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.
To ensure healthy, well-moisturized hair, Titi Branch suggest hitting your salon for a steam treatment (ie, you sit under a steam machine while letting a deep conditioner sink in for twenty minutes). “Natural hair isn’t very porous, so products tend to just sit on top of the hair shaft,” says Branch. “The steam helps the deep conditioner penetrate the hair.”
On a budget? Create your own steam treatment at the shower by closing the bathroom door, applying a deep conditioner and allowing the steam to fill the room. Or, you can wrap your hair in a hot, wet towel and sit in front of a facial steamer like Revlon Ionic Hot and Cold Facial Sauna ($34.99).