Tips to Preventing Breakage during Transition

The process of slowly transitioning from relaxed to natural tresses, rather than Big Chopping (cutting off the relaxed ends at a time), can be frustrating some times, but highly rewarding, especially if maintaining length is top priority. I always advice ladies who want to transition to first get enough knowledge before they venture in order to avoid being frustrated and aside that, patience is key. Since your hair has two very different textures, breakage and shedding can become a problem. To have a smooth, successful transition, here are the basic steps-

Avoid  Artificial Heat
For those ladies who like to use heat on their hair, excessive heat styling is dangerous because it compromises protein bonds. Using heat while transitioning can result in an uneven curl pattern, loss of curl and breakage, thinning and shedding (in some cases excessively). Sadly, this damage is irreversible, and you’ll be facing yet another transition.

Try Low Manipulation Styles
As many ladies would, making protective styles that would last for months while they transition, in as much as this hides the hair and prevents over manipulation but you should be cautious because some may tangle so much and cause severe breakage. When you want to braid, Choose styles that seamlessly blend the two textures not the ones that would stress your edges!  Twist and braid-outs, pin curls, roller sets, buns and braids should be your style staples. Handle your hair gently and infrequently, and remember to moisturize, moisture and water should be your best hair food!.

When you detangle handle your hair with care especially at the line of demarcation where your natural hair meets the relaxed hair. It is a point of weakness and the source of breakage for many transitioners so in detangling, use your fingers instead of combs and brushes.

Deep Condition
Your relaxed ends need protein to maintain strength and prevent breakage. It’s recommended you do your protein   treatments monthly and  moisturizing deep conditioning weekly with natural heat (covering hair with shower cap etc). Your hair will thank you later!

Have Patience
You’re going to need it. The two very different textures can be overwhelming, and they are often the reason why many women chop prematurely. And beware! Because a hasty Big Chop could lead to a return to the relaxer, or months of confidence issues related to your hair. That is why i advice patience, be patient and learn, in NHB we do our best to teach, read other peoples’ questions and the answers already given in order to avoid asking the same question. Visit our Frequently asked questions page(FAQ) here in our website to read questions newbies easily ask, read with a teachable heart and be receptive, ask questions where needed but above all read read read and practice also!

14 Responses so far.

  1. rasheedah olayinka says:

    pls what do u mean by chopping

  2. cara says:

    Hi,does it mean I can go on some hair treatments during my period of transitioning?like DC?Its alrdy a month I last relaxed.thanks

    • Ekwysco says:

      hello cara…of course you can. this helps you care for your new growth in preparation of the journey you are starting on.

  3. chika says:

    What and what is mixed up for hair spritz…

  4. Tosin says:

    Wat about some1 like me dat just want to go on natural, thou, it is up to 4months ever since av relaxed my long hair, and the hair is trying to perform a receeding hairline, wat should I do please, I need your advice, Thanks

  5. Precious says:

    Hello, pls I want to know if I could fix my hair during transitioning.

  6. Egede Nelly says:

    My sista did her BC a month ago wit me but she couldnt bear it cos she felt d hair wasnt growin fast so she did a little blow out,and now she sees how fine my hair becomes everyday and want to go back to natural.pls should just continue wit her natural hair treatment or do anoda BC?

  7. oyinlola says:

    wat does BC mean

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