Transitioning...How often should I be washing?

Hey everyone! I'm new to this site & I'm in transition right now from relaxed to natural and I'm trying to figure out how often i should be washing my hair.

When my hair was fully relaxed i was washing it every week and deep conditioning it as well. Now I've only been transitioning for about 3 months but there is a bit of new growth, and I find that my hair feels a bit dry should i be washing it more often?

Does any one have a regimen that they used/are using during their transition? Any help would be great!

Last edited by misskc; 10-28-2008 at 01:20 AM.
i'm transitioning as well...entering my 5th month. i have been washing my hair every two weeks. latley i've been washing it in between salon visits and roller setting it.

my hair dresser said that the natural hair is going to be dryer than the relaxed ends. you just have to mositurize and deep condition more often.
Definitely don't wash your hair with a sulfate shampoo more than once a week. If you have a non-sulfate shampoo that may help with the dryness. When I first started transitioning, I was washing my hair with a sulfate shampoo every two - three days and my hair was dry and breaking

You should really try to rinse your roots (no shampoos) at least every three to four days with just water or conditioner to avoid tangling and dryness. A deep conditioner on your roots every week, leaving it a little cream conditioner, and a good moisturizer will help tons. Pretty much take care of your ends the way you have been taking care of your relaxed hair, but condition and moisturize your roots more (including water rinsing) and shampoo them less.

If you only wash once a week and your roots are dry, I would suggest trying diff. styles where you can wet and condition your roots more frequently. Dry styles (flat ironed, twistouts etc.) were leaving my roots too dry so I did lots of wet twistouts pinned up and wet buns slathered in conditioner. My hair was basically wet and conditioned 24/7 and since I didn't blowdry to get the style, I could wet my hair as often as needed during the week w/o disturbing the style. If you live in a colder climate, you may want to modify this so you don't go out with a wet head.

These styles will allow you to wet your hair as often as you want w/o worrying about messing up a particular style and help avoid having to manipulate (comb, brush, touch) your roots as they grow out. hth.
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and my hair loves it. As more hair grows in, it may become every 2 days. My hair loves the moisture and the conditioner. I shampoo/clarify once a month. I don't know if this works for everyone but so far, it is getting the job done for me. I am 7months in with 4+inches of new growth in most places.
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thank you all for your feedback, it has helped a lot. i think i'll probably try washing with conditioner only, maybe shampoo once or twice a month and do deep conditions more than once a week as well... i'll see how it goes
Nigerian Princess, define "flower bun." Also, I've had problems getting my new growth (3 inches, 4a, extra-thick) to smooth out for a nice bun.

I posted this a couple weeks ago...
Hi 4a's. Whether you're 100% natural or still in transition, can anyone help with suggestions for a bun? I'm actually transitioning--it's been almost 5 months since my last relaxer, and I have about 3 inches of 4a new growth. It's thick, thick, thick. I recently did a mini BC and got my damaged ends cut from shoulder length, to a bob (slightly longer than chn length). No matter how I try, I just can't seem to get it to smooth down at all when I try to make a bun. By the time I finish it looks like I have a 3 inch sponge aournd the circumference of my head, (think TWA under a hair net or something) then this little teen-insy bun in the back. If my hair would smooth down it would be cuter. I know because when I got it cut, the stylist flat-ironed it, and I wore it in little ponytail for a couple days.

I tried forming the ponytail when i detangle under the running water in the shower, and that worked, except that I couldn't get any product on it. But if I try to do the bun when I get out of the shower and put my in leave-ins and there's no hope of getting it to smooth out. So tell me... how do you do it??

My hair is just a little shorter than yours, and I want to wear it in a protective style, such as a bun, but I just can't get it to look to look decent. What are your suggestions. How do you do it?
well first i can tell you how i slick down my buns:

after i cowash and moisturize my hair, i comb/smooth/brush (not always all three) my hair back into a ponytail. I then apply ORS gel and coconut oil to the hair to set/smooth it out. This can sometimes be a generous amount depending on how my hair is acting that day. lol. i then tie my hair down with a scarf. in the morning it is smooth, flat, and has hold.

in the morning, with the ponytail, i divide it into 4 parts (top, bottom, and two sides), fold them under themselves, and secure with bobby pins, it looks like a flower when i am done. (I have pics in my fotki)

...sorry for writing so much
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Last edited by Nigerian-Princess; 10-31-2008 at 12:32 AM. Reason: .
well first i can tell you how i slick down my buns:

after i cowash and moisturize my hair, i comb/smooth/brush (not always all three) my hair back into a ponytail. I then apply ORS gel and coconut oil to the hair to set/smooth it out. This can sometimes be a generous amount depending on how my hair is acting that day. lol. i then tie my hair down with a scarf. in the morning it is smooth, flat, and has hold.

in the morning, with the ponytail, i divide it into 4 parts (top, bottom, and two sides), fold them under themselves, and secure with bobby pins, it looks like a flower when i am done (i have pics in my fotki).

...sorry for writing so much
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