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mrfhnl 07-11-2009 12:48 PM

I need help to help client
So I have a client who is trying to wear her hair curly after years of straightening (without chemicals.)

She is struggling with a few things and I have very little experience with non-chemical transitioning. (or chemical transitioning for that matter!) Her very tight coil pattern has a lot of shrinkage which I explained was normal although understandably frustrating.

I gave her tips on shingling, trying a protein shampoo (she's not cg) once a week, trying creams (rec Curl Junkie and KCCC). I also gave her and info for her to research.

One of the main problems however is that her top layer has stick straight pieces. I'm guessing elasticity damage and I told her we didn't want to cut them unless she was committed to wearing curly all the time (which she's not.) I recommended doing pin curls on those pieces.
I really don't know what else to suggest to her. I also am a little intimated if she wants a haircut.
Does anyone have experience with very tight coils, high density, fine texture going natural for the first time clients?

Michelle 07-13-2009 08:57 PM

I asked one of the nation's experts on transitioning to answer your question, Titi Branch from Miss Jessie's in Brooklyn. This is what she had to say:

It sounds like a very common scenario we see in the salon all the time. The
top layers of her hair represent thermal damage from the straightening iron.
These pieces will never curl up. You have to either cut them off all
depending on how short they are or set them to be curly; like a rod sert or
a double strand twist. You are exactly right in advising her that she should
not cut these pieces unless shes committed to wearing her hair curly all the
time. The double strand twist or rod set is a temporary styling method that
a: prevents further thermal damage from straight styling and b: allows you
to maintain all of your length while wearing your hair so that it looks
curly. At this point you have to just let time take over and be patient.
Allow the new hair to grow in at the root and don't do straight styling so
that you may prevent further thermal damage on newly natural hair. Hope that

Best Regards,

Titi Branch
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Miss Jessie's LLC

mrfhnl 07-13-2009 10:51 PM

Thanks so much, both of you! Nice to know that I was close to the mark in my thinking and advice.

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