THE LINE OF DEMARCATION.

Hiya,
So I am back with a post elaborating on the issue I dealt with most of last year...most of you have asked me how the breakage happened and so I have decided to elaborate more on how the line of demarcation can affect length retention when you are dealing with different hair textures.


So when you decide you want to go texlaxed or natural, you start to deal with different hair textures, the straighter texture at the ends and the natural texture...the point where the two textures meet is the point of demarcation and the line of demarcation right across your hair.

That point is very very sensitive and when your ends are not managed properly it can break off like mine did;



To deal with that line of demarcation, you can either choose to cut the straight hair off and deal with textured section ( save yourself the headache).

But to actually deal with that line here are a few tips I wish I stuck to last year...

Get your ends trimmed, I mentioned that in my prior post..this will prevent the ends from splitting up the hair shaft and lead to indiscriminate breakage...

Moisturize your line of demarcation like crazzzyyy!! After you moisturize and seal your entire hair, I suggest a spray bottle mixed with water and oils or aloe vera gel(Which I am LOVING!!!) and spray that section a little extra and seal with oil.

Finally my advice will be to NOT ever deal with your hair when its wet!!! I used to try and detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb when I got out the shower and in my bid to smooth the hair out I did not know I was causing undue breakage at that point of demarcation...apparently even WIDE TOOTH COMBS can cause breakage when you are dealing with wet hair that has different textures...so my advice is to smooth out your hair as you rinse with water, moisturize the damp hair and allow the hair to air dry to like 80% before you proceed to detangle and manipulate it...


So in sum, to avoid breakage at the line of demarcation keep the manipulation of your hair to the absolute minimum or just cut off the straighter texture to have a uniform texture...


P.S Ladies its one week left to send in your entry for the 6 inches of growth challenge...enter for the chance to win the coveted title and $100!!

Xxx
Dabs

19 comments:

  1. Hiya Dabs, I just discovered a new treasure for my hair. So I'm relaxed about shoulder length. My hair absolutely hates moisture. I can't do separate shampoo and dc. It gets all mushy so I do an all in one 5/c shampoo. But my new growth is another story(sahara desert) Anyway I tried DB transitioning cream a little over a year, it did nothing special for my hair. This xmas I tried their daily leave in(coconut patchouli) on my new growth and it is amazeballs. It's watery so I used it as the LC in LCO and it made my sahara-desert-moistuturise-twice-a-day NG lie down and go to sleep. And slept for 2 whole days.I didn't need to remoisturise during this terrible harmattan that slammed us this year. Anyway, if you can, check it out. Just had to share.

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    1. Your hair hates moisture?!! WOW! LOVE DB...Ill try the coconut patchouli...sounds yum!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Sorry *DC/Shampoo* and Btw, my hair is 24weeks post(bad relaxer touch up).

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  3. These are great tips, Dabs. Does your hair frizz when you use aloe vera gel?

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    1. Thanks! It does, but it frizzes up when I use almost anything because its very textured since I texlax, so I just deal with it, to tame frizzing though you can try a serum like Chi or any good ol hair polisher after you use the gel...x

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  4. Thanks Dabs, tips on point. I also caused breakage with my wide toothed comb before I decided to go comb-free.
    Now if I can just listen and not handle my hair at all when wet...

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    1. You are comb free? Bravo!! Cant wait to see your hair when you fully transition!!

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  5. Dabs, sorry you suffered a setback! I know how frustrating that can be. I agree with all of your points. I shower detangle and then let my hair dry to about 80% before attempting detangling. I also try to finger detangle first before running a comb through my hair.

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    1. very frustrating but we keep pushing!! :) Thanks for commenting

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  6. Very enlightening post, thank you so much Dabs!

    I texlaxed for 3 years, my hair was thicker but I had various textures because I would have inconsistent results on each relaxer day. I was doing everything right but still had annoying episodes of breakage, most likely because of the multiple demarcation points along my hair strands: texlaxed-straighter-texlaxed-sraighter and so on...

    I finally did a corrective touch-up on my last relaxer day and it's much easier now that I'm dealing with one texture.

    I totally agree with you on not combing wet hair, hair is quite vulnerable when wet, better to manipulate damp to near-dry hair.

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    1. Hi, how did you do your corrective touch up?

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    2. Hi,

      After applying the relaxer to my new growth, I then applied the relaxer and left for about 10 minutes over the rest of my hair. I'd rubbed in a generous amount of coconut oil all over my hair beforehand, to avoid over processing.

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    3. Yes dealing with different textures can be a pain...great thing the corrective touch up went well!

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  7. Hi ya Dabs! Happy New Year! I want to enter for the 6inches hair challenge! Yep I'm up for it!
    My last texlax touch was in December after 5months was bad.(couldn't survive to 6months, needed my hair to be sleek for all the Christmas grooving *wink*) I set my usual time which is 15minutes, my hair had been marinating in conditioner and oils from the night before as per usual, however my hair didn't get texlaxed properly. In addition crazy harmattan struck and my hair reacted and began to break. Even with all the sealing and constant moisturising itstill breaking. I'm just worried.

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    1. Oh Wow, sorry to hear that, maybe you should try protein treatments or your ends need a trim.

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  8. Hello Dabs, want to know if my mail was gotten for the 6weeks growth challenge. Thanks

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