As some of you may know, my transition back to natural wasn’t easy breezy. I ran into problem after problem. Dryness, matting, single strand knots, you name it. It often angered me because all of the other transitioners had their ish together not to mention sleek buns with waves on swim. I just didn’t understand why I was having such a difficult time. Somehow, I managed to keep going though. Maybe it was Patience or good ole Determination. I’m sure both of them played their role throughout these 17 months. For most of my transition, I wore kinky twists and individual braids because I was still at university, studying for exams, writing papers, and all that other good stuff. I just wanted to keep things fairly simple. I only dealt with my hair in between the braiding sessions which was about two to three weeks then back in braids I went. In between the braiding sessions, I tried to learn how to manage my hair. I deep conditioned, moisturized, baggied, but nothing seemed to work. It’s sad to say that I didn't get into the swing of things until these last three months of my transition. During those three months I learned three valuable lessons that I’m going to share with you all.
- Leave-ins and moisturizers don’t always serve the same purpose though some of us use them interchangeably. The key ingredients, consistency, and directions for use should determine how each product should be used. This was one of my biggest mistakes during my transition (using a moisturizer as a leave-in) which resulted in dry hair every time. Now I understand the importance of a leave-in conditioner in a hair regimen. It really made a difference for my hair.
- Detangle under running water with a conditioner with lots of slip. This technique saved me from jumping off the edge. I hated it when I was relaxed, but worked like a charm on my transitioning hair. The water pressure and the slip of the conditioner allow the comb or your fingers to easily glide through the hair removing knots and tangles with ease. I was freed of those annoying single strand knots at last. I revisited this technique thanks to Idrissa over at My Hair Bible.
- Know and understand your porosity level. This was the main culprit of my dry hair. I knew I had low porosity hair, but I didn't understand how to manage it. I researched and became aware of certain techniques and ingredients that aid in moisture loss or moisture retention. Understanding porosity helps when selecting products.
What are some lessons that you have learned while on your hair journey?