I completed my 16-month transition to natural hair in April 2018. Did I plan on long-term transitioning? Yep! I knew I wanted a comfortable length before cutting the rest of my relaxed ends. When I started my journey, I wasn’t sure if I could reach that goal. However, I did my research and found motivation from other blogs and transformation pictures.
Do you plan on long-term transitioning to natural hair? If so, let me share some tips with you to make your journey easier!
Long-term transitioning can be anywhere from one year or more.
Stay away from heat
I’m sure staying away from heat is difficult for anyone who is used to having straight hair. As I continued my transition, there were times I wanted to straighten my hair. However, learning about heat damage kept me from doing anything to my curls.
I didn’t want to take any chances. My hair already had a ton of breakage and flat ironing wouldn’t have been the best decision. There are heatless styles you can achieve while long-term transitioning such as:
- Twist outs
- Braid outs
- Bantu knots
- Perm rod sets
Think about it, why would you continue to damage your hair? You wouldn’t want to start your transitioning journey over again!
Get regular trims
Keeping your hair trimmed is important during your transitioning journey. You will experience breakage while transitioning, however, remaining consistent with your trims will lessen the amount you have.
I received my trims every 3-4 months because that’s what my hair needed. You should get your hair trimmed when you feel the time is right. There’s no need to follow a certain schedule.
Pre-poo every wash day
When I first heard about pre-poo treatments, I thought it would be a waste of time. A pre-poo is a treatment that moisturizes your hair before shampooing. Doing this can protect your strands from being stripped of its natural oils and can help you gently detangle before washing your hair.
You can use a cheap rinse
As I continued to remain consistent with this step, I saw the benefits of doing them. Not only are you protecting your hair, but you are also improving the manageability. Although this step will take extra time on your wash day, it’s worth it!
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Wash your hair in sections
Washing your hair in sections will save a lot of time and frustration on wash day. It’s important to do this because your two textures will become difficult to manage. Transitioning hair is more prone to tangles and knots, therefore, washing your hair in two or more sections will help you to properly cleanse your scalp without causing unnecessary breakage.
Imagine trying to shampoo your hair with tangles and knots everywhere, it’s not fun! Although sectioning your hair may seem like it’ll add on more time, it’s best to do this if you want to quickly and easily get through your wash day with as little frustration as possible.
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Deep condition weekly
Deep conditioning every wash day will keep your new growth healthy and manageable. When you apply your deep conditioners, make sure you pay extra attention to the ends of your hair. Since they are the oldest part of your hair, they need the most care.
It’s important to alternate between moisturizing, hydrating deep conditioners and protein treatments on your journey. Transitioning hair may need protein more often since you’re dealing with two different textures. Depending on the look and feel of your hair, you’ll be able to determine what type of deep conditioning treatment you need every wash day.
I recommend deep conditioning once a week or every wash day. Regularly deep conditioning kept my transitioning hair manageable and strengthened! This step is key if you want to achieve healthy hair, especially once you decide to big chop.
Keep your hair moisturized
I can’t stress how important it is to keep your transitioning hair moisturized. Dry hair will lead to breakage! How often you moisturize your two textures will depend on what your hair needs and what your porosity is. Not sure what porosity is? Check out the post below:
Related Post: The Guide to Learning Your Porosity
Knowing your porosity will help you a lot on your journey. No matter which category you fall into, the number one moisturizer you can use is water. Water will become your hair’s best friend!
Long-term transitioning will not be for everyone. You need to make a personal decision and decide what’s best for you and the health of your hair.
Are you willing to have patience dealing with two textures? Can you stay consistent with your regimen? How long do you plan on long-term transitioning? Those are some questions you should ask yourself before making the decision to long-term transition to natural hair. The journey won’t be easy, however, it’ll be worth it at the end.