Hey Twisties or shall I say future Twisties,
More and more women everyday are choosing to go natural and leave the chemicals behind. For many it’s very confusing and frustrating just making it through the transitioning process. Many new transitioners ask “if there’s a right way and wrong way to transition?” “what products do I need to transition?” or “can I use the natural hair products on my relaxed ends?” This got me thinking that many woman need a point in the right direction, as starting point. There’s so much information out there it can be hard to narrow the scope especially if you haven’t a clue as to what you’re actually needing. So, I put together a starting point to help newbies have a successful transition that I’m calling the Transitioning Kit.
First things first, water is your friend better yet your lover. The first thing in your kit will be a water bottle. Later on you can get fancy with the mixtures but for now plain old water will do.
Find yourself a great leave-in conditioner. There are tons of them out there for every hair needs and budgets, but which should you choose? This will come with trial and error but my favorite is Giovanni’s Direct Leave-In and a secondary one that I like to use is Shea Moisture’s Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I use gel on my edges and need a conditioner that will not react (turn white) when I apply the gel. When choosing a leave-in stay away from products that contain silicones.
Now for the deep conditioner. Same trial and error and no silicone and rules apply here also. Personally I prefer heavier thicker and sometimes protein enriched DCs, but be careful with the protein too much is no bueno. Need to maintain a healthy balance between protein and moisture. Traditionally I make homemade DCs and had great results with the coconut lime treatment, the impromptu kitchen raid deep conditioner and my honey rosemary mayonnaise DC. However, the Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture commercial conditioner works well too.
Now that the hair is all moisturized got find an oil to seal that moisture in. To find a hair oil you don’t have to look no further than your local grocery store. I buy all of mine from there. My oil preference is dependent on what I’m trying to achieve and also the current climate. But my staples are coconut oil, olive oil and grape seed oil. Coconut can penetrate the hair shaft because of its small molecular size and smells awesome. Olive is a nice oil with a ton of hair loving fatty acids, and grape seed is a nice light oil I use more often in the warmer months. A piece of advice. If transition during the colder month pure coconut oil will solidified on your hair as soon as you step outside. So, to remedy this I mix my coconut oil with 50 – 60% olive oil.
Find a good butter. I love mango butter but not mixtures with a high shea butter content. But that’s just my hair. There are many women who swear by shea so find out what works for you, but don’t underestimate the power of a great hair butter. A commercial on that works well is Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie in Coconut Hibiscus.
That new growth will continue to grow in and the two textures will become more and more noticeable. You can blend the textures with braid and twist-outs, but good old fashion gel worked for me. I used ECO Styler gel during my entire transition and continue to do so now. This is a water based gel that contains no drying alcohols and agents. It laid down the new growth without making my hair hard while adding a nice sheen to my newly developed waves.
Invest in a wide-toothed comb. The two textures will thank you for it. The fine and medium tooted combs from the relaxed days will break your hair now, so avoid at all cost.
A satin scarf to set your edges after you’ve applied the gel. This helps to keep them laid down so no curling up as the day progresses.
A satin bonnet, if not already sleeping with one now’s the time to start this habit. The alternative is a satin pillowcase, just find what works for you.
Deep conditioning plastic caps. These things are transitioners and a naturals must have staple. Also great for those super busy days when you need to DC on the go, just through the cap on put a beanie over, run your errands and give your hair some TLC all at the same time.
So to recap what’s in the Transitioning Kit
- Water bottle
- Leave-In conditioner
- Deep conditioner
- Wide-toothed comb
- Satin scarf
- Satin bonnet/pillowcase
- Deep conditioning plastic caps
Hope this gives all you transitioners a more defined scope and starting point.