Transitioning: Dealing With Breakage

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So you are transitioning and you are soo tired of dealing with your two different textures? Dealing with two textures makes transitioning very difficult!! One part of your hair is straight, while the other is curly or wavy!

You are at your whit’s end!! Right? You are attempting to maintain the two textures of your hair and this can lead to breakage. Don’t give up or give in to the creamy crack just yet!! There are ways to make your transition to natural an easier process while combating breakage.

Tip 1: Moisture, Moisture and Did I say Moisture?

Have you heard of the line of demarcation? Well this is defined as the line where your natural hair and relaxed hair meets. This line can be very fragile so you must treat it with care. You must make sure to keep your hair very moisturized to prevent breakage at this point. I suggest finding a very good deep conditioner. One of my favorites is Edenbodyworks JoJoba Monoi Deep conditioner. This is a very non-expensive deep conditioner that gets the job done! But there are others, you just have to find the right one that works for your hair. If you find that your hair is always dry, you may want to start deep conditioning once a week, otherwise bi-weekly works great.

Also, find a good leave in and oil to use. Adopting the LOC method will also help with moisture.

Tip 2: Don’t put too much stress on your hair

I say this meaning, don’t overdo it. Be gentle with your hair, it needs TLC. Don’t rush during detangling or combing. Take your time.

Don’t try to do different styles everyday. I know you are reading the blogs and finding different styles to try, but in my experience low manipulation with my hair has helped me get to where I am today. During the later part of my transition, I did not do very much to my hair at all. A twistout on the weekends, then I liked to bun it for the entire week! This will help prevent breakage to your hair. Also, make sure to cover your hair at night. Cotton pillowcases without a bonnet is not your friend ladies!! You might not be sexy at night but your hair will be cute!! LOL! Use a satin pillowcase if you don’t want to use a bonnet.

Tip 3: Take your Time

Believe me, I know that transitioning can be frustrating especially when you are experiencing breakage. But remember to take your time with your hair. You don’t have to cut the relaxed ends until you are ready! 🙂 It took me 2 years to finally cut the rest off ( I did mini chops in-between).

Happy transitioning ladies! You can do it!! Don’t give up!!

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4 thoughts on “Transitioning: Dealing With Breakage

  1. I applaud anyone that transitions! My two older girls did and I kept telling them to free themselves and big chop, but they stuck it out! One for two years and the other is going on her second year!
    Your hair is lovely!
    And these are great tips!

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