Since I keep getting questions about how I decided on which hair products were best for me, I thought it'd be useful to have a post on this for those transitioning or thinking about doing a big chop. From the moment I made up my mind to stop using chemicals to straighten my curls, I started doing my research. I suggest you arm yourself with information about your hair type, curl pattern and its needs. From time to time I'll feature popular hair gurus with different hair textures on here so you can watch out for that.
I started out with only 3 products (shampoo, conditioner and oil) that my stylist had tested on my hair and seemed great at the time. The more I understood my hair's needs, the more my product stash slightly increased but I'm still not a junkie. There's no point wasting money on things you will stash for years and eventually discard.
Here are some tips:
* Find a great conditioner (preferably one that can be used to co-wash and still be a great leave-in). This cuts your buy in half.
* Find a great clarifying system (could be a clarifying shampoo, or an ACV rinse or anything else that works for you, it's worth trying them to find out which works best for your hair). It is not enough to just co-wash or moisturise, you will need to clarify so your scalp and pores remain clean and fresh and you get rid of a build-up of products in your hair.
* Find a great oil or moisturiser for your hair or both.
* For styling, you may need gels or styling/holding creams depending on your hair type and the looks you would like to achieve.
* Experiment with small samples. Most companies offer samples for free or for a cheap price so you can order or buy these and try them out. If a new product is not enhancing you hair care system, give it away or look for a product swap opportunity. These seem to pop up a lot at local hair events.
* Don't do a massive product haul if you're a newbie and are just starting out because you will spend a lot of money. At that point you don't really know what your hair will like or not, so get to know your hair and get free samples as mentioned earlier. You're better off with a tiny bottle of something you may use again than a huge bottle of something you'll never use again.
This doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience that will cost you loss of income. Remember to be prepared by arming yourself with information, especially if you are a newbie. You don't need the whole shop in your hair! :)