Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair can be overwhelming. There is so much information on natural hair care and so many products to try that most people don’t know where to start. Before I transitioned, I watched A LOT of natural hair videos on Youtube. I tried and failed plenty of hairstyles in the process trying to mimic what I saw. It’s been three years since my last relaxer and I can now do those same hairstyles plus more.
Make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.
If you’re wanting to transition because everyone else is doing it, you’re probably going to give up eventually. Make sure this is something you want for yourself. If you really want it, you’ll stick with it and reap all of the benefits in the end.
Stop relaxing your hair.
This should go without saying. The first real step to going natural is to give up the “creamy crack.” Your hair will thank you later.
Avoid using heat.
Easier said than done, right? When transitioning, you’ll eventually end up with two different hair textures and the flat-iron will be calling your name. Fight the feeling, excessive heat can damage the curl pattern you’re working towards.
Trim your ends more often.
I have a confession, I didn’t big chop. I didn’t think it was necessary for me and my hair. Everyone’s hair is different, so if you want to big chop, do what’s best for you. If you’re like me, and can’t bring yourself to chop all of your hair off, trimming your ends more often will help rid you of your relaxed ends.
Invest in a wide tooth comb for detangling.
It makes the detangling process so much easier
MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE.
I can’t say this enough. You should also learn more about your hair’s porosity. That will help you with finding out what products to use and how often you should moisturize your hair.
Low manipulation styles are your friend.
Low manipulation styles are styles that don’t require you combing, pulling, and tugging your hair every day. Twistouts, braidouts, and roller sets are a few you to try. They can last for days, sometimes weeks at a time.
Deep condition weekly.
Deep conditioning helps maintain the health and strength of your hair. You can find a great deep conditioner at your local hair store, or you can make your own at home.
Embrace your own curl pattern.
Hair envy is real. It’s easy to get caught up in how someone else’s hair looks. Focus on your own hair health and embrace what God gave you.
Patience is key!!
I cannot stress this enough. Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair is a process. It takes time to figure out what works for your hair and what doesn’t. Years of chemically processed/damaged hair can’t be repaired in months. Stick with these 10 transitioning tips and you’ll began to see the change in your hair.
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