Hello All. I’m back after being M.I.A. for 2 months. My boyfriend gave me a friendly reminder this morning that I started this blog a while back lol. I’ve been through quite a bit with this hair the last few months. For starters, my hair was REALLY tangled in the back of my head after I would wash it – probably started noticing it around 3 months post-relaxer. I ‘think’ that I figured out the cause of the tangled hair – it was pretty bad. I would have hands full of hair in the trash after detangling and combing the leave-in condition through from root to end. At first, I just thought it was a normal part of the transition process but later decided this can’t be normal. After a few weeks (too many if you ask me) of this recurring, I tried a few things to address the problem: regularly trimmed 1.5 to 2 inches off, stopped roller setting and started blow drying.
The only thing that I was able to come up with as a cause for the hair being so tangled after washing it was that it was partially tangled before washing it. Since I had been doing roller sets for a while to allow curls without having to manipulate the roots, I only needed to finger comb the hair. I’m guessing that finger combing combined with roots that had not been bothered because of the roller sets resulted in my tangled mess. I’m no expert on the matter but it makes sense to me. I did start noticing an improvement after trimming a decent amount off of my ends. I would trim each section after taking the hair off of the roller when I was still doing the roller sets. This made the trimming process easy for me.
Since I’d come to the conclusion that the roller sets may not have been benefitting me in the end, I researched other options for the transition. After reading a lot of feedback from other naturals online, I decided to start blow drying my hair rather than roller setting it. I must say that I have noticed a drastic improvement in my hair after I started blow drying. I no longer end up with lots of hair in the trash after washing my hair and detangling it. So far, regular trims and the blow dryer are my friends. I’m leaning towards the few naturals online that have suggested that their hair likes heat. I’ll keep you posted and let you know if my story changes :-).
6 months post-relaxer and counting.