10 Tips for Transitioning Hair

Friday, 23 December 2016

(Transition: v. the act of gradually returning to natural hair texture)
If you're a scaredy-cat like me and you're dying for tips on how to care for your strands before finally pulling out the bad-boys aka scissors for your big chop, then this is the post for you.
(Disclaimer: I am not a hair or beauty expert! These are just a bunch of tips I used while reverting slowly back to natural hair)

These tips can also be helpful to my natural sisters out there!

1. MOISTURIZE!

This point cannot be stressed enough! Its been sung by natural hair enthusiasts everywhere. Our hair type is actually very fragile, contrary to what some may think and its a no-brainer that fragile, brittle things are more prone to breakage. So this being said, keeping that moisture locked in is definitely one way to get your transitioning hair flourishing!

2. Pay more attention to your point of demarcation

This is the part of your hair strand where your under-growing curls meet your relaxed (straight) ends. This point is definitely extremely prone to ripping and breakage if not properly taken care of. Also trim ends when necessary.

3. Thou shalt not be a product junkie

Mindlessly dabbling into use of just any hair product you see at the store or hoarding up loads and loads of products isn't the best thing to do. If you're dying to try new products, you can get probably one or two at a time and using them up first. Also finding what products work for you is key. I would advise to use more natural products too like coconut oil, Castor and olive oils, Shea butter and so on.

4. Be easy....

Yes! You! Stop with the tugging or tolerating your hairdresser nearly pulling out your poor scalp all in the name of combing. I personally stopped taking regular visits to the hairdressers as much especially when I was in the transitioning phase. It helps to learn how to take care of your hair on your own...and it saves you a couple of Naira too.

5. Heat? Um...no.

Drop the straighteners, hair dryers--whether hooded or hand, basically any other form of added heat on your hair. In my opinion, the less heat...the happier your hair will be. If you must, at least straightening your hair twice a year is not a great crime and it should also be done properly.

6. Leave your hair alone

Getting your hands out of your hair would no-doubt save you a lot of carelessly pulled out strands

7. Wash your hair once a week

I used to wash my hair every single week. I stayed away from shampoos as much as possible because they tend to strip your hair off its healthy natural oils (however if you must, use a sulfate-free shampoo once a month). I would wash my hair with Dudu Osun (black soap) or simply co-wash i.e. washing hair with conditioners only. Then I would deep-condition for at least 30 minutes and AIR-DRY.
Washing hair= clean scalp= hair growth!

8. Protective or low manipulation hairstyles

Doing a bunch of protective styles like crochet braids, regular box braids and full sew-ins are a great way to get your hands out of your hair (which by the way I am so guilty of). I did a lot of braids (crochet and box braids) while transitioning, just be careful not to have your braids or cornrows on too tight as it can even cause more breakage rather than help retain length.

9. Sleep with a silk/satin scarf/bonnet

I will probably serve time if this was in the Constitution, but yup, wrap your hair up in a silk bonnet at bedtime. If you hate how it slips off mid-sleep, you can use a silk pillowcase or cover your pillow with a silk scarf. Even if the Naija heat is killing you, at least it's for a good cause. Hehe.

10. Patience is key

This point could not get any more corny. But patience is so important. Keep following the above tips and watch your hair flourish, until of course you get fed up with dealing with two textures and just BIG CHOP already!







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