Here are the common causes of breakage during the transitioning phase:
- Lack of moisture
- Too much manipulation
- Not properly detangling from tip to root
- Lack of protein
Shampoo- I recommend shampooing bi-weekly preferably with a low sulfate or sulfate free shampoo to keep from drying the hair. The main goal of shampooing is to cleanse the scalp to promote healthy hair growth. The hair strands will inevitably be cleansed when the shampoo runs down during the rinse out process.
Deep conditioning- Do this bi- weekly. Avoid deep conditioning weekly to prevent over moisturizing the hair. I recommend deep conditioning for at least 30 minutes per session.
Sealing in the moisture- Lock in the moisture by using your favorite oil. This will help the hair retain it’s moisture.
Low manipulation styles/ Protective styles- VERY IMPORTANT! When you are transitioning your hair is prone to breakage while dealing with two different hair textures.There is no need to manipulate the hair daily.
I wore my hair in micro braids for almost a year. During that time, I would take the braids out and allow my hair to rest for approximately two weeks, then put the braids back in.
Nighttime Hair Routine – Always make sure you are using a satin bonnet or pillowcase. Try to avoid sleeping on cotton pillowcases because cotton will suck the moisture out of the hair and will cause breakage. Have you ever looked at your pillowcase after a nights’ rest and noticed small broken strands? Thank your cotton pillowcase for that.
Detangling- VERY IMPORTANT I recommend detangling on your wash days while you are in the shower or while your hair is wet. Also try finger detangling to avoid breakage.
Remember when transitioning to natural it is not necessary to cut off your hair. I didn’t cut my hair until a year after transitioning.
Transitioning Hair Styles:
- Bantu Knots
- Crotchet Braids
- Twist and Curl – Twisting your hair and rolling the ends with perm rods
- Flat Twist, etc
These two styles below are Bantu Knots. Check out my recent video on YouTube on how I now achieve my Bantu Knot style.
Below are two weave styles. I used this type of style to hide my hair for a couple of weeks at a time.
When it comes to your hair, keep it simple and be gentle. Don’t be so focused on growth. Focus on healthy hair and growth will inevitably come.
I will have been completely natural since Jan 01,2010 at 12:05am. Initially I was concerned with having a “good” curl pattern; now, all I want is healthy hair. Don’t get me started on “good” hair. I will save that for another day.
Peace and Love,