One thing that took me a while to learn on my HHJ is that my new growth needs to be babied and generally kept happy. It seems simple I know, but it took me over a year to finally realize that good things happen when I keep my new growth moisturized and tangle free as much as possible. Dry, tangled new growth only causes breakage and for a head of hair that is trying to retain length and thickness, breakage is its worst enemy.
For me, dry new growth means breakage at the line of demarcation because dry hair lacks elasticity. Think of your hair like a rubber band. Moisturized hair (has elasticity) is able to be manipulated, stretched, and returns to its original starting length without breaking. Have you ever picked up an old rubber band and stretched it? It snaps! Think of that old rubber band as dry hair.
Prior to my epiphany, I was only moisturizing the length and ends of my hair, but once I started targeting my new growth as well, I saw a complete turn around in breakage at the line of demarcation. In the past I would fill a small spray bottle with water and moisturizer (HairVeda Whipped Creme Ends) and spray the mixture on my new growth. I’ve since found a lighter moisturizer that absorbs a bit better (Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme), so I skip the water and spray bottle now.
Aside from moisturizing my new growth a few days a week, I also deep condition weekly, making sure I apply conditioner to every inch of new growth. To minimizes tangles, when I moisturize, I work the product in a downwards motion to work it in and generally leave my new growth alone.