Happy Hump Day!
Last week while I was in my local beauty supply store looking for hair for my mannequin head, I came across this:
“Jamaican Mango & Lime
No More Relaxer-New Growth (Thermo control Serum)
Heat Activated-Does not Break Hair Bonds like relaxer, Maximum Detangling (1 Application that lasts up to 2 months)
Kit Contains-1 Jamaican Mango & Lime no more relaxer new growth thermo control serum 4 oz
1-Naturalizing and Detangling Shampoo 2 oz
Naturalizing and Sealing Leave in Conditioner 2 oz
gloves, instruction pamphet…
…We have developed the perfect system to maintain and style hair that is in transition from relaxed to natural.”
I don’t know about you ladies, BUT had I come across this 15 months ago, I doubt I’d pick it up. For one, it reads like a relaxer replacement, ingredient-wise and there are far too many chemicals and “fragrance” for my personal taste. Secondly, as an ingredient reader, I don’t particularly like the ingredients they use; for instance, polyquaternium-37 is found in some relaxers. DMDM Hydrantoin is one of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde.
If I were to want a transitioning kit, I’d much prefer to see a kit on the market with these items:
Castor Oil: Use as a pre-poo or for fluffing out a twist or braiding style
Coconut and Olive Oil: Both these Oils can be used in a pre-poo treatment, added to a deep conditioner, or for a scalp massage
Shea Butter (or any butter): After you’ve added your leave-in, use a butter (shea, mango, coco, or butter mix) to seal in the moisture or to set your braids or twists
Aloe Vera Juice or Gel (I prefer Juice): Add to in your leave-in for boosted strand strength
Giovanni Direct Leave In: Light and Moisturizing
Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother): Use this, diluted with water, as a scalp cleanser. Who needs shampoo (which is very drying to the hair)
V05 Clarifying Conditioner: Use this cheapy conditioner during your detangling session. These can be found for $1 at your local dollar store.
Olive Oil Root Stimulator: Use this as a base for your deep conditioner. You can add to the base any oils and/or Aloe Vera Juice in this kit for extra deep conditioning goodness.
Ouchless Bands: These bands will help secure hair into place while you are styling. Unlike the bands with the metal, these will not break your hair off
Seemless Comb: I like this comb, but the idea is to use a wide-tooth comb for easy detangling
3 ounce Spray Bottle: Make a Mix of your Leave-In, Aloe Vera, and a tbsp of any oil to use as a daily moisturizing refresher!
Bobby Pins and Clips: These tools will make styling much more simple
That’s it! The best part is, many of the contents of my transitioning kit are multi-purpose, reuseable, and cheap to re-up :-D!
If you could give a new transitioning kit, what products would be in it?