Usually the starting point of a natural hair journey is the “big chop”, it will certainly get you used to dealing with your natural hair in a hurry. But you may not like how you like with short hair, it’s not every woman wants to go that route. So maybe transition is a better choice for you, which is cutting off the straightened hair bit by bit while your new growth comes in.
Here are some tips for transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.
- BE PATIENT
While embracing your natural hair type is a beautiful and empowering experience, it can also be a very costly and time-consuming. “Going natural” is more than just deciding to stop relaxing your hair. Managing your hair in its natural state will alter everything about your hair care routine. For many, it will be a lifestyle change as you discover the variance in time needed to care for your hair and conditions that your hair can tolerate. There may be times when it seems that your hair is simply not growing. It can be frustrating to try and deal with two different textures. So you must be patient enough.
2. DEEP CONDITION
Whether you are natural or relaxed, deep conditioning is very important in hair care. If you want to properly nourish your strands, invest in a conditioner that is specifically labeled as a deep conditioner. As long as they are not too tight or left in too long. Since your hair is fragile right now, it is especially important to protect it from damage.
Key staple products to have: deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, moisturizer, hair oil.
It’s very important to detangle very gently, and set aside time to get through wash day. Finger detangling is a great way to keep the breakage down, but unfortunately it is a bit time consuming. You can use a wide tooth comb to detangle when wet and use a styling brush for detangling when dry.
If you have split ends, they will travel up to your natural hair and cause breakage. Trim off split ends on a regular basis, this is especially important during the transition.
You can trim as often as every 4-6 weeks until you’re completely natural.
During this Journey, you will experience a difficult period because there will be two completely different textures stand on the same head. Trying the following two ways, they will help you feel easy during this journey:
- you can try to braid out, twist out, using rods set or straw sets to make your straight and curly hair blending more natural.
- Protective hairstyles will help prevent breakage by keeping the ends of your hair tucked away for longer periods of time. Some examples of these protective creations are cornrows, braids, buns, flat twists, wigs, sew-ins, etc. Get more inspirations here:
6. LESS HEAT
While transitioning your hair, eliminate direct heat like flat irons, blow dryers, etc. as much as possible. This is especially important if you’ve used a lot of direct heat on your hair. Even a minimal amount of heat damage can make your hair texture feel worse than it truly is. Ff necessary, limit their use to only one day a week at most.