When I first started transitioning to natural hair, I struggled. I’m talking the classic dull, frizzy, dry transitioning hair look! You know exactly the look I’m talking about. My hair looked like it belonged somewhere in the Sahara Desert.
The Struggle to Manage Transitioning Hair
I wasn’t sure what to do with my hair when I first started transitioning and I certainly didn’t know how to manage the transitioning process. Therefore, I hid my hair under wigs to get through the first year which was a smart move at that time. Because seriously, had I opted to wear my hair loose, I would have returned to relaxers, I’m sure of it. Since taking a leave of absence from wig wearing, I’ve figured out some things that has helped me resolve my struggles with dull, dry transitioning hair.
What Are Reasons for Dull, Dry Transitioning Hair?
The main underlying reason for dull, dry transitioning hair is pretty obvious – your hair is not properly hydrated. Dry hair could be a result of lack of moisture (not washing your hair enough), product buildup, protein overload or simply not using the right product combinations for your hair. In my case, it definitely was a result of not washing my hair enough while wearing wigs and not using the right product combinations. Several times I went a solid month without washing my hair. While the infrequent wash day schedule worked and kept me sane, it wasn’t the best move for hair hydration.
Are You Struggling with Dry Hair?
If you’re struggling with dry hair that appears dull and frizzy, here are some tips that helped me that might also help you:
Stop Wearing Wigs.
Wigs are great and were a valuable asset to my long-term transitioning but wearing wig caps, wigs and infrequently washing and/or moisturizing your hair can be very drying. During my time of wearing wigs, my curls did not form and my hair wasn’t nearly as hydrated as it should have been. Once I stopped wearing wigs, things came together nicely.
Properly Moisturize Your Hair.
I moisturize every single strand of hair during my moisturizing sessions. I part my hair in small quadrants and apply moisturizer with making sure I focus on the inner areas of my hair.
Keep Moisture Levels Up.
Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to think about hair. However, washing your hair once weekly or every two weeks will keep the hair properly moisturized.
Product Combination Matters.
Finding products that lock in moisture and offers shine helps the hair not appear dull and lifeless. The more hydrated my hair is, the shinier it appears. Doing the liquid (hair milk), cream (creamy moisturizer or leave in), butter layering method on wash day locks in the moisture and shine which lasts throughout the week.
What You Sleep In Matters!
Sleeping in silk makes my hair look, feel, perform better than satin. When I use satin to protect my hair at night, my hair appears dull and lifeless by morning, not to mention frizzy.
Using a silk scarf, bonnet or pillow case can help your hair appear shinier and experience less frizz. Although the quality of my 2 photos differ slightly, it's evident that my hair appears better moisturized in the top photo. To read more about the benefits of silk, click LINK IN BIO. #relaxedthairapy
What You Seal Your Hair with Matters Too!
You might find that sealing with oil is useless and offers no benefits once you start transitioning to natural hair. For me, sealing with butter offers definition, shine and a little bit of hold. It’s the perfect choice for my transitioning hair.