One thing I have learned, and the hard way, I might add, is that it is not always prudent to use products designed for natural hair, i.e. kinky-curly, on hair that is transitioning, like mine. Relaxed tresses simply don’t respond well to such things as coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera – to name three. At least, my relaxed tresses haven’t.
Transitioning is a complex and complicated process. First, managing two different hair textures on the same head is a formidable challenge. Second, one is bombarded by the myriad of advice and opinions from the various hair blogs and forums to the point that one doesn’t know which end is up. It seems that everyone knows everything, when at the end of the proverbial day, one only knows one thing: Her hair, and what works for her hair. In some cases, many naturals and transitioners alike know little about their own hair, and yet, they are dispensing advice about what I must do with my hair. It’s simply maddening.
Having allowed myself to get sucked into the abyss of hair care advice, I’ve spent much money on products that were major FAILS for my hair. The ugly truth is, with the exception of ramping up the moisture, especially for the new growth, the products I was using prior to transitioning will work just fine. So, I could have saved myself much-needed dinero, and strife. But, as they say, live and learn.
So, don’t…just…don’t spend the money. One should see what works from one’s current arsenal of haircare products before breaking off for haircare products designed for naturals. Not only are products for natural hair mad expensive, but, one simply may not need them during the transitioning phase. IF I had followed my gut, I would have purchased a bottle of Sta-Sof-Fro, and kept on stepping.