If you've decided you want to transition, or in other words - grow out a relaxer . You may find it challenging because you're dealing with two different hair textures. This guide details how to wash, condition and dry you hair whilst transitioning, in addition to some other useful tips.
Handling your New Growth whilst Transitioning
During the growing out phase you will have two textures of hair to keep under control, namely the kinky curly texture of your new growth and your relaxed ends. These two textures need to be handled correctly otherwise your hair will break at the meeting point. This meeting point is generally refered to as the demarcation line.
The easiest way to handle the demarcation line is to work with your natural curl and wear your hair in curly styles using twists, braid outs, and chiney bumps (bantu knots) to style your hair. Ultimately this method of styling works because it minimises the texture differences between the relaxed ends and the new growth. There is also the additional benefit that this type of styling requires no heat, and using less heat helps hair to grow and to retain its length.
Apart form using twist and other no heat methods you could rollerset or flat-iron your hair. If using heat is a must for you when transitioning, restrict the use to once a week.
How to promote new hair growth whilst Transitioning When growing out you relaxer the most fustrating part is wating for you naturalhair to grow. To promote hair growth the single most effective method to use is to massage your scalp. Use a natural oil and massage your scalp weekly . Suggestions of what type of oils to use are shown below, also follow this link for details on How to massage your scalp. As everyone is different, the amount of growth you achieve through of weekly massage can vary. The photograghs at the top of this page bar givea n indication of what can be acheived after 3 months of weekly massage.
When growing out you relaxer the most fustrating part is wating for you naturalhair to grow. To promote hair growth the single most effective method to use is to massage your scalp. Use a natural oil and massage your scalp weekly . Suggestions of what type of oils to use are shown below, also follow this link for details on How to massage your scalp. As everyone is different, the amount of growth you achieve through of weekly massage can vary. The photograghs at the top of this page bar givea n indication of what can be acheived after 3 months of weekly massage.
Here are some useful tips on how to wash, condition and dry your hair whilst you're growing out a relaxer.
Due to the fragile nature of the hair at the demarcation line it is very important to handle the hair very gently . No rough rubbing your hair with towels or harsh combing. Always choose a wide tooth comb to comb your hair or finger comb. Select styling methods that require minimal manipulation of the hair and minimal heat such as twist/braid outs as previously mentioned. This will work to reduce hair breakage. Concentrate on boosting the moisture levels in your hair. Having hair which is well conditioned and full of moisture is essential if you are to transition smoothly. Do this by washing your hair weekly and deep conditioning with heat for 20 - 30 mins each time. After washing and conditioning your hair, air dry it whenever possible. Air drying is the best way to retain moisture in your hair. The next best way to dry your hair is to wet set, on rollers for smooth styles, straw set, or cornrow set. Keep the straightners and curling irons for occasional use don’t use daily. If you have to use them choose the lowest setting to get the job done, also ensure that if you use a blow dryer it is set on cool.
Demarcation line and Transitioning
A method that you may wish to try that makes the demarcation line easier to deal with is to occassionally use a natural hair softener. They help by softening up texture of the new growth. There are pictures and recipies for them in the Natural Hair Softner section on this site.
How to condition Transistioning hair
Alternate between using a deep moisturising conditioner and a deep protein conditioner. To begin with use a deep moisturising conditioner weekly and a protien conditioner once a month. You may want to try waiting until the 6th or 8th week before initiallly using a protein conditioner to add strength. However if your hair feels particularly stretchy or limp use a protien conditioner immediately to add strength otherwise it will break.
Finally you may find it beneficial to use a protein conditioner more often htan prevoiusly mentioned. However do not make the mistake of over using protein conditioners as this will damage your hair. To ensure you have the right protien/moisture balance in your hair vist How to Stop Black hair Breakage.
When to Trim Transitioning hair (dusting)
As you progress and your hair begins to grow you have a choice of whether you want to deeply trim as you go or just lightly “dust” i.e. cut ¼ inch of less every 9 – 12 wks off your ends .When deciding how much to cut you should to be mindful that hair grows on average at a rate of ½ inch each month. So if you want to retain length dust your ends, if you don’t trim you ends.
How to Retain Hair Length on Transitioning hair
When hair is at collar length is essential that you begin to wear your hair in styles that prevent hair rubbing against collars and scarves this is to prevent contact breakage. Up do’s, and buns are couple of solutions you can use. ( protective styling ).
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Alternatively you may find it better to apply the leave-in conditioner, hair lotion, and natural oil to soaking wet hair and then dry. Try both way and see what’s best for you.
How to Dry Hair Transitioning hair
There are various ways to dry your hair which are less damaging than using the usual hot blow dryer. A few of the methods are outlined below
How to Air dry Transitioning hair (least damaging method)
There are various way to use the hood dryer and they are outlined below.
Always use a hood dryer on a low setting and wet set.
Two methods are detailed below
Full Blow dry – Simply blow dry on a cool setting from root to tip. Don't blow your hair all over the place.
The No! method
To show your natural curl pattern you may wish to use the following method. This is done on soaking wet hair.
Reduce the heat and see your hair flourish
The indirect heat of a hood-dryer is better for your hair.Try using a little hair gel rather than setting lotion for fixing your curls.
Hair straightners are great for that sleek finish. Try to use them just once a week. At the most.
Heat Protection is a must when flat-ironing your hair
Experiment with heatless ways to curl your hair - Your hair will ♥ you for it