Transitioning to natural hair from relaxed hair is probably one of the most frustrating and painstaking things you will go through in your journey to natural hair. As your relaxer starts to grow out you will notice drastic changes to your hair, and you will be left with a head of multi textured hair, with each individual texture requiring its own style of care and possessing its own set of needs.
Water is your Friend
When our hair is relaxed we are told repeatedly stay away from water, dont get your hair wet, run away from the rain! and well its true, water and relaxers dont mix! You will end up with a frizzled dried out hairdo, turning back to its natural state in record time. However when your hair is natural water is your friend, afro Caribbean hair is very pourous and very thirsty so what better to give it than water? It also aids with your relaxer growing out quicker because remember relaxers hate water, so its win win. Water is also a great detangler helping to make seperation of the hair strands easy and quick and is useful for slicking down those fly aways in your hairline.
Oil is AMAZING!
Like the title says oil is amazing, the best oils for natural hair are olive oil and my favourite oil coconut oil. Coconut oil is moisturising, nourishing, and encourages and promotes natural hair growth. It also seals the cuticles on the hair shaft keeping them moisturised and supple which helps reduces breakage.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Afro hair must be kept moisturised at all times as it tends to get very dry so make sure you have a good quality hair cream to apply to ypur hair on a regular basis. Like I said your hair during transitioning is at its most vulnerable stage so too much moisture is better than not enough as the relaxed hair will be prone to breakage at this point.
Satin Cap is a must
Make sure to always wear your satin cap to bed. The satin will not absorb the moisture from your hair ensuring your hair stays nourished. It will also protect your hair from the friction of moving around while you sleep preventing tangling and breakage.
Patience is the key, your hair growth depends on your dna, and at first it may seem like nothing is changing but be patient. All of a sudden you will see a huge difference and trust me its worth it!
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