Top 7 Tips for Transitioning:Growing healthy natural hair
The internet is your best friend when it comes to transitioning. The natural hair community has grown so much and you’re a click away from vital information. I was a sponge throughout my transition looking up as much as I could about natural hair. I watched YouTube every day for hairstyles, product reviews, and healthy hair regimens.
2. Put a halt to the Heat
Put down that flat iron girl. Drop that blow dryer. Put that curling iron away! During your transition your hair is in a fragile state and heat is not your friend. Plus there are so many styles you can achieve without using any direct heat. Which brings me to my next tip.
3. Discover your go-to transitioning hairstyle
Buns, flexi-rod sets, and flat twist outs were my staple styles during my transition. Especially in the beginning of my transition where most of my hair was relaxed. My ends didn’t have a natural curl so I would add a flex-rod or perm rod at the end of my twists.
4. Detangle gently
Now that you’re transitioning you will be having two very different textures that will make your hair prone to breakage. When detangling your hair you have to be very gentle. In the beginning of my transition I used a wide tooth comb on damp hair and detangled end to root. Towards the end of my transition when the majority of my hair was natural I began to finger detangle. Finger detangling allowed me more control and prevented breakage.
5. Deep Conditioning is your best friend
Healthy hair is moisturized hair. It is important to incorporate a deep conditioner store bought or homemade in your weekly wash routine.
6. Keep your scalp clean
A clean scalp is vital to healthy hair growth. I suggest shampooing or co-washing hair at least once a week depending on your activity. See what works best for your hair.
7. Protective hair styling
While transitioning I installed havana twists, protective bun styles with Marley hair, and even a wig. It gave my hair a much needed break from constant manipulation. With high manipulation you put your hair at risk for breakage. Protecting your hair includes using satin/silk scarves while sleeping, tucking your ends in buns, as well as not putting a lot of tension on your edges.
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