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I have yet to master blending my transitioning hair with my relaxed hair. Therefore, my cheat method is to do flexi rods on transitioning hair to stretch the new growth. I then complete the look with an updo. Today’s post shows how I create an elegant hair bun with accessorizing with a wire headband. The headband and updo combination blends differing textures and makes my frizzy natural hair not as noticeable.
Flexi Rods on Transitioning Hair
You can use any flexi rods that you desire although I prefer larger flexi rods. I love the elongated, ringlet curls the larger flexi rods create. Looser curls work better for my hair – my ends appear smoother, my hair accepts moisture better and it tangle less. When my hair is set on smaller flexi rods, my ends are frizzy and my hair is harder to moisturize. However, for the shorter nape hair, I occasionally use smaller flexi rods.
I recorded the Flexi Rod Tutorial when I had relaxed hair but I use the same methods now that I have transitioning hair.
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Products to Set Transitioning Hair
My product combination is forever changing (that was true even when fully relaxed) as I’m always looking for the next best thing. Luckily, I found great products for moisturizing transitioning hair but I’m still working on finding the perfect combination to wet set kinky, coily transitioning hair that is prone to dryness. For the style shown in the below video, I used Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and Hicks Transformations Smooth Edges.
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Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk worked well on my hair although it did not leave my transitioning hair with much shine. My hair was soft though. In doing research, many transitioners suggest using a serum for increased shine. I will try that next time.
Hicks Transformations Smooth Edges Styling Gel
Hicks Transformations Smooth Edges is my go-to gel because when applied to my hair, it doesn’t make my edges revert. It provides a soft hold, doesn’t flake and is non-greasy. You can use as little or as much you need to get the job done without your edges becoming hard. I wasn’t going for a super sleek look in the video so I used just enough to cut the frizz and fly aways. If I’m looking to achieve a really sleek look, I increase the amount of gel that I use.
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Good Days Hair Pins
I purchase the Good Days Hair Pins from Sally Beauty Supply. They are so much better than hair pins because they do not snag the hair.
U-Shape Banana Clip
I purchased my u-shape banana clips many years ago and have a hard time finding replacements over the years. A good alternative are Goody Ouchless Ribbon Hair Elastics which I often use.
Purchased from Vine 80 at a Natural Hair Show in New Orleans.
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Flexi Rods on Transitioning Hair featuring an Elegant Hair Bun Protective Style