Friday, October 9, 2009

Transitioning 101 - Pt.1

Transitioning is sorta the way it sounds.
It is the transition from chemically treated hair or processed hair back to the natural texture.

With this technique the new growth comes in and no touch-up using any relaxer or texturizer is done.

New growth is left un-tainted and natural.

After a few months many women do what is called the "Big Chop" to ONLY the chemically treated portion of the hair. Leaving only the beautiful natural new growth to flourish.

Transitioning can be a bit of a challenge. Due to the fact you must balance two textures of hair at the same time.

The trick is to have a stable routine of washing, co-washing, moisturizing and sealing on a daily basis.
This minimizes the breakage, dryness and shedding.

Mentally you also begin to worry, as you feel the difference from the flat chemical hair and your new alive new growth.
Don't be afraid, it will take some time to get familiar with your new growth.

Here are some quick tips I use as to maintain my hair during my Transitioning Journey:-

Co-wash 3-5 times a week.
Use a Leave-in-conditioner
De-tangle hair with a very wide teeth comb ( in shower with conditioner in the hair)
Air dry or T-shirt dry ( I prefer the Air dry)
Moisturize and Seal - Key is to Keep hair moisturized at all times!!!
Oil scalp- (Extra Virgin Olive oil, Castor oil)
Use protective styles- like Bantu-knots, twists, buns ( have fun find the style that works for you)

*Notice*: If you begin at any point experience severe breakage or shedding stop and evaluate your steps and product ingredients. Do a protein or moisturizing treatment assess your hair and see what it may need.

Ask these questions:

  • Does my hair shaft feel dry and tangle? (Need more moisture or a pre-poo)
  • Is my scalp itching? (may need to use a clarifying shampoo to remove product build up)
  • Did I change my diet? (Garlic supplements are good for shedding and multi-vitamins for overall health)

Remember everyone's hair is not the same. So you will have to do research and see what technique is right for you!


1 comment:

  1. I'm on the a transitioning path myself, thank you so much for the tips, but my question is: In the process, is it mandatory to do a Big Chop or can we let her hair grow out of the relaxer by just trimming every 6 to 8 weeks?