Transitioning Hair

Start a Transitioning Hair Regimen in 6 Easy Steps

April 21, 2018
Learn how to start your transitioning hair regimen

Are you currently transitioning to natural hair or thinking about doing so? One thing you’ll need before deciding to transition is a regimen. A regimen is a process where you perform steps regularly to keep your hair healthy and flourishing.

In order to have a successful journey, you must start a transitioning hair regimen you can stay consistent with. It doesn’t have to include a bunch of steps or become complicated. However, you’ll have to go through trial and error to figure out what regimen works best for you.

In this post, we’re going to discuss 6 steps you need to start a transitioning hair regimen. Including these steps will put you on the right track to achieving healthy, natural hair in the future.

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Pre-Poo Treatments

The first step you should include in your regimen is pre-poo treatments. A pre-poo is an oil treatment that you apply to your hair prior to shampooing. One thing you’ll notice about your transitioning hair is it’ll become more prone to tangles and knots as you continue on your journey. Doing a pre-poo will help you gently detangle your hair and also protect your shampoo from stripping the natural oils from your hair and scalp.

Related Post: Sis, You Need to Pre-Poo! Here is Why.

When I learned about this step, I didn’t understand why it was necessary until I started doing it regularly. You will notice that your hair will become more manageable and easier to handle throughout your wash days. I have a few favorite products that I use on my hair when I do a pre-poo treatment:


Shampooing natural hair

Have you ever had that squeaky feeling after cleansing your hair? If so, you must be using sulfates in your shampoo, which isn’t the best option! Sulfates can strip the natural oils from your hair and scalp, therefore, it will cause your transitioning hair to become dry and brittle. It can also cause your scalp to become irritated.

You want to invest in a sulfate-free shampoo for cleansing. Sulfate-free shampoos provide a gentle cleanse without drying out your hair. You also want to have one clarifying shampoo that will help to remove product build-up when it’s needed. It’s great to use a clarifying shampoo once a month to give your hair a fresh start!

Another way to cleanse your hair is by using a co-wash or cleansing conditioner. It’s a good alternative if you don’t want to use shampoo every week.

Related Post: 6 Amazing Shampoos That Won’t Dry Out Your Curls

Deep Conditioning

Deep Conditioner for Natural Hair

Deep conditioning should be a priority when you start a transitioning hair regimen. Doing this regularly will replenish your hair’s moisture and provide more manageability. One thing you want to keep in mind when it comes to this step is keeping a good moisture-protein balance. What do I mean by that?

Your hair needs the perfect balance of moisture and protein to continue to flourish. In order to keep this balance, you want to alternate between using moisturizing deep conditioners and protein on your wash days. Most people use protein once a month, however, transitioning hair may need it more often since you’re dealing with two different textures.

A tool I recommend you deep condition with is a Thermal Hot Head. This is a convenient way to add heat while deep conditioning and it will allow the product to penetrate your strands more effectively. Trust me, it’s way better than sitting underneath a dryer!

Related Post: 13 Must-Have Tools for Your Natural Hair Journey

Styling Your Hair

After deep conditioning, the next step will be styling your hair. One method used in the natural hair community for moisture retention is called the LOC method. LOC stands for:

  • Liquid or Leave-in
  • Oil (to seal in the moisture)
  • Cream (prevents moisture loss)

To learn more about the LOC Method, check out this post: LOC Method, The Best Way to Moisturize Natural Hair

This method helps you apply products in a specific order, therefore, it will help you achieve long-lasting moisture for your style. You want to use a moisturizing leave-in conditioner first on your hair, follow up with an oil to lock in that moisture, and then use a styling cream last. Following the LOC method is easy and can be done with the products you already have in your collection.

Nighttime Routine

When you start a transitioning hair regimen, one thing you want to have in place is your nighttime routine. How you take care of your hair at night will determine how your style looks the next morning.

Another important step you want to include in your transitioning hair regimen is a nighttime routine. Taking care of your hair at night will determine how amazing it looks the next morning. You want to make sure your hair is moisturized and protected every night before going to sleep.

With your transitioning hair, you may have to re-twist/braid your hair before going to bed to keep definition. It’s also beneficial to go in with a moisturizer since your hair is more prone to dryness. The longest I’ve been able to wear a style is one week and I usually re-twist every other night depending on how my hair looks.

To protect your hair, it’s best to purchase a Satin Bonnet or a Satin Pillowcase. Laying on satin will help to keep moisture in your hair, keep your curls intact, and prevent split ends and breakage from happening.

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Get Regular Trims

Keeping your hair trimmed is important when transitioning to natural hair. If you plan on trimming your own hair, I recommend purchasing the correct pair of shears and watching YouTube for tutorials. The shears I recommend can be found above on Amazon! Using shears will ensure you achieve a precise cut while trimming, you don’t want to use household scissors/craft scissors. Another option is to visit a professional that you trust!

How often you trim your hair depends on the overall health of it. There’s no certain schedule to follow! However, if you do notice split-ends or your breakage becoming excessive during your transitioning journey, it would be best to get a fresh trim. I love getting a trim every 3-4 months because it keeps my two textures manageable and reduces the amount of breakage that I experience every wash day.

Starting your regimen will take time and patience to get used to, however, getting into the habit of taking care of your hair consistently will keep you on the path to healthy, natural hair. Follow these 6 steps and watch your hair continue to flourish!

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  • Reply Anais June 8, 2020 at 11:43 am

    How long did it take you to get your hair to the fourth picture?

  • Reply Sheila Hundley August 23, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you for explaining the LOC method more clearly for natural hair transition.

    • Reply Madisen August 25, 2020 at 1:58 am

      You’re very welcome!

  • Reply Anthea August 24, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for this. I’m deep conditioning as I’m writing. Feeling both excited and lost. Started my transition roughly 2 months ago -though I’ve been product-free since December last year. Just didn’t know then that I would be embarking on this journey. I neglected my hair and is now earnestly working on strengthening and loving my own hair! Still have a lot to learn and often get frustrated. Can I manage my hair myself? Can I make it look good? Questions! Questions! Questions! 🙂

    • Reply Madisen August 25, 2020 at 2:00 am

      You’re welcome! That’s so exciting and I’m proud of you for taking this new journey. It’s full of excitement and challenges. You’ll learn as you go and I hope my blog posts help you as well. My transitioning journey gave me time to learn more about caring for natural hair and it helped me prepare myself.

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