The Transitioning Journey
It’s A Lifestyle
Natural styling has become more versatile & trendy leading more women to show off their natural curl patterns. Natural hair is unique in many ways from the super kinky to the more looser curl patterns, most are excited and more willing to expand styling options when going natural. From the natural twist outs, wash & go’s, bantu knots, flat twists, braid outs and more many have turned to transitioning out of relaxers and want to know how to transform easily and quickly. First of all, being natural is not just something that will happen overnight, it’s a lifestyle. You must be willing to take the steps in order to receive the results. It takes 365 days (one year) to grow a new set of hair each of us loses between 50 to 100 hairs per day and the growth cycle of the follicle starts over a hair begins to grow in after one is shed. Despite popular belief, doing the big chop dosen’t always assist in helping hair get those natural results faster, reguardless of length taking care of the hair as well a little patience is key. So relax, learn, and have fun enjoying your journey to natural bliss.
The myths of transitioning being difficult are just that “Myths”. Anything is hard if you don’t know or apply the proper initiative to get the results. Knowing how to prepare your hair to transition and how to properly style and maintain is the key to making your journey to becoming a natural diva less stressful & efficient.
Preparing The Hair Is Crucial
In order to prepare the hair for your transitioning journey start by keeping ends trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks, this will help get rid of dead hair which is dead weight on the hair causing stunted growth and breakage, also it helps with getting rid of relaxed hair that is still left on ends without having to do the big chop. Washing hair at least once a week helps with manageability and products used will absorb better in the hair cuticle to achieve better results. Sulfate-Free shampoo and conditioner are best to use on natural or transitioning hair. Ultimately, preparing the hair properly with frequent trimming, washing and using products that are not too heavy on the hair is best.
How Can I Style My Hair While Transitioning?
Considering you’ll have multiple textures on your head while transitioning, it can become frustrating to figure out what styles look best and don’t consume too much time as well. Wash & go’s usually are not the best route when transforming due to the fact that the relaxed hair will not curl at all or not as good leaving ends looking rough. Some styling tips for transitioning are roller sets, extensions such as braids or crochets styling, you can even try some braided or twisted updo’s and some thermal styling is okay as long as it’s not frequent, try to stay away from a lot of heat on the hair.
What Products Are Best For Transitioning Hair?
This can be tricky since the hair at this point literally has two to three different textures making it hard to figure out which products are best because let’s face it you still want to look your best while transforming into a naturalista. Using heavy creams are not recommended, however using a good moisturizing detangler before blow drying and using a good light weight moisturizing finishing product. Also, getting deep conditioning treatments regularly is recommended. Furthermore, natural hair is fragile and the tighter the curl pattern the more care you should take when styling or adding heat by using styling products that protect from heat damage.