According to the scalp specialist, one major way that perms and other relaxers may have an effect on your scalp can be heard in the natural hair community's debates about the myth or reality of "scab hair". Since it's impossible to form an actually scab on hair follicles we'll refer to it as "transitional hair".
Transitional hair is a phenomenon that many new naturals experience just after their Big Chop, and it is defined as a combination of dry, wiry and semi-straight natural hair that does not have a defined curl or coil pattern, even with the best curl defining products.
This transitional hair (aka "scab hair") is usually isolated to the first few inches of new growth that emerges after you've stopped relaxing with chemicals. Nobody knows for sure what the cause is for these changes to your hair - but there are some really good theories and we'll talk about it right now.
Follicle Shape Change Theory
According to the "Follicle Shape- Change Theory", extra-dry, unpredictable transitional hair is caused by actual physical changes to the hair follicles' structure as a result of the long-term use of chemical relaxers.
Transitional hair is a temporary hair situation that is usually resolved as the follicle heals and the hair grows and settles into its permanent natural arrangement.
Some naturals are convinced that "scab hair" is a hair care industry myth or that it's something that was dreamed up by new naturals and transitioners to explain away their unwanted hair textures.
But for those who feel they have experienced "scab hair" or transitional hair themselves, it is all too real. But, since there's no specific scientific research to prove or disprove that transitional hair exists, theories are all we have to work with at the moment. But the proof is in the puddin' as they say.
The information we learned and spoke about in this article is from The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals, available HERE: https://amzn.to/2L5qZ9b
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OK, if you are looking for proven hair growth recipes then you are going to want to KISS ME after this!
Let me introduce you to this video from Curly Proverbz showing her unique Super Hair Growth Oil DIY recipe with Before and After footage.
Over the years she has tried and tested so many oils and ingredients with reasonable success in growing her hair faster than its usual pace. In the past, she used gro aut oilwith great success and got 2 inches of growth in 8 weeks! She made up her own version of the oil with additional ingredients that she feels improved the formula. If you are looking for fast hair growth, whether your hair's natural or processed this is the video for you. (Learn to transition to Natural in 7 steps here...)
INSTRUCTIONS: Carefully add all of your ingredients to a glass jar and mix well. When you want to use your oil just add what you need to an applicator bottle. Curly Proverbz makes it very clear that you should not use your mix beyond four weeks.
It allows you to straight kinky/curly hair without the high heat of professional-level flat irons. There had been a ton of Tweets and Facebook posts in different Black Hair Groups about the new miracle hair tool.
But there was one big problem....
The $300 PRICE TAG!!!
Like many others at the time, I wasn't dropping no dang $300 for it.
But all y'all that was complaining right along with me will be hyped up that 10 months later the price has dropped to less than $200! And that's FROM DAFNI (the real manufacturer), be careful of people selling knockoff fakes.
I say to be careful of the fakes and knockoff brands because there are TONS of them out now after the success of Dafni's Brush. The DAFNI company is the originator of this beloved "hair straightening ceramic brush", some have bought fakes and been very upset about it.
But anyway, the idea of the Dafni brush is similar to any other straightening tool - you slowly run the hot ceramic through your hair and it gets rid of any waves or kinks.
What DAFNI claims makes their product better than competitors is that it has more surface area than the traditional straightener, which means that your hair could be done in as little as two minutes. Plus since it's already a brush, the hair wouldn't get tangled.
The Dafni Brush at work on Kinky/Curly Natural Hair!
Here is a popular video from a Facebook user named Kimberley Satterwhite, she posted her first experience using it and she thought you might like that we share it with you right here. See the video below.
Be honest, what do you think of the results?
Given the texture of the little girl’s hair that it was demonstrated on, do you think this will work for your texture?
Here's Kimberly's (the mom) Comment From Her Video Post:
Sometimes things look so good you have to think, "That just can't be!" And "It's just too good to be true!" Like how I earn 6 figures as a stay at home mom. I just say, "Let's just Try it & see"! I understand how it feels to be a total skeptic of something! So I'm going to try out the 'Dafni Ceramic Straightening Brush'. DOES IT WORK?! You can see for yourself IF In Fact IT Works or not?! This takes the place of flat ironing and saves you MAJOR TIME! I am TOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!
