Transitioning From Relaxed Hair To Natural Hair

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You’re considering taking a big step. Perhaps you’ve already gotten started, but you’ve reached a crossroads and need additional insights.  No matter where you are along the transitioning timeline, the main idea is to keep your hair protected, because it is very fragile.  Here are some DO’s and DON’T’s to help you in your journey from relaxed hair to natural hair.

  • DO continue to treat your hair and trim the ends consistently.
  • DO moisturize and deep condition on a regular basis.(Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing Soufflé)
  • DO consider using sulfate-free and silicone-free hair products.
  • DO detangle only while wet from ends to roots with a wide-toothed comb.(Kinky-Curly Wide Tooth Shower Comb)
  • DO use protective styling such as scarves, weaves, braids and/or extensions.
  • DO find out more about your hair type and styling tips that work for you. Look into twists, bantu knots, and roller sets.
  • DO be patient. Well cared-for hair grows at about ½ inch per month; therefore, it will take four months to grow just two inches.
  • DO remember this is your journey, and you have the final say.

 


 

  • DON’T press, straighten or hot comb new and old hair textures together. It will lead to breakage at the junction and heat damage to the new growth.
  • DON’T overload on hair products as you discover what regimen works best for you.
  • DON’T manipulate your hair very often.
  • DON’T expect your hair to behave like anyone else’s. Even within the same family, there are mixtures of different hair textures.
  • DON’T give up. If you come across an unexpected difficulty, ask about how to handle it.  Someone will have gone through a similar event that can offer tips and tricks to keep you going.

 Like so many things in life, various options exist for those who decide to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair.  As you progress, you’ll discover what works best for you.



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