As many black women are embracing their natural kinky wavy curly hair, it has inspired more and more of us to go natural. One of the questions I get asked is “how do I go natural?” In growing out your natural hair, you may decide to BIG CHOP (cut off the relaxed ends at once and have a low cut) or TRANSITION (slowly grow out your hair and when you’re at a length you feel you’re comfortable in, big chop or gradually cut of the relaxed ends). The focus of this post will be on transitioning to natural hair. Here are my tips based on my experience when I was transitioning.
1. STOP the Relaxer: Once you have made the decision of going natural, the first thing is to stop relaxing or texlaxing your hair, as this chemically straightens hair and permanently alters and destroys your curls.
2. Stop Using Heat: to style or straighten your hair as it may damage your curls and make your hair feel dry and prone to breakage.
3. Handle with care especially on Wash Day which was what I dreaded most when I was transitioning. It is easier to wash relaxed hair or natural hair as they have one texture. Transitioning hair is different, you are caring for two completely different textures at the same time. Hence, patience and care is of utmost importance. My wash day routine when I was transitioning was different from now that my hair is completely natural. I wash and detangle my hair with extreme care so as not to cause breakage. My wash day routine include
- Pre-poo: this is done prior to shampooing to make your hair more manageable and pliable during shampooing. Check out my pre-poo blog post here.
- Cleanse: you have to be careful the type of shampoo you use. Sulphate-free shampoo is the best as this cleanse your hair without stripping it of its moisture and oils.
- African Black Soap ( dudu osun), check out my DIY African Black Soap Shampoo here.
- Shea moisture Shampoos, I use their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, review here.
- Tresemme Botanique Shampoo, review here
- Detangle VERY CAREFULLY: When detangling (getting rid of knots and tangles) transitioning hair, EXTRA CARE is needed as you make cause more damage or breakage to your hair especially at the line of separation (where the natural and relaxed hair meet). I will recommend you detangle your hair in the shower with LOTS of conditioner (a good one with great slips).
- Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
- Tresemme Perfectly Undone Conditioner
- Deep Condition: This is very important, it provides hair with moisture and makes it more manageables. There are a lot of good deep conditioner in the market, you can also make your DIY Deep Conditioner. Check out my DIY Deep Conditioner & Deep Conditioning Routine Post here.
- Protein Treatment: I did protein treatment more religiously when I was transitioning. I did protein treatment at least every 6 weeks to 2 months to strengthen my hair and avoid breakage. Check out my DIY protein hair mask and how to here.
- MOISTURE: This is VERY important. It makes your hair manageable, less prone to breakage and shedding. I use a very moisturising leave-in, oil and styler. Check out how to moisturise natural hair post here.
- LEAVE-IN: Shea moisture JBCO leave-in conditioner and Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioner
- OILS: Whipped shea butter, Olive oil, Coconut oil, Almond Oil, Tropic isle JBCOil
- Shea moisture coconut and hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie as styler for twistouts, braidouts and bantu knots which were my go to styles to stretch my hair before putting in updos and buns.
- Styling: Transitioning hair is the most difficult to style. I used to put my hair in braids, crochet braids, cornrows and updos. anything to hide that I had two different textures.
- Important: Don’t transition for long as dealing with two hair textures is not easy. I transitioned for 1 year 6 months. I big chopped (cut off my relaxed ends in May, 2016). And I have been enjoying my hair since then.
- All hair grows, the rate at which each person’s hair grows may be different which is due to genetics, health and habit (eating habit, how much water you drink, vitamins you’re taking, e.t.c.). Most of the tips above will help you retain length and strengthen your hair, not grow it out from the root.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Did you transition or big chop? Are you still transitioning? Are you planning on transitioning? Please COMMENT BELOW and if you have any question or tips you’ll love to share. Please COMMENT below and also if you have any question. Don’t forget to LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE via E-MAIL. Follow my blog via BLOGLOVIN and check out my Youtube Channel.
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