a heartier product more suitable for our hair. Alternatively, you can try blending two or three items such as a few drops of a shea butter lotion, with shampoo, and coconut oil for a conditioning co-wash.

Make It Yourself


Primary Information Services reports that sodium sulfate, an ingredient found in beauty products, is a derivative of sulfuric acid. Preparing your own beauty products, including your own shampoos, will help reduce your exposure to chemicals such as sodium sulfate. Make this easy sulfate free shampoo at home from the people at KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.

  • ¼ cup of distilled water
  • ¼ cup of castile soap
  • ½ tsp. of vegetable oil
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Plastic bottles
African Black Soap Shampoo

Honey Conditioner

Main Moisturizing Ingredient: While honey may not be great to use on hair by itself, it has some super moisturizing power when mixed with other natural ingredients. Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it attracts and locks in moisture. In addition to its moisturizing properties, honey acts as a natural anti-bacterial and can help heal the scalp if it’s sensitive. Honey also controls dandruff and makes the hair shiny.

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey

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Pumpkin Conditioner

Restore shine and moisture to dry and damaged strands with a homemade pumpkin hair mask.
1 cup pumpkin puree or blended fresh pumpkin
half cup of yogurt
two tablespoons of honey

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Coconut Creme Mask

This mask is best suited for dry and frizzy hair. Its moisturizing elements make our hair soft and shiny. It also makes your hair bouncy. It can be easily prepared at home.

Coconut oil: 2 parts
Olive oil: 1 part

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Banana Creme Mask

This hair mask will revitalize your damaged and weak hair. Banana is a natural ingredient which makes our hair strong by preventing damaged roots. It provides strength to weak roots and allows it to grow strong. The presence of iron and vitamins provides required nourishment to your hair.Ingredients:
Banana: 1
Honey: 1 Tbsp.

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Hair Honey

Honey is packed with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulphur, iron, zinc and vitamins B1, B2, B3, which aid in hair growth. It is also used as a humectant in many natural hair and skin care products because naturally attracts and retains moisture.
Honey is also a great additive to help reduce frizzies and tame your naturally kinky coily hair.

1 tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
Sauce Pan
Mixing Bowl
Shower Cap (optional)

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Olive Oil Treatment

Start with wet or dry detangled hair.  Wear an old shirt, because this can get messy.  Microwave ½ to 1 cup of oil for about 30 seconds.  The oil should be warm, not hot.  (Please use a microwave safe container, we don’t anyone accidentally getting fried.)  Using fingertips, massage olive oil into your scalp, then smooth in on your hair strands in a downward motion.   All of your hair and scalp should be completed coated in oil.  For extremely dry hair, add 1 part honey to 2 parts olive oil.  Wrap hair in a conditioning cap and sit for 30 minutes.  Wash and condition as usual.

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