Some people just start developing a regimen by default when it comes to taking care of hair, they wash on a Friday, deep condition hair every two weeks and do something else on other days. Here’s the thing, when you are transitioning you must have a regimen, don’t just fall into a changeable routine, plan your journey to going natural carefully, especially if you are transitioning for the long haul- a year or more.
If you don’t have a regimen, you just might get frustrated and give up. A regimen helps you to keep focused on what your ultimate goals are. For a ‘transitioner’, your goal is to wear your natural hair and get rid of your relaxed hair without chopping off your processed hair at once. It is easy to lose sight of the goal, especially if you get frustrated. That is where a hair regimen will be very handy for you. The process does not need to be overly complicated because you will be manipulating your hair as infrequently as possible.
Here’s a guide for the transitioning process. This guide can be tailored to suit your needs. It is also useful for persons who want to go on a long stretch between relaxers.
Pre-Shampoo– don’t skip this pre-shampooing process. The longer your new growth, the more pre-pooing will come in handy. This process contributes to the overall moisture level of your hair and contributes to your hair’s condition before you wash it. You can pre-shampoo with a number of ingredients. Oils and tea rinses are favorites for two-textured hair. Below are some suggestions:
Always remember to put hair in a plastic cap and then use a tie-head or other material to cover the plastic cap to trap heat on the hair. Do this pre-pooing routine every week before you wash your hair.
Shampoo: Try not to use shampoo with sulfates or other chemicals, these shampoos are really the enemy to transitioning hair. The hair feels dry and crunchy after a shampoo session with a chemical based shampoo. If you cannot, under any circumstance, find another alternative to wash your hair with, consider diluting your store bought shampoo with water before using it in your hair and tip a little coconut oil in the shampoo to offset the stripping effects of the shampoo. Do not wash your hair more than once in the same session. Do not lather rinse and repeat, get the dirt good the first time around.
Other alternatives to shampoo are:
- Castile soap an organic based soap that does not sud like the store bought options: Castile Soap a Great Alternative to Harsh Shampoos, will tell you more.
- Washing with conditioner and baking soda
- Or baking soda alone.
Here are some recipe suggestions that you can make from home.
Condition: Use a regular conditioner in lieu of shampoo if you do not have access to an organic shampoo and use a deep conditioner that has both protein and moisture combo for your weekly conditioning sessions, there are some differences with conditioners, Conditioner 101 will tell you what those differences are.
A good source of protein for your hair conditioner recipes is egg and plain yogurt. Moisture can be gotten from glycerin and oils. Deep condition the hair every week until your hair stops breaking and then you can do it every other week.
You can make your own deep conditioner at home here are some examples:
Coconut and Yogurt Conditioner For Transitioning Hair
Stinging Nettle and Rosemary Conditioner For Transitioning Hair
If you are not into making your own products, three very good deep conditioners recommended for transitioning hair are:
Jessicurls Weekly Deep Treatment
Blended Beauty Herbal Re-conditioner
ORS Hair Mayonnaise
These conditioners work great with transitioning hair, they more or less make the natural hair curls softer and the relaxed part feeling well conditioned. Give your hair at least two hours to deep condition after putting hair under a plastic cap and covering it with an old cotton t-shirt for heat.
Moisturizers: The best moisturizer is water, if your hair feels a bit dry in the week, put filtered/purified water in a spray bottle and spray your hair lightly. Seal in this moisture with any of the following oils, castor oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Basically any carrier oil will do. Stay far away from petroleum and mineral oil based products. Another option to refresh hair especially if you are a regular gym goer is to cowash hair with a very rich moisturizing conditioner, rinse with a tea combo and then seal.
Here are two moisturizing recipes that you can use to refresh your hair:
· Pre-poo once a week before you shampoo.
· Condition wash twice per week.
· Air-dry hair every time.
· Use protective styles like buns and curly hairstyles to cut down on manipulation and to keep moisture in hair.
· Wrap hair in silk cap at nights. You can wear your hair in plaits or twists and put under silk cap.
· Cut 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of relaxed hair each month based on your hair growth.
· Clarify hair every week with an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse.
Products on the Black List for Transitioning Hair: Any product that contains alcohol, any shampoo that contains harsh chemicals, and any hair oil that contains petroleum/petrolatum or mineral oil, synthetic hair dyes and heat appliances.