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Transitioning journey: What is going on with my hair?

Hi everybody!

I’ve been a bit quiet on the hair front on this blog, that’s because my hair is still in a protective style. I am 4 weeks in and still going strong I am now 23 weeks post relaxer – I have stopped counting religiously now. The new growth is coming in nicely, it feels well moisturised. I’ve had times when I have wanted to take them out just to feel the growth and get my hair a good wash day.

Speaking of wash days, I have washed the braids once in the 4 weeks, ideally it should have been twice, however, my weekend schedule was a bit busy. I am planning for another wash day this coming weekend. For my wash days, I keep it very simple – shampoo using diluted sulphate free shampoo with some peppermint oil. Deep Condition with a mixture of moisturising deep conditioners also diluted with water. I deep condition for + 15 minutes while I am in the shower. Then I rinse off and wrap the braids in a cotton wrap, after the dripping has stopped, I then let the braids air dry.

In terms of my weekly regimen, I haven’t been moisturising daily as I had planned, that’s because the humidity is on the rise here in Durban and my hair has felt quite moisturised. I am still massaging my scalp 3 times a week using my scalp oil mix.

I am planning to keep the braids on for another 2.5 weeks, I will also go to the salon after my wash day to re-do some of the braids that I took out. They were looking a bit loose – I was worried about the tug on my hair.

In terms of my transition, it hasn’t been anything more than a long stretch. Though I am starting to get itchy to cut my hair. I spend most of my days on natural hair blogs and youtube tutorials. But I have been consulting with my friend Nomonde and she has been sharing tips about her natural journey, she said: I must focus more on figuring out my own fro and what works for me  & my hair might not be able to do the hairdos you see on Instagram and YouTube. So I am trying to curb my enthusiasm and manage my expectations!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Lebo

    When it comes to your stretch, not focusing on your weeks post is the best idea… I used to have to take out my calendar and recheck my weeks and that way they flew by…

    All the best with your transition Lungs I am happy that you are happy so far

    October 14, 2015 at 14:45
    • Reply Lungi

      Thanks Lebo!

      October 15, 2015 at 10:38
  • Reply Uzoma | Don't Touch The Hair

    Once I got to five months post, I stopped counting weekly. Humidity does wonders for my hair too.

    October 14, 2015 at 15:43
  • Reply Becca

    At least you got the braids washed even if after 4 weeks…. I oogle at natural hair ladies on Instagram but deep down in my heart I know that my natural hair type probably won’t be able to style like that. It’s good to manage expectations and embrace your own natural hair n make the most out of it 🙂

    October 17, 2015 at 21:33
    • Reply Lungi

      Hey Becca, I’m definitely not looking at those ladies with different hair types, that would be setting myself up for disaster 🙁

      October 18, 2015 at 10:28
  • Reply kangopie

    oh if ever i wanted to go back to natural it was coz of Jen from justgrowalready.com
    That post that she did where she ended her transition and chopped of her relaxed hair….

    hmmm; that video made me think of my life choices.

    well if you still want to stretch after you get out of this style I would recommend faux locs. hmmm now I want faux locs

    October 20, 2015 at 14:05
    • Reply Lungi

      I will loook into faux locs, I’ve seen some nicely done ones on the internet. You still owe us (more like me) a perm rod post!

      October 20, 2015 at 15:32
  • Reply JOIE

    I’m also 25 weeks post relaxed. My new growth takes forever to get dried. In my opinion, don’t big chop yet. You can wait till when you are 1 year post relaxed.

    October 28, 2015 at 17:31
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