How To Pick Products For Transitioning
Transitioning? We Can Help!
Transitioning to natural hair is the process of eliminating relaxers, hair altering chemical processes and heat to grow out your natural hair type. The process includes slowly trimming off your straight or chemically processed ends as your natural hair starts gradually growing. When you have come to a desired length or a length that you are comfortable with, you can cut the remaining straight hair off and become fully natural.
The transitioning process isn’t for everyone but if you aren’t quite sure,or not yet fully committed to becoming natural or are unwilling to let go of length, it’s the safest path to take.
During your process you will be manipulating two different hair types while learning to understand and embrace your natural hair type. Manipulation, care and styling of your new growth as well as your straight hair can be somewhat of a challenge. Fortunately, there are a few tips and products that you can use to make your journey a lot easier and healthier for your hair.
Determining the best products can be tricky during this period because you are not quite familiar with what your natural hair type needs or what products will work best. You will also still be operating with your straight hair. At this stage handling your hair with care and keeping your hair moisturized should be your top priority. Whether you’re cleansing or styling maintaining moisture should be your main focus.
Here are some products you should include in your routine for maximum benefits.
During the transitioning stage your hair needs as much natural oil from your scalp as possible. Sulphate free shampoos are a great addition to your wash day because they don’t contain the drying ingredients that strip your hair of its natural oils. TGIN Moisture Shampoo is one of our favorite shampoos for moisture as well as cleansing. Shampoo as regularly as needed to remove product buildup and to maintain a clean and healthy scalp. Hair grows easier through a scalp that is not blocked with buildup.
Include water based leave-in conditioners and creams to apply moisture to your hair, check the ingredients label to make sure water is first on the list. Products that are too buttery are likely to make your straight hair a bit unmanageable to style. We love Mielle Avocado Moisturizing Milk for lightweight moisture.
Deep conditioning is also non-negotiable to retain moisture while transitioning and should be done every week or every other week. Transitioning hair is weak and fragile and needs all the moisture and hydration help it can get. Include deep conditioners that assist with reducing breakage, repairs your hair, strengthens and adds intense moisture. For intense moisture during deep conditioning, try Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Intense Hydration Masque.
Hot oil treatments are also a great addition to your routine to promote hair growth, strengthen hair and maintain a healthy scalp. Use a hot oil treatment every other week. Our favorite treatment oils are avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and olive oil.
Most important, don’t give up! Remember; self-care is loving your hair!