Okay, so this is the complete page of all of my steps that I constructed for myself to do. I needed something specific to transition my hair from relaxed to natural, and I’m sharing that with your. There’s 15 Steps but the last two steps are really just for informational purposes.
Here you go…
- Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar (For those who don’t know, it’s not two separate containers; it is an actually bottle that says “Apple Cider Vinegar”)
- Honey (Yep, the Honey bee stuff)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil (or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil — I got the regular stuff LouAna)
- Aloe Vera Gel (e.g. 12 oz Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera Gel)
- Almond Oil (16 oz Optional)
- Jojoba Oil (4 oz Optional)
- 2 bowls (that can hold 2 cups of water)
- 2 Water Bottles (Empty the water out of the water bottle like Osaka or Dasani for example)
- Ice Pick, Dremel, or Reamer (Something to make a 4mm hole into plastic) and put a hole in each cap of the water bottles
- 3/4 inch perm rod (12 rollers)
- Shower Cap
- Silk or Satin Bonnet or Scarf
- Spray Bottle
- Wide Tooth Comb (and I mean W I D E – like 0.5 inches Teeth Wide)
- Cheap Hair Conditioning (We’re not using any kind shampoo at all since it dries out the hair. So, if you already have some Hair Conditioning, just use that to wash your hair)
I couldn’t find Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil in Wal-Mart, and I only bought them because my husband and I happened to have a 30 minute wait for a restaurant we wanted to eat at and GNC (a nutritional supplement store) was next door and we went in. Everything else, I got at Wal-Mart down the cake/cooking aisle and at a Beauty Supply Store
So, being new at this, I’ll let you know how things go. As I’ve said, I’ve done all my research on what to do from instructions on the internet. Then I tried it out. I found that EVERYONE had different measurements on how to do this stuff, so it took me a few tries to figure out what measurements were actually needed. My hair goes a bit down to the middle of my neck, so hopefully these measurements might work for you. If you have a lot of hair, you might need to add up a 1/2 a tablespoon or two.
The 1st thing is to not perm your hair the next time you need it. My last perm/relaxer was in October 2010. The 2nd thing is to start treating your hair as if it was already relaxed, and that’s what I’m doing now.
Make sure you take a look at the list I provided of all the stuff you will need before starting.
So…here we go
STEP 1: CLARIFYING – Wash hair with Baking Soda
Clarifying means you’re simply removing the buildup of stuff in your hair that makes it feel weighed down, limp, and/or extra greasy. Clarify only when you need a “clean slate” or to make your hair “clear”.
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
2 Cups of Water
Pour mixture into Empty Water Bottle. Take off cap, and put 4mm hole in the center of the lid (My Hubby used a Reamer, you can also use a dremel…however you can to put a hold in the cap). Screw cap back on bottle. The hole in the cap will help pour solution into hair.
STEP 2: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse (To also help Clarify
1 Tbs Spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup of Water
Put in a empty Water Bottle, with the hole in the cap
NOTE: Use Apple Cider Vinegar BEFORE Conditioning helps to
seal in the moisture better
STEP 2A: WASH HAIR
The Baking Soda and the Apple Cider Vinegar will separate from the water, so you’ll need to shake it up from time-to-time to get them back together. Wet you hair and use the Baking Soda mixture first. Apply all over hair, massage the hair, and Rinse out. Once you use up all the Baking Soda Mixture, then use the Apple Cider mixture all over the hair. Massage the hair, get it all over, and rinse out. NOTE: I must say, that I missed my bubbles that I used for shampoo while I was doing this…but while transitioning, gottah get rid of shampooing because it dries out the hair.
STEP 3: PROTEIN DEEP CONDITIONING
(See below on more Information on Protein Deep Conditioning)
1 egg (use egg white only, remove yolk so that the egg, when on your head while warming, doesn’t cook in your head)
2 Tbs honey
2 Tbs olive oil or almond oil
1 jar of Gerber Banana (Optional)
2 Tbs of Coconut Oil (Optional)
Always place this
mixture on Wet Hair
SIDE NOTE: If you don’t want to mix another container of stuff, you can also use Mayonnaise as a Protein Deep Conditioning, which can also be applied on dry hair
After applying mixture to hair, Put on Plastic Cap/Shower Cap and wrap with a towel. Your body will supply heat for the oil when wrapped with towel.
