Ever thought of going natural without the big chop? Do you dislike the idea of cutting your hair all at once? Do you want to transition to natural hair but don’t know where to start?
Yeah, it could be traumatizing for some and not a big deal for others.
So how do you transition to natural hair? This post has been written to give you a quick, straight to the point ‘How To’ guide on transitioning to natural hair.
So lets ride with this quick guide.
What Does it Mean to Transition to Natural Hair?
Transitioning to natural hair is simply a process of growing out your natural hair texture before cutting off the processed or damaged ends. This requires a lot of patience.
What this means is that you would no longer put relaxers again for as long as up to six months or a year as the case may be. You would need to put in some work girl! Going natural ain’t all roses.
How to Transition to Natural Hair
1. Say Goodbye to Relaxers and Chemical Treatments
Oh Yes! You have to quit using relaxers and any form of chemical treatment on your hair. Replace all these with natural hair products. A natural hair starter kit would be a perfect start.
2. Have a Hair Care Routine
This is very important because it helps you plan out what and what you would do to your hair on a daily, weekly and monthly basis for optimum results. Here is a simple hair care routine you can try out.
3. Find your Go-to Transitioning Style
You have two different textures growing out of your hair. The goal is to blend them into one. You can try a Bantu knot out, a twist out, or even using a perm rod set. These styles would make your two different textures have a unified curl pattern.
Protective styles are also great styles to wear when transitioning. Protective styles are simple styles that protect the ends of your hair. You can wear braids, faux locs, weaves or even wigs to switch up your looks.
4. Keep your Hair Moisturized
This is an important rule in the natural hair world. Natural hair loves moisture. Never let a day go without moisturizing with water or water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer.
5. Avoid Heat Usage
No need for blow drying or stretching with heat anymore. You want to avoid heat usage (flat irons & hot combs) because your hair is already in a fragile state.
6. Learn to Detangle your Hair
Always detangle your hair when wet using a wide-toothed comb or your fingers. Always start at the ends and work your way up to the roots.
Remember: The point where your natural texture meets your straight hair (it’s called the line of demarcation) is the weakest part of your hair. Take your time when you detangle so as to avoid breakage here.
7. Trim on a Regular Basis
Trim as little or as much as you want until your hair natural hair is fully out. Make sure to use hair shears, not regular scissors.
8. Get Good Hair Products
As a transitioner, you are still getting to know your hair. However, you are free to experiment and try out different products and know which one works for you. Always remember to keep your hair clean to avoid product build-up.
This guide is designed to help you nuture your natural hair because in the end that is what you would be keeping.
How long the transitioning process will take will depend on the current length of your hair. If your hair is shoulder length or longer and the majority of your hair is relaxed, it could take up to a year or more before your natural hair reaches a length that you are okay with.
You don’t have to rush into a big chop, that’s the beauty of this method, but you must have patience!
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Stay natural and beautiful!