How to transition successfully

 

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Hi hair lovers!!!

If you do not want to do a big chop, then transitioning is a good option when going natural. The journey is very lengthy and it has highs and lows, but when you know what you are doing and you are having the right products for your hair then it will be smooth sailing.

 

What you must know is that during the transitioning process you will deal with different textures of hair, there will be your natural hair and the relaxed hair. Where these two textures meet is the demarcation line, where there could be a potential for breakage.

 

To minimise and stop breakage while transitioning, you can follow these following steps:

  • Moisture retention – since you will be dealing with two textures, most of the time our natural hair is prone to dryness. Find a good moisturiser that is paraben and sulphate free. Incorporate a good moisturising routine.
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  • Protective styling – protective styling can be anything you want to do to hair that minimises manipulation to your hair, while it is best to implement this step but you must always remember to take care of your hair even while its in the protective style.
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  • Conditioning –  regular conditioning is very important to maintain the strands elasticity and moisture, and for also manageability. Deep conditioners must be use at least weekly in your hair regimen, leave-in conditioners must be use after washing your hair and whenever your hair feels dry and thirsty.
  • No heat – try as much as you can to stay away from heat like blow dryers, flat irons. If you have to use heat, always use a heat protector.
  • Lastly – Patience – it took you time to reach the length your relaxed hair is, so it will take time to see results

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Do you incorporate any of these steps in your transitioning phase?

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Product review -BioLife Biotin

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Hi hair lovers!!!

 

On the 1st of May I started my growth challenge, which includes using bioting as my growth aid. Biotin has many benefits like growing your hair thick and also helps with your metabolism.

The product advises that you must take 1 capsule per day after a meal. I did according to the directions for the whole of May. In June I upped my dosage to 2 capsules per day, which was not bad for my skin unless if I forget to stick to my 2 -3lts of water a day.

Product details:

  • Hair: Promotes hair growth, keeps hair strong & healthy, prevents breakage.
  • Nails: Strengthens brittle nails.
  • Skin: Relieves rashes & dermatitis.
  • Metabolism: Helps the body to process fats, carbohydrates & protein. Supports healthy, sustainable weight management.
  • Blood sugar: Helps to keep glucose levels steady, preventing blood sugar spikes.
  • Energy: Alleviates lethargy and mild depression.

BioLife Biotin is preservative-free and suitable for vegans.

Directions

  • Take 1 capsule daily or as directed by a health care professional.
  • Store below 25°C.

Warnings

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding moms should consult a medical professional before taking this supplement.
  • Keep out of reach of children.

Ingredients

Biotin 5mg (5000mcg)

 

Pros:

  • Thicker hair, my hair is now thick which is a bonus for me as I used to relay mainly on henna for this volomous look,
  • Less breakage,
  • My nails are much stronger now

 

Cons:

  • Breakouts when not consuming enough water.
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I will continue to take the biotin capsule until the last day of my challenge, I don’t think I can take pills for the rest of my life. I will have to continue incorporating healthy meals and an exercise regime.

Growth vs. retention

Hi Hair lovers

Today we talk about hair growth vs hair retention. Hair grows an average of 1/2 an inch(1.27cm) per month, despite our race or genetics. This means that even African hair is capable of growing to at least 12 inches(30 cm) of its length.

Coming to my point, no matter what happens our hair is growing. the problem is that we must master how to retain the length we get on a monthly basis.

To retain the length a lot of TLC is needed, meaning our health is taken into consideration – whether are we consuming a balanced diet, drinking at least 8 glasses of water, and our fitness level. Normally what you put into your body will be seen from the outside.

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Secondly we need to practice low Manipulation, this is key to our Type 4 hair. Constant manipulation causes unnecessary hair breakage, which we then interpret as not having any hair growth. Protective styles should be used to minimise the need to constantly combing hair. The manner in which we comb our hair is also vital because if we comb dry hair we will notice a lot of breakage.

Thirdly our hair needs moisture to thrive, dry hair leads to breakage.

Last but not least we need Patience, we know the saying “Rome was not build in one day”, that saying implies also to our hair, we need to be patient and enjoy every step of the way whether uphill or downhill.

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