Transitioning journey: What is going on with my hair?

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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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  1. 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

  2. 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 🙂

    1. Lungi

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

  3. 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

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

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