I have a friend who has had just about every style under the sun: weaves, sister-Locs, braids and most recently natural hair. During a recent salon visit to her stylist suggested that she cut her natural hair and relax it in order to “start over.” I can’t quite explain why this particular guidance annoyed me, however my initial thoughts are with hairstylists relationships it is so important to be equally yoked. There is much to be said about having the same mission and vision when it comes to your hair. If your stylist somehow finds your abundant natural hair “bothersome” instead of celebrating your waves, kinks or coils run in the opposite direction. On one hand I can somewhat understand the guidance around the need for a cut, but the relaxer recommendation? Not so much. The fact that a seasoned stylist would give this advice to my fellow naturalista prompted me to reach out to my friend Cataanda J who serves as both a Carols Daughter ambassador and a member of the L’oreal Pro Team for some guidance on the matter. Her recommendations include:
Amla Combing Cream: It’s a light weight hydrating lotion that will detangle without breakage. You apply to damp/towel dried hair and It promotes a soft, shiny finish; it will define curls for a wash and go style and is also good for twist outs and blow styles.
L’Oréal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5: The conditioner detangles on contact and leaves the hair supple and shiny. For extra treatment the mask is recommended as step 2 prior to the conditioner. Leave on for 5 minutes then apply conditioner.
Carol’s Daughter’s Monoi line: The benefits are anti-breakage and moisture. The anti breakage spray is #1 for sealing the ends. Most in transition experience breakage at the line of demarcation between the relaxed hair and natural hair.
Cataanda J does agree that one of the best ways to transition to natural hair is the big chop, however these product recommendations will help maintain the health of your hair if you’re not quite ready and you want your hair to get to a certain length before cutting it off.
I transitioned my relaxed hair by wearing a weave until I got to a point where I was ready to go “all in” with my natural hair.
Remember to look for a stylist that respects your hair journey and use products that maintain the health of your hair.