One of the issues women face when transitioning is cutting their length. Many Black women struggle all their lives to grow their hair long. Women with chemically relaxed hair often experienced unexpected hair breakage. Giving up any length at all is difficult for most women. When transitioning to natural hair it will not be possible to keep your relaxed ends. The chemically treated hair is competing with the growth of new hair. You will have two different textures making the appearance obvious as it grows.The new growth (from the scalp) will be your natural hair. The new growth will always be attached to the chemically relaxed hair unless trimmed or naturally breaks. The permed ends are weak and will eventually break where the new growth ends. A great disadvantage some women make is to grow their natural hair and try to keep the permed ends without a health transitioning plan.
When transitioning you have two choices. You can keep the permed hair at the end of the natural hair that is coming in and try to lessen the breakage. The last choice you can make is to cut the relaxed hair. By being gentle with the hair during the transition and wearing protective styles that reduced much manipulation will minimize the breakage. How much breakage you will experience is going to be dependent on your hair type and how well you care your hair during the process.
Depending on your level of comfort. The best and fastest way to transition to natural hair is to cut it off (permed hair). Start using natural hair products to care and treat your natural hair. Then you choose a transition style that will ease the process. Some styles you can wear are: Teeny Weeny Afro- a small afro, braids, sister Locks, comb twists, two strand twists, straw sets, braid-out or twist-out When transitioning stay away from going back to relaxers, avoid pressing hair with a flat iron as it grows, and avoid using other chemicals, such as bleach or dyes, unless you seek professional assistance. You want to avoid traumatic setbacks of breakage or heat damage.
Freedom. Beauty. Confidence
That's what going natural is all about. It's about getting back to your 'roots' and falling back in love with your curls. If you're relocating from chemically relaxed, dyed, or processed hair, the key is to keep it beautifully healthy as you're getting to know what works for you. This quick guide will give you the basic tips you need to transition easily into your new radiant self!
Cut the Chemicals, Feed Your Hair
The less chemicals your hair and scalp comes in contact with, the healthier your transition will be. Sulfates, parabens, silicones are some ingredients that contribute to dry, hungry, brittle hair. These ingredients are too harsh on transitioning natural hair and can create breakage. Best way to avoid these ingredients? Opt for all natural plant-based hair care products. Products like these contain no harsh ingredients or preservatives. The nourishing oils and moisturizers help to feed strong supple strands without the added chemicals. You can see a big difference in your hair texture and condition with this change alone!
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
Did I say moisture? Yes! Natural hair thrives on moisture.! No more hiding from water. Your curly, coily, or kinky strands drinks up moisture and can not get enough of it. As you transition, you're dealing with two different hair textures. This can be tricky if you're not prepared. Your main goal is to avoid breakage at the line of demarcation (this is the point where the two textured meet.). Moisturize your hair daily with good natural products to maintain healthy hair through your transition. Once you've moisturized, seal your hair with a good quality oil sealant.
Rock your Protective Styles
These are styles that require little to no manipulation of the hair. Hands off equals less snags, tangles, and stress to your tresses. Styles like two-strand twists, braids, and buns protect your hair from manipulation. Wigs and certain weaves also help to keep daily styling at a minimum while you transition into the natural world. Your ends will get a break as well as less exposure to the elements.
Trim Your Ends
Although you will eventually get rid of your ends, a regular trim is needed for maintaining two healthy textures. A half inch trim every few weeks keeps ups end down and makes detangling easier and snag-free.
When I began transitioning, accessories were a life-saver! Managing two textures can be challenging. To avoid frustrating hair moments, try accessorizing with headbands, pretty scarfs, and flower clips. There are an array of styles and colors to choose from so be creative. You'd be surprised at the beautiful looks you can achieve with just a simple accessory!
Love Yourself Up
What does love have to do with it? Everything. Transitioning to being natural is more than changing your hair. You're embracing who you are. That is amazing on many different levels. You may encounter challenges as you're getting to know this part of you again. Loving yourself in the process is the key to remaining confident in your decision and allowing your true self to radiate out. So take a deep breath and enjoy this incredible journey you're on!
To a happy transition!
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