I have just pre-shampooed with oil, wash my hair with shampoo, and then I use leave-in conditioner. i am not into buying too many or even one expensive product unless they are good quality. I am talking about my hair routine because I have to admit that I haven't taken as much care of my hair as I do now. I want my natural hair to be even and shiny. I feel pretty good because my hair "feels" clean. I started on my natural hair "journey" in August. There are some advantages to having natural hair and being natural that I didn't have with relaxed hair. I can take care of my hair easily compared to relaxed hair because of the expense of going through chemical burns, the limited use of products that I have, and the expense of having to buy a relaxer every few weeks so that my "naps" would be straightened..
I love having relaxed hair, but that is all in the past, now. I love having natural hair. I don't have to worry about chemicals, dyes, and bleaches, if I wish to have my hair bleached, which is a foolish thing to do. I damaged my hair to the point where when I relaxed it, much of my hair fell out. I became afraid to use relaxers. I cannot say why I started on this journey other than that, but I have been watching videos online from other women who went natural and how they were taking care of their hair. It peaked my interest even more. It was during a brief transitioning stage from having relaxed hair to having natural hair. To me, cutting off all of my relaxed hair was a signal of independence, which I sorely needed. I wanted to do something for myself, so that is what I did. It felt more liberating than anything. This is decision that I have not regretted.