As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Hair care products are a major concern for a lot of sisters. Na’am akhawaat, these products are readily available here in Saudi.
You can purchase a “Soft N Beautiful” no lye cream relaxer at any grocery store. All the supermarkets and pharmacies carry just about every name brand relaxer you’re used to. No, I did not see “Hawaiian Silky,” but I think I saw “Motions” and a straightening comb in Sooq al Yemen.
The women here are no different than the women in the West when it comes to girly things. They have perms, little pink sponge and plastic rollers, gel, hair spray, pink hair lotion, hair grease, hair dyes, kits for highlights, shower and silk caps, flat irons, blow dryers and beeswax for my sisters who love to keep it natural.
There are bows, headbands, ribbons, barrettes, “ballies” sparkly bobby pins, clips and “Just for Me” for your girls too.
If you bring your plug in curlers (or anything with a cord attached) be prepared to purchase many outlet adapters. The sockets here are not like the sockets in the West. We have 2 or 3 prong sockets that can stand only 110 – 220 volts. They tend to temporarily blow out some of the appliances, or catch a spark and melt the adapters. Be careful and try not to leave appliances plugged in after you’re done using them (something I often forget).