I dealt with my transitioning hair for over a year and decided to big chop almost 3 weeks ago! During my time of transitioning, I learned a lot about hair (from Google, YouTube videos, and trial & error). Even though I big chopped already, I still haven’t forgotten about those who are still transitioning!
I came up with my top tips for transitioning to natural hair so you can make your journey easier. You will also learn the best way to care for your transitioning hair during this stage.
Find Your Go-To Style
There are many styles you can achieve while transitioning in order to blend your two textures. My go-to style while transitioning was braid-outs. You can see an example of how the style looked on my hair above. Here are some other styles you can achieve:
- Twist Outs
- Bantu Knots
- Perm Rod Sets
- Flexi Rod Sets
Having that one style you can fall back on will help you in the long run and save a lot of time. When wash day comes around and you aren’t sure what to do with your hair, visit your go-to style. I loved doing braid-outs because it stretched my hair and helped me achieve beautiful definition that lasted more than a few days. To keep your styles long-lasting, you may have to re-braid/twist your hair throughout the week and keep it moisturized.
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Deep Condition Regularly
Deep conditioning is very important. Unfortunately, transitioning hair is more prone to tangles and knots, however, deep conditioning will provide your hair with the proper moisture and manageability it needs.
Doing this step regularly is necessary if you want to have healthy hair. I would recommend deep conditioning every wash day. Dealing with two textures is already hard and deep conditioning will make your transitioning hair healthier and easier to manage.
When you deep condition, make sure you use heat so your product can penetrate your strands more effectively. You can use heat by wearing a Thermal Cap, sitting under a hooded dryer/steamer, or using steam while taking a shower. Make sure you also alternate between using moisturizing deep conditioners and protein treatments.
Moisturizing Transitioning Hair
When I started transitioning, I wasn’t keeping my hair moisturized which led to excessive dryness and breakage. You must ensure your hair is moisturized because dry hair will break! Water is the best moisturizer for your transitioning hair and you can also use one of my favorites, Aloe Vera Juice.
Not only do you want to moisturize your hair every wash day, but you also want to refresh your styles throughout the week when it’s necessary. Everyone’s transitioning hair is different, you have to pay attention to yours in order to figure out how often to moisturize it. For me, moisturizing my hair every other day was effective and helped combat dryness.
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Buy a Satin Bonnet
It’s important to protect your transitioning hair with a satin bonnet or pillowcase every night. Laying on satin material will help to keep moisture in your hair, prevent breakage and split-ends, and also keep your styles looking and feeling fresh. Both a bonnet and pillowcase provide the same benefits!
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Treat Your Hair Like It’s Already Natural
It’s easy to get frustrated when dealing with two textures. However, acting as if your hair is already natural and treating it that way will help you ease through your journey.
One way you can treat your hair like it’s already natural is by paying attention to the ingredients in your products and choosing ones that are good-quality and nourishing for the hair. You want to stay away from any product that contains harmful ingredients such as:
- Mineral Oil
Ever since I started paying attention to what I use on my hair, I’ve noticed a huge difference with the overall health and manageability. For a list of natural hair brands to check out for quality, all-natural products, click here. These brands create everything handmade and with ingredients that will benefit your hair journey.
Another thing you can do is practice doing low manipulation styles. Low manipulation styles help you keep your hands out of your hair which in turn reduces the amount of breakage and shedding. Some good styles to do are two-strand twists, mini twists, or even something as simple as a bun!
If you start healthy hair care practices during this stage of your journey, I promise that you’ll be more prepared to take care of your newly natural hair.
Your hair will not become curly overnight and it won’t look like someone else’s. I remember seeing other women who were transitioning and compared their new growth with mine. Unfortunately, it did discourage me and I thought I was doing something wrong to my hair. However, that wasn’t true!
You have to remember that everyone’s journey will be different and your hair may not grow as fast as others. Your hair is unique and won’t be the same as someone else’s. That’s why having patience on your transitioning journey is key if you want to reach your hair goals.
It’s easy to look at your favorite blogger and expect your curls to look the same once you’re natural, however, it’s best to focus on your own journey. Whatever your texture looks like once you decide to big chop will be beautiful and most importantly, UNIQUE! Think about why you started this journey and focus on becoming your own hair goals!