Natural Hair Transition or The Big Chop? Necessary Hair Products And Hair Care Regimens Needed

transition or big chop?
 Martin Luther said “The hair is the richest ornament of women” and i couldn’t agree more. Have you ever noticed a change in your face when you get a new hair cut, change hair style, color or add extensions? I only started paying attention to my hair less than a year ago. I’ve always been the simple all back straight style kind of girl because i always find it difficult and time-consuming to style my hair but with the amount of hair bloggers out there, it’s a bit difficult to ignore your hair styles these days, natural or otherwise, lots of tutorials to learn from on easier and quicker ways to maintain and style one’s hair with the right products.
 I’ve decided to go natural, no more relaxers and heat damage. Although i was born with full soft curly hair like most Africans, i’ve never really worn my hair that way because back in the day, I didn’t know how to take care of my natural hair and the right natural hair care products to use, it was easier for me to manage my relaxed or heat straightened hair. Now that i want to reverse the damage and get my hair back to its original state, I have lots of questions: Transition or big chop?  What products are best to start with? How long will the transition take? etc…

I’ve been reading lots of natural hair blogs and reviews about different natural hair care regimen for different hair types, choosing to transition or big chop, natural hair stereotypes and other hair problems people face. I’ve heard people say “Natural hair doesn’t look professional”. So i’m guessing such people believe that straightened hair looks more professional than a curly hair. I don’t know how often this happen in other countries but it happens in my country a lot! and probably some other African countries because of the texture of our hair. Most people that rock their natural hair are usually seen as people in the Arts and entertainment industry. I understand that appearance matters but one’s professionalism shouldn’t be judged based on them not conforming to a stereotypical picture. One lady i really admire is Cynthia of Addicted2etsy and not just because of her perfect hair but because she is also an attorney.

Cynthia of addicted2etsy.com

More people are embracing and learning more ways and products to take care of their natural hair and therefore there are a lot of product suggestions out there but one company keeps popping up in almost every review i’ve read – “Sheamoisture”. I’ve noticed that most of the ladies on natural hair have atleast one product from them or have used a product from them in the past and they all had nice things to say about each of the products.
I’ve chosen Sheamoisture products to begin my natural hair journey. After weeks of research, i chose them because the products seem like they would cater to my hair needs. I’ve just ordered a bunch of hair products from Drugstore and Target, can’t wait to receive the products and start using them because my hair isn’t so healthy at the moment as you can see in the first photo. These are the products i ordered and their uses as described and recommended.
1. Raw Sheabutter Moisture Retention Shampoo –  This sulfate-free shampoo gently cleanses while deep moisturizing and repairing dry, damaged or over processed hair.
Key Ingredients: Sea Kelp – Mineral-rich nutrition seals and smoothes hair cuticles. Argan Oil – Restores shine while helping to promote hair elasticity. Shea Butter – Deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp.
You can buy at Drugstore, Target, Sally Beauty, Walgreens, Ulta, Amazon and Ebay(more expensive)

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2. Raw Sheabutter Restorative Conditioner – This Leave-in or rinse out conditioner deeply moisturizes, detangles and repairs dry hair or overprocessed hair. Key ingredients: Same.
Buy at Drugstore, Target, SallyBeauty, Walgreens, Ulta, Amazon and Ebay

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3. Raw Sheabutter Extra-moisture Transitioning Milk – For dry, damaged hair. Strengthens, smoothes and restores brilliant shine.
Buy at Target, Sally Beauty, UltaAmazon and Ebay.

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4. Raw Sheabutter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir – Conditions dry, damaged hair and controls frizz while adding brilliant shine. Key Ingredient: Sea Kelp
Buy at Drugstore, Target, Walgreens, Amazon and Ebay

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5. African Black Soap Purification Masque – (4-in-1 product). This intensive treatment removes product buildup while strengthening hair by sealing in natural moisture, conditions hair while relieving dry, itchy scalp. Key ingredients: Plantain enzyme – to calm itching and irritation,  Tea Tree Oil -removes buildup,  Willow Bark Extract – exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp.
Buy at Drugstore, Target, Walgreens, Amazon and Ebay.

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6. Coconut & Hibiscus Curl enhancing smoothie – Defines curls, reduces frizz and smoothes hair. Key Ingredients: Coconut oil, Silk protein, Neem oil.
Buy at Drugstore, Ulta, Walgreens, Amazon, Ebay.

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7. Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle – Promotes curls with a soft, smooth finish. Key Ingredients: Coconut oil, Agave Nectar,  Flax seed oil.
Buy at Drugstore, Ulta, Walgreens, Amazon and Ebay.

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* 6 and 7 are often used together mixed.
For more in-depth details on sheamoisture products, visit their website.
The oil treatment
1. 100% pure Jojoba oil
2. 100% pure Castor oil
3. Virgin coconut oil
4. 100% pure rosemary oil
5. 100% pure tea tree oil
6. 100% natural argan oil

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When i begin using these products together,  i will update you on my regimen and progress. Occassionally, I will still be using protective styling, braids, wigs as required/needed. Some other brands that were highly recommended were Cantu, Tresemme and Trader Joe’s.

I could use all the help i can get, quicker regimens, product suggestions,  easier styling tips, tried/tested methods etc.
How do you care for your hair? Have you used any of the mentioned products or combinations? Transition or big chop? Please tell me in the comments box.
Xx!
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