I am working on transitioning my hair, looking for any helpful tips
I havent had a relaxer in 2 years and I don't know my hair type. I want to avoid doing the "big chop" and looking for ways to make my hair grow healthy
well tip #1 is that if you do transition , remember to at least get your ends trimmed. To keep your hair healthy , you must get trims.While hair does grow from your scalp, your relaxed ends could make your hair begin to split up the hair shaft , making your hair not grow any longer.Also remember not to transition for too long because your 2 textures of hair will not match up.If you do keep your transitioned ends for too long , your hair will begin to break off because your 2 textures do not go togetherand your ends are way weaker then your new growth.it happened to me unfortunately .You can tradition for atleast 1 year but after that , try cutting off the transitioned ends. We don't want your hair to break off ! To prevent your hair from breaking off, you can do twist outs or braid outs or Bantu knots so both textures of your hair are the same .You said you want to avoid doing the big chop, and while it is the healthier suggestion for your hair , you only have to do a " big chop" if majority of your ends are straight from the relaxer. Remember to always have your curls moisturized. Moisturizes hair is happy hair . Invest in a really nice leave in conditioner , those are great for keeping moisture. I use shea moistures restorative conditioner because you can use it as a leave in conditioner and it leaves my hair feeling really nice . Also make sure you get a natural oil ( like coconut oil ) to seal in the moisture .When you go natural , a lot of people rave about "co washing"You can co wash , but remember to actually shampoo your hair ! If you don't wash your hair, your scalp can get clogged up with products and it won't make your hair grow . I would suggest washing your hair once a week or once every 2 weeks , you can co wash ever 2 days or so . Also you have a silk bonnet or atleast a silk pillowcase for your hair at night so your hair won't break off .Remember to drink a lot of water ! If you would like to take a supplement to promote healthy hair , I would suggest taking biotin. If there is one thing you need to do , it is deep condition. Go out and buy a nice deep conditioning treatment or mask and use it once every week or once every 2 weeks. Deep conditioning should be one of your best friends when going natural . Lastly , have fun with your hair and love it .Try out products and see which one works best for you !