What Should I Do with My Afro?

I am an African American female, age 49 and after years of perming my hair, I went natural a year ago. I have been wearing an afro, as well as using the old-fashioned straightening comb. My hair is really thick and extremely dry. I also color my hair. I have been using Dark and Lovely hair dye (golden blond), which I know is one of my problems. I am a college student and don't really have a whole lot of time or money to spend on my hair at the moment. Which products should I be using? My budget for shampoo and conditioner is no more than $50. I pray that you can help me so I don't have to shave my head!

--Angela Question:


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Congratulations on letting your hair go natural. You are right on target. Natural hair is often much more beautiful than the best and most expensive weaves or perms. You must use the most moistening shampoos and conditioners, especially because you are making an extreme color change. They don't have to be expensive. I would suggest you go to your local drugstore or beauty supply store. Comb the aisles looking for inexpensive moisturizing products made especially for African American hair. Look for the generic brands, which tend to be placed on the bottom shelves. These are often as good as the most expensive products. Be sure to check them out to find the best deals and products for your hair.

My favorite inexpensive products are Cream of Nature moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Soft Sheen Carson leave-in conditioner is also one of my favorites. By the way, Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding, once only available at the best and most expensive hair salons, is now available at Target for a much more reasonable price.



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