Mane Objective Reader E-Mails: Help! I Just Started Transitioning... Part 1
Another inquiry from a Mane Objective reader. As always, I hope this helps someone who may be too self-conscious to ask...

I've just started the transition from perm to natural hair and I wanted to know if there is an inexpensive conditioning regimen I could follow to make my hair grow faster and break less? I don't want to wear braids all the time, but I just don't think my hair is long enough to leave as is.

Looking forward to your response.

Thank you ,


Hi A!

Thanks for contacting me. I love interacting with readers. First of all, congratulations on making the decision to transition -- for whatever reasons you chose. It is an awesome move to make. Even though the journey is challenging, the reward is great!

Before I start off making tons of suggestions, can you give me a little more information about your current regimen, products, and tools that you use? If you are experiencing large amounts of breakage, chances are the culprit(s) could be any of those things, and not just a conditioning issue.

As far as making your hair grow faster, there is nothing out there that will accelerate your hair's growth rate, per-se. What you
can do, however, is create an optimal environment for growth inside and outside of your body. Barring any major medical concerns, I like to recommend supplements and vitamins that provide nutrients that support hair growth. Two of my favorites are MSM and Biotin. I also recommend (at least weekly) scalp massages with castor, coconut, jojoba, olive, or any other type of oil, to stimulate hair follicles. Regular exercise, and drinking water also help hair health.

Lastly, as far as products are concerned, creating a protein/moisture balance is critical to prevent breakage. Be sure to condition and deep condition as often as you feel your hair needs it. As far as moisturizing conditioners are concerned, I like Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner and the Deep Treatment Masque. If you don't have a particular aversion to silicones, Aussie Moist is one of my go-to faves. For strengthening strands, I recommend Shea Moisture's Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque, Tresemme Anti-Breakage Conditioner, and ApHogee's Green Tea & Keratin Restructurizer Spray. You can also try Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula (with Vitamin E) Deep Conditioning Protein Pack.

This is all just for starters -- once you key me in to your regimen, current products, and tools, I can give you some more targeted support.

I hope this helps. Talk to you soon!


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