Transitioning to natural hair from relaxed hair may seem like a tough task to overcome, but with the right mindset and the right preparation, you’ll be able to achieve it. It may not be easy and you might want to retreat back to your comfortable cream, but if you push through to the end, you’ll find how fabulous your curls can be.
Here are eight tips to help you get through your transitioning phase so that your curls can flourish.
Do your research.
Transitioning to natural hair can feel like a never ending battle, but one way to relieve some of the pressure is to be prepared. Although nothing compares to true trial and error, if you’ve spent time researching things such as your hair porosity, good products to start with, wash day routines, or styling hacks, you’ll make the transitioning stage easier to endure.
Create long and short term goals.
Just like you create goals for your career, you should do the same for your hair. By doing this, you’ll be able have something to work towards and can remind yourself of this when you get discouraged. Be sure to take photos throughout each stage of your transitional phase – even if you don’t like how your hair looks – so that you can see how your hair is coming along.
Don’t let heat tempt you.
Though it may feel as if applying heat with a flat iron is the best method for dealing with two different textures, we have one piece of advice for you: don’t. Applying heat on your hair during your transition stage can cause damage to the new texture of hair and can also create an unhealthy attachment that sticks with you even after you’ve become fully natural.
Try out different protective styles and embrace cute accessories.
If you’re not used to wearing your hair in protective styling, you may want to give it some consideration during your transition phase. Braids, wigs, weaves, twist outs, and bantu knots can all give your hair the needed rest it deserves. And, it also gives you a rest from daily maintenance. Turban wraps, scarves, and headbands can serve as a way to protect your hair, too. Don’t forget, however, to keep your hair moisturized while in its protective style.
Lock in the moisture.
One of the main things you should keep in mind when transitioning – and when you are fully in the natural tribe – is to keep your hair as moisturized as possible. This includes administering deep conditions on wash days and finding the right products for your hair – preferably those that don’t include sulfates. For deep conditioning, try Aunt Jackie’s Coco Repair Coconut Creme Deep Conditioner and for added moisture, the Quench! Moisture Intensive Leave-In Conditioner is a good option.
A rule of thumb for anyone who has decided to transition to natural hair would be to have patience. Things can become frustrating when you’re dealing with two different textures of hair, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to achieve. You may not be able to wear all of those fun and cute styles that you see online yet, but one day you will. Have patience with yourself and have patience with your hair.
Stay away from the comparison trap.
Though you may find inspiration from all of the different natural hair styles that you see online, it can also cause you to become discouraged with your own journey. What you have to remember, however, is that just like no two people are exactly the same, no two hair journeys will be the same either so you can’t compare your rate of growth or length retention to anyone else’s. Likewise, you can’t compare your first try of a style to what is probably the third or fifth try of someone you see online.
Most importantly, remember to have fun. Transitioning to natural hair can be a lot of work, but it will all mean nothing if you didn’t find a way to enjoy it. Have fun with your hair and stay as positive as possible.