Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair can be a very daunting experience, but guess what? If you figure out the right things to do then it can be an easy transition. I had a hard time finding styles for my newly natural hair because I had become accustomed to conveniently throwing my hair in a bun or a pony-tail. I also didn’t know the best way to care for my hair, so I had to get very creative for my hair to look presentable most days. So, I will share 7 top tips that I believe will help new naturals make a smoother transition into natural hair.
- Learn your hair.
This is my number one tip because I firmly believe that to grow your hair you must know what your hair needs and when it needs it. I would suggest that you find out your porosity, your hair density, and your hair type.
Porosity is an indication of how well your hair accepts and retain moisture. This information will help you to understand what type of products your hair will accept, and what techniques you must use in order to maintain moisture in your hair.
For example, if you have low porous hair then you will need to use heat to open your cuticles in order for your hair to accept moisture. Many low-po women are not aware that they have low porous hair thus they consistently have dry hair which of course leads to breakage.
Your hair type and density go hand in hand, and they can help you to understand what styles and products are right for your hair. Thick, high density hair is able to hold heavier products while thin, low density hair requires lighter products.
Read here to know your hair type, density and porosity.
2. Keep it Simple Sista!
Create a good regimen and keep it simple. Simplicity is key in a healthy hair journey because this will help you to identify what is working and what isn’t. Try to keep no more than 6 products if you can (shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, deep conditioner, protein treatment, and oils/butters).
If you have 20 different products and you experience breakage or protein overload then it will take you a very long time to figure out what exactly caused the problem. You won’t know what to look for as the culprit.
Also try not to manipulate your hair everyday to avoid possible breakage. Don’t try every style and product in the books. Keep products and styles to a minimum until you find what works best for you.
3. Moisturize Daily
Moisture is quite essential especially when you’re a newbie in the natural community . Your hair will feel extremely dry right after you big chop and you need to implement moisture treatments in your regimen. Your natural hair’s structure (lots of bends and twists) doesn’t leave much debate on whether it needs moisture, so ladies be consistent with your DC’s and moisturizing.
Get a good quality water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner and apply it to your hair as needed. Seal the moisture in with an oil/butter.
4. Understand that oils do not moisturize your hair.
Oils are amazing and they provide the hair with exceptional nutrients for growth and thickness. However, they do not moisturize the hair. Only water and water-based products will moisturize the hair. Oils have large molecules that may not be able to penetrate the hair like water does, so make sure to check your moisture products for water as the first ingredient.
5. Natural hair is fragile.
So now that you’ve transitioned to natural hair, it is safe to flat-iron, color, and add sew-ins all the time with little to no damage because your hair is stronger. NO, NO, NO! While natural hair is more versatile and stronger than relaxed hair it is still fragile and susceptible to damage.
There is so much your hair can take before it is damaged beyond repair. So try to keep the heat and weaves to a minimum.
6. Be consistent.
Anyone can tell you that being consistent with hard work is what gets you to success, so it is imperative that you remain consistent with your regimen. It doesn’t matter if you have the best regimen in the world if you don’t follow it religiously. Stick to your regimen and you will definitely notice a big difference in your hair.
7.Dont be a product junkie!
Products do not grow your hair! They keep your hair stay moisturized and sealed for protection against damage, but they aren’t necessarily what contribute to hair growth. Find a few products that work for your hair and stick to them. It doesn’t make sense to buy every product in sight because to be honest a lot of them do the exact same thing.
Ok ladies, I hope this was of some value to you. If you have any other tips that you think are helpful then you should go ahead and share them with us. Don’t forget to like, share and, subscribe for most posts. Until next time HHJ!
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