Update March 2015: Unfortunately the Carol’s Daughter transitioning kit has been discontinued. But fortunately there are other transitioning kits on the market with the same benefits.
Are you experiencing dryness, brittleness and breakage with your transitioning hair? The solution might be below.
When I started transitioning in 2010, there were not many products geared toward the transition.
So I found myself just trying a lot of different ones, and I honestly wasted a lot of money in the process.
In 2012, Carol’s Daughter launched the first ever natural hair transitioning kit and according to many of my readers on this blog, it’s a hit. There have been lots of positive comments about it like the one below.
I have not used the kit because by the time it launched I was already fully natural.
However, I’ve contemplated buying it because even though it’s for transitioners, the products and system are just as suitable for natural hair.
So it certainly wouldn’t hurt. If nothing else, it would be a nice revitalizing/hydrating treatment for my hair.
Do I Need a Transitioning Kit?
Of course, you can transition successfully without a kit or buy the various products individually. However, the benefit of buying a system of products is they often work harmoniously, which may give you a better overall result — especially when used regularly.
Plus, the kit provides numerous benefits with the various products. Here’s an overview of each one.
1) Purifying Extra-Gentle Cleanser
What many transitioners don’t realize is that the use of sulfate shampoos can really strip the hair and dry it out.
When you become natural, retaining moisture is essential so you want to use gentle shampoos that won’t strip your hair of its natural oils.
This cleanser will keep your hair hydrated while removing product build-up.
Note: You don’t need a lot of lather to get your hair clean. We have a tendency to feel that we need suds to thoroughly clean our hair. Suds often come from harsh detergents that rob the hair of its natural oils.
Always, always, always use sulfate-free shampoos when transitioning and when you become fully natural.
2) Renewing Scalp Spray
You may not even know this, but your follicles could be damaged. Years of relaxing can take a toll on your scalp. Every time you feel that burn when a relaxer is applied, your follicles are being harmed.
How lasting the effects are will depend on the head, of course. It varies.
Your follicle health impacts how your hair grows out. Damaged follicles will produce hair with a protective coating that feels dry and brittle. That’s why transitioners in the early phases often experience extreme dryness and breakage.
You may wonder if this is how your natural hair will feel long-term, but sometimes you are experiencing “scab hair” as a result of the relaxer damage. This is only temporary.
The scalp spray will help nourish your follicles and nurse them back to health.
When taking care of our hair, we often focus on the roots and ends, but having a healthy scalp is just as important for healthy hair growth.
3) Restoring Anti-Breakage Treatment
Breakage is common with transitioning. In fact, you should expect it. The demarcation line where your two textures meet is very fragile.
So while you cannot transition with absolutely no breakage, you can definitely minimize it. This starts with keeping your hair hydrated, preventing split ends, and frequent trims.
Carol’s Daughter’s Anti-Breakage serum will help you keep breakage and shedding under control.
Results May Vary
Even though the benefits of the transitioning kit sound great, you have to understand that different heads may experience difference results.
However, I have heard very few people say that it didn’t work for them. Most comments have been nothing but positive.
It’s also important that you follow the instructions when applying the products because that will have an impact on how well they work.
Water, Water, Water
One thing I love about the transitioning kit is that all products are water-based. If you haven’t figured it out already, you will learn as a transitioner and naturalista that water is the foundation for moisturizing your hair.
If a product claims to be moisturizing and doesn’t list water as one of the first ingredients, it’s probably not the best product for hydrating your hair.
I was pleased to find that every product in the transitioning kit has water listed as the very first ingredient. The first product listed means there is more of that ingredient than any other.
So keep that tidbit of info in mind when you are shopping for moisturizers for your hair.
Quick Warning About Products
One thing I love about supporting companies like Carol’s Daughter is they are owned by people who actually have and understand ethnic hair.
A lot of well-known brands that sell products in popular retail chains, claim to make products for “our” hair, but they are laced with sulfates and other drying ingredients.
Many of these ingredients are cheap and have a long shelf-life, so companies often use them in abundance.
Then they just slap a “For Ethnic Hair” label on it and put it in a brown bottle to attract their target audience, but many of these products aren’t really best for our hair.
That’s why I buy a lot of my products from smaller companies that specialize in ethnic hair care.
You can buy the transitioning kit online at Carol’s Daughter’s website.