The transition to natural hair is no doubt a daunting process for anybody willing to make a switch to natural hair. Although it is a nice way to ease your way into natural hair as opposed to the big chop, the process that goes into transitioning can drag on and be stressful. The underlying issue with transitioning your hair is that you get to handle two hair textures at once, for some people this is the most frustrating season of their natural hair journey but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Transitioning is a season where you have two hair textures. You let your natural hair grow out while keeping the relaxed hair on to conserve some length. For the process, you will need to have a haircare routine different from relaxed hair or natural hair since you have both textures. If you want to learn more about creating your hair care routine when transitioning then read this blog post.
In this blog post, I will be giving tips to make your transition to natural hair a lot more pleasurable. It is a sequel to my post, ‘how to transition like a pro‘ blog post.
Tips to help your transition to natural hair
Understand both hair textures are different.
Relaxed and natural hair are completely different, they won’t react the same way to most things. Understanding this will help you not to have unrealistic ideas of how your hair should act.
When you’re detangling your hair be sure to be gentle, your hair is fragile and you need to be careful so you don’t accidentally cause yourself breakage. If you’re using combs and tugging on your strands every other day, your hair will most definitely break. Instead, Use wide-tooth combs and don’t be brutal with your hair, start from the tips then go to the roots, treat your hair gently, and don’t detangle too often, once every other day is fine. Alternatively, learning how to finger detangle and will help with reducing breakage.
Constantly make sure your hair is moisturized. Moisturizing will make your hair softer, easier to deal with and reduce breakage.
Deep condition once a week if you can, this is very important to your hair health. I have a comprehensive post on how to moisturize your hair, I have a post specifically for low porosity hair too.
Style your hair to complement both textures
Don’t try to do an afro or something just yet. Instead do protective styles like braids or wigs and weaves, anything to keep your relaxed hair and line of demarcation tucked in. If for personal reasons, you want to keep your hair out, you can do a braid out or twist outs if you will, those will create an equal curl pattern for both textures.
Strengthen your strands
If you don’t want your strands to fall off then strengthen them so they can withstand the trials of combing and styling. Deep condition and do protein treatments often, not too often but just enough that your strands are happy and healthy.
Cover your strands
Protective hairstyles can’t be over-emphasized, they are the best way to prevent breakage because your hair is completely out of harm’s way. Wash your hair, condition and treat it then put it up in a protective style, they can last you up to 4-6 weeks and you are good. Your hair is growing, it’s healthy and breakage is minimized.
If you’re not the wigs or braids type do cornrows or such, they are really pretty and can last up to 3 weeks. Learn more about protective styles by reading my comprehensive post on the topic.
Are you ready to achieve your hair goals?
A drop of black natural hair growth program is designed to take you from where you are on your hair care journey to where you want to be. It is a monthly subscription program run through Patreon. It gives you access to awesome benefits that will help on your hair journey, they include;
- A hair care consultation upon signing up. You will get a personalized hair care regimen after the consultation.
- Weekly webinars and discussions on topics affecting your natural hair journey.
- A private discord group.
- A group Pinterest board.
- A community of naturals to go on challenges with, try out new products, and share experiences or advice.
- Quarterly award ceremonies to members of the program that have been most active and helpful to the other naturalistas in the group.
- Discounts on merch and access to guides whenever they come out.
Did any of that interest you? Then click here to find out more and get enrolled in the program now!
You can also watch any of my previous webinars on YouTube. They will give you a feel of what kind of solid information will be coming your way every week.
Who has decided to transition? Comment below so I can know. I’m so eager to find out!
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