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. Here are some of them:
- Twist Outs
- Braid 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. My go-to style while transitioning was braid-outs because it stretched my new growth and provided beautiful definition!
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.
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 Aloe Vera Juice.
The Aloe Vera Juice I use on my hair can be purchased from Amazon below:
Buy a Satin Bonnet
It’s important to protect your transitioning hair with a satin bonnet or pillowcase every night. Satin will help keep your hair hydrated, curls intact, and reduce breakage.
Purchasing a satin bonnet from the store isn’t the best option. Spend your money on affordable, good-quality bonnets that will keep your hair at its best.
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.
You want to use products that contain organic ingredients. Make sure you stay away from natural hair products that contain the following:
- Mineral Oil
Practice doing low manipulation styles so you can keep your hands out of your hair and not cause more breakage! If you start healthy hair care practices during this stage of your journey, 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. So, 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! Following these top tips for transitioning to natural hair will ensure your journey becomes easier to deal with.