Transitioning Talk

  • –DO– Keep new growth/natural hair moisturized. Moisture is a must for long-term transitioning (or long-term relaxer stretching). Dry hair becomes susceptible to breakage and split ends. Deep conditioning (ideally weekly) with a moisturizing deep conditioner will help keep your hair moisturized. Co-washing once or twice a week, as well as…

  • Gjama asks: Hi Jen, for the looks of it, it seems like your transition has been ridiculously smooth. I’ve always heard that long-term transitioning is like walking over hot coals but it’s nice to see that with the proper techniques, knowledge, tools, AND PATIENCE, having a relatively tear-free long-term transition…

  • Time. Has. Flown. By! I remember when I used to freak out when stretching my relaxers at 16 weeks, now I’m at 16 months completely flabbergasted at the fact that I’m 73 weeks posts. [1] Do it patiently, or not at all. “It” is anything, really. I’ve learned the hard…

  • Somehow I found myself at my freezer door, reaching under the bag of peas for my shears and then magically in my bathroom snipping away at my hair tonight O_o After venting about my temptation to cut I was fully committed to hold off until either December or June for…

  • Hi there, just a bit of transitioning babble… I started this post fully ready to tell you that I’m so over my long transition and that I’m taking my shears out of the freezer… which is where I hid them to stop me from cutting my hair. But now that…

  • I can’t believe it’s been a year since I last relaxed my hair! Even though this is the longest I have ever gone without relaxing my hair (I think 16 weeks was my previous record), reaching the 52 week checkpoint feels a little surreal. Probably because I’ve continued to think…

  • Emeala asks: Hi Jen, I noticed that you’re transitioning, but you’re still using direct heat (referring to the two times you’ve flat ironed since your last touch up). I’m transitioning too but everything I’ve read has said to avoid using direct heat while transitioning. It seems like you’ve been able…

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