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    I have been wearing micros for two months now and i have dry scalp. I use an oil and braid spray and wash every two weeks. I have alot of new growth. My hair is not flaky, but when i scratch it just lifts up. It is like i have layer of stuff on my scalp. I want to keep them in until the end of April. I thinking about getting sewn weave next time. I was wondering do you have any suggestions for transition styles? I wanted to transition where i did not have two deal with my hair as far as the two textures. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    We'll first congrats on your decision to go natural. Micros are good for transitioning, but don't leave them in for longer than 3 months, they can cause MAJOR BREAKAGE. U should keep your hair moisturized, so that you will not have breakage now. You should be applying leave in every day, but first you might want to clean your scalp with some SeaBreeze ( it will help with the itches and any buildup) I suggest that you ditch the spray, and look into applying olive oil directly to your scalp with a brush.

    For some suggestions on transitioning styles go to

    www.roshini.net

    she has lots of ideas, and I know that you will find one that is best for you

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    ITA with Blondnaps

    I love braided hair syles...In my opinion, those braid sprays do nothing but cause buildup. A leave in conditioner is a much better choice for moisturizing your hair.

    Tried and Tested - Sea Breeze works miracles for itchies!!!

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    i agree with mznginear. those braid sprays just clog the pores. even when i braided my hair as a permie my stylist told me that. when i first began transitioning my scalp was dry. i was oiling my scalp every day sometimes 2ce, until someone pointed out that i may be overdoing it. now i just moisturize 2-3 times a week and i have no problems.

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    I read that when you have braids in you are only meant to spray after you washed it and not again until the next wash.

    What about using Infusium23. I like that stuff.

    BTW......What is Sea Breeze??

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    I don't micro braids, but I do wear braids..I wash my hair while I'm wearing them..if I don't...dandruff and itching..I use dandruff shampoos...nirozal, denronex..products like that and I oil my scalp with wildgrowth oil

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    another site on transistioning is

    http://motowngirl.com

    someone reccomended it to me. the girl used to use chemicals and has transistioned and she has the world of advise there

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    I am braided also. I use a conditioner wash,shea butter, and acjazz's sandalwood rosemary spritz. It's working for me. My hair is moisturized. Acjazz's spitzes are conditioner based. I spritz lightly twice a day.Good Luck!

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    Where can I buy Sea Breeze??

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    From Walgreens, Rite Aide, or some other store like that. It's blue in color. You'll find it where the facial cleaners are...like Noxema.

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    For dry itchy scalp I would also suggest you try doing ACV Rinses

    Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for every one cup of warm (not hot) water. I usually use about two cups of warm water and two tablespoons of ACV for my rinses. Just mix in a container (I use an old spaghetti sauce jar ) and pour over your hair. Put a towel on your shoulders and let it drip dry, you don't have to rinse this out and as your hair dries the vinegar smell goes away.

    This not only helps with dry itchy scalp, but also works as a clarifier (gets rid of product build-up) and leaves your scalp clean without scrubbing so you wont mess up your braids

    ETA: You can also put some acv on a cotten swab and put it directly on those spots that are particularly dry or itchy

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    Some of the products that you are using my be causing the build up.... And also you may not be actually "washing" your scalp and washing your baraids. what I did when I had micros was use a spray bottle with diluted shampoo to makke sure that I cleaned my scalp good!

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    Yeah, I definitely say don't leave them in more than 3 mos. or you will at some point start experiencing breakage. I have had similar dry scalp experiences, and I find continuous moisture is the key!

    Something that works well is Try shampooing once every week or so with a mild natural shampoo (i.e. Dr. Bronner's Castile, Cream of Nature, etc). These in particular have lots of soothing herbs and oils in it. Put a tsp or two in a squirt bottle with some water, shake, then apply over head. This keeps you from applying too much detergent (from shampoo) onto your hair. Then thoroughly rinse, standing up in the shower so it all runs off. Apply a good deep conditioner, and let it sit for a while (put a warm towel over your head). Rinse, wring out excess water from braids, then apply a braid spray (Infusium leave in spray, BRX, etc). You can blow dry to quicken drying process, but don't do it so long or you'll dry it out. Best thing is to air dry. Throughout week, I find that no pooing helps since your moisturizing/conditioning the hair and not taking it out. Remember to give your hair a break when you come out of those braids, and to deep condition it often. Hope this helps a little

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    I've had braids during my transitioning and there is just too much build-up. i kept my in for 2 months max and I feel that was too long. You just can't remove the build-up so easily.

    If you have a friend that will braid your hair for cheap or nothing that's great but to go to the salon every month is just too expensive.

    Try using a diluted braid shampoo and rinse, rinse, rinse. You may have to place the hair in a couple of hairbands so it's not so heav while rinsing.

    HTH,

    FrauShayjay

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    I just took down microbraids after 5 weeks. I also used oils in my hair (WildGrowth once a week & Braid spray). My scalp would become patched with what looked like a dry, see-through layer of oil or something-- right where the braid began??. Anyways after doing much reading online I found that it is b/c of the extra oil we put onto our dry scalp b/c of the itching. This causes the sebum in our hair to build. I would cut the oil out and spray w/braidsheen like Soft & Beautiful's Botanicals Braids-- take it where ever you go. This worked for me. Good Luck.

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