Post # 1
I decided this past month to transition from relaxed to natural hair, I have almost a year before the wedding…but I have no idea what to use, my hair is a about 2 inches past my shoulders, my natural hair is pretty thick/coarse and is about 2-3 inches long, the rest is relaxed hair. Anyone recommend WEN or Carol’s Daughter Products – those are the two I’m hearing about when I asked around but I’m open to suggestions. Thanks Bees!!!
Post # 3
I wore my hair natural for about five years and some of the best products were some of the cheapest. As a woman of color I am sure you already have a ton of products in your bathroom. Try and stick with the ones that have always worked for you in the past. The main focus is to keep your new growth soft and moisturized and your relaxed ends trimmed. If you are not yet ready for the big chop try maintenance styles like twists or buns. A bun is nice because you can add a little conditioner to your ends and keep them protected all day. If you want to invest in products start with:
- raw shea butter
- raw coconut oil (local health food store)
- suave or VO5 conditioner
- and make a date with youtube
As you can tell I am a little passionate about hair.
Post # 4
It sounds odd, but have you tried olive oil? You can put it on at night and wear a shower cap over it. It makes your hair really soft, which is very important for the new hair coming through.
I don’t have afro hair (I’m a white European) so I can’t give you the best advice, but my hair is insanely frizzy, and lends itself best to the same sorts of styles… I wore braids in my teens and early twenties, and then started to relax my hair later on. It would be fine if my hair had enough volume to form a proper afro, because I think they’re very stylish, but my natural hair is neither here nor there… if I don’t relax or braid, I just get an insane “dragged through a hedge backwards during a hurricane” sort of look, only with very wirey, inflexible, and impossible to style hair.
Also, have you tried the Aussie haircare range? Their shampoos are great at making hair super duper soft!
Post # 5
@Clutterqueen: Thanks for the tips, really helpful! And you’re so right about YouTube, there are TONS of videos on natural hair, I had no idea!
@Rachel631: Thank you! I’m going to repost closer to the wedding and see how it goes…