Hi Sylvia! This is the hardest stage to go through for anyone with Afro-Caribbean hair. And correct, it is a hair journey indeed! Firstly, stop using the relaxer. This thins and weakens the natural structures and strength. I have just finished my hair journey of ‘transitioning’ (growing out relaxer) and have to say my hair has never looked as healthy or full. ...More >
So, now you need to assess what your hair is lacking. Is it moisture or strength? Is it feeling rough and dry? If so you need moisture. Is it breaking off and split? If it is, then you need strength. If you are unsure, there are simple tests you can do yourself: when the hair is wet stretch it. If it returns back to its natural length the strength is good. If it carries on stretching (like chewing gum) you need protein. This simple self-diagnosis will help ‘prescribe’ the products needed.
Moisture: Try the H20 Intense Night-time treatment by Mizani. This can be done once a week at home to pack hair full of the moisture it’s lacking. When combing the hair, be delicate, and use the Mizani D’tangle Moisturizing Leave-in Milk.
Strength: Mizani’s Fibrefyl Essential Strenthening Fix is a fortifying styling primer to help restructure and strengthen the bonds. This needs to be used alongside the in-salon Fibrefyl Strengthening Treatment. Check on the Mizani website for your closest Mizani salon.
If you are unsure of what condition your hair is in you could also use the Mizani Kerafuse Intense Strengthening Treatment – an in salon treatment that will restore hair moisture and protein balance at the same time.
I would also recommend some products for home use to ensure maximum care. Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk is a leave-in treatment that protects from heat damage and external aggressors. If you still want to wear your hair straight while transitioning, use Mizani Thermosmooth – a four-step thermal straightening system.
Oh and last tip: Be patient!
(Answered by Danielle Hill on behalf of Steve Rowbottom)