Transitioning with Braids

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I’ve decided to braid my hair for the next couple of months, as I transition, to make the process a little bit easier. I used to wear braids all the time in college. They really helped my hair to grow a lot after I unintentionally Big Chopped after a horrible experience at a hair salon (don’t ask). The braids took 14 hours (because I did them myself), but I love them!

Braids 3 Candids

Braid Care

  1. MoisturizeWhen hair is in braids, it tends to lose moisture at a faster rate, making it easier to fall out or become damaged. To prevent your strands from becoming overly dry, spritz them with a store-bought braid spray or your own DIY moisturizing concoction.
  2. Keep Braids Clean: Rinse hair with diluted shampoo while in the shower every 10-14 days to keep braids looking fresh. Pay particular attention to your scalp. Gently massage your scalp to release any debris, and be careful not to tug on your hair too much. Avoid using too much product throughout the week, which can cause build-up or make your hair start to knot up at the roots as your new growth emerges. If you have overdone it with your product use or simply neglected your braids, it is often best to take out old braids and re-braid them to avoid damage. 
  3. Protect Your BraidsBefore you go to bed at night, cover your braids with a silk or satin scarf. This will prevent them from loosening and rubbing against harsh fibers as you sleep.


Filed under Hair Styles & Tips, Transitioning

3 responses to “Transitioning with Braids

  1. Pingback: Hair Moisture 301: What to Do If Your Hair Just Won’t Stay Moisturized | Relaxed. Transitioning. Natural. Beautiful.

  2. Anniya Shackelford

    How Would I start off transitioning For a Beginner step by step

    • That’s a pretty complex question … one that I simply could never answer fully without knowing you personally … as a lot depends on your hair type, lifestyle, personal preferences, and end goal. However, I can provide you with some general things to consider …

      (1) Do you want to transition for only a short amount of time and then BC (big chop), or do you want to transition over a longer period of time?
      (2) How much time do you have to commit to building a healthy hair regimen?
      (3) What is the texture and density of your hair?

      All of these things affect your available options and the choice you may ultimately make. For instance, some people transition via protective styles (e.g., wigs, weaves, braids, twists, etc). Others transition by blending the two textures (relaxed and natural hair new growth) together (i.e., roller sets). If you don’t have a lot of time, lead a very busy lifestyle, or have an extremely demanding job or schedule, protective styles like wigs or extensions might be your best choice. If you have very fine or fragile hair, you might want to simply opt for hairstyles that help to blend the two textures.

      If length is your ultimate goal, you will want to transition for as long as possible. (I know some people who transitioned for 2 years!) If becoming natural as soon as possible is your desire, then a short transition time will be all you need. No one way is right or wrong, it just depends on your expectation levels, how patient you are, and the type of lifestyle you lead.

      By the way, the two greatest hurdles you will face is: (i) finding a product that will keep both textures moisturized and (ii) keeping your hair strong enough so that it doesn’t prematurely break across the line of demarcation where your relaxed hair and natural hair meet.

      I hope that helps. Take care.

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