NOTE: I was so excited to use this i didn't wash my daughters hair. She does have GEL in her hair i just ran it through really quick to test it. Imagine this on her CLEAN hair! WOW. I'm very happy with this product! (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)
Just to prep you for the video a bit, just know that Teaundra straightens her hair only once a year if that just to switch things up every once in a while and no heat any other time.
She has been natural since 2008, she has had amazing hair growth over the years after going natural and the techniques she shows in the video are the same as what she always does when she washes her hair. She starts off showing you her GO TO pre-poo product, which is Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner.
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Here is a great video from Jewellianna demonstrating how she goes about her hair straightening routine.
Her tutorial video displays how she systematically takes her kinky-curly natural hair from super curly to completely straight.
It's a great way to get a new look for a while without harmful chemicals like perm and relaxers. In this video, Jewellianna shows exactly how she blow dries, flat irons, and silk wraps her gorgeous natural hair; plus, she give pro tips and warnings for you when trying to get your natural hair on straight FLEEK!
Pierre Jean-Louis is a super-talented visionary and artist based in New York and Philadelphia who describes himself as...
"I'm just an artist with no plan B... Cause either I succeed at this or die trying."
Pierre has built up huge social media following on Instagram as a result of his unique works. Jean-Louis paints breath-taking images of the universe and nature onto images of black women’s natural hair that are truly fascinating.
His intricate works feature stars, fire, flowers, vines, and even solar systems, all seamlessly woven into the gorgeous kinks and curls of black hair. ( For a tutorial on making your own hair growth pills CLICK HERE.)
We'll have two separate types of lists... the Best Sellers list and the 4 Stars or Better list (real customer ratings).
Top 10 Highest-Rated Shea Butters
If you've been in the natural hair community for any amount of time, it will come as no surprise to you that Shea Butter is one of the most beloved and useful natural hair products on the planet.
So I'd be an idiot not to give you the top 10 highest rated shea butters online.
Shea Butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairs and protects your hair against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging your pores. It is especially helpful for processed and heat-treated hair. It's a go-to treatment for dry scalp problems and it brings life and luster to damaged hair.
I personally have used it for years and years and years on my skin (I was born in 1977). And believe me, my skin shows great results now from years of keeping my face moisturized every morning. Shea Butter is like food for the skin containing Vitamins A, E and F. These vitamins fight against wrinkles and facial lines.
Here are the shea butters with nothing less than 4 Star ratings...
1. 100% Pure Unrefined Raw SHEA BUTTER - from the nut of the African Ghana Shea Tree
This ranking is a little weird, they're ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars with nearly 400 customer reviews but one of the first things I noticed is alot of women complaining about the hardness and consistency of the butter. But overall, the rankings are good. (get real customer reviews)
9. Unrefined Shea Butter - Organic In HDPE Jar Sits at 4.4 out of 5 stars, "It's fairly soft right out of the jar and take but a few seconds to rub in the palm of your hand and apply." -JayGT (get real customer reviews)
10. Raw Unrefined Ivory Shea Butter TOP Grade From Ghana - SOFT
4.6 out of 5 stars, "The scent is nutty like some other people said but not awful. I mixed it with coconut oil, sesame oil, vitamin E and added essential oils to mask its scent and it works great." -Petunia1620 (get real customer reviews)
Hair Butters - Highest-Rated Top 5 List
1. Molivera Organics Premium Raw Unrefined African Organic Grade A Ivory Shea Butter
Molivera ranked high in the shea butter category and ranks high against hair butter formulas too. They rank 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 530 reviews (get more customer reviews)
2. Nubian Heritage Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Moringa Repair and Extend Hair Butter Currently ranked 4.6 out of 5 stars, "This product is amazing and the smell is lovely as well!" -Samaria Farrar (get more customer reviews)
3. Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer
At the time of this update this is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars."Absolutely can't say enough great things about this product. Smells great and leaves my relaxed hair fuller and softer immediately. This will continue to be a staple in my hair therapy routine!" -Dege (get more customer reviews)
As of now, this is ranked 4.3 out of 5 stars, "Totally works on chemically treated and natural hair. My daughters and I have been using this protective cream for over a year. I apply it after shampooing and before blow drying my hair. Works great." -ncmcrae (get more customer reviews)
5. As I Am Double Butter Rich Daily Moisturizer
Currently ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars, "All their products are wonderful for my 3b curly hair." -momnson (get more customer reviews)
Coconut Oil For Natural Hair - Highest-Rated Top 5 List
1. Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
This best seller coconut oil has alot of natural hair fans and is ranked 4.8 out of 5 stars at the time of this update.
