Tyra's Transitioning! Provide your words of wisdom
Tyra Banks is ditching her trademark weaves for the season 5 premiere of her CW talk show, airing Sept. 8. She will reveal her "natural hair." "For the season 5 premiere, I will be doing just that - no fake hair, I'm rocking my REAL hair. This will all be going down on September 8, 2009, which we're declaring National Real Hair Day!
Curlstylist wants to help her with this quest. And who better to help her than all of you. What are your words of advice? Five tips you would give Tyra as she begins her journey.
Here are five tips:
1) Deep conditioning is a must because there are two disparate textures that
you want to soften. The natural texture and the relaxed texture. The point
at which they join or the line of demarcation needs to be mositurized and
conditioned or it is prone to breakage.
Rapid Recovery is excellent for this.
2) As you grow your hair out it's going to become more challenging to style
your hair because of the disparate textures. Our best advice is to do a
twist set to get the textures to be similar. That means take small sections
of your hair and twist while damp. You will have to use a rod at the ends of
the hair to get it to curl because this is relaxed. Allow it to air dry or
sit under an overhead dryer and then untwist. THe result will be a
consistent twist pattern from root to end. This is a good styling method
because it avoids keeping direct heat off the hair. Use Curly Meringue for a
3) If you're not ready to do the big chop yet gradually cut away your
relaxed ends. Sometimes cutting those ends will give your hair enough body
so that you can scrunch in a curl. Use Quick Curls for scrunching.
4)If your hair is too challenging to style while growing it out you can do
braids or weaves to take your mind off of it until you are ready to do the
big chop. Remember hair grows at a rate of 1/2 inch per month. So after a
year of braiding and rebraiding or weaving and re-weaving you will have at
least 6 inches of natural hair so that you can then do the big chop!
5) If you are really brave you can always do the big chop and go natural
right now. THat means cutting off all the relaxer now and you wil be left
with a cute short fro or TWA (teeny weeny afro)!Curly Buttercreme of Baby
Buttercreme is good for this.
Patience with yourself is a must. This is a process and as with all processes your time, self-awareness and patience will take center stage.
If your client is trying to grow-out a relaxer, consider using a light Thio relaxer on the area
between the straight hair and the curly hair to soften the abrupt gradation. A thio-based
relaxer would be best, but the relaxed hair has to be protected when itís applied.
Before rinsing the Thio Relaxer out, saturate the ends with water so the hair won't absorbs the relaxer as it is rinsing out onto the ends. This will do far less damage to your clientís hair and allow it to look its best during the growing-out phase.
Keep the hair as straight as possible and moisturized during the growing-out period.
Be extra careful when combing through the hair -- especially where the curly and straight hair meet.
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