Keeping breakage under control is going to be crucial for me as I transition and try to keep my length. (I’m currently 3 months into the transition to natural hair.)
After struggling with breakage for the last few weeks, I finally seemed to get it under control. I detangled my hair after washing last week and had almost no hair in the comb. Yippeeee!!
Here’s what I did…
1) Cut off another inch of relaxed hair (to remove damaged ends)
2) Detangled with a wide-tooth comb before shampooing
3) Shampooed with Kinky Curly’s all natural and sulfate free Come Clean Shampoo
4) Deep conditioned with a jojoba hot oil treatment (used a plastic cap and sat under dryer for 15 min.)
5) Used Kinky Curly’s Knot Today Conditioner for my leave-in
6) Dried my hair by carefully patting my hair dry instead of the towel wrap method (prevents more detangling)
7) Carefully detangled by holding small sections of hair and combing from the ends up to the roots
I think trimming those dead ends and the hot oil treatment were the key steps. I was overdue for a trim and I am definitely learning the importance of keeping my hair moisturized.
I always assumed a lot of breakage would be inevitable once I got beyond a certain point in the transition. But I’m learning that if I take the time to do the right things, I can keep it under control.
Read more about preventing breakage while you transition to natural hair.