Leave in for 20 minutes – 2 hours
out Protein Mixture with a conditioner (which will also get rid of Mayonnaise
smell if you used that). Any cheap Conditioner will do.
STEP 5: MOISTURE DEEP CONDITIONING
There are two main types of moisturizers: 1) water based and
2) oil based. “Oil based” moisturizers are best used when the hair is
wet because it can trap in the moisture. “Water based” moisturizers
are best used on dry hair because the water in the ingredients allows the other
ingredients in the moisturizer to penetrate and moisturize. Since water
actually penetrates the hair shaft, using a moisturizer with water as a base
adds moisture back into the hair. Step 5,
I considered it, as an “Oil based”
NOTE: You should always Moisturize after a Protein
Conditioning to prevent breakage. More about this on STEP 15.
1/3 cup olive oil or
1/3 cup hot water
Apply this on wet hair.
This will seal in the moisture
NOTE: Shea Butter and Oils only seals in moisture already in
Put on Plastic Cap/Shower Cap and wrap with towel. Wait
20min – 2hrs. Remember: Your body will supply heat for the oil when wrapped
STEP 6: Rinse out Hair
STEP 7: Towel Dry Hair. Let Hair Air out until 90% Dry. Just need Very Damp Hair. NOTE: Do not do
twist out on wet hair (unless you have a lot of time for it to dry) or it will
be very frizzy and just a bad twist out.
STEP 8: TWIST OUT
I’m using this as a transition hair style or protective
styles which means that the hair style keeps your ends “protected.” What I read that you’re REALLY suppose to do
is always have your ends tucked in and not left out for the elements to get to
and cause breakage. On a YouTube video, one person said that having your hair
down should be a treat and that it should mostly be UP for it to grow and stay
healthy with no split ends. But I’m
going to do this nightly, always moisturizing the ends, and have my hair out
during the day. If it doesn’t work, I’ll try something else.
So what I do is part my hair in 4 sections. Make one (1)
twist in each section of the hair, making a total of only four (4) twists. So
you take a section of hair, then Put Coconut Oil at the ends, then separate the
hair and twist the two pieces of hair together.
Put a roller (3/4 inch perm rod) on the ends about 1/3 of the way up for
each twist as you go.
NOTE: Use Coconut Oil sparingly, or not at all, during
winter since it will harden with temperatures under 75F. Or Add equal parts of
other oils. The other oils (olive, almond, jojoba) will help keep the coconut
oil from freezing.
STEP 9: Put silk bonnet cap over hair or wrap up with silk
STEP 10: Apply a small amount of Coconut Oil to your hands
only (not to hair) in the morning. Carefully unravel twists. Start at roots.
STEP 11: DURING THE NEXT FOLLOWING DAYS:
EVERY NIGHT: Use the Spray Bottle with water (can also add
an oil like olive oil or almond oil in the bottle with the water) and damp the
hair for moisture every night before you go to bed or in the morning (I
consider this a “Water Based” moisturizing as stated in Step 5). The
water and oil is your Spritz (3 part water: 1 part oil). Use the Wide Tooth
Comb and gently detangle.
Let your hair air dry to 90% and (Repeat Step 8) Re-Twist
Cover with bonnet or silk scarf
NOTE: Only comb hair when it’s really wet and comb from the
ends to the roots. Hold the relaxed ends
and gently comb through each section going up, without the tangles. Also finger comb is better than using an
STEP 12: SECOND WEEKEND/WASH: MOISTURE DEEP CONDITIONING
Wash Hair with Cheap Conditioner
1/3 cup olive oil or Almond Oil
1/3 cup hot water
Apply this on mixture on wet/newly washed hair, put on
shower cap, wrap cap with a towel for 20 min – 2hr.
dry hair 90% and do Step 8 for Twist Outs.
