Transitioning is one of the ways of becoming natural. The other way is having a big chop. Transitioning means doing away with hair relaxer in the hopes of growing natural hair. This means, over time, you will have two hair textures ie relaxed hair and natural hair. Taking care of relaxed hair differs from that of natural hair. How do you manage the two?
Do - Detangle with Patience
Detangling! Yes, that's one thing you need to start getting used to. Detangle with patience especially the new undergrowth of hair. Ideally, use a leave in conditioner on your hair and gently detangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb.
Don't - Use a Texturizer
There's always this temptation to use a texturizer to make your natural hair softer and easier to manage. Unless your fully know and understand the pros and cons of using it, please don't. The chemical composition of your hair changes after using a texturizer, which means your hair is no longer natural.
Do - Use Products That Help Stop Breakage
Your hair is more susceptible to breakage when transitioning. It is advisable to use products that help manage or stop hair breakage. The Hair Repair Therapy Set from Eya Naturals does the trick. It is enriched with coconut oil to condition hair and peppermint oil to revitalize your hair and scalp.
Don't - Skip Moisturizing
Moisturizing is one of the must-do things of every naturalista. Natural hair gets dry quickly. This is why it is important to moisturize daily, preferably morning and evening. To properly moisturize, spray your hair with water or a water-based hair mist, apply your Leave in Conditioner and seal in the moisture with Shea Butter or any Hair Oil of your choice. Do this religiously.
Do - Put on Protective Styles
Whilst transitioning, putting on braids and twists helps a lot. This particularly helps to reduce over manipulation of hair which could result in breakage. However, it is advisable to change the style every 4 to 6 weeks.
Don't - Over Treat Your Hair
Treating your hair should be part of your regimen. We all know too much of everything is bad. Schedule your hair treatments (deep conditioning treatment or protein treatment) to at least once a month. This will help provide moisture to your hair and/or protein to prevent breakage. You set yourself up for breakage if you do these treatments too often.
Natural hair is such a beautiful journey. Every day you get to know and understand your hair better and with time you become a pro. Don't give up when transitioning becomes a chore. Keep researching about new ways of managing your hair and eventually everything will fall in place.
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