When we decide not to use conventional hair products, we put behind us sulphates, parabens but also and especially silicones. These, which deserve an entire article and in their own right, work in such a way as to fill the gaps of each damaged hair like a bandage without repairing it. And yes, the restorative action that we are sold in the conventional is totally false, silicones are just hide-and-seek. After a few weeks of shampoos and natural treatments, the hair becomes dry, becomes tangled and forks appear. As you will have understood, it is the direct consequences of the absence of silicones, the cessation of the “dressing” effect and the true nature of you hair that reveals itself. But don’t panic! Believe me, it’s not that dramatic, we’ve all been there, and now is not the time to give up. This is where the real work begins: taking care of your hair to eventually have it healthy. This transition period varies from person to person, but on average it lasts 1 month. Of course, this is not an absolute truth. Some people will have very little or no consequences as a result of their natural transition. In practical terms, it all depends on the routine you had and whether you assaulted them or not. Anyway if you want to quickly find a beautiful hair, I offer you to discover my few tips.
Tips to make your transition easier
The first advice I will give you to speed up your transition and, therefore, quickly improve the condition of your hair is to cut. Yes I know, it’s not easy to part with its length. But be aware that apart from the hair, your hair is a “dead” material. They cannot be repaired and will not regain a healthy appearance if they are damaged. Forget all the marketing talk we’ve been drinking for years, without the famous silicones, it’s impossible to cheat. For my part when I decided to pass the milestone, I went from a length at mid-back to a long square. But I fully understand that this can be hard for some. If you are in this case, take your time and cut a few inches every month, until you get rid of anything that is unrecoverable. And then, believe me, as you go natural you’ll see that your hair grows faster.
At the same time, whether you opt for the radical option or the progressive, you need to start pampering your hair with appropriate care. Make oil bathes before each shampoo, this will allow you to nourish and moisturize your hair thoroughly. And if it doesn’t repair damaged lengths, it makes them look better, prevents the formation of future forks, and avoids breakage. Lots of benefits not to be overlooked so. Recommend argan, coconut or jojoba oils (for oily hair). You can add essential oils as needed but no need to invest in an aroma library, one or two will do the trick 😉.
Finally, arm yourself with patience because natural is also a new way to consume beauty. The results are not immediate but are visible in the long term. Tell yourself that this change is more than just using sulfates or silicones. By switching to natural, you adopt a mode of consumption that does not harm the planet, your health, humans and animals.
The products I recommend during the transition
Here I will answer a question that is asked to me quite regularly. Which hair products to choose when you begin your transition to the natural. So I don’t recommend switching from a big-box shampoo to solid shampoo. The difference is far too great and you may be a little confused. I am one of those who advocate going in stages. But before you choose your special transition shampoo, you need to assimilate one thing. The shampoo combo – after shampoo – mask – serum (or other) no longer needs to be. These routines that we have become accustomed to following are needs created, your hair absolutely does not need all these products to do well. Don’t try to reproduce these patterns all done, be content with the minimum. Moreover, you will find that in the offer of natural products, it is very rare to find masks to put in the shower or protective serums or anti-frizz. Forget the superfluous and get back to the basics: a very good shampoo and possibly if you have dry hair and after shampoo. Unbelievable but true, we can live without an after shampoo!
To not (too) shake up your habits I recommend two brands: Lavera and Urtekram. Lavera is a very affordable German brand that you can find at Mademoiselle Bio (on the net and in Parisian shops) but also very often in organic stores. It covers a wide range of needs. They are among the first shampoos I used during my natural transition. They foam very well, smell very good and have very soft compositions.
With these tips and a lot of patience, you should normally make your transition in softness and regain healthy hair quickly for your greatest happiness.