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TRANSITIONING WITH EASE

So a lot of people seem to return natural by transitioning which simply means to stop the use of relaxers and texturisers. I recently came across an article online and decided to share it on here.

1. Finish Your Old Products; Before you become a product junkie, use up your old products first. Refraining from becoming a product junkie will force you to focus on your hair regimen –which is most important.

2.Introduce New Product One At A Time; As you use up your old products, try to use new ones one at a time. Do not pile up your cabinet with products you hear about and use all at once. This way you can tell what is working for you and what is not.

3. Pay Special Attention To The Line Of Demarcation; This is simply where your relaxed ends meets the natural hair. This is the weak point so take extra care to reduce breakage because chances are that this is where breakage will occur. Try to avoid heat styling options and over manipulation. Try twist out styles and use perm rods at the tips as this will help give the two textures an identical look.

4. Do Not Be Obsessed With Curl Pattern; It sure is tempting but you cannot see your true pattern until all relaxed ends get cut off.

5. DEEP CONDITION; It is in big letters to emphasize the importance. lol. Contrary to popular belief it is actually a good thing to deep condition with heat so do not be afraid to try a little hooded dryer sometimes. You could also get conditioners that say deep conditioner on the jars/bottles to properly nourish your strands. African Best hair mayonnaise is a good product to use and Shea Moisture has some deep conditioning Treatments.

6. Treat Your Hair Like It Is All Natural; Practice makes perfect right? So why not try getting good at two strands twist out, flat twists out, Bantu knot out and corn rows? Be sure to use perm rods/rollers at the tips so the textures are blended.

7. Clean Scalp; The key to healthy hair is a clean scalp. Your scalp creates natural hair sebum so do not be tempted to lather on grease. Instead opt for  lighter oils like jojoba oil or Castor oil to massage scalp but always avoid Mineral oil. Keep hair and scalp clean whenever you see build up.

8. Trim Ends; Contrary to popular belief(again) trimming regularly will not give you a faster growth but it will reduce breakage especially during the Transition. Trim off split ends regularly as you will have them. Besides you will be cutting the relaxed ends off anyways right?

9. Protect Your Strands; This is especially important. Do not over manipulate your hair. Make good use of protective styles so long a they are not too tight or kept in too long. Your hair is very fragile at this stage so protection is key. Deep condition and practice retention.

10. Be Patient; Sometimes it may seem like your hair is not growing and it can be frustrating dealing with diferent textures. At this point you may be very tempted to whip out your jar of relaxer since it is what you are familiar with and it´s ok to feel that way. However if you are dedicated to keeping your natural hair then a lot of patience is required. Your hair grows an average of 1/2 Inch a month just like everyone else. So try to remember that and protective styles help a lot as it stops you from obsessing over lenght every minute. Before you know what´s happening, you have a head full of amazing curls.

11. Let Your Expectations Be Real; To get satisfactory results, it´s ideal to learn the different ways of dealing with your hair in Transition mode and it´s imperative that you do not expect your natural hair to act like relaxed hair. Once you have finally accepted the growth pattern and nature of your curls, then you will be more understanding of dealing with it carefully. Try to recreate styles that enhance and highlight your new texture together with the relaxed hair that you are growing out.

Are you transitioning? How has your journey been? Any tips you want to talk about for the new transitioners? Do let us know in the comment section!!

Enjoy Your Journey

 

 


2 Responses so far.

  1. ify says:

    I am trying to migrate to natural hair, but it is so pain and rough. Pls what do I do to sften N smothen my hair . Thank U N God bless you.


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