I decided to talk about some tips I would give my old self about transitioning. These are things I learned along the way, and I want to help our transitioning beauties along the way!
#1: Please Be Patient
I had to make this number one because it was what I struggled with the most! Whether you are three months in or 1 year in, it is important that you be very patient. Most transitioners will tell you that patience is one of the most important things when transitioning.
#2: Beware of the textures
While I was transitioning, it was really hard to deal with the two different hair textures. My hair was always rough, dry, tangled, and fragile. This is what ultimately drove me crazy. My hair just didn’t feel healthy at all, but this is just because you are transitioning.
#3: Be Careful
Just like in #2, your permed hair and your natural hair cause differences in textures. You also need to be aware of where the two textures meet. Your hair is very vulnerable at the end of your new growth and the beginning of your relaxed hair. When detangling, be extra careful because breakage can easily occur.
#4: Trim Often
Although the saying “the more you trim, the more it grows” is a complete lie, you should trim often. Your relaxed hair is damaged since it is not being treated and often can cause split ends. It is important that you trim often so that you can get rid of that relaxed hair as fast as you can. The recommended is every 3 months.
#5: Don’t Waste Money on Products
I guess this is hypocritical coming from a product junkie but looking back on things, I probably wouldn’t have purchased nearly as many products during my transitioning stage. It was almost impossible to combat the differences in textures so every product had no major effects on my hair. Even products I didn’t like during my transitioning stage, I might’ve loved while completely natural. It is almost like having two hair types. Find products that do your hair justice, and keep at it until you are completely natural.
#6: Using a Texturizer is cheating
I recommend doing EXTENSIVE research on texturizing before applying it to your hair. Companies that make texturizers claim that it is to make your hair more manageable and whatever else they lie about. A texturizer is another form of a relaxer/perm. The active ingredients are the same, but the difference is the amount of that active ingredient. A perm has a higher and concentrated form of that active ingredient than the texturizer. If you are having problems with the manageability of your hair, you need to figure out what your hair is in need of. If your hair tangles and is very unmanageable, then the health of your hair isn’t where it needs to be. It has nothing to do with the texture but the health. Every hair texture can be manageable, but if it’s not healthy, it won’t be manageable.
#7: Protective Styling is Way to Go
I pretty much treated my hair like I was already natural when I transitioned. I did bantu knots, braid outs, and twist outs. I started out with washing twice a week because my hair needed that extra moisture, and my protective styles were not lasting long enough. After getting my hair healthier and familiar with this transition process, I was able to wash once a week. My favorite protective style was rolling my hair with traditional rollers (second picture). Here are some pictures of my transitioned styles:
The first picture is actually my first bantu knot ever. The second picture is using rollers. The last picture is another bantu knot, but closer to being completely natural.
#8: Weaves & Braids
A lot of women do have natural hair under their weaves, which is fine. I believe the problem arises when the hair is being neglected while having weaves or braids. It is important to keep your hair moisturized during its time away. It is also important that you are careful with hair tension. Hair tension is the result of a lot of loss of hair, especially your edges. If you get small bumps or soreness while having braids or weaves, it is more than likely your hair is too tight. Be extra careful if you use these types of protective styles.
#9: Get Well-Acquainted with Oils
Oils will be your best friend. I can not say that enough. Your hair’s overall health will dramatically change when you involve oils in your hair regimen. If you need help on what oils are best for what, we have a list here, explaining everything you need to know!
#10: Try to Learn Your Hair as Much as Possible During This Time
Looking back, I honestly would not do a big chop. I learned so much about hair and the journey by transitioning. If it wasn’t for that transitioning journey, I would not have this blog at all! I have learned so much, and it all was trial and error. Try to learn about your hair during this process because it will make your life easier while fully natural. Try to enjoy it!
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