"When you are transitioning through those stages it can be really hard to keep your hair moisturized but I use it daily, and extra on wash day. I also add it to my homemade hair masks that I like to do a couple times a week." -Tyneisha Fondren
Nature's way is a favorite of natural hair woman and rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. "I use coconut and jojoba oil for moisturizing my dry skin and since I've converted from creams to oils, my skin has never looked or felt smoother. I use it on my legs and arms mostly but it works just about everywhere." -Carrie Watson (see more customer reviews)
3. Nature's Way Pure Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
Currently sitting at 4.7 out of 5 stars. "This is a great moisturizer for my hair and skin. I haven't used lotions on my skin since I started using coconut oil. Going forward, I don't think I will use anything else except coconut oil on my skin. And, Nature's Way is the best." -TonyaP (see more customer reviews)
4. Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16-Ounce Jar
Ranked by buyers as a 4.7 out of 5 stars coconut oil. "I have been using organic oils on my face and body and hair and everywhere else as a moisturizer and healing agent for about a year in a half and it has made a huge difference in the look and health of my skin in that time. The coconut oil does wonderful things for my hair, I use it every chance I get..in conditioners, shampoos, etc. and it leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling fresh." -Angelina (see more customer reviews)
5. Cococare Coconut Oil 100% Pure 4 Oz
As of date, this coconut oil for natural hair is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. "All I will say is this, this is some real 100% coconut oil, it is not just good it is great, great for your skin and your hair. I have well past my waist dreads or locks if you will and this is just fine for my hair, with a little shea butter added this keeps my scalp and my dreads tight. I have one recommendation, keep it well refrigerated or it will liquefy on you, other than that I have no complaints" -D.L. Brown (see more customer reviews)
Top 10 Carol's Daughter Natural Hair Products - Highest-Rated
1. Monoi Repairing Hair Mask for Unisex, 7 Ounce
Currently rated as 4.5 out of 5 stars.
"I'm an African-American woman with thick, natural 4b hair that hits around mid-back length when it is flat ironed. The Monoi Hair Mask is hands down the best conditioner I have ever used on my natural hair. After I wash my hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash I apply Monoi and leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse out. My hair is a bed of well defined, super soft curls that can be easily combed out or finger combed." -Sammy (see more customer reviews)
2. Monoi Repairing Conditioner 8.5 FL OZ
Currently sitting at 4.5 out of 5 stars.
"I have waist-length wavy-to-curly hair, and with hair this long breakage is an inevitable problem. Anything that can help strengthen my hair is worth trying! I was really pleased with Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioner (as used with the shampoo from the same product line)." -Suzy Hough (see more customer reviews)
3. Marguerite's Magic Restorative Cream Hairdress
Currently rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.
"My hair responded well and is moisturized, shiny, and soft while twisted up. It's winter here so I don't plan on wearing a twist out until summer, but whenever I take my twists down to remoisturize I like the results. It has a pleasant, light scent. I have a sensitive nose, and it doesn't give me problems. It is VERY thick. A little goes a long way." -SATG (see more customer reviews)
"Nothing else works like it for my wife's hair." -Tim DD
"I don't give out five stars unless a product is pretty flawless; it has to meet or exceed its product claims, be fairly priced for what it claims to do, and have no obvious tweaks needed to make it better. This trifecta of excellence is rarer than you think but with this shampoo and its sister conditioner my hair has finally met its perfect match ...." -Desert Gypsy (see more customer reviews)
6. Black Vanilla ( Moisturizing) Hair Smoothie
Currently rated 4.2 out of 5 stars.
"It moisturizes my dry hair without a greasy or heavy feel. Great for my two strand twists! WONDERFUL FRAGRANCE!" -LaValda Williams (see more customer reviews)
7. Carol's Daughter, Lisa's Hair Elixir
Currently rated 4.1 out of 5 stars.
