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EshiaBoo 07-14-2012 07:20 PM

6 month Transitioner: Still a bit lost.
 
I started my transitioning at the beginning of Feb 2012.
I started off with braid outs and wet bun styles, using Vitale Olive Oil, African Pride leave in conditioners, Co-washing with Tresmme Thermal Recovery: Replenishing Conditioner with aloe Vera extract & Almond Extract.(I saw replenishing and ran with it.) It was fine and dandy but the tangling and everything kind of shook me, (i'm sooo afraid of breakage if it not suppose to happen) also my hair dresser would say detangle my roots(i'm scared to comb out my roots because i do not wanna pull them out).For protective styles I'm going to do box braids, weaves and braid outs and the wet buns.
My first visit with my hair dresser she did my box braids (used african pride braid sheen sprays and vitale oil to keep it moisturized and washed it once with creme of nature shampoo to clarify)
So after braid outs and wet bun styles and after the box braids I went to my hairdresser to recieve a shampoo and deep conditioner and she blow dry and she crimped it for me.(decided i'll come by every two weeks )
After that visit I went back to co washing and braid outs and wet bun styles and I have not been back since then.
Then i dropped some beauty supply products all together (the african pride) then went to target an purchased like three Shea Moisture products.The curl and shine shampoo, restorative conditioner, and the reconstructive elixir. still using the Tresemme to co-wash. Lately i have been brusing my hair back into ponytails. But after a wash or a co-wash I would rock a braid out for a couple of days then back to ponytail until the next wash. I notice I'm not that good at detangling because my roots still feel like they are tangled or something but. My hair is growing it just ugh ionno. I feel like maybe I'm doing something wrong. this post is to see if i'm doing anything right.
I think I might have to just co-wash more often or something, because i'm finding myself having to detangle my roots and hair more.
am I on the right track?
Is this a good regime?
Also I'm scared to use something to clarify my scalp(i thought the shampoos suppose to do that) I just feel it will dry my hair out.
I do apologize about the lengthy post. I NEED SOME REASSURANCE

Dark-n-Curly89 07-15-2012 09:51 PM

Congratulations on your 6 month transitioning! As far as the detangling issue, you want to do this when your hair is saturated with conditioner to prevent ripping hair out or breaking the hair. Because the point between the relaxed ends and the natural hair is so sensitive you must be gentle when detangling. I, too used to be afraid to detangle entirely through the roots because I thought that I would cause damage to my hair but in order to get the best style results and to ensure that you are removing all of the shed hair as well, you will have to detangle your hair entirely. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • You may want to first detangle your hair before washing. You can do this by spritzing the hair with water and adding a little conditioner to your hair (I mix water and a lil conditioner in a spray bottle) and carefully and SLOWLY go through the hair with a wide toothed comb from ends to roots. Ideally you will want to use your fingers to detangle to decrease possible damage but I have just started using this method myself and would not recommend if you do not have patience and become frustrated easily because it will take a significant amount of time to do this with your fingers.
  • After washing. When you apply your conditioner, make sure that you thoroughly saturate the hair before you detangle again. You can use a wide tooth comb or your fingers for this as well. Since you detangled your hair before washing, it should be a bit easier at this step especially if your conditioner has lots of slip.
  • After detangling twice both before and during washing, your hair should have most if not all of the tangles out. So in moving on to styling your hair, you can go through each section of the hair with a wide tooth comb one last time just to make sure that all the tanlges and shed hair are out. I usually do not comb "naked hair" which means that after I wash if I want to run a comb (or now my fingers) through my hair to make sure I havent missed any knots, I will apply my leave-in conditioner or a moisturizing styler to my hair and rake that through while checking for tangles.
Hope this helps! Transitioning is a process and believe me I have huffed and puffed in front of the mirror, cried, and cursed while trying to detangle, wash, and just figure out this whole transitioning process but it does get better with time. You just have to keep working at it little by little

simplegurl 07-16-2012 09:46 AM

I'm 8 months, and I'm still trying it all out. I have to real regime, and I may have finally found some products (trader joes nourish spa) that actually works for my hair. I think what your going through is fairly normal. I've learned to lay off the youtube videos to keep myself sane lol

EshiaBoo 07-20-2012 01:25 PM

TY sooo much because my hair seems to tangle up so easily...at the roots and its so frustrating.

RoadDamon35 07-20-2012 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EshiaBoo (Post 1993569)
I started my transitioning at the beginning of Feb 2012.
I started off with braid outs and wet bun styles, using Vitale Olive Oil, African Pride leave in conditioners, Co-washing with Tresmme Thermal Recovery: Replenishing Conditioner with aloe Vera extract & Almond Extract.(I saw replenishing and ran with it.) It was fine and dandy but the tangling and everything kind of shook me, (i'm sooo afraid of breakage if it not suppose to happen) also my hair dresser would say detangle my roots(i'm scared to comb out my roots because i do not wanna pull them out).For protective styles I'm going to do box braids, weaves and braid outs and the wet buns.
My first visit with my hair dresser she did my box braids (used african pride braid sheen sprays and vitale oil to keep it moisturized and washed it once with creme of nature shampoo to clarify)
So after braid outs and wet bun styles and after the box braids I went to my hairdresser to recieve a shampoo and deep conditioner and she blow dry and she crimped it for me.(decided i'll come by every two weeks )
After that visit I went back to co washing and braid outs and wet bun styles and I have not been back since then.
Then i dropped some beauty supply products all together (the african pride) then went to target an purchased like three Shea Moisture products.The curl and shine shampoo, restorative conditioner, and the reconstructive elixir. still using the Tresemme to co-wash. Lately i have been brusing my hair back into ponytails. But after a wash or a co-wash I would rock a braid out for a couple of days then back to ponytail until the next wash. I notice I'm not that good at detangling because my roots still feel like they are tangled or something but. My hair is growing it just ugh ionno. I feel like maybe I'm doing something wrong. this post is to see if i'm doing anything right.
I think I might have to just co-wash more often or something, because i'm finding myself having to detangle my roots and hair more.
am I on the right track?
Is this a good regime?
Also I'm scared to use something to clarify my scalp(i thought the shampoos suppose to do that) I just feel it will dry my hair out.
I do apologize about the lengthy post. I NEED SOME REASSURANCE

All you need is some Giovanni smooth as silk conditioner. And the tangle teeser. With one touch of water my hair tangles. I loathed the thought of washing it even when I had a perm. The Giovanni allowed me to for the first time in my life to detangle with my hands. I'm talking about from the roots! The tangle teeser is also wonderful. It allows you to detangle from the root with minimal if any breakage. I originally bought this for my natural daughter. Because her hair is super curly and down her back. It worked so well for her that I tried it. Even with bad conditioner it works.

I got teeser from amazon.com. And conditioner from massagewarehouse.com. They actually have free shipping this week on any purchase.


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