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Transitioning hair is very fragile and brittle because of the mix of natural and relaxed hair. It is normally most fragile at the point of intersection of the two different hair textures. Therefore, it should be treated with a high amount of care.
Here are some tips on how to handle and care for your hair when transitioning.
- Always moisturize. By this I mean keep your hair constantly feeling soft. Do this using either hair lotions or you can go organic or natural (extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, canola oil,e.t.c.) There is a lot of them you can use. Try to do more research about them and you'll get to know their many benefits for even other thing excluding hair. You can also use water! Get a spray bottle and just mist your hair daily or anytime it feels dry
- Wear protective hair styles. For transitioning hair, there are lots of hairstyles you can use. there's Bantu twists, sister locks, flat twists, straw sets, twist outs, e.t.c. These hairstyles will protect your hair from harsh conditions also retaining moisture. These hair styles also help to give you the feel on how to handle your hair when its fully natural.
- Be careful when using heat. As I said earlier, your hair is now fragile so you want to be careful about how you use heat on it. Before styling make sure you use a heat protector to reduce the amount of heat damage. DO NOT try to straighten your natural hair into your relaxed hair. that will make your hair break at the ends or even half-way through. I currently use TRESemme heat tamer spray.
- Drink lots and lots of water. Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. Moisture is the most important thing to consider in this journey so you want to make sure you are getting as much moisture as you can in different ways.
- Co-wash about two(2) times a week. Co-washing is just washing your hair but without shampoo. It will amaze you how soft and moisturized your hair will feel. I currently use herbal essences hello hydration conditioner. You can use any conditioner of your choice.
- Make sure you use a SILK scarf. Use a silk scarf and pillowcase (optional). this will help retain moisture and also prevent your hair form breaking when there is friction between your hair and the pillowcase at anytime you sleep. this will also help to reduce build up of oils and products on your pillowcase and thus, reduce the occurrence of pimples.
- Try to dry your hair naturally as much as possible and avoid using heat.
- Try to stay calm and have fun to reduce the amount of stress. You may not think this as very important but it actually occurs very frequently. When we stress out, we loose a lot of hair. So you see, those stands of hair that fall off during our wash are not only due to tangles or normal hair shedding.
- Most importantly of all, always have a big smile on your face!
I know this has been a very long post of words and no pictures but don't worry it's not as complex as it may seem. I just wanted to break it down for you to get the understanding.
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