TIPS FOR TRANSITIONING FROM RELAXED TO NATURAL HAIR
Making up your mind to embark on the journey of transitioning to a natural hair is not easy as it requires a lot of hard work but it is worth it at the end of the day. Day by day, women are joining the league of naturalistas to embrace the beauty of their natural hair.
When you have decided to return to your natural hair, there are two options on how to get there. You either cut off all the processed hair or you go with transitioning. We will be looking at transitioning and tips that should help you through the phase with less frustration.
Avoid the use of heat
The use of styling tools can rid our hair of its moisture which is very essential for the health of our hair. If you cannot do without it, then ensure you use it correctly to avoid dry hair and split ends which will result in hair breakage.
Consider pre-pooing of the hair
Pre-pooing is done before you wash your hair with a shampoo. It entails the use of a vegetable oil or a natural oil (coconut oil or olive oil) by applying it to the hair to protect and prevent it from the drying effects of the shampoo.
Stay away from shampoo that contains sulfate
Most shampoos contain sulphates as it is a common ingredient that has a lathering effect. Shampoo main purpose is to keep the hair clean by getting rid of dust, dirt and product remain. Although, it has its negative effects of taking away all the hair sebum and leaving the hair dry and vulnerable for breakage to occur.
Detangle your hair
When washing your hair, apply plenty of conditioners to help you detangle your hair from the ends to root. As your hair transitions, detangling will become difficult with the two texture of your hair, a conditioner should help you get through getting rid of all the tangles. Avoiding manipulation and the use of protective styles will give easy detangling during your next washing.
Regular deep conditioning
Deep conditioning should be part of our hair regimen as it is very important in our journey of transitioning. A kinky hair especially needs regular deep conditioning to act as food for the hair because of its dryness and loss of elasticity. To achieve best results, use heat when applying to open up the hair cuticles, letting moisture gets absorbed.
Change from cotton to satin
The use of cotton hair cap, pillowcase and towel can contribute to hair loss by draining the hair of its sebum rendering it dry which makes it prone to breakage but a satin cap or pillowcase won’t absorb your hair oil or pull out your hair.
Use a protective style
Protective styles encourage hair growth and also protects the ends of our hair. Use protective styles as frequent as possible and avoid applying tension on the edges.
Moisturising is the key to a healthy hair. Water and natural oils are very needed for the hair to thrive and it should be applied whenever the hair feels or looks dry. Moisturising can be done daily or every other day depending on how well your hair retains moisture.
Trim your hair on a regular basis
To achieve healthy hair in the process of transitioning, we have to inculcate trimming into our hair routine. Trimming helps get rid of the relaxed ends and split ends. Trimming can be done once in six weeks or once in three months, depending on your choice.
Try sectioning when washing your hair
Sectioning of the hair makes it easy to detangle which in turn reduces the stress level.
Transitioning is not a day job but requires a lot of them. There may be a time when you get tired and would want to give up and want to reach out for a relaxer. Be patient and give yourself time for you will see the changes in your hair soon enough and how it blossoms into a fine and thick hair.