To make your transition go as smoothly as possible, here's what you can do to cope with your scab hair:
- Condition often: Even if it seems like regular conditioning isn't making a difference, continue applying conditioners to your hair. This includes a rinse-out formula after shampooing, a leave-in and deep conditioners at least twice a month. Scab hair is often thirsty hair, so keep it as moisturized as possible to prevent breakage. The line of demarcation, where your previously relaxed hair meets your new growth, is fragile; if you're transitioning instead of going the big chop route, you'll have to be careful with this area, and frequent conditioning is one of the best ways to treat it.
- Oil as needed: In addition to conditioning, oil your scalp and hair as needed with natural products. Jojoba, coconut, almond and olive are all great choices when it comes to oils. Because pure oils moisturize more effectively than poor-quality products, there's no need to pile them on -- a little goes a long way. Apply after shampooing and conditioning, and a small amount daily, paying special attention to the scab hair area.
- Cut away rough ends: Frequent trimming is the best way to go when dealing with rough hair. You don't have to cut all your hair off if that's not for you, but if being completely natural is your eventual goal, cutting sooner rather than later is optimal. As you get rid of scab hair, you'll see how soft your real texture actually is.
- Be patient: Experiencing this rough hair may last six months or more, depending on how long you relaxed your hair or practiced any other permanent texture-altering techniques. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts when it comes to hair growth, so try to enjoy every stage of your hair's journey instead of constantly wishing for something else.