So you’ve finally decided to go natural but scared of the drastic decision to chop off your relaxed hair? No worries girl. I got you okay?
There’s another way to go about it and it’s called transitioning your hair. Transitioning is a process of going natural where you stop relaxing your hair and you allow your new growth to grow out in it’s natural state while trimming off your relaxed hair little by little until you’re left with just your natural hair or you’re comfortable with the length of your new growth the you can chop off the remaining relaxed ends.
This process can be very frustrating, especially if you’re not well informed on how to go about it. I transitioned my hair for a year so I’m in a very good position to guide you properly on what to do(I think??😂) Anyway, here are some simple guides you should follow.
1.) The first and most important step of transitioning your hair is to make sure you are doing it for yourself and not giving into the pressure of friends and family or even social media if not this process is going to be harder and frustrating because you won’t be happy and you won’t put in the proper work and effort to care for your hair.
Being natural is not a must, neither is it a do or die affair. This is why there are other options to wear your hair even though I’ll advise to wear your hair in it’s natural state, it’s still a personal choice.
2.) The second and most important step is to stop relaxing your hair or chemically processing your hair. You also need to stop using heat in your hair to allow your new growth that’s growing out retain it’s natural curl pattern. Except you want to wear your hair straight and be a straight natural after you go natural if not, you need to stay away from heat.
3.) The next step is to limit your visits to the salon and start learning how to take care of your hair. Especially if you are in Nigeria like me. Most hairstylists in Nigeria do not know how to take care of natural hair except you go to a salon that specializes in taking care of natural hair then you are safe and sure that your hair is in good hands. But this salons tend to be more expensive. If you can afford the luxury, then by all means go ahead. If you can’t like me, you need to learn how to take care of your hair yourself. And trust me, your hair will thank you for it.
I remember when I was transitioning and I went to one salon to get my hair done this lady asked me why my hair had so much undergrowth (new growth) and I told her that I wanted to go natural so I’m waiting for my natural to grow out before cutting the relaxed ends. I made sure that I said all these things so she can understand what I wanted to do. This lady opened her mouth and told me that I can still apply a relaxer and not allow it to get relaxed so it can give me a blow out look because my hair was too ‘strong’ as she put it. I had to tell her to it would no longer be natural and she started arguing with me that it would still be natural but it would be softer. This is exactly the kind of ignorant people we have in the salons taking care of our hair. But we’ll talk about this in a whole different post so I can rant properly.
4.) Another important thing to note is that while transitioning, your hair will look damaged as your roots will be thick and your ends will thin and scraggly but that’s okay because that’s part of the transitioning process. It’s not called the ugly phase for nothing. Your hair will look like a hot mess, your hair is going to have two textures and you’ll probably have a hard time styling your hair but the end result will be worth it I promise.
5.) We can’t talk about transitioning hair without talking about line of demarcation. This is the line where your new growth and relaxed hair meet. It’s usually fragile and you should be careful when handling your hair. You have to keep your hair moisturized always so the line doesn’t get fragile and break off. Breakage is very normal while transitioning but it can be curbed by being careful and taking care of your hair properly.
6.) Deep condition your hair like your life depends on it. You should always alternate between a moisturizing and protein deep conditioner or just use a protein balanced deep conditioner like mega growth deep conditioner. This is a very good product for transitioning hair as it has so much protein in it but will still leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized.
7.) Avoid manipulating your hair too much. You don’t want to pull your hair everyday because like I said,the line of demarcation is very fragile. You should limit your combing to once a week to prevent stressing your hair. You should also take note to comb your hair only in it’s damp or wet state and with conditioner in it. Detangling brushes have no business near your hair especially if you have tight curls, wide tooth combs should be your best friend. If you have looser curls you can get away with detangling brushes but be sure to finger detangle first.
8.) Protective styles should be your friend. And when I say protective styles I don’t mean styles with extensions. I only did hair with extensions 3 times during my transitioning phase and I didn’t carry them for as long as I’ll normally do because I was trying to avoid unnecessary breakage and I wanted to spend time with my hair to get to know what works for it and also to get used to the way my hair looks. You should do styles that would protect your hair in all terms like buns, flat twists, cornrows. Even with this styles, they shouldn’t be done too tight or you’ll be causing unnecessary tension to your hair.
These are my ultimate tips on how you can transition your hair smoothly from relaxed hair to natural hair.
I’ve really outdone myself with this post because it’s longer than most of my posts. I’m back for real and this time with quality contents for you guys.
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