Rachel’s back… a 23 year old student who currently resides in Louisville, KY. She decided to transition in November 2008, and more than a year later, she is still going strong and has become well versed in dealing with the ‘terrible twos’! This is why Ms. Rachel Neirene is our new Transitioning Guru! Today, she shares her fav products!

So…I’ve been busy. But I think a product list is in order. Throughout my transition I have used lots of different products. I think I have turned into a product junkie!
Even at the beginning of my transition, I switched to products that are more friendly to the natural beauties.
Below you’ll find a list of my fav products, and what I use them for–
Carol’s daughter Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie–I use this as a pre-poo deep conditioning treatment. I pair this with Aveda Beautifying oil and leave it in overnight.
Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo-I shampoo with this every two weeks. I love it. It smells great and my hair is dripping with moisture when after I use it. Now that I have well over 40% of natural hair grown in, I don’t shampoo half as often as I used to. I usually do the pre-poo deep conditioning treatment and use the next product on my list to co-wash.
Aveday Dry Remedy Conditioner-One word-SLIP!! It’s amazing. It detangles my hair so well. It’s at the top of my list.
Carol’s daughter hair milk– I use this as a leave-in. It works wonders and I don’t need to use a lot. A little definitely goes a long way. I was surprised by that because I have very thick hair. If you use too much, it will weigh your hair down big time, and that’s no fun. The hair milk also works well with keeping your twist-outs, braid-outs, or any other kind of style you like to wear, looking fresh.
Aveda Beautifying oil-I use this to oil my scalp and I use it to keep my ends moisturized. I love the way it smells. Heavenly.
Just recently, I started using cocoa butter on my hair as an overnight treatment– I just warm it in the microwave, put it in my hair and let it set over night.
Rachel’s Deep Treat Recipe:
I also have made my own little deep conditioner–I mash an avocado, add in some melted cocoa butter, and some Aveda beautifying oil, and let it set in the refrigerator for a bit. If you choose to make this, you don’t have to use the Aveda oil, you can add any essential oil you would like to the mixture.
So after letting it set for a bit, I wet my hair, spread the mixture throughout my whole head, put on a plastic cap, and just let it marinate for as long as I feel like it. Then, rinse thoroughly and proceed with a co-wash or a shampoo. My hair is so much softer now that I have been using the avocado yummyness. I love it!
As you can see I use lots of Carol’s daughter products. I just got some Oyin handmade products in the mail. I’m very excited to try them out and I will keep you posted.

I would like to hear from you guys. I want to know what your favorite products are!!