Are you transitioning with braids, twists or a sew-in? Did you just take your transitional style out? Are you ready to tackle your hair on your own now? Well, I have some tips for you on how to properly treat and care for your delicate transitional strands!
Every Saturday morning, I have my hair therapy day! If you all watched my video with my good friend Mzskeen, I talk about my hair therapy day and that what that entails. Basically, I just take the “extra” time to really give my hair the attention it needs. Depending on the week of the month my hair therapy Saturday includes me pre-pooing, shampooing, using henna, and deep conditioning with heat. I finish off the day by doing some kind of twist set, whether it be a twist and curl, flat twist or three stand twist out. This sounds like a lot right? Well, not really.
I must admit that this does take a lot of time and patience but you will grow to LOVE this day because your hair will begin to thank you over and over again! You will start to retain more length, have shinier more moisturized hair and start to see less breakage!
If you are transitioning, then this whole process might be A LOT and seem very intimidating, especially if you aren’t use to doing your hair yourself. What I suggest is to start of by assessing what your hair really needs and cater your hair therapy regimen to that.
If your hair is breaking a lot and you know that you need to decrease that shedding then you need to ensure that you are including a deep conditioning masque into your hair therapy day. If you see that your hair is DRY and it’s BREAKING then you might want to do a pre-poo and deep condition as this will help in alleviating the dryness and give your hair more strength.
So, it’s Saturday morning and you just took your braids out. What do you do now? First thing is first, grab your favorite oil and start the pre-poo process. You might ask yourself why pre-poo? Well, doing a pre-Poo/pre-shampoo treatment preps the hair for shampooing by adding moisture. This minimizes the harsh effects of shampoo(because shampoo essentially strips the hair of many natural oils and nutrients).
I suggest pre-pooing with Vatika coconut oil. This is a raw all natural form of coconut oil. The bottle will need to sit in warm water for a couple minutes to dissolve. Once the mixture is dissolved separate hair into four sections and generously apply the oil from your scalp all the way down to your ends. You can keep the oil in your hair for as long as you desire. If you only have a few hours to dedicate to your hair leave the oil in for at least 30 minutes to allow it to penetrate into your hair. (The oil is applied on dry hair. No need to damp hair.)
After you let the oil sit for 30 minutes proceed to rinse out hair in the shower and shampoo your hair with any all natural product. For transitioners I suggest Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo or Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Care. For more control over hair, shampoo in four large sections (twisting the sections as you go.)
After you shampoo, apply your deep conditioner in the shower and hop out and sit under a hooded dryer for at least 30 minutes. I recommend using Macadamia deep conditioning hair masque. This will make your hair feel touchable, soft and ultra moisturized. This product also makes detangling a breeze! For less inexpensive deep conditioners try Herbal Essence Hello Hydration or VO5 Strawberries & Creme (both great for transitioners.)
Once you finish deep conditioning with heat rinse out the conditioner with cold water! This will seal the cuticles and lock the moisture from the conditioner in. At this point you are done with hair. You can proceed to styling hair in any style that you wish. What’s most common for transitioners is to do a twist out. Check out my flat twist tutorial and give that a try for a great transitional look!
That’s all for now beauties! Any questions on this post? Sound off below!