Transitioning hair thinning?

Total hair emergency! So It's been a month since I've gone natural and I got it straightened yesterday for a length check and it grew maybe about half an inch but its soo thin! Way more thin than I remember it being before I started transitioning! While it was curly (I have 3b hair) It didn't seem thin at all! I began transitioning to help get longer mainly but also thicker hair and I'm so worried! HELP!!!
Do you have any before and after pics?
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Are you shredding hair? If so examine the hair to see if there are white bulbs at the end and report back.
Are you shredding hair? If so examine the hair to see if there are white bulbs at the end and report back.
Originally Posted by Blueblood
I see white bulbs on the end of some which I assume indicates shredding but most of it at the top is just plain breakage, and considering I spent the last month trying to treat it so well I don't know why
When you say white bulbs, is that at both ends? Just because white bulbs can mean that's the root end, but sometimes a split end looks like a white bulb (at least, mine sometimes do).

Either way, you mentioned your hair is breaking a lot anyway, so I'm just wondering what you've been doing to take care of it / treat it well? Because you said you straightened it for a length check so are you still straightening regularly? Do you still use heat tools regularly?

Recovering from damage / relaxers etc. is a long (sometimes tedious) process. It has only been a month, so I think you need to be patient. You've got two different textures going on in your hair, so maybe the ends might look thin because those are the damaged bits?

If you're noticing bald patches and you are really that concerned, then obviously I'd recommend going to see your doctor and just making sure it's not a health issue. Otherwise, here are a few tips:
Do hot oil treatments - oils can penetrate the hair and temporarily patch damage.
Deep condition once a week - moisturises hair and stops it from becoming brittle.
Cut out sulfates - these are very drying ingredients that strip your hair.
Finger-detangle - cuts out the 'pulling' and 'ripping' motion that combing and brushing can lead to. Good for very fragile or damaged hair as you're feeling the knots yourself and untangling them rather than tugging on them.
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Do you have any before and after pics?
Originally Posted by Rimi
I wasn't quite sure how to get my picture on here, but I do have a post with a picture on my blog:

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Do you have any before and after pics?
Originally Posted by Rimi
When you say white bulbs, is that at both ends? Just because white bulbs can mean that's the root end, but sometimes a split end looks like a white bulb (at least, mine sometimes do).

Either way, you mentioned your hair is breaking a lot anyway, so I'm just wondering what you've been doing to take care of it / treat it well? Because you said you straightened it for a length check so are you still straightening regularly? Do you still use heat tools regularly?

Recovering from damage / relaxers etc. is a long (sometimes tedious) process. It has only been a month, so I think you need to be patient. You've got two different textures going on in your hair, so maybe the ends might look thin because those are the damaged bits?

If you're noticing bald patches and you are really that concerned, then obviously I'd recommend going to see your doctor and just making sure it's not a health issue. Otherwise, here are a few tips:
Do hot oil treatments - oils can penetrate the hair and temporarily patch damage.
Deep condition once a week - moisturises hair and stops it from becoming brittle.
Cut out sulfates - these are very drying ingredients that strip your hair.
Finger-detangle - cuts out the 'pulling' and 'ripping' motion that combing and brushing can lead to. Good for very fragile or damaged hair as you're feeling the knots yourself and untangling them rather than tugging on them.
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit


Thank you so much honestly this helped me out a lot! I've been deep conditioning weekly, haven't used heat at all, finger detangling and sticking to the curly girl method for the past month. My curly hair wasn't breaking at all and didn't seem thin or unhealthy but the second It gets straightened, boom! It's not so bad as bald spots, its just hair breaking off at the top of my head and the bottom. I think you're right that it has only been a month so I'm just gonna wait it out!
In your blog you mention using lime juice and the sun to lighten your hair, I think that would be pretty drying and may be partly to blame for your woes.
3b in South Australia.
In your blog you mention using lime juice and the sun to lighten your hair, I think that would be pretty drying and may be partly to blame for your woes.
Originally Posted by Starmie
I agree, That was to be expected but it was about a month ago and also I only put it on my ends when the top is where the breaking the most and thinning, but yeah I'm sure that played some part of it
@laurengabrielle you have the curly girl book right?

Lots of people think they are doing curly girl but without the book you are likely to be doing someone's modified version which while it works for them won't work for you.
@laurengabrielle you have the curly girl book right?

Lots of people think they are doing curly girl but without the book you are likely to be doing someone's modified version which while it works for them won't work for you.
Originally Posted by Blueblood
Sure do! Been trying to follow it as best as possible
@laurengabrielle you have the curly girl book right?

Lots of people think they are doing curly girl but without the book you are likely to be doing someone's modified version which while it works for them won't work for you.
Originally Posted by Blueblood
Sure do! Been trying to follow it as best as possible
Originally Posted by laurengabrielle
Exactly what is your routine? I don't think anyone can help you without knowing your exact routine and what products you are using in order to tell you what mistake you are making and what the possible solution is to your problem. I will give you my hair as an example. I used a blacksoap shampoo from alikay naturals along with Yes to Carrots as my condition. My hair started falling out badly. I had no idea what to do so I did some research. An apple cider vinegar rinse seemed to be the solution. I did it and it got rid of the gunk in my hair and stopped my hair from falling out any further. The next problem arose when I continued doing an apple cider vinegar rinse and my hair turned in dreads it was so matted. I came to the realization that I was doing too much to my hair and the apple cider vinegar was harming my hair instead of helping. You need to make sure you are not over moisturizing your hair or over using protein. I would read every label on the products you are using and make sure there is not a hidden protein or other ingredient that can cause problems. I would also reexamine your routine and make sure it is simple so you can easily tell which product is causing the problem. Some natural ingredients in products can be just as harsh as a product that is not natural. Some part of your routine is harming your hair and from what you described it is breakage more so then shedding so I would start with the products you are using and work from there to solve the problem.

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