Deciding to go natural is a huge step in your natural hair journey. Congratulations for coming this far. One of the ways of becoming natural is transitioning which in effect is growing out your natural hair without relaxing and cutting off the relaxed hair bit by bit. Ordinarily, it should be a walk in the park but there are some common mistakes you should avoid.
Continue using the same hair products
One thing you would learn quickly about natural hair is that it loves moisture. It is advisable to use hair products that provide moisture to your hair. Relaxed hair however, doesn't require so much moisture. In effect, you do more harm than good to your hair when you continue using hair products you were using for relaxed hair when you start transitioning. Using the Essentials Set from Eya Naturals helps provide moisture to your hair whilst keeping it healthy.
When you become used to relaxed hair, keeping natural hair becomes a bit difficult especially because you have to deal with a new texture altogether. Natural hair is coarse than relaxed hair. There's always the temptation to texturize to make it softer and easier to manage. It's not a bad thing to do but just remember that the chemical composition of your hair changes after doing so.
Always wearing protective styles
Protective styles such as braids and wearing of wigs is great when transitioning. However, it shouldn't be done always. Not only do extensions pull on your hair but wearing wigs all the time doesn't allow air through your hair. Your hair becomes susceptible to breakage which becomes counterproductive given that you want to grow it out.
Unlike relaxed hair, natural hair gets tangled up easily. The undergrowth especially needs a lot of care and patience when detangling. Divide your hair into sections and use a wide tooth comb to detangle gently after moisturizing.
Heat styling consistently
Almost all relaxed hair styles require heat, the one thing natural hair doesn't like. Use heat sparingly when transitioning. Instead of blow drying, use African threading. When you do need to use heat, please apply a heat protectant first.
Be patient whilst transitioning and keep experimenting with what works for your hair. Remember, to always moisturize instead of slapping oil or greasy pomades unto your hair. For further hair consultation, please contact +233 204 600 464 or @eyanaturals on Facebook and Instagram
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