I learned this over the summer when my hair was reverting in the heat. One of the beautiful things about my hair journey has been getting to know my hair and part of that has been liberating since it has allowed me to free myself from some unrealistic goals.
For me, this was a lesson in embracing and working with what I already have. The second part to this is that the results that I wanted required more heat than my hair would tolerate. So, in the spirit of healthy hair I had to learn to take advantage of the versatility my texlaxed tresses could offer.
4. Protein is your friend.
The very first time I used a protein treatment I thought I would go bald from all the hair I lost. I used two raw eggs and didn’t know that:
a) That is one of the heaviest, most pure forms of protein you can use and
b) Treatments like that should always be paired with serious moisture based deep conditioning afterwards to restore balance.
I barely had to touch my hair under the shower for it to break off…and then I ran a comb through it. My hair came out in clumps and my spirit went down the drain with it. Plus, it was still early enough in my journey that I just thought my hair didn’t like protein and vowed to never use it again.
Fast forward to being texlaxed. This time my hair was breaking and I was religiously deep conditioning. I had read that this could happen if the moisture-protein balance wasn’t maintained and so I decided that maybe I’d try protein again.
I started with a light protein treatment followed by a DC and voila!…the solution to my breakage problems. The lesson here? Sometimes a little bit of protein is just the right thing you need to strengthen weakened hair, and claiming protein sensitivity when you are not absolutely sure may not be doing your hair any favors.
5. Pay attention to what your hair is asking for
When I had my setback with protein I had to learn to pay attention to the balance my hair needed; enough protein, enough moisture and the right frequency. What I know now that I didn’t know then, is that my hair didn’t need that much protein.
If I had listened to it I could have avoided a setback. The same thing applies to every other aspect of hair care; when to trim your ends, when it’s time for a touch up, when your scalp needs some TLC in the form of natural oils it’s the same principle that should be observed.
Once you master what and how you need to take care of your hair, you have to master the when.
It can be a little frustrating trying to manage different textures especially if you have never had any issues with your hair prior to your transitional period. It is good to ensure that you have a clear goal in mind that you can use as motivation to constantly remind yourself why you must stick to it.
The sooner you learn these five lessons, the more comfortable you will become when caring for your texlaxed hair. Sure it may take some getting used to, but with a little patience and the desire to learn, you will do just fine.
Originally posted 2013-12-03 15:00:30.