After posting an Instagram picture asking what your biggest concerns were while transitioning many of you said one thing: BREAKAGE! Throughout my 10 months of transitioning I learned a few things that I hope you all will find helpful!
- FINGER DETANGLING!
I know that finger detangling can seem overwhelming and time consuming but it is so beneficial. While transitioning I rarely used a comb and I believe that’s one of the reasons why I retained so much length. While transitioning your hair is pretty fragile especially at the line of demarcation. This is the point in which your new growth meets your relaxed or chemically processed hair. While in the shower I applied my conditioner, created 4 sections and detangled my hair.
2. DITCH THE TOWEL!
Using a towel creates friction with your already fragile hair and encourages breakage. So to dry your hair grab a t-shirt you don’t use or invest in a microfiber towel which is more gentle and gets the job done!
3. DEEP CONDITION!
Deep conditioning was and still is one of the most important parts of my wash day routine. While transitioning I made my own DIY Deep Conditioner which kept my hair moisturized and reduced breakage. Doing so made such a huge difference in the way my hair looked and also how my hairstyles held up for the week.
4. LEAVE YOUR HAIR ALONE!
When I entered the wonderful world of natural hair I was so eager to try every hairstyle out there that I would style my hair at least 3 times a week! Soon I realized that it made more sense to style my hair once for the week and when it got frizzy and old I could just throw it up in a bun until wash day (which was Sunday for me). LESS MANIPULATION = LESS BREAKAGE!
5. TRIM YOUR HAIR!
While I transitioned I trimmed my hair about every 2 months. Doing so promotes hair growth and stops split ends from traveling up your hair strands.
6. SATIN SATIN SATIN!
Satin is every naturalista’s best friend. Why? Because the fabric is smooth and does not cause friction. Satin also helps to retain moisture and reduces frizz. So grab yourself a satin scarf, pillowcase or bonnet to wear while sleeping!
I hope these tips were helpful! And of course I couldn’t leave you all without hair inspiration from my transitioning days! Make sure you are subscribed to my Youtube Channel because up next I will be uploading tutorials for some of these styles!
Braid & Curl
3 Strand Twist (with perm rods at the end)
Until next time….. ❤