Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Transitioning Diaries: The Quest For Moisturized Hair

Hey everybody. As you know, I am transitioning to natural hair. Let me tell you, it really is a journey. It's like one of those journeys where each time you get to a point, there is another quest you must complete before you can move ahead. Well the quest I am on now is the quest for hair that stays moisturized. After reading blog after blog and article after article on transitioning, the number one thing that continues to pop up in discussions is that you have to keep moisture in your hair. The reason is because dry hair equals breaking hair. If that moisture balance is not there (especially in transitioning hair) then you are asking for Snap, Crackle, and Pop to visit your head and those three need to stay their happy butts at home. So what have I been doing to complete my quest towards more moisturized hair? Here are a few things that I have put into my arsenal.

1. Deep Conditioning Weekly
     When I deep condition weekly on dry hair, I notice that detangling is easier and my hair is softer (especially my new growth). How I apply my deep conditioner also makes all the difference. I could slap that conditioner on my head and call it a day or do what I usually do and apply my deep conditioner like I am applying a relaxer. When I do this, I am ensuring that each strand of hair is coated completely and evenly.

2. Moisturizing and Sealing
     Before I hear the collective "Duh" that's coming, hey you know that sometimes you have to put moisture on your hair. Right now I am kind of messing around with moisturizers to see what really works for me. I haven't bought anything new, but I have been using that products that I have. So far I have my two loves which are S-Curl No Drip Activator Moisturizer and Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave-In. Both have their pluses and minuses but they do work for my hair and my new growth. As far as sealing, I can can't go wrong with EVOO or EVCO. However you have to be careful when it comes to moisturizing and sealing due to the fact that sometimes the weather and climate can play a factor in having moisturized hair. With my S-Curl, it contains glycerin which is a humectant meaning that it draws moisture in. However if you live where the air is dry or if it is winter, you run the risk of the moisture actually being pulled from you hair and then you have hay for hair. With oils, I tend to be cautious when using EVCO in cold weather because I don't want the oil to solidify on my hair which makes my hair feel dry as well.

3. Little To No Heat Usage
     This is one that I have not been following lately but I am back on the "No-Heat" train for this transition. I can tell a difference in my hair when I air dry versus when I use my blow dryer and flat iron. I really see the difference in my ends. My ends right now look a little fried and they are trying to knot together at the ends. When I can catch it before it happens, I can work those knots out but when I don't catch it, I have those "steely" brittle ends that don't want moisture.

4. Baggying
     Here is another trick that I have been trying. Essentially what I do is moisturize and seal my hair and then place a plastic bag over my hair and then my satin bonnet. In the morning my hair is a bit damp and what I do is seal with more oil and my hair is moisturized. I have to try this a few more times before I can make a steady decision if this is what my hair needs, but so far so good.

Well there you have it folks. I am really serious about this transition and I want to do all I can to keep my new growth and my relaxed ends happy. Stay tuned as my transitioning adventure presses on...

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