Friday, July 16, 2010

Transitioning for Dummies

 I feel as if transitioning has been complicated far beyond what it truly is. Not a day passes that someone is asking for transitioning tips or lamenting over not knowing what to do. I'm here to tell you that it's really not that difficult. You don't even have to change your relaxed regimen much and neither do you need to run out and buy all natural products.

Hey, they've got everything else for dummies!
1. Keep your hair clean!
I know its easy to get frustrated with your new growth and not want to even mess with it, but washing at least once a week is super necessary. Healthy Scalp = Healthy Hair. You may want to try washing your hair in chunky plaits if you're further on in your transition to prevent tangling.

2. Deep condition!
Your hair needs the extra moisture boost while it's transitioning. Once a month, throw in a protein deep conditioner before you do your regular moisturizing DC to keep up the protein balance. Where the relaxed and natural hair meet is a weak spot and it needs the strength from the protein.

3. Detangle WET hair.
Transitioning hair gets tangled, that's just a reality. Detangling is a breeze when done under running water, full of conditioner, and from tip to root. Be sure to use a wide tooth comb. For an even better detangling, you can follow the comb with a finger detangling. I don't know why I ever detangled any other way!

4. Drop the direct heat (flat iron and blowdryer)
Heat could cause the hair to break where the two textures meet or it could cause damage to your natural texture. Protective and low manipulation styles will help you make it without heat. To get a smooth protective style look,  airdry your hair using a silk/satin scarf to flatten your edges. For straight hair do a ponytail/cheat rollerset and silkwrap afterward.

5. Sleep cute.
If you're wearing a protective style, take it down and retie your edges with a scarf. You can clip up the length of your hair with a huge sectioning clip. Wear a silk/satin bonnet to protect the rest of your hair.

6. Keep it moist!
Be sure to moisturize your hair and seal that moisture in with a natural oil at least once a day.

7. Fingercomb
Lastly, try to limit the combing and brushing to only when it's absolutely necessary. Fingercomb your hair into place and then lightly brush or comb to smooth. This will reduce breakage and keep your new growth from getting all bushy.


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