The 4 Best Hair Products for Transitioning To Natural Hair
As we get cozy in 2017, you may be planning exactly how you want to approach and achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. For many, making the decision to begin their natural hair journey is at the top of the list, and we want to help equip you for what may seem like a challenging transition ahead. If you’re ready to embark on this journey but need a little guidance on your next steps, look no further.
I spoke with veteran stylist, Cutia Zellars who specializes in natural and short hair care, about key products and tips for transitioning to healthy, happy natural hair. If you suffer from chemical damage due to excessive coloring, relaxing, etc. consistent use of these steps is sure to make a significant difference in your natural hair care journey.
1. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner
Pro-tip: When starting your transition you want to make sure that the products you’re using are as close to organic as possible. Discontinue use of products with alcohol or forms alcohol (including gels and other styling products) because they’re drying to the hair. And natural hair tends to be drier especially as you transition so the key is condition, condition, condition…moisture, moisture, moisture!
2. Natural Oil mixture (with Neem, Jamaican Black Castor, Rosemary, Coconut, and Almond oil)
Pro-tip: This mixture can be used as a hot oil treatment or deep conditioner once a week or once every other week with heat (i.e. heated cap or under dryer) for at least 30 minutes. Also, you can combine this oil mixture with a conditioner of eggs and honey to make a hydrating hair masque. Rinse with cool water. And then be sure to co-wash and condition per usual. You can find this variation of oils at health food retailers.
3. Bentonite Clay Rinse
Pro-tip: A bentonite clay rinse is recommended once a month as a detox masque. Apply clay to hair for 20-30 minutes then rinse with warm water. After rinsing, wash and condition hair as usual. This is a clarifying method that will leave her soft and moisturized.
4. Protein Masque (mixture of egg, avocado, olive oil with a few drops of Vitamin E oil)
Apply mixture to hair and leave in for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. And then be sure to co-wash and condition as usual, if you have product build-up that a co-wash may be too delicate to cleanse, mix in shampoo with your conditioner. Some shampoos strip your hair of its natural oils so limit use.
Also, during your transition remember to incorporate the following into your hair care routine:
• Have your ends trimmed once a month.
• Try twist out, roller set and flexi rod styles to experiment with your look while also reducing heat usage as much as possible. The less heat you use during this process, the better.
• Protective styles and weaves are a great option during your transition. However, be mindful of creating tension on your edges such as wearing tight ponytails and not using too much heat on your leave-out when wearing weave.
• Also, limit wear of protective styles to no longer than 2 ½ months. And before even wetting your hair after taking out a protective style, drench hair in conditioner and comb it through or else the hair will lock up when water hits it and detangling will be a nightmare.
• If rocking braids during this time, avoid braid sprays with alcohol and just stick to oils for your hair and scalp.
• Lastly, sleep on satin pillowcases and wrap your hair with a satin cap or scarf; cotton dries out hair!
Good luck ladies, your journey begins now!