Many women struggle with the decision to take the leap into returning to natural hair. Lots of us have never really seen our natural hair because we were introduced to relaxers at a very young age.
Within the last few years, I’ve seen many women that are coming together and embracing their natural God-given tresses. Once you’ve taken the leap of faith you will find that there will be times along the way when you may feel discouraged and others where you may feel empowered. It’s all apart of the journey. Here are 7 Tips on Transitioning to Natural Hair.
7 Tips for Transitioning to Natural Hair
1. Treat Your Hair Like It’s Already Natural
Treating your hair as if it is already natural can be quite helpful to the whole process. When you do this, you are training your hair and getting it to accustom to the changes that are taking place.
2. Keep Your Hair Moisturized
Hair that is brittle will break. When you’re transitioning, one half of the hair strand is curly and the other half is straight. Where the hair meets is the most fragile part of the hair. Keeping your hair moisturized will help keep your hair from feeling dry and brittle, and aid your hair in its transition.
3. Utilize Protective Styles
Protective styling is so helpful in transitioning to natural hair. Whether through using methods such as sew-ins, braids, twists, wigs or hairstyles like buns, french rolls, and several other updo styles — they are all very helpful as long as the hair is not being stressed (micro-braids, wig combs, etc.) Low manipulation causes the hair to grow without stress…so keep that in mind when styling.
4. Limit Heat Usage
Heat overall can bring stress to the hair whether natural, relaxed or in between. Avoiding heat all together would be ideal, but many transitioners can not stand the sight of two textures fighting for attention. And because it’s harder to get the relaxed hair to look natural, lots of transitioners turn to strengthen their transitioning hair to blend the mix match textures. Whatever your preference, just be sure to use a great heat protectant that will help keep your hair from becoming dry or from breaking and accruing heat damage.
5. Tender Love & Care
Natural hair may appear to be really strong because most naturals have super thick hair, however, kinky curly hair is actually very fragile, so imagine hair that is transitioning. Be gentle with your hair. Stay away from detangling dry hair, excessive heat, combing, and brushing.
6. Product Choices
Find a great leave-in conditioner, natural hair oil, deep conditioner, and cleanser. For protective styling, a strong holding pomade will be helpful to smooth edges and to give you slick ponytails and high buns without having to pull the hair tight.
7. Gradually Trim Your Ends
When gradually cutting your ends as you go, you’ll discover that you are getting closer and closer to becoming 100% natural. It also helps to cut away split ends that may drive up the hair shaft causing breakage. It’s important even after you become fully natural.
Hope these tips help! Happy transition!
Transitioning to natural hair is a very challenging and tumultuous task. If a woman has chosen to turn back to her natural hair then it will take a long time period with a lot of awareness and care.
You have to focus on your hair health first and after that other important tips. Here we will discuss some important and main points which will guide you to transform your damaged and destroyed hair into the natural hair.
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Would Hair Cuts help in transitioning to Natural Hair?
Planning transitioning of hair should be done with a great and useful plan. The first and important thing towards this plan is a good haircut. If you are really desirable of transition to natural hair then you should take a good haircut and manage your hair with a presentable hairstyle.
There are different hairstyles which would help you to make your hair look natural and good. Some of them are Flat Twists, Braids, wet sets and many more.
What is your hair needs?
If you want your natural texture back then one should focus on their hair extraordinarily. Some women have frizzy hair, other has tangled one. So you should listen to your hair first before planning to transform your hair to the natural texture. We should know what our hair needs, they need moisturization, manipulation or Proteins. After getting this information we can easily proceed to get the natural hair texture back.
What is the role of Combs and Clips in Hair Transitioning?
While changing your straight hair to the natural one you should take notice of the hair tools you are using. The combs and clips play a requisite role in the transformation of the hair. You should not use the old combs which were once used for the strengthen hair. Every texture has separate combs so you should buy a new one for a new texture. Mainly Wide-tooth combs are used for the natural hair transformation.