"It leaves me speechless. I ordered this product after I read about it in Seventeen Magazine. I would wash my hair let it dry then get up extra early the next morning to flat iron it and look decent for my class in the next few hours. With this product, it has greatly helped my damaged hair to repair." -Victoria Rae Burton "Tori" (TX) (see more customer reviews)
8. Loc Butter Shaping Pomade Hairdress
Overall rating is 4.1 out of 5 stars from customers with dreadlocks.
"This product has done wonders for my dreadlocks and I use it daily on my hair and my daughter's." -P. Gamble
1-Star Warning! "Formula changed. I live outside the US and haven't been able to buy the product in person since I ran out in over 6 months, so I was happy to get it in the mail. Until I found out that the formula has completely changed. Same price, of course, but no as good as the past." -Markeeta (see more customer reviews)
9. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars by customers.
"This is a wonderful product! Tames frizzies,and leaves hair shiny, silky and easy to manage wih absolutely no sticky residue." -MJB (see more customer reviews)
10. Carol's Daughter, Mimosa Hair Honey, 8-Ounce
Customers have rated this one 4.0 out of 5 stars.
"Great for African American hair . It keeps the hair soft and smelling good. Not oily looking. My children are bi racial and this was perfect for their type of hair." -Grammy (see more customer reviews)
Top 10 Best Seller Natural Hair Shampoos
All of these shampoos in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair shampoo Top 100 list. I, of course, left out any men's shampoos or shampoos that are not popular among my natural hair readers. So here we go, let's start with number one...
1. Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Shampoo, Brown and Blue, 16 Fluid Ounce
This is the #1 best selling shampoo OVERALL on Amazon, it has argon oil in it's formula and buyers use it to prevent hair loss.
The Pura d'or brand is a powerhouse, they rank #1 and #3 on Amazon's best seller list, a men's shampoo ranked #2, so ofcourse they didn't make it onto our top seller list, so Pura d'or Gold Label comes in as #2 best seller for naturals. This shampoo is bought to prevent thinning hair & loss of hair.
3. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Clean & Classic
Batiste dry shampoo is a big-time best seller on Amazon, many naturals are getting into dry shampoo into or to avoid wetting their hair too much. Below you'll see a video from ThikandKurly on how to use dry shampoo for natural hair and braids. She doesn't use Batiste though, she uses Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse dry shampoo to clean her braids without water.
4. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Set
This best seller is famous for it's reconstructive keratin fatty acids and Moroccan oil. It's the 8th best seller on Amazon.
5. DevaCurl Combo No-Poo Cleanser Shampoo + One
#TeamNatural is probably the sole reason this shampoo is so high on Amazon's best selling shampoo list. It's not cheap ( $60? Sheesh! ), but it still sells like hotcakes. That tells you alot.
6. Acure Organics Shampoo Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell -- 8 fl oz
This best seller is loved because it provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock.
7. Batiste Dry Shampoo, Cherry, 6.73 Ounce
The original version of this shampoo sells better, but the cherry version made the top seller's list too. Very popular brand.
8. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo 8.5oz and Hydrate Conditioner 8.5 oz duo
This best seller has a ton of loyal fans that say it leaves your hair silky soft and vibrant.
9. Mane 'n Tail Herbal Gro Shampoo & Conditioner Olive Oil Complex
This best seller reminds of growing up at the house in Detroit, my sisters and mom loved Mane 'n Tail, they obviously aren't the only ones.
10. Tru Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
This brand probably made Amazons top 100 best selling shampoos because it's known to be a gentle, sulfate-free choice for all natural hair types, as well as color treated hair and hair that has been weakened, damaged chemical processing or heat styling.
Top 10 Best Selling Natural Hair Conditioners
All of these conditioners in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair conditioner Top 100 list. So here we go, let's start with number one...
1. Tru Moroccan Hair Repair Conditioner
The Tru Moroccan brand made it onto Amazon's Top 100 selling conditioners list and their shampoo list. Ladies are snatching these products up fast.
2. Hydrating Argan Oil Deep Conditioner by Arvazallia for Dry or Damaged Hair
This brand sells like crazy and is known for it's ability to deep condition and help with detangling, leaves hair with soft and silky texture.
