Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hair Tips for Transitioner

You decided to go natural by growing out your relaxer. Here are a few tips for caring for transitioning hair.

General Tips

  • Realize your hair will shed.If you see some relaxed ends in your comb don't be alarmed it is part of the process.
  • Choose styles that keep your hair handling to a minimum.This will help to keep breakage to a minimum. If you can avoid messing with your hair every day, do so. There are styles that last a week or more. And some that you can wash your hair with them in.



  • Avoid styles that will cause your hair to tangle. An example of this would be getting tiny braids. They can be a pain to get out when you have straight hair. The can be doubly frustrating when your hair is two texture.



  • Avoid using afro kinky "cotton spiral" hair for kinky twists. This hair look quite similar to natural tightly coiled hair. It can actually start to tangle with your new growth. I've heard horror stories of ladies having to spend hours extra taking it out. Steer clear while transitioning if you still have relaxed ends.



  • Have your braids touched up your braids between appointments. If you are using braids to transition, get the front and sides touched up between braiding. This is where a lot of product and gunk builds up. Having it touched up every two weeks between full braidings will keep your hair looking nice and keep the edges from being so tangled when your take them down.



  • Always detangle from tip to end.



  • Keep your hair moisturized.
     When Washing . . .
    • Try to avoid tangling your hair while washing it.Be gently with your hair. Think of it as a cashmere sweater and not a dirty pair of work pants.
    • Smooth on products from root to end.
    • Blot dry.

    Trimming

    • Set a cutting/trimming schedule.
    • Only use hair scissors to trim your ends.Never cut anything else with those scissors.
    • If you feel uncomfortable trimming your ends enlist the help of a friend or go to a salon.
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