I Need Help with My Transitioning Routine

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Dior Sovoa, a celebrity hairstylist taking the New York scene by storm, joins us to answer your crucial hair concerns. Remember, if you have questions for our experts you can submit them on our submissions page.




I’m currently transitioning. I’m into my ninth month without relaxer and have a lot of new growth. I have very thin ends and my new growth is still manageable. I’ve been flat ironing once a week for five months because I find it hard to let my hair be fully natural while working. I do a once a week treatment and my hair is easy to detangle but I lose a lot of relaxed hair.

I plan to transition for more than a year and then do a Big Chop. My curly hair is ok when reversing back curly and I do my best not to put too much heat on my hair. I would like to know if my current routine is okay? Should I try to extend my washings?

Thanks for your answer.

Best regards,




Dear Keva,

I want you to change up your routine for a few months.

It sounds like heat once a week is too much for your hair. I want you to do a protein treatment first and start alternating between co­washing and shampooing your mane weekly—one week you can do a shampoo, the next week a cowash. Cleansing with conditioners retains moisture and natural oils. Also, try some protective styles for your hair to ensure your using less heat.

With almost 20 years of experience Dior has already established himself as a force to be reckoned with. His work can currently be seen on several VH1 hit series including Love and Hip Hop New York, Black Ink Crew and This is Hot 97, as well as ABC’s The View, and BET’s annual award telecasts, Black Girls Rock! and BET Honors.

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