It seems like my hair grew so much faster with a relaxer but shrinkage will create that illusion. I’ve been transitioning for a year and have not used any heat for over 6 months. Hence, it’s hard to say exactly how many inches I’ve grown so far. At this point, I’m learning not to focus so much on length.
I’ve always had long hair and could never image myself with short hair. So, imagine my struggle of having to cut so many inches during this transition. The good news is I’m half way there, and I’m even more motivated now that I can see my real curl pattern!
Another bit of encouragement came through a conversation with another natural while shopping at the mall. She did the big chop about a year ago and shared stories about her trials and triumphs of going natural. I realized that I was making good progress and managed to keep my hair pretty healthy during this transitioning period.
Basically, the key to going natural is all about developing a healthy regimen. I follow a daily routine using these 5 hair treatments and tools and truly believe that my hair looks and feels healthier because of it:
1. Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave In Conditioner – This leave is so amazing for every day use! It leaves my hair softy and shiny with no residue or build up. I especially like that is has a very mild scent and contains healthy extracts of aloe vera, henna, rosemary and soy.
2. A Spray Bottle of Water – Yep, good ole H2O is so necessary when it comes to daily maintenance of transitioning hair. I spritz my hair at three times a day to help hydrate and refresh curls.
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I used extra virgin olive oil as a daily moisturizer even when I had a relaxer. It helps to prevent split ends, frizzing and treats dandruff while leaving my hair shiny and stronger.
4. Detangling Brush – These new detangling brushes really work and helps to reduce breakage because of the perfectly placed bristles. I use this daily to maintain my twist out by detangling just my ends before re-twisting or setting with flexi rods.
5. Flexi Rods – Transitioning means I’m working with 2 different textures — straight and curly. Whether I do a twist out or bantu knot, my ends usually go back to being straight in one day. So to maintain that full and curly look, I use flexi rods every night. I brush out my ends with the detangling brush, spray a little water, add a little leave and moisturizer and then roll onto my flexi rods.
Are you transitioning? What’s your daily regimen? Leave a comment below to share your transitioning journey.