If a relaxer or any other altering natural curl hair fiber chemical (S-Curl, Wave Nouveau etc.) already exists on the hair and a decision to stop applying chemicals that alters the natural curl pattern is being followed is a great start of defining transitioning. Another element to transitioning is that you’re dealing with two textures on your head due to you’re not quite ready to cut off the chemically altered hair yet.
Congratulations on your decision to transition to become Natural. Take your time; patience is the key to have a successful transition period. There’s no time limit on transitioning, gain as much knowledge and when you’re ready then proceed to the next phase of cutting off all non-natural hair to become fully Natural.
Helpful Transitioning Tips
- Create a healthy natural hair regimen and stick to it – from pre-poo, shampoo, hot oil conditioners, protein treatments, conditioners, moisturizers, oils, daily proper maintenance and styling.
- Have a clear idea as to why you are choosing to transition to become natural. Example: Being tired of damaged processed hair even if you administered excellent hair habits that sadly ended with less than favorable hair health results.
- Create a supportive network (friends, family, women who are natural or transitioning, natural hair meet-ups locally, etc) for occurrences when you feel discouraged and frustrated with your hair. Also, if need advice, questions answered or words of encouragement; a supportive network will help.
- Create a time line as to how long you plan to transition and specify a goal length needed before you move to the next step to remove all your processed ends.
- Crate a simple hair regimen and/or routine.
- Finger detangle your hair carefully before you shampoo.
- Wash hair with a sulfate-free shampoo (removed product from scalp and hair, not your natural oil that is products from your scalp).
- Apply a conditioner that used for deep conditioning for 15-30 minutes per week.
- Carefully detangle hair while the conditioner is still on the hair to soften.
- If you can, section off your hair in large twist to rinse the conditioner from your hair to deter any unnecessary tangles.
- After the conditioner is rinsed away, apply a leave in conditioner for more protection dealing with two hair textures to elevate any unnecessary snaps.
- Style your hair in a low-manipulations hairstyle such as a Bun, braided styles, tight roller-set etc. to prevent unnecessarily causing hair breakage due to the two textures.
- Lightly apply essential oils to your hair and scalp daily. Examples: Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond, Flaxseed, Coconut, etc.
- Always tied your hair with a satin scarf to avoid friction to cotton, wool etc.
- If you transition for more than three months, your relaxed ends may start to look very thin.
- Journal your progress, you will be amazed at the results. Include
- Length Checks
- Hair Styles
- Products used and document if they worked for you or not.