Transitioning Files: 16 Months Post Relaxer

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I’m in the home stretch of my transition. 🙂 I’m quite proud of myself for making it this far. My hair is doing alright at the moment. I’ve been keeping it pretty simple, as usual. I did mix it up recently and tried a braid-out and mini twists. The styles were just average and I think it will improve once I get rid of the relaxed ends.

My Natural Texture

I was looking through some old pictures and I’ve made some progress this year with my growth. Pictures really help track what’s going on. For some reason, I’m reluctant to take pictures these days.
Transitioning Growth Progress

Sorry about the March picture. I was still testing out my camera.

I have about 5 – 6 inches or so of natural hair. It’s definitely shorter in the front (my alopecia recovery), sides, and nape. The difference is not so bad at the nape. Currently, it’s about 4 inches. My hair doesn’t usually grow very fast. When I was tracking my growth for the Manetabolism Challenge, some sections of hair had little to no change. I would guess that my overall growth rate is around a quarter to a third of an inch (0.635 – 0.847 cm) per month. It’s usually better with improved diet. At this rate, my new growth should be around 4 to 5.33 inches (10.16 – 13.54 cm) long.

I have no idea what my curl type is and I think it will be easier to tell once the transition is over. My texture is still fine to medium and my hair has low to medium density. I didn’t really expect it to change.

Transitioning Texture 15+ Months Post Relaxer

Scab hair??

Have you heard about scab hair? It’s a theory that new growth has a different texture because there was scalp damage due to chemicals. It’s believed that over time, the hair will return to its original texture. According to JC at The Natural Haven, there’s no current scientific research about scab hair. However, there are several anecdotal descriptions about scab hair and how to manage it.

In some sections of my hair (especially in the middle) I noticed that there are some sections with scab hair properties. It’s near the demarcation line and it’s tough to detangle. From my scalp to that point, I have no issues with detangling. Also, from my demarcation point and down, there are no issues since the hair is pretty straight

Breakage

As much as I would like to have no breakage, it seems to happen from time to time. If it’s a straight piece I’m usually not too worried because they will all go soon. 🙂 If it’s curly, I go into a mild panic. 😯  My hair loss is mostly shed hair. Lately, I’ve noticed a bit more breakage than I like. My hair got a bit dry when I did the mini-twists. That was due to pure, unadulterated neglect. I use my protein treatment and deep condition my hair often. I just need to be consistent with moisturizing during the week.

Protein Treatment or Olaplex

Since my hair is pretty finely textured, I have to keep up with my protein treatments to help minimize breakage. I recently switched to the ORS Hair Mayonnaise because I heard good things about it. However, it’s not giving me the strength that I need. I don’t really want to go back to using the Aphogee Two-step treatment but I may have to. It requires heat and my electricity situation is not too reliable. 🙁 I was reading about Olaplex which is a salon treatment that’s supposed to help prevent damage from chemical treatments. It can also be used to help strengthen hair. It looks pretty interesting but I need to do a bit more research about it.

Image source- @utahnailcandi What is Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector? No.3 is not a conditioner, it's simply a continuation of the Olaplex service in-salon for the client to use at home. This contains the same active ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, which continues to find and cross link single sulfur hydrogen bonds to form disulfide bonds at home. This is slightly diluted from the No.2 as we still want clients to seek out salons for the Stand Alone Treatment as well as services with Olaplex. As stylists, we do our best to make sure clients leave with beautiful, healthy hair. By sending them home with No. 3…you ensure they continue to do so between salon visits. You want the absolute best because that same client is a walking advertisement for your work outside the salon. You're the type of stylist that will tell someone no if something is not possible. You truly care about the integrity of your clients hair and you want them to be happy. You often under promise and over deliver because you're careful. You are an Olaplex stylist. Despite what we do in the salon, that same client is going to walk through those doors and spend the next 6-8 weeks on their own dealing with their hair. This same client may turn a flat iron to 400 degrees and start the process of barbecuing their hair at home. They will use blow dryers with no thermal protectors. They will brush their hair repeatedly. They will go out in the sun. They will go swimming. No matter what we do in-salon, it's always important to pay special attention to what the client does outside the salon hence No.3. Olaplex is meant to both mitigate and repair damage however it will not make hair invincible. No.3 is our insurance outside the salon that a client will maintain beautiful hair despite themselves. For those with healthy hair, No.3 is meant to maintain. For those with damaged hair, No.3 is about both mitigation and repair. Both of these results may look entirely different but are extremely important to both the client and stylist alike. Which clients should go home with Olaplex? Every single one of them! #olaplex #healthyhair #insuranceforyoirhair #educateyourclient

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Say U Hair Academy sells Olaplex via their Konga and Jumia stores so we can get it in Nigeria. Do you know any salons that use the Olaplex system in Nigeria? The travel set of Olaplex is NGN 26,000. 😐 I’m also considering henna or cassia for strengthening. My reservation with them is the messiness and the time it takes to prepare it. I also don’t want to change the color of my hair. If you use henna, did you find it helpful?

Mini Twist on Transitioning Hair

16 months down :shock:, 2 to go. 🙂

What is your favorite type for strengthening treatment?

Other transitioning updates: 10 months | 11 months | 1 year | 14 – 15 months