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
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.
When you start a transitioning hair regimen, the first step you should include is pre-poo treatments. A pre-poo is an oil treatment that you apply to your hair prior to shampooing. When you start transitioning to natural hair, you will notice that your hair will become more prone to tangles and knots.
Doing a pre-poo treatment will help with detangling and it will also protect your hair from becoming stripped during the shampoo process. Detangling is important before washing your hair because you can decrease the amount of breakage you have.
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.
Cleansing Your Transitioning 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.
When you start a transitioning hair regimen, 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.
Another way to cleanse transitioning hair is by using a Co-Wash or cleansing conditioner. It’s a good alternative if you don’t want to use a shampoo every week.
Deep conditioning should be a priority when you start a transitioning hair regimen. Ensuring you deep condition regularly will replenish your hair’s moisture and provide more manageability.
In order to keep a good moisture-protein balance, you want to alternate between moisturizing deep conditioners and protein. Most people use protein once a month, however, your transitioning hair may need it more often. Choosing what you will deep condition with will depend on what your hair needs at that time.
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!
Styling Your Transitioning Hair
After deep conditioning, the next step will be styling your transitioning 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
Choosing the right products for this method will help you retain moisture and have a long-lasting style. It’s also important to ensure you’re distributing enough product on each section of your hair!
Another important step to add when you start a transitioning hair regimen is a night time routine. How you take care of your hair at night will determine how bomb it looks the next morning. You want to ensure your hair is moisturized and protected before going to bed.
If you did a twist out or braid out, it would be best to re-twist/braid your hair before going to bed. This will ensure you keep good definition and moisture in your hair.
In order to protect your transitioning hair, you also need to invest in a Satin Bonnet or pillowcase. Laying on satin will keep the moisture in your hair and keep your styles fresh.
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 different tutorials. Another option is to visit a professional that you trust!
How often you trim your hair depends on the 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.
When you first start a transitioning hair regimen, it’ll take time to get used to. Taking care of your transitioning hair and remaining consistent with your regimen will keep you on the road to healthy, natural hair.
Start a transitioning hair regimen following these 6 easy steps and watch your hair flourish!