Transitioning 101: Conditioner and your hair!
Ok, I'll cut right to the chase. You cannot successfully transition (or even stretch your relaxers) without embracing conditioners. Heck, you healthy hair journey will be mainly about disciplining yourself to use conditioner consistently and correctly.
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Black hair tends to dryness, more so than other racial hair types due to the curl/kinky pattern of the hair. This is caused by the follicle shape from which the hair grows. By regularly moisturizing the hair, you preserve the strands better = longer hair.
Conditioner is a brilliant once or twice a week thing that can boost the moisture content in your hair tremendously. Also, it can be a way to restore protein to damaged hair. Both moisture and strength (protein) are needed to ensure you keep the breakage of your hair to a minimum whilst transitioning.
Ok, some people think co-washing (conditioner-only washing) is no good for their hair. It usually is more a case of not using the right conditioners to cowash or improper technique. For instance, using a protein conditioner to co-wash will eventually make your hair feel hard. That's what unchallenged protein treatments do to the hair! However, moisturizing conditioners are best because you get the quick boost of moisture and your hair dries softer. Another example is co-washing with loose hair and scrunching up the hair whilst applying or rinsing the conditionerl Treat the hair like fine silk. Apply some conditioner, then let it sit for a couple of minutes. Rinse and repeat. I find, like most shampoos need to remove the first layer that has built up on hair, so do conditioners! By the second rinse, your hair is soft and smooth!
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