You’ve contemplated going natural for a few months or maybe even a year and you’re ready. Ready to grow out your relaxer and see the natural state of your hair for the first time in many years. This can be quite daunting, trust me, I’m sure you have many questions racing through your head, believe me, I did too, but remember. . .
Below I’ve listed five tips to help make the transitioning process as easy as possible.
1. Decide if you’d like to be a long term or short term transitioner
This is probably one of the most important decisions that you have to make during your transitioning process. When you’re making this decision make sure to take into consideration your lifestyle e.g., do you work out, type of employment, etc. . . and also personal preferences e.g., Do you feel that short hair suits you? , Would you prefer to wait to cut your hair until your hair is long enough to style in twistouts and braidouts?
2. Decide HOW you’d like to transition
Are you going to protective style your own hair? Are you going to get extensions? Are you going to skip the entire transition process and big chop? These are all very important things to think about. Also know that how you originally plan to transition may not always work out. When I initially started my transition I thought I was going to transition for at least six months, but that didn’t work out. I got tired of the heavy Senegalese twists I was wearing to transition, I got neck spasms y’all, so I chopped most of my hair off after three months.
3. Refrain from using heat
We all want laid edges, some even when transitioning, but if you want healthy natural hair you’re going to have to let go of the flat irons, blow dryers and pressing combs. All of your hard work and patience will be wasted if you damage your new growth with heat.
4. Be gentle with both textures
Your hair will be very prone to breakage, especially at the line of demarcation, which is where the new growth meets the relaxed hair. It may be frustrating, but try to be a gentle as possible when manipulating both textures. This is also why it’s important to determine how you’re going to transition. I knew that I didn’t have the patience to deal with two different textures on my head, which is why I decided to get Senegalese twists.
5. Continue to watch YouTube videos, read blogs and go to natural hair events
This is more important now than ever. The thought of relaxing your new growth may still cross your mind or your frustration with both textures may drive you to get a blowout just to make your hair more “manageable”. This is when you go to the forums, watch YouTube video and turn to your curlfriends for encouragement and support.
This stage is tough, but you’re almost there. Don’t give up!!
Beauties, do you have any tips on how to make the transitioning process a bit easier?