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Hello again!

I am African-American and I have thick, kinky hair. I've been wearing my hair naturally for about 2 years and I recently heard about natural straightening products. I haven't worn my hair straight in a long time.

My question is: What are some good straightening conditioners/shampoos that I can use on my hair that are at a reasonable price? Preferably ones that I might find at any local drugstore.

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Hello again,

The difference between drugstore and salon brands that are most important are the quality and the amount of each ingredient. To be honest with you, the only thing I know about over the counter products is which ones I don't like. The ones that are ineffective, create a lot of buildup, etc.  so, to answer your question the best way I can is to tell you I would recommend Mizani. Their ThermaSmooth line is amazing on all hair types and textures. All I can tell you about the grocery store brands is that, most of the time, I have to do a clarifying treatment before I can color or chemically straighten the hair of my clients who use them.
Dudley is also a fave.  

Here's what to look for: high moisture, smoothing, and thermal protection. If you can find something that says those three things on the label, you're going to be as close as you can get with an over the counter product.  

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Dana Sear

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I can answer questions on all types of hairstyling, cutting, designing, coloring, corrective color, perming techniques,product knowledge, and in general, anything that has anything to do with hair. PLEASE NOTE: I am a professional designer and trainer. I do hair and teach advanced classes to licensed designers. I do not, under any circumstances, recommend doing chemical services including but not limited to relaxers, perms, color, highlights, or any other chemical service at home. I will not tell you how to use professional products nor will I tell you how to do your color at home. What I CAN do is arm you with current and accurate information and help you to be able to better communicate with your stylist/designer. I can also help you with what you need to do at home to maintain, protect, and treat your hair.

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I have been a designer and educator for 31 years. I have been a salon consultant for Redken, affiliate trainer for ABBA Pure and Natural, Director of Education for my own salon and am currently a member of the design team and advanced trainer for my company. I specialize in corrective color, perming and style support, and image updates (make overs)

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I have been actively licensed for 31 years. I actively participate in and teach cutting, perming, coloring, and business building classes. I am a REDKEN Certified Haircolorist, and REDKEN Specialist. I also have extensive training in Structure in Motion Cutting Techniques and Tigi Cutting.

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