How to Manage your Transition Phase
Do you want to begin your journey back to natural healthy hair? Most women (and men) who start this journey, prefer to go natural without doing the Big Chop whereas others are brave enough to take it all off and start right at the roots! BUT, this post is directed at those who are easing into the natural journey by transitioning.
Transitioning to natural hair is the simple process of growing out your natural texture and periodically cutting off the processed or damaged ends. This can be a very frustrating time since you're working with two textures of hair (damaged and healthy) but if you follow these simple tips, you'll be able to manage just fine.
1️⃣ Don’t put pressure on yourself and your hair to be natural and beautiful immediately. Don’t watch the kettle boil… and most importantly, DON'T COMPARE YOUR HAIR TO PICTURES YOU SEE ONLINE! Give yourself a few months before making big decisions. After this, examine the new growth and only then, decide whether you want to commit to doing a big chop or continue with your transitioning journey.
2️⃣ Find a go-to hairstyle. Bantu knots work a charm. It's a great hairstyle to disguise the 2 textures. These knots allow the straight, damaged hair to act as a natural curl #fauxcurls
3️⃣ Always detangle your hair while it’s wet. Use a conditioner with a good slip or detangler, a wide-toothed comb and start combing/detangling from the ends to the roots.
4️⃣ Keep your scalp clean. Be consistent with your wash days. Don’t go longer than 2 weeks without clarifying your scalp.
5️⃣ Moisturise your hair and KEEP it moisturised. Dry hair breaks easily. There is no better moisturiser than WATER! So make sure you seal in the water with a light oil and be consistent with your daily water intake (minimum 2 litres per day).
6️⃣ This is a rule you should never break. DEEP CONDITION regularly. Naturally, curly hair NEEDS to be moisturised, it isn't usually short of protein (We will discuss moisture and protein balance at a later stage)
7️⃣ STEP AWAY FROM THE HAIR-DRYER AND FLAT IRON. Air dry your hair… exactly what it says: Allow the air to dry your hair!
8️⃣ Don’t wear tight hairstyles. The hair around your temples and nape of the neck are usually finer and more delicate. Protect your edges by avoiding tension. Use satin scrunchies should you need to put your hair up.
Rule number 9️⃣
Always be gentle. The point where your natural texture meets your straight hair (called the line of demarcation) is THE weakest part of your hair. Take your time when you detangle and style your hair.
🔟 Trim the damaged ends regularly - every 6-8 weeks. Remember to use hair scissors and not regular scissors!
Good luck and congrats on beginning your natural hair journey! 🍀