Considering Transitioning? Make Your Own Transitioning Kit Using Products Found Locally

by West Parsons on June 27, 2012 · 4 comments

in beauty, hair care

You’ve decided to take the plunge and grow out your relaxer.  Immediately you may be a bit overwhelmed by all of the products on the market geared towards those who are fully natural, and now products are being marketed to those who are transitioning as well.  The Transitioning Kit.

Many of the major natural hair companies appear to have a set of products geared towards transitioning, which is great!  This offers those new to natural hair some direction in appropriate product selection.Though, some kits now available can be a bit pricey, they all are made up of routine products which promote the fundamental principals when growing out chemicals and general hair care.

To those serious about transitioning, knowing the basics will get you off to a great start. If your pockets aren’t deep, you’re Frugal McDugals (like me lol) or are too anxious to wait for the mailman, here are a few products and a little info to get you started.

Step 1: Cleanse 
Many shampoos marketed towards natural hair (or those achieving fully natural hair) are often gentle cleansers which do not contain harmful surfactants such as Sodium Laurel Sulfate. The shampoos are designed to not only cleanse the scalp but nourish as well.
local finds| Avalon Organics Nourishing Shampoo, Yes To Carrots Nourishing Shampoo, Organix Macadamia Oil Shampoo

Step 2: Strengthen 
According to Chicoro, The purpose of a conditioner is to improve the surface of the hair and needs to be applied repeatedly to continue to affect the surface of the hair.  Some conditioners are marketed with claims to repair damage, the reality is they cannot repair damage permanently. Instead, conditioners make your hair appear that is has been repaired. Protein treatments are designed to bind to the surface of the hair and should be applied with dry heat (sit under dryer until hair becomes less damp). Reconstructors contain molecules which are smaller in size and are negatively and positively charged and are able to penetrate the hair strand to the cortex. Reconstructing treatments should be applied with wet heat (sit under dryer with a plastic cap or cover head with warm damp towel).
local finds| Nexxus Keraphix Restorative Protein Creme Reconstructor, Tresemme Nourishing Rituals Protein Renewal Cream, Shea Moisture Ant-Breakage Masque

Step 3: Moisturize
After strengthening your strands with protein or reconstructors, it is important to follow with moisture. The type of moisture decided upon may have a great deal to do with the how far along you are in your transition journey. The more texture your hair posses, the more forgiving a heavy leave-in moisturizer will be.  If your hair is mostly straight, a light leave-in or cream rinse conditioner is your best bet to ensure flowy tresses.
local finds| Giovanni Direct Weightless Moisture Leave-in, KeraCare Leave-in Conditioner, Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Conditioner with Aloe Vera and Avocado

All products above can be found in your local Target, Walmart or beauty supply store.

Leave your tips and tricks for transitioning!

{ 4 comments }

AmeeraNakisha June 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

Its crazy because natural hair is HUGE right now. Everyone is making something for natural hair including transitioning kits <<<<Huh?

And the funny part when reading the ingredients (more so out of curiosity, cuz I am NOT transitioning), I would never put them in fragile transitioning hair…But that's just me. I'm funny style like that

yacoomba June 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

My tips or tricks I used since I transitioned for 14 months were: keeping my hair moisturizes especially the line of demarcation and handling my hair gently. I did styles like my hair was fully natural never making a difference. Researched on youtube styles, natural hair, products, e.t.c. so that when I BC’d I was armed. Its all out there for the taking. I know people who constantly say they can’t do anything w/ their hair once they BC. So they wear a puff 24/7 and ask how did I achieve my styles. I let them know they need to experiment ,watch YouTube, ask questions and then apply the answer accordingly to their hair needs. Even after all that they still complain about their hair. All I can say is:we research everything else we’re investing un-why not our hair too:-)

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