The most difficult part of stretching is keeping your new growth happy while not causing breakage and still keeping your hair looking decent. Below are four simple steps you can use to make your new growth manageable while preventing breakage and enjoying your hair.
Of course you already use a leave-in conditioner, but it becomes all the more important when you have a considerable amount of new growth. Some form of spray leave-in is actually more beneficial because you can ensure that you are getting to the bottom of your new growth by squirting the product through your hair and all of the way down close to the scalp. Doing so makes it easier to detangle your hair and aids in keeping the new growth moisturized. My favorite product for this purpose is off course Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier.
Oiling your scalp can really be your friend when stretching. DO NOT USE GREASE TO OIL YOUR SCALP, but using other oils can really keep your new growth happy. Oiling my scalp really keeps my new new growth from tangling as much and keeps it softer than when I do not. I oil my scalp after washing once my hair has dried, I do not oil my scalp again until after my next wash. My favorite and most effective oils for this purpose are Castor and Coconut oil.
Use a hard protein treatment once every two months to keep your line of demarcation strong. Regularly using a light protein is no substitute for a hard protein treatment once you new growth reaches the 3-4 inch mark. Your relaxed hair is pretty heavy and the point where the two textures meet is more inclined to break as a result. Keeping your hair strong will also aid in detangling because your hair will not be nearly as fragile. My favorite products for a hard protein treatment are the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment and Nexxus Emergencee.
Clip Split Ends
You may think to yourself, huh? Your relaxed hair and new growth are already very different, but when you add split ends, you get a detangling NIGHTMARE! When those split ends snag every time you comb down your hair shaft, things just go plain wrong, regardless of the fact that you washed your hair in sections.
Your new growth is not nearly as fragile as the length of your hair, but it can cause you so much grief if you do not know what to do with it, believe me when the steps above make things a lot simpler!