Dealing with multiple textures is challenging and often result in dry, tangled and breaking hair. Today’s post addresses how to care for transitioning hair.
A lovely reader writes
I’m transitioning and I have low porosity hair I use Scurl to moisturize my new growth the glycerin in the product I think be matting my demarcation line. But I’ve found that scurl is one of the only moisturisers that moisturise my hair. Also since I have low porosity hair I’m prone to having a protein over load more than others and I need to strengthen my demarcation line since that is the only place that seems so be breaking but it is minimal. How often do you think I should spray that area with the aphogee green tea and keratin spray. I wash my hair once a week btw. I’m sorry I’m asking so many questions but do you have any methods for stretching new growth without heat because I’ve tried braid outs but it doesn’t stretch anything and it’s become a real issue because I find I’m manipulating my hair too much causing breakage. Thank you so much
How to Care for Transitioning Hair
Hello, thanks for writing in and giving me the opportunity to assist you with your healthy hair journey. I too have low porosity hair so I definitely understand your struggle. Please, no apologies for the questions. We’re here to help and learn from each other. Questions are the only way we can do just that. Let’s talk how to care for transitioning hair!
I used SCurl / glycerin in the past and feel it can make the hair gummy and quite sticky if over applied. This can definitely lead to matting if you’re not careful about separating the clumped, gummy hair.
Try diluting SCurl with some distilled water (in a spray bottle). You might have to tweak the ratio until you get to a formula that works but try starting with a 50:50 ratio. Personally speaking, I go back and forth with using SCurl straight or diluted. I really love SCurl straight (undiluted) but feel the diluted version works best for my hair with regards to it not causing buildup, gummy, sticky, tacky hair. You may also find a thinner version of SCurl to be easier to work with.
If you’re looking for other ways to keep your hair moisturized, take a peek at the post where I consolidated various hydration techniques to force feed moisture to our hair.
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I use protein as-needed vs. on a scheduled basis. However, on average, I use protein very 4-6 weeks. Any sooner leads to what feels like protein overload.
Using a good moisturizing conditioner mixed with honey and extra virgin olive oil is a great way to increase moisture to your hair and counter the effects of protein overload.
If your hair is protein overloaded and you cannot recover no matter how hard you try, I’ve had great luck with adding a pinch of salt to my conditioner to halt protein overload in its tracks. Salt breaks down the protein bonds and gets things back on track quickly. However, I caution, this should be used as the backup plan when everything else fails.
Related Article: How to Correct Protein Overload in Hair with Salt
I prefer using a cream protein treatment vs. a spray. However, if your protein spray provides enough strengthening without having to do a separate protein treatment, then go for it.
Stretching New Growth
The best method for stretching new growth is through the banding method.
Related Article: 11 Tips to Transition to Natural Hair without Breakage
I like buns and updos to keep the hair stretched.
Now that I’m transitioning, I’ve included a feature video of some additional tips for caring for transitioning hair.