3. WEN Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
"I am African American and have kinky hair. This tamed my hair down. I can wash my hair and go. It helps my hair stay moist. When I straighten my hair it is soft and looks as if I got it done at a salon, I am a cosmetologist so that could be why. One of my bottles had leaked upon approval, I called Wen the lady was extremely apologetic and sent me a new bottle I got it within 2 days. Wen is great ! I would recommend this to everyone" - Fay Green
4. Deva Curl Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner, One Condition
This brand made it onto the best selling shampoos list and the top selling conditioners list. It comes with a big price tag but women LOVE it. It is selling more than most conditioners online no matter the price.
5. Pura d'or: Premium Organic Conditioner
This conditioner sells extremely well and makes the best seller list once again, just like it's shampoo counterpart. It's known to enhance the manageability, shine and control of your hair.
6. Silk 18 by Maple Holistics - Sulfate Free Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair
This best selling conditioner contains a masterful blend of harmless conditioning ingredients to help do the job, Silk18 is formulated with a maximized portion of silk amino acids. The ingredients are naturally derived from silk, to be exact, eighteen different silk amino acids which have great benefits for your hair.
7. It's A 10 Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin
This one makes the best seller list as the first leave-in conditioner on the list.
8. It's a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin
Coming in right behind the leave-in conditioner is 10 Miracle's deep conditioner. Also a fan favorite and top seller.
9. L'Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Cleansing Conditioner
L'Oreal is a household name and that may be one of the reasons it's selling so well over other brands.
10. HSI Professional Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner
This brand is not only a best seller but has some amazing ratings, as of right now 1,050 of it's 1,307 ratings are 5 star! This conditioner may shoot farther up on the list as more women come to know about it.
When a natural-haired woman from Marietta, Georgia made her appointment at Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon, she assumed that the "blow out" hairstyle that she’d asked for would consist of a simple shampooing, conditioning, and of course, blow drying. When she first left the salon she was happy, but 3 days later, she noticed something weird when she washed her hair so that she could put into twists.
But for some strange reason, her luscious hair refused to curl as it ALWAYS DID and she noticed that large sections of her hair appeared to be unusually straight. When she called the hair salon to ask what IN THE WORLD they had done to her hair, they told her that they'd put chemical perm relaxer in her shampoo without her knowing about it!
As anyone with naturally curly, kinky hair black woman will tell to you, using any amount of chemical relaxer isn’t something that you do casually as if trying a new hair spritz or something. The active ingredients in most relaxers are alkaline chemicals like lye or ammonium sulfate that have a pH somewhere between 10 and 14. The hair damaging properties of these substances break down hair’s protein structure. Cases in which relaxer is left in for too long can result in severely damaged hair and burning of the scalp.
According to the woman, a representative from the salon informed her that it was standard procedure to mix a small amount of relaxer into the shampoo used for people with natural hair and that it wasn’t cause for concern. Lisbeth Dominican Hair Salon, which the woman also called out in the original post, made a point of posting to Facebook that they did not make a practice of mixing relaxer in with shampoo.
After the woman posted photos of her now processed hair as a warning to women with natural hair who might patronize the salon, the natural hair community quickly came to the consensus that the woman would be well justified if she decided to sue the salon.
“This is one of the NO-GO’s for my naturalistas,” Yelp user Tosha W. wrote in a critical review of the salon prompted by the screenshot. “Mixing a perm in with the shampoo without consent is just as tacky as a hair salon can get.”
And we'd have to agree, for any salon to slip a major hair killer into a clients shampoo without getting permission is almost a low-level crime in my opinion. How is that any different that punching a hole in someone's tire on purpose?
How would you have handled this situation OMGers? Would you have sued?
One of the biggest reasons women with curly & kinky hair have a problem with shrinkage is because so many people outside of black culture or natural hair culture have NO IDEA that you are blessed with so much hair. They think that if your kinky/curl hair is sitting at 7 inches, you only have 7 inches of hair.
That is how life is for women with straight hair, but many curly-haired naturals that have hair sitting at 7 inches in front of the naked eye could EASILY be flaunting 14-20+ inches of lusciousness.
So BlackHairOMG wants to make sure that more and more people realize this phenomenon on natural black hair.
So do you know someone that freaks out about having "short hair" when they go natural? Or do you know someone that has absolutely no clue about how much hair is actually contained in these beautifully coiled crowns of beauty?
If so, make sure you share these photos on your social media accounts and tag your friends so that they can recognize the majestic beauty contained in natural hair.