I remember when first transitioning it was an exciting experience. However, when my hair began to grow out it was a completely different story I had to begin to learn how to deal with two different textures. The two textures seemed so different that it took being humble and patient to be able to work with both of them because I simply did not know what to do. I went natural in 2008 when there weren’t many tips on how to transition between the two so I ended up doing the bip chop.
However, if I knew the tips that I am telling you below I probably would have taken the time to wait for my hair to grow out a little more before attempting to put the scissors to my own hair.
I want to give you all the tips you need to make your transition a great experience. There are two options when it comes to transitioning to natural hair either Big Chop or what most naturals do let it grow out to the desired length then trim until you feel comfortable.
Using transitioning styles can really help with helping with the transition process. You want to refrain from daily regimens that over manipulate the hair such as brushing, combing or having your fingers in your hair too much throughout the day. Using transition styles such as roller set, perm rods, and braid outs can have your natural hair and relaxed hair blended together nicely.
1b. An important style to learn to do is a flat twist or being able to cornrow. Flat twisting is a less tension method in to learn because it doesn’t put any strain on your hair and much easier to learn as well. Flat twisting is a key style that is going to help with blending the textures together. You can learn by looking at youtube videos and sometimes asking a friend who knows how to do flat twists can help you as well. It takes time to really become good at it but continue to practice at it.
Do Big Chop (Barber)
If you decide to simply do the big chop all together go to a barber or someone who knows how to do the big chop how you want it done. This is the method that I went with after having my hair grow out for 3-4 months. There are so many styles you can do with the big chop now with a part or some women do a design in back you have plenty of options for some fierce feminine looks. Once you cut your hair it can seem like such a new look on you I would definitely give it some weeks for it to grow on you and you begin to like it. At first, I wasn’t crazy about it but once I started adding accessories I began to fall in love with it.
Don’t Wear You Sew-Ins or Wigs too Tight
If you decide to use sew-insor wigs made for natural hair make sure that you’re not killing your edges or the braids are not too tight. The most sensitive areas on the scalp are your edges and crown area. If you have someone that is doing your hair for you make sure to speak up if it’s too tight. You can still have braids without feeling the tight tension on your scalp. If you continue to feel as though the braids are too tight you can also use flat twists which doesn’t cause as much tension on your hair.
Don’t use chemicals (texturizers, color, an extreme amount of heat)
Using chemicals can actually backfire. Hair dyes and texturizers are known to sometimes straighten your hair in a lot of cases which will make it hard to differentiate the two. Also using an extreme amount of heat can cause heat damage which makes it where the curls do not come back to its natural form.
If you can keep the heat of any kind to a minimum because it can easily lead to breakage. Instead of using protective styles as mentioned in number 1 can help with resisting the urge to use heat.
Do Be Patient
As much as you might want it to be a fast process it isn’t you still have to remain patient. The transition can take up a year or more to complete. Every 2-3 months begin to trim away at the relaxed ends until you are ready to become natural. When you have a consistent head of texture and curly from roots to ends with no straight tips that’s when you know you’re completely natural. If you have some straight ends and not ready to cut everything off using styles in number 1 will help.
Also, using accessories like scarves, headbands can really play up with your natural hair and hide the demarcation or new growth area. Creating styles such as updos that give intense styling a break is what’s going to give your hair the room to grow. Also, accessories give you’re a hair a new look in case you start to get bored with the styles that you’re wearing.
Don’t forget to deep condition
During the transitioning process because the ends are becoming weaker you will need to add extra steps to help the hair not break at the demarcation area (natural and relaxed hair meet). Deep conditioning is what’s going to keep your new growth healthy as you transition and help you with retaining moisture. Make sure that the hair is evenly distributed with product from the roots to the tips. The ends of your hair are vital when it comes to deep conditioning.
A transition takes times but it can be done. I’m excited for you and your process. Let me know down below where you’re at in your process.