Now I've been accidentally in "transition" for a while now. It is kind of tough actually. I have to work with two different textures in my hair at the same time. I have my new growth coming in at the roots while the chemically treated hair is still on the ends. The whole time I was sitting, wondering, "Why are my old usual products not quite working for me anymore?" LOL. I was also still unknowingly damaging my hair with heat to maintain the two textures.
I'm too wimpy to do a big chop (BC). My hair was already armpit length when I was using relaxers, so it was pretty devastating when big clumps of hair would come out at a time while detangling. I'm figuring out that conditioning and braiding has been key to preventing major breakage. I've even taken to the technique of leaving the braids up while washing my hair. It cuts the terrible detangling process out, which makes major hair breakage pretty much none existent. I've also learned that when I do have to do some detangling it is way better to just finger-comb and sometimes follow up with the use of a wide tooth comb if needed. I've always combed from the bottom working my way up through the roots.
For a deep conditioner (DC) I like to use:
- Olive Oil (EVOO)
- Coconut Milk (can be found in the healthy section of regular grocery stores)
- Coconut Oil
- 1 Avocado
- Mix ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Strain the mixture through an knee-high, if it isn't smooth enough. This is so that you won't have to pick out pieces of avocado in your dry hair later.
- Strain into an applicator bottle to prevent a huge mess during application.
- Part hair into sections and apply mixture.
- Massage into hair and scalp. Massaging the scalp actually promotes hair growth stimulation.
- Leave in hair for at least 45 minutes. The longer it stays in, the better. I like to let hair sit for 2 hours covered in a plastic cap and a towel wrapped around my neck.
- Rinse out mixture.