When you start to grow out your natural texture you will have to re-learn how to care for your new hair. Whether you’re looking to transition or big chop, here are three tips that with help you to create the perfect hair care regimen for your tresses.
1. Conditioner, Conditioner, Conditioner
Your new natural texture is going to be as dry as it is brand new, so you will need to develop a love for conditioner. Choosing conditioners with the right ingredients is key. To keep your new hair healthy, naturally moisturizing ingredients that don't cause build up are a must.
We recommend Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. This conditioner, a winner of a Natural Health Beauty Award, moisturizes and helps restore dry, damaged and over-processed hair. It can be used either as a leave-in or rinse out conditioner.
2. Masques and Deep Treatments
Because hair needs more than normal conditioning to keep it growing and strong, you should include a masque or deep treatment at least once in your 3-day routine. Applying a masque or deep treatment once every 3 days will rapidly strengthen hair. Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque is a great choice for deeply nourishing and moisturizing the hair and scalp. It can be used as a leave-in treatment or styling cream. To intensify this treatment, apply the masque and cover with a shower cap. Then run your blow dryer over it or put on a heat cap and let it sit for about 20 - 30 minutes.
3. Scalp Care
Moisturizing cleansers are your friend. Yes, that's right! You will need a moisturizing shampoo to cleanse your hair and your scalp. Keeping a clean and healthy scalp is key to growing long, strong and healthy hair. For a sulfate-free product that cleanses, softens, moisturizes and helps repair damaged, over-processed hair, use Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo.
In addition, you should also apply natural oils to your hair daily to repair the hair and keep your scalp healthy. Shea Moisture Reconstructive Elixir is a great natural oil-based treatment that intensely hydrates and repairs the hair and scalp while adding sheen. It acts as a sealant to lock moisture into your hair.
“We created our Transition & Repair and Curl & Shine hair kits over a year ago for women who were searching for a place to start when transitioning — to help them embrace their natural hair," says founder & CEO of Shea Moisture Richelieu Dennis. "We specially formulated the products with natural, nourishing ingredients to support hair and scalp health during the grow-out process. We also wanted the products to feel luxurious and smell wonderful; there’s no reason product for transitioning and curly hair shouldn’t be a pleasure to use.”
SheaMoisture Repair & Transition Hair Kit deeply moisturizes and helps heal and strengthen dry, damaged hair, while providing a protective barrier from environmental elements, heat and styling damage. These all-natural formulations include raw shea butter, which moisturizes and nourishes with fatty acids and vitamins, argan oil, heralded for restoring shine and rebuilding elasticity and sea kelp to detoxify hair follicles and scalp of impurities and residue. It is ideal for transitioning and chemically treated, dry and damaged hair. You may be relived to know that the products are not tested on animals and are free off parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, DEA, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, mineral oil, artificial color and synthetic fragrances.
You can find the Repair & Transition Hair Kit for $21.99 at Walgreens stores and Walgreens.com.