Transitioning to natural hair can be extremely challenging in the beginning but things become easier after finding the right product combinations for your hair. During my transition, I worked really hard to find on the shelf products that were affordable and effective for transitioning hair. Here are 18 of the best drugstore and retail products for transitioners that will stop breakage and keep hair moisturized, balanced and healthy!
When transitioning to natural hair, finding the right shampoo is critical to having a successful transition. Harsh shampoos can be drying and cause unnecessary tangles. Below are three great shampoo options for keeping the hair clean yet hydrated.
Sulfate free shampoos are a great option when transitioning to natural hair because they do not rob the hair of moisture. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Shampoo gently detangles damaged hair that is prone to tangling while also adding strength to fragile strands.
Sulfate shampoos are a perfect choice when you need to remove product buildup from the hair. Nexxus Therappe is very moisturizing and leaves the hair feeling soft, pliable and easy to detangle.
Once monthly, a specialized cleansing shampoo should be used to remove hard water minerals and product buildup. Redken Cleansing Cream is my pick because it’s gentle, moisturizing and cleansing.
Deep conditioning is a must when transitioning to natural hair to keep hair moisturized, pliable and healthy. The below conditioners are excellent picks for transitioning hair because they leave the hair soft, manageable and really easy to detangle.
Moisturizing conditioner packed with nutrients to improve the overall health of dry, damaged hair.
Moisturizing conditioner that uses time released technology to infuse moisturizing lipids and soothing emollients into the structure of the hair throughout the day.
Intense treatment for coarse, dry hair that includes oils and butters to replenish moisture, increase strength and reduce breakage.
Protein treatments should be used once monthly or as needed to keep hair strong and free from excessive breakage. Below are three treatments that are gentle yet effective.
Creamy conditioner that fortifies dry, damaged, weak hair with proteins and vitamins and leaves it softer, stronger and healthier.
Balanced conditioner that rehydrates hair, strengthens hair fibers and restores softness, manageability and shine.
Joico Kpak reconstructor is a unique protein treatment that makes the strands feel thicker, stronger and more voluminous.
Leave In Conditioner and Moisturizer
You will have multiple hair textures while transitioning and finding the perfect leave in conditioner and moisturizer might take some time to figure out. Liquid based products tend to work really well on relaxed hair and thick, cream based products tend to work really well on natural hair. Through trial and error, I’ve found some really good products that are universal and work on relaxed and natural hair.
Moisturizing styling cream that detangles, conditions and restores shine to dull hair.
Intensive deep penetrating leave in treatment that provides the hair with lasting moisture, manageability and shine.
All-natural moisture mist that eliminates frizz, hydrates hair and generates shine.
Moisturizes and smoothes hair, defines curls and reduces frizz.
Hair Detangler and Edge Control
Super rich conditioner that detangles and hydrates dry hair.
Offers a soft, shiny hold without flakes or causing hair to feel tacky.
Tames frizzy edges while offering a soft, shiny hold.