I’m in my 9 month of being relaxer/chemical free, and I think the two things that have saved me from unbearable detangling sessions and breaking hair (because of frequent handling of two different textures) are :
1. Keeping my hair moisturized (From frequent co-washing and natural oils)
2. Protective styling my hair
And since I’ve probably talked you all to death about numero uno, I’ll expound a bit on what has worked for ME concerning protective styling.
While there are TONS of protective styles that transitioning ladies and even relaxed heads can do to help promote length retention, (think braid outs, twist outs, flexi rods, etc). My true blue means of protection has been this little quickie updo pictured below :O)
You can actually see where the natural texture stops and the chemically straightened hair takes up (about an 1 in or so past my head band).
One reason why I love this style is because its my WHAM, BAM, GOODBYE style.
I literally brush my edges (add some gel for definition and shine), roll up/twist my hair in the back, clip it and GO!
Easy as that.
Now please believe I have experimented a lot with other protective styles…but I think this is my fav for now b/c I KNOW how it will come out…and its quickest. lol
The moral of this hair story??
Knowledge and know-how is great, but sometimes you gotta do what works for you!
:: Grow Happy ::