Dear CurlySuzy: I have recently cut all of my relaxed hair off and I am having an issue with keeping my natural locks curly and shiny. My hair type is 4b. I put tons of moisturizer on my hair and it still looks dull and dry. What products should I use to help maintain my curl and shine?
Dear Klinae: I think to keep your new curls really moisturized, you have to start out with a really gentle cleanser when you wash your hair. I would also suggest co-washing as well (washing your hair with conditioner).
The best cleansers would be non-sulfate ones. Are you using a leave-in conditioner? That will help hugely. What about a deep conditioner once a week for 30 minutes? I know this can be so overwhelming but new curls and curls in general are often so dry and fragile. I will give you some suggestions below to getting your curls moisturized from the start and to keep them that way. I hope this helps. Please email me if you have more questions.
Good non-sulfate cleansers
L'Oreal makes a good one, too — it is in their Ever Pure line
Kinky-Curly Knot Today— super top favorite!!!
Great article about transitioning: Making the Transition