So you decided to grow out your relaxed hair. Great! We understand the transitioning phase can feel intimidating. It requires patience and some extra effort in your hair care routine, but transitioning to natural hair is not as tough as it looks.
If you have decided to take the leap, we can guide you through the process. Scroll down to find easy tips for natural hair transition without the big chop!
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How To Start Transitioning To Natural Hair
Transitioning can be a very long journey – requiring months, if not years. So, you have to plan your hair care routine properly. Start researching about products that can ease your transition journey. It will save you and your hair a lot of trouble.
The best way is to keep a journal. Note down which products gave you the best results. Note down the pros and cons of the different shampoos and hair care products and the routine you follow along with the outcome. This will make the process much easier.
As the saying goes, well begun is half done. A good start can ensure your journey of transition is a smooth one. Let’s check out the tips that may help grow the relaxed hair and care for it during the journey.
10 Tips To Make A Transition To Natural Hair Easier
Tip 1: Pick Your Transition Hairstyle
The switch to your natural hair is a long-term venture, and the time you require depends on your hair length goals. You can go for quick and easy hairstyles during the transition periods.
Choose easy-to-wear hairstyles to accommodate the differing textures and blend the relaxed and natural hair. You can try braids, flat twists, wet sets, buns, and curly dos (using foam hair curlers or rollers).
Tip 2: Trim Once A Month
Managing the differing textures is not an easy task. Use special products to avoid hair breakage and ensure healthy hair.
Moreover, you will need a regular trim every 4-8 weeks to keep your tresses looking healthy. Trimming ¼ inches every month will allow more space for your natural hair texture. You will also be able to maintain your hair length throughout the transition if it matters to you.
Tip 3: Pick Your Protective Style
Protective styles prevent hair damage and breakage during the transition phase. Apart from choosing protective hairstyles, use protective covering for the hair. Silk bonnets and scrunchies are lifesavers for transitioning hair. They prevent moisture loss and breakage.
Alternatively, you can go for silk pressing. It is a process to straighten your hair using heat styling tools. Silk pressing helps keep your transitioning hair manageable. Make sure to get it done by a hair expert to prevent excess heat damage.
Tip 4: Deep Condition Your Hair
Frizz will always be a companion during the transition phase. Natural hair is dry, frizzy, and fragile. To protect it and prevent frizz, use deep conditioners and hair masks. These products will keep the hair moisturized, soft, and manageable. Well-moisturized hair looks nourished and healthy.
Tip 5: Detangle Your Hair Carefully
Transitioning hair is prone to tangles, especially at the points where the different textures meet. Wide-toothed detangling combs and sprays can help you manage it. Always detangle small hair sections. Start detangling from the hair ends and move to the roots.
Also, always detangle wet hair right after the shower. Dry natural hair is prone to frizz and gets tangled easily. Apply a leave-in moisturizer or serum to make the detangling process easy and keep your hair moisturized.
Tip 6: Pre-Poo Transitioning Hair
Pre-poo provides additional nourishment and moisture to your hair and reduces dryness caused by shampooing. It shields your hair from hygral fatigue (hair follicle damage caused by repeated swelling and drying).
Apply the pre-poo treatment to your hair and coat the hair strands from root to tip. Cover your hair for an hour and continue with your regular hair wash routine.
Tip 7: Go Easy On Heat Styling
You may feel tempted to use a blow dryer or flat iron to even out the hair texture. Avoid the temptation as frequent heat styling can damage the fragile transitioning hair. Switch to heat-free styles and products that work well with air drying.
You can try styling balms and anti-frizz creams. These products will ensure proper air-drying without causing frizz. If you must pick up a heat styling tool, use a heat protectant and the tool at the lowest temperature setting.
Tip 8: Go For Hair Extensions
The long process of natural hair transitions can be frustrating for some. Multiple textures on the hair do not always look appealing. You may feel like skipping the entire natural hair transitioning and grabbing your relaxers. Hold on! Why don’t you get hair extensions?
Hair extensions are available in multiple styles like braids, Senegalese twists, and loc extensions. You may also try wigs. They allow you to keep your hair tucked up and change your look without any hassles. You can also braid your hair underneath the wig and wear a wig cap to reduce friction.
Tip 9: Say No To Texturizers
Using texturizers may seem alluring to cover up the uneven texture. However, it is best to avoid chemical sprays as the chemicals may break down the protein bonds to straighten your hair permanently.
Tip 10: Use Proteins On An As-Needed Basis
The line of demarcation, where the chemically treated hair transitions into natural hair, is fragile and breakage-prone. The protein products help strengthen the hair and prevent breakage. However, excessive protein can dry out your hair, increasing the risk of breakage. Hence, use protein products sparingly and in small amounts.
How Long Does It Take To Transition To Natural Hair?
It may take several months to a year for a complete transition. However, it may vary depending on the following factors:
- The original length of your treated textured hair
- The frequency of your hair trims
- Your hair condition during the transitioning period
- Your hair care and styling routines
On average, it can take about 6-8 weeks for the effects of the relaxer to wear off and regain your natural hair pattern. Your hair will grow to replace the treated hair.
Typically, hair grows at a rate of 0.5 mm each day, and you may expect 6 inches of growth in a year.
The hair transitioning process takes time. While you can always go for the big chop and start afresh, the tips mentioned in the article will help if you do not want to cut your hair. However, transitioning to natural hair needs extra care, and these tips will help nurture your natural hair texture and get you through the transitioning phase.
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