Saturday, November 19, 2011

Transitioning Hair Blues? Give Yourself A Break With Braids!

Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural: Do Loose Braids!

This Technique Helps Keep the Hair From Coming Loose While in Braids

During my transition from relaxed hair to natural, sometimes I would be at a loss for styling options where I wouldn't be walking around looking......not sane. I did alright with the care and TLC part of the transition, but styling has always been my weakness. I did figure out a way to braid my hair (yes, my very own hair--no extensions) while I was transitioning. How did you keep the relaxed ends from un-ravelling, you ask? 

1) Wash/Condition Hair
2) Air Dry to about 50%
3) Blow Dry on COLD (you can put your moisturizer now)
4) Section
5) Moisturize (something Shea Butter or Pomade thick)--No Water Based Moisturizers
6) Braid (Small, but not mini)

By blow drying your hair on Cold, you will allow the relaxed hair to "swell", which will help to keep it from coming loose. It's not gonna be a good idea to do this trick on freshly cut, blunt ends. So if you just cut your ends, you gotta wait a few weeks. 

I also played with adding extensions and doing my braids too. Ain't nothing wrong with that. It gave me the opportunity to play with colors--and we all love colors!

Styling Options with Loose Box Braided Extensions Can Be Professional or Casual
I had so much fun with my braids!

Long Term Transitioners Can Enjoy Braided Extensions While Growing Long Healthy Hair

Transitioning From Relaxed To Natural Styling Options are Many!

Adding Accessories to Your Braids Helps to Add Variety To Your Styling

Braided Extensions Are A Fun Way To Play With Color!


  1. Just discovered your blog and its so helpful!! Thank you!! I started transitioning 7months ago. but i have been putting alot of heat on my hair. I like how you did the braids and had fun with it during your transitioning period. While you had them in did your hair grow? Did you have any breakage? Also how did you get the ends of the braids to be wavy like that .. they looks cute!
    Thanks again for such an awesome blog!

    1. Thank You Claudia! While I had the braids in my hair, I got LOTS of growth. I moisturized them as needed with a spray mix (kinky curly knot today, aloe vera juice, jojoba oil). I would keep them in for 2 months at a time, and wash my hair with them in! When I took them down, I did not have any breakage. I purchased the hair that was wavy/curly (human hair), and had her braid it some inches past my actual hair length (which was long). Thanks so much for your message.