Welcome to part three of our "Great Growout" series, where we break down everything you need to know about growing out your relaxer. This week, we're focusing on how to keep "transitioning" tresses (ie, hair that has two textures: natural on top, relaxed on the bottom) healthy. Since dual-textured hair can be very fragile, stepping up your maintenance game is a must! Here, we talk healthy hair with Titi Branch who, along with her sister Miko (above), is co-owner of Miss Jessie's hair salon and co-founder of its beloved, cult-status product line for curlies, kinkies, and everything in-between. Here, Branch gives us expert advice on how to keep your half-relaxed, half-natural hair healthier than ever.
“When growing out your relaxer, try to stay away from heat styling,” says Branch. “I know it’s hard, because many women straighten their hair so their natural strands matched the relaxed part. The problem is, if you apply too much heat, you run the risk of permanently straightening pieces of your natural hair. And then you’ll have to start the process all over again!” If you absolutely must go straight, Branch suggests spraying strands with a heat protecting spray like Motion Heat Seeker Protecting Spray ($5.99). “It coats your strands, so the blowdryer or flatiron is heating up the product, not your hair.”