5. Avoid heat – It might be tempting to straighten your hair so that you can match both textures but avoiding heat will prevent a lot of the breakage associated with over-processed relaxed hair and allow for the protein treatments to do their job at mending the damage.
The weakest part of your hair, near the line of demarcation should be protected from breakage and adding heat will only exacerbate any damage that may occur through manipulation. After all, who wants to transition into heat damaged hair?
6. Deep condition regularly – Deep conditioning helps to maintain the moisture levels in the hair and is just great for overall hair health. Deep conditioning* can be done over night or for as little as 15 minutes depending on the product and the needs of your hair.
7. Wash hair in sections – This is the best advice any natural could receive and is great for transitioners to practice for when that thick lush natural hair begins to form the majority of your tresses.
A smaller section means easier detangling and makes application of product thorough and complete. Determine how many sections are best for you, four or eight whatever works!
8. Co-wash and try a sulfate free shampoo* – Co washing does not strip the hair of its natural oils* and is a quick way to add moisture to your hair when you don’t have the time to invest in a full wash.
Using a sulfate free shampoo cleanses the hair without stripping it and can be very beneficial to the health of your hair. Determine how often you would like to co-wash and how often you need to shampoo, some opt for weekly shampoo regimens, others do it monthly. It depends on your hair and it’s needs.
9. Use the right products – Made for purpose black hair products that help in your transition are also pretty popular these days. From detanglers that help you deal with both textures easily to products that give your relaxed hair strength to prevent excess breakage while styling.
There are even entire transitioning kits that help cleanse and hydrate both textures and take a lot of the guesswork out of your new hair journey. Just do your research and I’m sure that your transition will be a breeze!
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