Long-Term Transitioning 101: Moisture
Transitioning from a relaxed to natural texture, can leave your hair feeling like a desert.
Lack of moisture can leave your hair dry, dull, frizzy and can ultimately cause breakage and split ends. During my transition I battled constantly with my two textures. My relaxed hair was moisturized and straight, while my new growth was a dry frizzy mess. The products I used while relaxed, no longer worked on my evolving hair and my new growth looked thirsty all the time - yes I said thirsty.
I knew that moisture was an important element in any hair care routine, but finding the right regimen for my transitioning hair was another story! Through trial and error I was able to find methods that worked for me and fellow transitioners.
If You’re Seeing Mirages in Your Hair Journey, Try these Tips to Quench Your Hair‘s Thirst!
- Pre-pooing with an oil and/or an inexpensive conditioner before shampooing can give your hair the added moisture it needs against the stripping elements of shampooing. Some shampoos can leave your hair dry and in need of moisture. Pre-pooing before co-washing will give your hair a double dose of moisture.
- Skip the sulfates, sodium lauryl sulfate, found in many shampoos and invest in a sulfate free cleanser. Sulfate free shampoos give you a clean scalp without drying out your hair.
- Always use a deep conditioner after every shampoo wash. Deep conditioning (DC) restores moisture to cleansed hair. I always DC over night, known as a deep treatment, but if I’m pushed for time I’ll DC for at least 30mins to 45mins.
- When rinsing out your conditioner, use cold water.Cold water closes the hair cuticle and locks in the moisture. Trust me you will see the difference just by using this simple step.
- Don’t forget your leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners provide even more moisture after your regular wash and conditioner routine. It also helps prepare the line of demarcation (the line where new growth meets relaxed hair) with the moisture it needs to endure the manipulation of styling.
- Using oils after you apply your leave-in conditioner, will lock in the moisture and act as a protective seal, which will prevent breakage and split ends.
- Lightly spritz your new growth with water every day or every two days. Natural hair loves water and can’t get enough of it!
- If you don’t want to mess up your braid out or roller set with light water spritzes, try using a shea butter cream or mango cream mixed with a little oil, to give your hair the daily moisture it needs to fight the elements.
- Try the baggy method. I use this method every 2 to 3 days, it leaves my hair soft and moisturized. Click here to learn about this method.
- Read your product ingredients! When possible avoid products with use -cones, mineral oil, and/or petrolatum. These ingredients will clog the pores and rob your hair of the moisture it needs to thrive. They also require, the use of a sulfate shampoo to remove them from the hair.
- Create a night time regimen to add moisture. Also protect your hair at night with a satin bonnet, satin scarf or satin pillow case. Click here for great night time regimen tips.
I hope you find these moisturizing tips helpful, they sure added new life to my dried out mane! Remember, moisture is a key element in curing breakage and split ends, which will leave you with soft healthier hair and increase length retention.
Happy Journey Transitioners!
How have you quenched your hair’s thirst?
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