This post is the follow-up to top 5 products for relaxed hair. As previously mentioned, my regimen, products and techniques are universal, thus my recommendations should work for any healthy hair enthusiast, including naturals and transitioners. This post will focus on natural products for relaxed hair.
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Relaxed Hair Regimen
A good hair regimen is required for products to work and my regimen is as follows:
Pre-Poo (every wash day)
Cleanser (clarify/chelate monthly)
Protein Treatment (as needed)
Deep Conditioner (every wash day
Leave-In Conditioner (every wash day)
Top 5 Natural Products for Relaxed Hair
Pre-Shampoo: Pre-shampooing is abbreviated to be pre-poo for short. The deeper into a relaxer stretch you are, the less you are able to skip this starter step. Pre-pooing serves to soften the hair, provide the hair with slip for detangling and lessen the stripping effects of shampoos, especially sulfate shampoos. I like pre-pooing with oil (slip for detangling) and conditioner (moisture) as it gives me the best bang for my buck.
Product Recommendation: My favorite oil is extra virgin coconut oil and my favorite conditioner is anything moisturizing. A lot of ladies will use cheapie conditioners but I come correct from square one and use something moisturizing that will get the party started right. HairVeda Red Tea is an excellent conditioner for this step.
Product Review: HairVeda Red Tea Nourishing Conditioner Review
Bonus Recommendation: We tend to use a lot of products so it’s important that we keep our scalp healthy. Therefore, I use Komaza Pona Hair and Scalp every wash day because it keeps my scalp healthy and free from product residue and build-up. It’s a great scalp exfoliator but it’s not as effective as a pre-poo on my hair. Therefore, I only apply it to my scalp. I use oil and conditioner for my pre-poo.
Related Article: Komaza Pona Hair and Scalp Treatment Review
Cleanser: My preference is sulfate shampoos as they wash away product build-up, thereby leaving my hair clean to absorb moisture. However, when purchasing natural products, you might find it hard to find a sulfate shampoo because most take pride in being sulfate free. Many love sulfate free shampoos because it’s trending within the healthy hair community. For me, however, I do what is right for my hair regardless of what is trending. Besides, sulfate free shampoo tends to leave my hair feeling waxy and with build-up. However, I’ve come across a few sulfate free shampoos as of late that really work well and I can use them without hair complaint.
Product Recommendation: Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo cleans my hair really well like no other sulfate free shampoo. Seriously when I’m done, my hair feels squeaky clean without the squeak and without being stripped. I really like how it makes my hair feel. I like knowing my hair is free from product build-up so that my deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner can actually penetrate into the strands and work! Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo is another great shampoo. It’s very moisturizing although I don’t really feel it does much by way of cleansing the hair.
I use Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo on the weeks where my hair is low on hydration and I don’t want to further strip it down by using a sulfate shampoo. I use Carol’s Daughter when my hair and scalp are not suffering from product build-up or low hydration.
Bonus Recommendation: Products cannot penetrate through product build-up so it’s important that the hair is clarified and chelated periodically to wipe the slate clean of product build-up and mineral deposits. I clarify and chelate at least once a month.
Related Article: Clarify vs Chelate
Bonus Recommendation: A new product stole my heart after I wrote this review. ORS Shealicious Cleansing Balm is a moisturizing dream. It gently cleans while moisturizing an softening. I am very critical of shampoos but this one has made an impression and I consider it an excellent cleanser! As it currently stands, ORS Shealicious Cleansing Balm will be replacing Shea Moisture Hibiscus Shampoo.
Protein Treatment: Protein treatments can be mild, medium or hard. If you’re staying on top of your protein treatments, a mild to medium protein treatment for maintenance is all that should be required. I really like Aubrey Organics GPB for that. A medium to hard protein treatment is best used when you’re only using protein periodically and when you see breakage creep up on you out of nowhere. You see, protein treatments strengthen the hair and patches up cuticle damage. My go-to medium protein treatment when breakage is an issue is Komaza Protein Strengthener. Most times, breakage will halt after one use. When my hair was at its worst point, it took several uses but once my hair balanced out, I was able to scale back and use it only as needed. I never, ever, ever, use hard protein treatments that harden the hair when applied. Those treatments are too strong for my hair.
Deep Conditioner: Deep conditioners replenish moisture in the hair and I absolutely love many but the two that tops my list as all time favorites that offer slip and hydration without doctoring them up with extras like honey and extra virgin olive oil are HairVeda SitriNillah and NaturelleGrow Mango and Coconut Water.
Related Articles: HairVeda SitriNillah Review | NaturelleGrow Mango and Coconut Water
Leave-In Conditioner: A good leave-in conditioner should leave the hair feeling moisturized and ready to take on the week. I love Pura Body Moisture Milk. It’s an awesome leave-in conditioner that is creamy and provides my hair with awesomeness each and every time. Honorable Mentions goes to Bee Mine Hair Milk.
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Moisturizer: I prefer creamy moisturizers when my hair is loose but I adore spray moisturizers when protective styling in buns or braids. Creamy: Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer. Spray: Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist.
Related Articles: Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist and Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer
Sealer: To lock in moisture, you should use a sealer. It can be oil or it can be a butter. Basically, it can be anything that is oil based. I love avocado oil for the summer and avocado butter (link is to a similar brand that I’ve used) for the winter since winter requires a heavier sealing barrier to keep the hair protected from the wind.
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