Taming roots during transition

So, how do you keep those roots a little tamer and a little less frizzier during the transition? I am a 3B and my hair at the crown is always really tight when it first comes in.

Are there any CG products that will help the roots lay down more so that the line of demarcation isn't quite so obvious?

Thanks!
So, how do you keep those roots a little tamer and a little less frizzier during the transition? I am a 3B and my hair at the crown is always really tight when it first comes in.

Are there any CG products that will help the roots lay down more so that the line of demarcation isn't quite so obvious?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by desert flower

I use IC Fantasia Gel to smooth out my edges. I just put it on and then I place headbands on my hair to hold it down. It works very well for me. This is a great product, at least for me, and it smells really great as well.
I'm going without gel & using shea butter. I spritz with diluted Nature's Gate's Daily conditioner & then apply shea butter to my hairline then smooth with an old toothbrush. I have about 3 inches of new growth & found that gel tended to break my hair off at the line of demarcation.
During my transition I tried to stay away from gels, at least until my BC...it always just turned out gloppy looking and product heavy because I'd just keep layering on day after day...my permed ends looked heavy and gross while my roots looked matted down and hard...

Once I found a creme based moisturizer I was much happier. Both textures of my hair behaved and overall my hair felt healthier. Before Miss Jessie's changed the formulation of their Buttercreme I'd often used that....and BOY did it work like a dream! But that was so long ago...today so many brands like Blended Beauty and KBB have great Hair Milks and moisturizers that can double as a transitioning product

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Great advice, everyone! Thanks! I don't know what I am going to do when those pesky roots become half my hair!
I have been using Long Aid Activator Gel. I only put it on the new growth after I wash. It leaves my new growth soft and tamed days later.


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I have been using Long Aid Activator Gel. I only put it on the new growth after I wash. It leaves my new growth soft and tamed days later.
Originally Posted by Dyani
I keep hearing that activator gel is amazing on new growth. Is it because it's stronger than regular gel?

Dyani, where do you get your Long Aid gel?
I have been using Long Aid Activator Gel. I only put it on the new growth after I wash. It leaves my new growth soft and tamed days later.
Originally Posted by Dyani
I keep hearing that activator gel is amazing on new growth. Is it because it's stronger than regular gel?

Dyani, where do you get your Long Aid gel?
Originally Posted by desert flower

I believe an activator is meant to bring out the curl and moisturize, while a gel is suppose to hold.

This is what it does. As soon as you put it on, if your hair is curly it curls up and when dry it is soft.

I bought mine from a beauty supply store. They have it in Walgreens as well.


Last Relaxer: 6/13/08
Big Chop: 11/15/09 (17 months post)

"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy". Psalms 126:5
I'm not a big fan of gels.

I think I have a similar hair type to what you describe. This may work for you, it works wonders for me. I use Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Shea Butter and use Conair Crochet Headwraps to hold my front/ends down.

When I take the head bands off, my hair is light, soft and straight/smooth. You can get them from Wal-Mart.



Natural | BC: Sept 4th, 2009 | Curl Type: 3c
Fine | Low Porosity
I'm not a big fan of gels.

I think I have a similar hair type to what you describe. This may work for you, it works wonders for me. I use Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Shea Butter and use Conair Crochet Headwraps to hold my front/ends down.

When I take the head bands off, my hair is light, soft and straight/smooth. You can get them from Wal-Mart.

Originally Posted by Nichole23
Do you use the Giovanni and shea just on your new growth or all over?

Also, do you put on the products when hair is sopping wet or do you air dry a little? Sorry for all the questions, but yes, your hair looks very simlar to mine!
I use Giovanni DLI and Shea Butter all over. The Giovanni is SOOOO good at detangling. Its great on relaxed or natural hair. I use the shea butter on all of my hair, but I focus that mostly on the new growth and edges. Shea Butter will likely cause tangles on the relaxed parts, so use it very lightly there.

I normally style my hair while soaking wet (using the products above). But I also use them on dry hair during the week aswell. I hope this helps!


Natural | BC: Sept 4th, 2009 | Curl Type: 3c
Fine | Low Porosity
I also use Giovanni Direct Leave In and shea butter on my hairline, and smooth it down with a headband! My hair LOVES it!

My hairline has been the worst part of my transition, a few months ago, I considered just relaxing the hairline (yikes)!! The headband + shea butter trick has helped me cope.
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Transitioning since 4/2008, with no plans to BC

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