Wash Day | Transitioning Hair (43 Weeks Post) with Dark and Lovely

Wash Day | Transitioning Hair (43 Weeks Post) with Dark and Lovely


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.

How to Wash Transitioning Hair - Longing 4 Length

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:

  1. Detangle using Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Knot Out Conditioner (LOVE THIS PRODUCT! Staple detangler!)
  2. Prepoo with warm extra virgin coconut oil
  3. Wash twice with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Tension Release Wash (pretty good product)
  4. Apply Anti-Breakage Strength Restoring Conditioner (did not give enough slip at all!) and lightly detangle
  5. Deep condition with heat using Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap
  6. Towel Dry
  7. Section hair with fingers
  8. Apply Dark and Lovely Split End Mender and detangle SLOWLY!
  9. Blow roots with warm air using the tension method
  10. 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!  

How to Wash Transitioning Hair Longing 4 Length

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 .

Fall Hairstyles for Transitioning Longing 4 Length (1)

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!

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  • Robyn

    Just watched the video. I’m 28 weeks post today (I KNOW RIGHT?!) which is a BIG deal to me and I’m going to definitely incorporate the bit where you keep the clips in the sections when concentrating on your scalp. My new growth is pretty ridiculous! BTW I think that we might be texture twins, lol.

  • Keoshia

    Great job Ebony, you make transitioning look and sound like a breezy! Yes I love that look from Tracee Ellis Ross as well and you are rocking it girl!!

    • Do I?! Cause I sure don’t feel like I’m repping transitioning well at all! Thanks chica

  • S.O.S Hair

    I ADORE Joico K-Pak. I apply my fave moisturizing conditioner to my roots and Joico to my ends to help keep them strong. So far—I think that it’s working!

    Congrats on making it this far in your transition chica and thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience


    • I think I need to go back to Joico. Every week I see your email, I’m always like “dang, I should’ve gotten my life together so I could participate!” lol! I feel like I finally made it into the cool kids’ club!

      • S.O.S Hair

        LOL! You’re totally the original cool kid! You’re ALWAYS in the club!

  • Where have I been?! I didn’t know that you were transitioning!! I really have to pay more attention to my blogger buddies. Love the video. Lots of great tips! I was one of those who big chopped sooner than intended. Those two textures can be really frustrating.

    • LOL! I know, me too. Like I said its been forever since I’ve perused my faves. Yeah I decided to transition so that I could dye my grays and finally get past BSL! Right now, keeping it hidden is the only way to go. Hair secret services, I voluntarily enlist! lol

  • Lesley X

    I love your new growth, it looks so gorgeous! Congrats on making it further into your transition x

  • Tomes Edition

    You’re doing a great job on your transition so far. Your NG is really popping and looks so healthy.

    • Thanks girl, it does seem healthy, I just hope its not snap crackling and poppin’ as I transition.

  • I love my deep conditioning cap. You did a really nice job there.

  • HairIAm_Shika

    Great job getting so far (so far!) on your transition! Love your T.E.R. style as well!

  • Awesome blossom. You’re doing great, E! I’m so proud of your progress. Your look like a cutie with your signature style.

  • Yay! Welcome back! I’ve always loved reading your wash day posts 🙂

  • Love your new growth!