October 27, 2016

Hot! Beauty Q&A: Tips to Manage Transitional Hair


For women who have chosen to forego the chemical process to straighten their hair to more natural means of styling, dealing with the “in-between” or transitional hair can lead to a whole set of new problems. Some women experience dry hair (including this editor) and breakage. As a result they need to learn a whole new set of hair rules to maintain the locks. Truthfully, there are a galaxy of products to deal with this hair type but they are meaningless without proper education and knowledge. If you’re like me, and are at a loss as to how to maintain your locks and give it some much needed moisture, you’re in luck because we got some tips. Tippi Shorter, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair, has graciously answered some of our questions about natural hair. Here’s what she had to share.

The Fabulous Report: What are some your tips to maintaining moisture on transitional hair and preventing dry hair? A lot of my readers are finding that their hair is really dry.

Tippi Shorter: It’s very important to keep the transitional part of the hair moisturized. I suggest doing a deep treatment mask weekly and apply a light oil daily. Try the new Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque. Once a week smooth evenly through damp hair from roots to ends after shampooing and leave in 2-5 minutes. Follow with the new Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil which is formulated without silicone.

Also, what are some tips from preventing dry-scalp and dandruff?

Dry scalp is from literally having a dry scalp and dandruff is from an oily scalp. Drinking water and thoroughly moisturizing your scalp helps with dry scalp and cleansing your scalp regularly will help with dandruff.


What is hair porosity and how does one determine it?  What products/techniques would you suggest for each type of hair porosity? 

Porosity is the ability for hair to absorb moisture. Hair that is porous will drink in lots of moisture, even in the air causing hair to swell and frizz. Porous ‎hair needs a lot of light oil daily to maintain health.

 What are your suggestions for detangling and preventing tangling?

I always suggest using a prep product after conditioner to help detangling. Aveda has different prep products for different hair needs. I love the Be Curly Style-Prep. It adds moisture and curl definition as it seals the cuticle and tames frizz all day. Plus, for all of those curly girls, it helps detangle to reduce breakage from combing. I love it because it makes styling curls easier and helps maintain them longer but it doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy.

What are some of your favorite hair styles for textured hair? 

I love big hair with lots of movement.

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