Since starting a new job, I haven’t had as much time to chat hair with you ladies and its been months since I caught up on my favorite hair blogs. Thank goodness for the Senegalese twists I wore for the past several weeks; I thoroughly enjoyed how little maintenance they required. Hopefully you enjoyed all that I shared regarding my twists (wash regimen, styles, how to moisturize, etc). I took them down after about 7.5 weeks and my hair felt amazing! Soft, no breakage, moisturized, strong. YAY! I went to Jeni’s blog Just Grow Already for a few tips on how to wash transitioning hair because she’s growing through her transition like a champion! I already followed most of the steps, but it always helps to get tips from my fave fellow hair bloggers.
I have a ton of new growth and like everyone who has ever transitioned in the world, get tangles and knots right along my line of demarcation, especially since my relaxed hair is super straight (not texlaxed). I seriously understand why people end their transitions way earlier than expected just to be done with the hassle of dealing with two textures. This is precisely why I have never been a fan of long relaxer stretches!
Anyway, while at the Black Girls RUN! event back in June, I spoke with Soft Sheen Carson Educational Director Mezei Jefferson, who piqued my curiosity on the new Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Line. These products are specifically targeted for damaged hair and transitioners for strengthening and contains ceramides (which my hair loves!). I’ve heard lots of good things about these new Dark and Lovely products and I was super impressed with the performance of the Anti-Shrinkage line so I thought I’d give them a whirl. In the video below, I go through STEP BY STEP how I wash my transitioning hair – I’m experimenting with products but I’ve found this technique works best for me.
There are a few things I wasn’t able to film (wash day videos are so difficult) but I felt watching would be more helpful, but let me fill in some of the gaps for you:
How to Wash Transitioning Hair:
- Detangle using Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Knot Out Conditioner (LOVE THIS PRODUCT! Staple detangler!)
- Prepoo with warm extra virgin coconut oil
- Wash twice with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Tension Release Wash (pretty good product)
- Apply Anti-Breakage Strength Restoring Conditioner (did not give enough slip at all!) and lightly detangle
- Deep condition with heat using Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap
- Towel Dry
- Section hair with fingers
- Apply Dark and Lovely Split End Mender and detangle SLOWLY!
- Blow roots with warm air using the tension method
- Apply Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer
So the verdict on the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Line? Shampoo is okay, but the conditioner didn’t work well for my hair. I need something that gives strength and moisture but also gives enough slip to help make detangling easier. I think the Joico K-Pak line works better as I transition. However, the Knot Out Conditioner from the Anti-Shrinkage line is amazing!
As you can see, the key to handling my transitioning hair is sectioning. I hope you found my process helpful and for all those who have successfully transitioned to natural hair, please share your tips with me! After moisturizing with staple moisturizer, Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream and sealing with grapeseed oil (lots of ceramides!), I braided my hair into two large cornrows ala Tracee Ellis Ross, my go-to transitioning hairstyle .
I’m FINALLY participating in #TheWashDayExperience link up with Jeni of Just Grow Already and KLP of Saving Our Strands! Yay me! Every week they have a plethora of ladies sharing their wash day experiences and it is extremely helpful to go to everyone’s post, learn what products work for them and see how they styled their hair for the week. Check it below!