Ten Tips For Transitioning To Natural
Patience is THE most important muscle you’re going to have to exercise during this process. Trust us, when you start obsessing over every inch of length, you’re going to need patience. It takes time to get comfortable with transitioning ladies. So be patient and take some time to figure out styles and products that are going to work best for your new growth and your processed ends.
If you’ve been relaxing your hair for years, it’s going to be quite the shift moving to natural.
Start getting yourself educated about caring, growing and moisturizing natural hair. Caring and handling natural hair is not the same process as caring for relaxed hair. Natural hair loves water, needs to be handled with care and frequently moisturized and hydrated. Check out our blog for useful tips and products about transitioning. Google and YouTube are also great resources. There are tons of informative articles and videos from natural hair bloggers and influencers. Also seek the advice from friends and family who are already natural or transitioning about their journey.
Have Realistic Goals
We can’t emphasize this enough. Ladies you will become overwhelmed by all the information out there, as well as inspired by many influencers and bloggers. While inspiration is good, please remember that your hair is unique to you and will have its own unique challenges. Your hair type may closely resemble someone else’s but what works for them may not necessarily work for you. Be realistic about your hair, your hair goals and what would be best suited for your hair type.
Stick To One or Two Transitioning Styles
There are a lot of styles out there that makes the transitioning process a whole lot easier. Life does not stop because you’re transitioning, You still have to go to work, socialize and look cute! Use a style that works for your lifestyle, daily routine and hair. Two of our favorite and very easy styles that you can try are Twist Outs and Bantu Knots. These styles allow you to blend both textures easily, giving your straight hair a textured appearance. These styles can also last few days with proper night time care. Braiding, faux locs and weaving are also optional during transitioning. Be sure to pay special attention and care to your natural hair under these protective styles to ensure that it remains healthy and moisturized. Also take breaks in between braiding and weaving as these styles can create tension on your hair line and increase hair loss.
Keep Your Hair and Scalp Moisturized
Moisture moisture moisture! Natural hair loves moisture and needs a lot of it. It’s very normal to expect some breakage during transitioning. But don’t be discouraged, stay focused and continue to care for your new growth. Although you will experience breakage where your straight hair meets your natural hair, it is extremely important to moisturize regularly and keep your hair and scalp hydrated to prevent further breakage.
Improve Your Diet
Although we should generally take great care of our bodies through diet and supplements, a consistently healthy diet while transitioning also helps hair growth and hair health. Keep your water intake up, include your vitamins and get those leafy greens in. The faster your hair grows, the faster you’ll be on your way to healthy natural tresses.
Do Regular Oil and Deep Conditioning Treatments
This step is non-negotiable ladies no matter your length, or hair texture. While transitioning your hair is in a very fragile state. If it is not properly treated and conditioned you will experience dryness and excessive breakage. Deep conditioners maintain your hair health, locks in and penetrates your hair with moisture and maintains the strength of your hair. Hot oil treatments will promote hair growth and reduce breakage. Commit to getting your treatments done at least twice a month.
Be Gentle With Your Hair
It’s worth repeating that your hair is in a VERY fragile state while transitioning, so it’s important to be gentle with your hair. Over styling and over manipulating your hair is not recommended. Ladies you’re going to see a million styles out there and you’re going to want to try a lot. Like we said before, stick to a few styles and get them to last throughout your week so you’re not over handling your hair. Be gentle with styling and detangling. Also practice washing, detangling and styling your hair in sections for easy handling.
Think you can flat iron your way through this process? NOPE! Heat is not your friend. Transitioning is a slow process. Trying to manipulate your natural growth with heat to blend with your relaxed hair will severly hamper your growth, and will be extremely counterproductive to what you’re trying to achieve. No matter how careful you are while using heat, you are likely to compromise your curl pattern and expose you growth to heat damage. Blending both patterns is a never ending challenge, but with great hair care it’s totally worth it.
Our last point goes out to this huge step. Taking the plunge, going for it and just diving head first will spare you half if not all the transitioning issues. It’s definitely a personal choice and will take some adjustment but the sooner you make the step the sooner you can learn your hair and get closer to your hair goals!