Transitioning is the alternative to going the ‘Big Chop’ Route and as every natural can attest, it has its own ups and down in terms of manageability. You need to have patience in order start transitioning but once your hair grows out and you see the natural hair flourishing and retaining health, you’ll be very happy you took the time to give your hair some tender loving care during the transitioning phase.
Below are some tips for persons who want to start transitioning (www.naturallycurly.com )
Find a transitioning style that’s right for you.
Don’t watch those endless YouTube videos who say you have to wear your hair like this in order to promote hair growth. Experiment with your hair. You are the only one who knows your hair best and no one else can tell you which style is for you. Just make sure that whichever style you choose to wear on the weekdays, is low manipulation, comfortable and an expression of you!
You can try a bantu knot or twist out, braid it or an updo, whatever peaks your interest.
Ensure that you moisturize!
Hair that is not moisturized gets damaged easily. Ensure that you moisture your hair with either leave-in conditioner or the never-fail water and then seal it in with a natural product like coconut, olive or avocado oils.
Trim your ends often
Many persons hate trimming or cutting their hair because they think that whenever you go to the hair dresser and they pull out a pair of shears then all the progress in the hair growth journey is in vain. This is not the case, as trimming your hair promotes hair growth by cutting away the damaged ends and helps with hair thickening. Try to trim at least once a month or every other month.
Protect the edges of your hair
Don’t harass the edges of your hair, which is your hairline on your temples and nape of your neck. This will cause a receding hairline and damage the more sensitive parts of your hair.
Keep your scalp clean
If you like shampoo, then use the shampoo but make sure you moisturize your hair to replenish the lost nutrients. If you co-wash, then use a conditioner that works with your hair texture and keeps it moisturized. If you use apple cider vinegar to clarify your hair, follow the instructions carefully so that you reap the most benefits from the procedure. Also, the frequency at which you cleanse your hair is dependent on your daily activities and how much product you use.
Deep conditioning is a necessity
Deep conditioning your hair is another way to restore the moisture lost by the wear and tear of the daily activities you undergo. Deep conditioning should be done every other month and while you can buy a deep conditioner in the hair product stores, you can also make it with natural products.
Detangle your hair when you cleanse
When your hair is wet and manageable after conditioner has been applied, it is easier to detangle. Take advantage of this and avoid using fine teeth combs or pulling your hair. It is advised to use a wide toothed comb or your fingers and start from the tips to the root of your hair. You will also need patience, but your hair will thank you in the end.
Minimize heat usage
Especially when you get out of the shower from washing your hair, use a t-shirt to dry your hair than the traditional towel – this prevents frizzing and hair breakage. Also, heat damages your hair by drying out the moisture, so try to minimize heat usage to three times per year if that much. Air drying can be substituted for flat irons and blow dryers.
It can be a bit daunting when you are tackling two hair textures – your straight hair and your natural texture. The point of demarcation, where the two types meet, is in fact the weakest part of your hair and to prevent your hair from becoming damaged, remember to always be gentle.
Don’t time it
Try hard not to set a time on when you will be fully transitioned with all your natural hair on show for the world to see. Give yourself time to grow and in the long run you will be happy with the results. Promise!
By Alexandra Daley