STEP 13: THIRD WEEKEND/WASH: HOT OIL TREATMENT
On Step 5, The Moisture Deep Conditioning with just water
and oil, I consider that an “Oil Based” Conditioning. This Step, Step
13, I consider as an “Oil Based” Conditioning as well.
Hair with Cheap Conditioner
Apply to wet/newly washed hair, put on shower cap, wrap cap
with a towel for 20 min – 2hr.. Wash out hair again with cheap conditioner then
dry hair 90% and do Step 8 for Twist Outs.
STEP 14: AT FOURTH WEEK CLARIFY & PROTEIN CONDITIONER
Start back over with Step 1 – Step 11 where you Clarify,
Deep Condition with Protein and follow it up with a Moisturize Conditioning.
You might not need to do the Protein (do test below) so just do the
Moisturizing Conditioning (Step 5).
ALSO: Trim hair at this time, and do this while the hair is
On Days you need to wash but don’t have time for Deep
Conditioning, simply wash with a cheap Conditioner only
STEP 15 – SECOND MONTH: Alternate weeks between Moisture
Deep Conditioning, Hot Oil Conditioning and Protein Deep Conditioning/ Moisture
Deep Conditioning. REMEMBER: Always
follow Protein with Moisture Conditioning or it will dry out and break. You
should always follow your protein Deep Conditioning with a moisturizing Deep
Conditioning to maintain protein/moisture balance. Hair that is properly
proteinated absorbs moisture more efficiently because water
molecules bind easily to a sound protein structure within the
REMEMBER: Only comb hair when it’s really wet and comb from
the ends to the roots. Hold the relaxed
ends and gently comb through each section going up, without the tangles. Also finger comb is better than using an
STEP 16: BREAKAGE
Never let your hair get dry. It is important to condition, condition, condition! Moisturize daily with a spritz (3 part water, 1 part oil). Also, trim your hair gradually to get rid of the straight ends — this aids in helping the hair avoid breakage. Also, avoid breakage by using a wide tooth comb, conditioning the hair regularly, and by giving your hair a hot-oil deep conditioning treatment. This is essential to restore moisture and balance.
STEP 17: TWIST OUT
Make this mixture and put in after a freshly washed hair. Only use it when you haven’t done a conditioning in awhile and your hair doesn’t already have a lot of oil in it.
1 Tbs Coconut Oil
1/2 Tbs Aloe Vera Gel
1/4 Teaspoon Honey (NOT Tablespoon. Teaspoon. Use very little–Like a Dab or else hair will be really hard)
1 1/2 Tbs Olive Oil or Almond Oil (Optional, but consider using during winter months)
WHEN TO DO PROTEIN TREATMENT
The Protein Deep Conditioning strengths hair, especially at the demarcation line and will stop or minimize breakage, and helps to reduce frizz and flyaways–IT WILL NOT MOISTURIZE.
NOTE: Water is the ultimate moisturizer. The moisture you apply needs to held in by something. Oil.
Natural oils like jojoba, olive, carrot, or coconut oil seem to work best.
Only do a protein treatment when you need to. Do a hair strand test to evaluate whether or not you need a protein treatment
If your hair:
(When Wet or Dry) Stretches slightly and returns to its original length without breaking, you are balanced! Stick with maintaining!
(When Wet or Dry) Stretches a little more than normal then breaks, you need more protein in your regimen.
(When Wet or Dry)Stretches, stretches, stretches with no significant breakage yet, add a bit more protein to your regimen.
(Wet)- Feels weak, gummy, mushy, or limp, you need to add more protein to your regimen.
(Wet or Dry) Experiences very little to no stretching, and simply snaps or breaks, you need to increase the moisture in your regimen.
(Dry) Feels rough, tough, hard, dry, tangly, brittle, or any combination of those, you need more moisture in your regimen