Carol’s Daughter Answers: Learning Your Curl Pattern
Now that you have decided to transition, it is important to treat your “new” tresses with tender care- especially if you are not familiar with your natural curl pattern and texture.
Conditioning is your new best friend. Many naturalistas find co-washing strands to be the most effective way to clean their hair and without stripping scalp and strands of essential oils. Co-washing is the no-shampoo method of cleaning hair- just “wash” with a good rinse-out conditioner.
When detangling strands, use fingers to find any knots and gently separate the hair first. Apply a good leave-in conditioner and then use a wide-tooth comb for any further detangling or styling.
Natural hair is very porous, which is a great thing because it absorbs moisture like a sponge. However on the flip side, you may find yourself taking extra steps to maintain the moisture level. Beware of creams containing petroleum which serves as a barrier on strands and can make it difficult for hair to receive moisture.
Carol’s Daughter Transitioning Movement.com recommends sealing your hair after you moisturize with a layer of oil. If, for any reason, you are anti-oil, Aloe Vera works just as well.
I am sure you cannot wait to say good bye to the nightly wrap and satin scarf, but it is important to protect natural and transitioning strands at night- even if you did the BC. Try a satin bonnet or satin pillowcase for fuss free “sleep prep.”
Styling Note: when using colorful scarves or head bands to accessorize your ‘do and conceal transitioning roots, be sure to select fabrics that are satin, smooth, and will not pull on strands like cotton. Otherwise, your maintenance and night time care will go down the drain.