Okay, okay, I know that I’ve been MIA on the transitioning hairstyles front–I’m sorry!! 😦 I had a bit of camera and technical troubles, but I think I’m back on track. 🙂
So without further adieu, the first style in the Things My Transitioning Hair Can Do Series is the Satin-Strip Braidout!
This is an effective way to not only blend those relaxed ends in with your new curly natural roots, it also is a great way to achieve a stretched-out style! (The shrinkage is real, guys ).
What You’ll Need:
1. A leave-in conditioner. I use Creme of Nature’s Argan Oil Perfect 7-N-1 Leave-in Treatment.
2. (Optional) An anti-humectant. I only use this in really humid weather if I want to retain my curl definition. However, if you’re going for the poofed out look or live in a dry climate–by all means–disregard this step.
There are several natural and non-natural anti-humectants on the market. The most popular non-natural anti-humectant on the market is Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant.
Personally, I choose to use an all natural anti-humectant by John Masters Organics Hair Pomade. It’s made of a rich blend of organic beeswax, mango butter and pure essential oils chosen for conditioning moisture and shine (Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Mango Butter, Babassu Oil, Jojoba, Wheat Germ Oil, Pure Essential Oils Of Bay Laurel, Cedar Atlas, Fir Balsam And Massoia, Vitamins A, C & E). It also doubles as a heat protectant and is safe for color-treated hair. It is not cheap, but a little goes a long way.
3. A curling product. I use Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie.
4. Some satin ribbon (purchased from a local arts and crafts store).
5. A rat tail comb.
6. Butterfly clips or ouchless scrunchies to hold hair out of the way.
- Start on washed, deep conditioned, damp, detangled, stretched hair.
- Divide hair into 5 sections.
- Moisturize with a leave in of your choice.
- Detangle section.
- Make medium size parts within each section.
- Use curling product of your choice and smooth into section. Comb through.
- (Optional) Use an anti-humectant. Comb through.
- Begin a single 3-strand braid.
- Stop braiding at the line of demarcation.
- Take a satin ribbon and tie the ribbon at the line of demarcation.
- Use the ribbon as 2 of the strands to continue the 3 strand braid. Don’t be afraid to braid tightly at this point–the satin strip won’t hurt your hair, but it will create definition
- Tie the ribbon at the end of your hair in a single knot (double knot it if it’s coming undone, but make the second knot slightly looser).
Watch the technique below:
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I know there are a lot of curlies out there who say that you must moisturize your hair daily–some even do it twice a day. But for the low-porosity natural or the transitioner, moisture can be the definition killer. If you properly conditioned, moisturized, and sealed your hair for this style, and you fall into those two categories, daily moisturizing won’t be necessary. I only slightly re-wet my hair if I’m transforming this style into another look during the week (about every 2 days).
Because a transitioner’s relaxed ends will revert back to its straight state fairly easily, I only wear this style down for about 2 days. To maintain second day hair, I re-braid in large sections (about only 8 braids this time, using the satin strips) with my curling product and anti-humectant. I wrap my hair in a satin scarf or sleep on a satin pillow without the scarf if I need the braids to dry quicker.
By day 3, I’ll generally wear my hair in a half up/half down style and day 4 – 7 will be a variation of a textured bun with curly bangs or a textured high bun.
So essentially, I get multiple looks out of this style for the week. And for a transitioner, that ain’t bad ;-P
Let me know if you try out this style!
Peace, Love, and Live Life Full,