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Going Natural? Start Guide for Natural Hair Products and Essentials

Hey Sistas! If you are transitioning from processed hair to natural hair or just did the BIG CHOP, here are some basic tips and a start guide for natural hair products and essentials. Remember, not all of these products may work for you, but it’s definitely a good starting point. The rest will be up to you to learn what works bests for your hair through trial and error.

Products I Recommend:

  • Conditioner – I use conditioner to “co-wash” my hair. Co-washing is when you wash you hair with conditioner in place of using shampoo. I use Suave Conditioner, it’s affordable and does the job!
  • Shampoo – I don’t really use shampoo, but I recommend getting a sulfate-free shampoo as sulfate tends to strip your hair of moisture and dry your hair out
  • Leave-in Conditioner – It’s great to use a leave-in conditioner for added moisture.
  • Oil – I love Argan Oil by Hollywood Beauty, but there are many oils to chose from such as Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, and the list goes on. You can mix oils to find the perfect combination for your hair, but the purpose in to seal in the moisture
  • Shea Butter – I love mixing Shea Butter and Coconut Oil together and this combination works really well for twisting your hair
  • Alcohol-free Gel – This is essential for my naturals with a TWA or short hair. It’s great for defining your curls, especially when rocking a Wash and Go hairstyle
  • Wide-tooth comb – Buy a regular wide-tooth comb for detangling your hair and another one with a rat tail end to help with parting and styling your hair
  • Spray bottle – A spray bottle filled with water helps while you’re styling your hair as it tends to dry pretty fast, or at least before you’re finished styling your hair
  • Duck bill Clips – These come in handy to section your hair while you’re styling
  • Satin Cap – It’s extremely important to protect your hair while you’re sleeping and a satin cap is perfect for this purpose. You could also sleep on a satin pillowcase if you don’t want to wear a satin cap at night
  • Denam Brush- This is a great tool to use to detangle your hair and also to define your curls

That’s it! Good luck and congrats on your natural hair journey! Let me know how your transition is going in the comments or in The Sistahood Forum! And subscribe to our YouTube channel to view more videos and stay updated on new uploads!


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Written by Carmen

Carmen is the baby sister in the trio. Shes loves fitness, makeup, and Hello Kitty. She's also a personal trainer, so when she's not online, you can usually find her at the gym.

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  1. My transition so far has been okay. 5 months in , its not too difficult dealing with two hair textures except when detangling and i hit one of those unexpected naps lol. So far I’d say I’m about a 3C and im loving how its growing in. I’ve mostly been wearing weaves with leave out.
    As far as products I loooove my Vo5 conditioners [im sort of a conditioner junkie] i love applying the product and my curls and scalp instantly adore them. and the smells..heaven.I oil my scalp with castor oil every other day and shampoo my hair when needed with my suave professionals . I moisturize with my shea moisture hair milk and a little bit of coconut oil then i braid my hair down in cornrows.
    I hope to transition for at least a year or until im sure i can stay far away from the scissors [im very scissor happy] lol. Wish me luck
    Journey to July 8, 2016

  2. My favorite hair products are the SheaMoisture Manku Honey & Mafura Oil line, SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and Kinky-Curly Knot Today leave-in/detangler in my hair. I also love Camille Rose Curl Maker, CURLS, Alikay Naturals and Entwine Couture products. But I really Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse.

  3. I’m 3 months into my transition to natural hair so I have a long way to go but this site is very informative and I’ll be visiting often to help with my transition!

  4. Almost 6 months into my transitioning process…and detangling has been pretty rough. How do you all deal with single strand knots?

  5. Hi, I’m a 20 year old woman from South Africa and currently wearing processed hair. I’ve always wanted to go natural but scared to cut off my hair. And for someone is a dissimilar continent, the recommended products are hard to find. Which natural products may be of use you know of produced locally or universally but are guaranteed to be tangible. Really, I’ve been searching for years now and you’re my only hope. Help me!

  6. Hello my natural sistas, I love what you are doing! I want to cut my hair and grow it back naturally, and your blog articles are dispelling my fears of failing to manage the transition. I purchased the blessed black seed oil pure extract to start the journey with, after hearing a lot of positive reviews about this product. I am hoping to post amazing pictures here to show you how that goes.

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