Transitioning can be a very confusing time especially because you have to deal with two different textures and possibly routines. The end result is however, very rewarding. Taking the transitioning route to natural hair is a huge step which should not be taken lightly. Most importantly, knowing what to do will save you a great deal and make your hair journey a smooth one. Here are a few things you ought to know.
Switch up your hair products
If the goal is to have healthy natural hair, then it's time to switch to hair care products which promote healthy hair growth. Natural hair loves moisture. Thus go in for products which help in retaining moisture to the hair such as the Essentials Set and be ready to commit to using them. It is common to experience breakage during transitioning. If you find yourself within this group, then the Hair Repair Therapy Set would help you. Always make sure your hair is moisturized when transitioning. Don't compromise on this.
Get the proper hair tools
Ditch the tail comb. It's time to go in for wide tooth combs, spray bottles, heatless dryers, etc. Using the right hair tools would help in retaining length. Wide tooth comb are helpful when detangling or styling. If you decide to go the DIY route, then your spray bottles should include water, leave in lotion and hair oils such as Castor Oil or Coconut Oil. Alternatively, you can use the Aloe Vera Hair Mist to moisturize your hair daily.
The initial shock of realizing how 'tough' your hair is is real. Sometimes, the quest to soften your hair may land you in deep waters trying everything. There's no quick fix to softening your hair. Always moisturize your hair (water + leave in lotion + hair oils). Unlike permed hair, natural hair requires more than oil to be moisturized. You'll soon realize that oils lock in moisture. Back to the issue of softening the hair, unless you're very sure you want to texturize your hair, be circumspect of the products out there known to 'soften natural hair'.
Moisturize whilst in braids
Wearing protective styles such as braids, cornrowns, etc is common when transitioning. However, it is not an excuse to not moisturize your hair. It is the surest way of causing your hair to dry out quickly. To avoid this, spray on your hair at least once daily the Hair and Scalp Spray from Eya Naturals. It moisturizes your hair and reduces itchiness as well.
It is common practice to comb permed hair altogether The undergrowth a.k.a. natural hair requires a different treatment altogether. In order not to lose your hair or cause too much pain whilst detangling, divide your hair into about 4 sections. Moisturize each section and use your fingers to detangle your hair before finally using your wide tooth comb or detangling brush from the ends of your hair to through to the roots.
Avoid heat as much as possible
Curling irons, flat irons, heat styling tools, etc should be used sparingly. Always apply heat protectant to your hair before applying heat of any kind. Better safe than sorry.
Transitioning requires patience, experimentation and a lot of skills. Don't be in a hurry to try anything and everything. Learn about what works for your hair and stick to it. For further hair consultation, please contact +233 204 600 464 or @eyanaturals on Facebook and Instagram
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