Transitioning with Buns...how do I protect my edges?

I have been transitioning by switching between a bun and a flex rod set. I am starting to get worried about the gel and the effect it can have on my edges when I wear a bun. Here is the process..I wet my hair (shower or spray bottle), rub a leave in conditioner through, and then use ecostyler gel, and brush (bristle) my hair back into a bun. Then I use more gel to smooth out sections that need it.

Recently I've been haunted by photos of Naomi Campbell and her completely damaged hairline and it has become one of my new fears. What are you ladies doing to protect your hairline during transition?

Thanks! Sorry it's so long.
Last Relaxer - July 2007
Last Chop - October 2008
Favorite Products (thus far) - Giovanni Direct & 50/50, HSR w/coconut oil, HH, Kinky Curly
"Experiencing joy and sometimes pain, discovering this new hair!"
I think the key is to not have your bun so tight that it is pulling at ur edges. Also, keep it moisturized and put ur bun a different points on ur head to reduce the stress.


Hair Type: small 3c patch in the center, mostly 4a with a patch of 4b at my temples
Shampoo: Suave daily clarifying ( when I feel that need)
Conditioners: AOHSR, MM, olive oil
Styler/Leave-in: SheaMoisture, Fantasia IC, HNS
I think the key is to not have your bun so tight that it is pulling at ur edges. Also, keep it moisturized and put ur bun a different points on ur head to reduce the stress.
Originally Posted by soon2b
Thanks, I hadn't thought about switching bun locations, I will definitely try that!
Last Relaxer - July 2007
Last Chop - October 2008
Favorite Products (thus far) - Giovanni Direct & 50/50, HSR w/coconut oil, HH, Kinky Curly
"Experiencing joy and sometimes pain, discovering this new hair!"
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What do you use to secure the bun? I like a scrunchie that doesn't look too scrunchish (too thick).
What do you use to secure the bun? I like a scrunchie that doesn't look too scrunchish (too thick).
Originally Posted by Speckla
I use a goody elastic. I pull all my hair back into a low ponytail and on the last wrap around, I pull my hair through.
Last Relaxer - July 2007
Last Chop - October 2008
Favorite Products (thus far) - Giovanni Direct & 50/50, HSR w/coconut oil, HH, Kinky Curly
"Experiencing joy and sometimes pain, discovering this new hair!"
I, too, use Goody elastics to put my hair up in a bun. But I rarely ever use a brush. I apply a leave-in conditioner while it's very wet and detangle with a wide-toothed comb. (I just discovered Giovanni Direct Leave-In to detangle. It's organic and it works pretty well.) I try not to pull my bun too tight. I actually leave the ends of my hair sticking out of the bun to avoid split ends. (I've gotten compliments on how nice it looks, too!) I sometimes use a little more conditioner closer to the hairline and then put on a headband to tame the stray hairs.
Is it bad not to use anything to secure your bun? I do use a scrunchy if I'm going to be exercising with one, but I usually just put it up and it stays on it's own. Hmmm....

And this might be a stupid question, but what do you mean by edges? Do you mean your temples?
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



Quirky,

Just checked out your pix. Your hair is beautiful! I think my hair is about the same texture as yours. (Last relaxer was in Nov. '08, and I have about 5-6 inches of new growth.) I've been so frustrated with the drastically different textures in my hair, but you've inspired me to be patient with it!

Thank you!
Hi Mocha - My routine is much the same as yours. I'm still experimenting with the right product mix for me, but I co-wash, followed by some sort of moisture and/or curl definer (I switch between aloe, evoo, virgin coconut oil, Aveda Be Curly, Dr. Bronner's organic hair creme - lavendar and coconut, CD's hair milk...I'll use one or two of these, depending)...

Then I pull it back into a bun with a hair tie, brush the ends down (which I've heard you're not supposed to brush wet hair, but I look a little wild if I don't)...

And then use my hands to smooth on a small amount of Giovanni's gel.

Can I just add that I do this EVERY DAY and I'm a little tired of the bun now... just a lot.
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Started transitioning Feb. 2008. I love what I've discovered! My scalp thanks me every day.


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Quirky,

Just checked out your pix. Your hair is beautiful! I think my hair is about the same texture as yours. (Last relaxer was in Nov. '08, and I have about 5-6 inches of new growth.) I've been so frustrated with the drastically different textures in my hair, but you've inspired me to be patient with it!

Thank you!
Originally Posted by KurleeEdna
Thank you so much! That just made my day! Congrats on going natural! I'm confused by what you mean by November of 08. I'm guessing you meant to type '07?

Anyway, I think we all go through phases where we get frustrated with our hair, but I bet it will get better if you keep experimenting and trying to find out what works for your hair. Good luck!
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

Products:
9/02/08 Went CG
05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



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