A Transitioner’s Shopping Cart

products & toolsIf you’re like I was: a Recent Transitioner with no clue of what supplies you’ll need to go natural, you can now breathe easy. Inside, find a comprehensive list of the basic supplies I used both when transitioning, and throughout my natural hair journey. 

If you like, print this list and take a trip to Sally’s and Trader Joes or if you’re cozy at home in front of the computer, this amazon shopping list will have what you need delivered to your door.


The key principle when purchasing hair products, is to choose those with the most natural ingredients possible. Some key ingredients to avoid are: petroleum, sulfates, parabens, non-plant-based alcohol, and silicones.

Now, there were some products that were not natural that I used when transitioning that worked best for detangling and provided slip that I couldn’t get with natural alternatives, some of those you’ll see in the amazon list. The opposite is true too, there are some products that I wasn’t able to use when transitioning that I am able to use now (e.g. Terressentials mud wash).

Conditioning & Cleansing Products:

1. Deep Conditioner – homemade blend or store-bought

2. Basic Conditioner (e.g. Trader Joes Nourish Spa)

3. Leave in Conditioner

4. Sulfate Free Shampoo (sulfate free)

Styling Products:

1. Twisting & Styling Butter

2. Styling Hair Gel – 100% natural & homemade or store-bought

3.  Shine Spritz / Hair Sheen

Detangling Tools:

1. Fine Tooth Comb (optional – to be used for either styling or trimming)

2. Denman Brush and/or Wide Tooth Comb

3. Clips (butterfly and duckbill)

Styling Tools:

1. Small Bobbi Pins

2. Toothbrush: for smoothing edges & baby hairs

3. Afro Pick

4. Perm Rods

5. Rolling Papers

Essential Oils:

1. Basic Aromatic Oils – Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Citrus Oils (Grapefruit, etc.)

2. Conditioning Oils – Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Coconut Oil

Other Essentials:

1. Spray Bottle with an adjustable stream nozzle

2. Trimming Scissors – I use thread scissors. If you don’t have these, pick up a pair  of hair shears. Regular scissors aren’t sharp enough and can cause split ends. 

3. Satin Bonnet

4. Satin Scarf

5. Plastic Conditioning Caps


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