Things You Should Know Before Transitioning to Natural Hair

The world of black hair care has taken an easy route by letting in too many hair care products that take away the fluffy essence of this kind of hair. However, naturally black hair care does not need so many products, but just a little care to grow into its beautiful voluminous and a voluptuous form. Let's take a look at how you can transition from treated hair to natural hair in a matter of months.
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Tip to follow before transitioning to natural hair
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

― Mary Schmich
That is so true! Giving into the advertisements that the hair product companies make will definitely leave your hair in a mess. These were, after all, never a part of God's plan of giving you hair. So, after extensive styling and realizing that much hair has been lost than grown, transitioning to natural hair is a great choice.

However, women, especially those with Afro hair, are rather skeptical about making the transition all the way to the end, as it is a cumbersome process. Indeed it is, and there is no point denying so. However, with simple tips and tricks, one can manage the transition from treated hair to its original form with much ease.

Given below are some pointers that need to be kept in mind while trying to reform the condition of your hair by going totally natural.

The Big Chop

There is no greater comfort than growing beautiful locks in the way they are actually supposed to. After all the phases of coloring, straightening, and styling it goes through, transitioning it back to its natural form is a great way of wearing your hair in its true gifted style. However, going all natural isn't all that easy. This transitioning requires a great deal of effort and patience. As your hair starts to grow from the roots, giving your hair its length, its lower ends keep getting weaker and weaker. This is because, the lower ends have been chemically treated and subjected to other treatments too. However, to avoid dealing with the fragility and the unwanted breakage, you can opt for The Big Chop. Yes! This means cutting all your hair and growing them right from the start. This will ensure that your hair grows in the most natural way and continues to grow the same way too. However, you need to be very sure about this move, as there is no going back from this point on.

Product Experimentation

Whether you decide to get an ultra short haircut with the big chop, or you decide to grow your hair out in the existing way, you will have to consider investing in good hair products. Despite innumerable product reviews and even more number of hair experts and salons, only you can be a good judge of which hair product suits you the best. In this phase of transitioning to natural hair, experiment with shampoos, conditioners, serums, moisturizers, and maybe oils too, to know what is aiding your effort to go all natural. Once you know what works best for your hair, stick to the product diligently.

Regular Trim

The frequency of hair trimming is a matter of preference. There cannot be a thumb rule for how frequently one should trim his/her hair. However, if your hair shows excessive split ends, extreme dryness at the ends, and lack shine or luster, know it is time to cut about an inch or two. It is heartbreaking to let those inches go after the effort you have put in, but understand that this way, you will be able to grow your hair strands in a stronger way. Dull and dry ends increase breakage and ruin the overall health of your hair. Thus, get rid of the brittle hair ends to make your transition a little easier.

Less Styling

Since you have decided to go all natural, avoid styling unless it's absolutely needed. Using color, heat, gels, and other such styling products ruins the condition of your hair. It makes your hair dry by preventing the strands to grow in a natural way. The prolonged exposure to heat burns your hair strands and causes them to break. To put it simply, the more you style, the more you change the natural makeup or composition of your hair. And going the unnatural way is the precise thing you need to avoid during this time.

Deep Conditioning

Transitioning from treated hair to natural can make your hair feel very dry. In fact, it is the inherent dryness of African hair that makes women with such hair want to treat their hair chemically. However, there are many ways in which this dryness can be handled without actually ruining the condition of your hair. Deep conditioning keeps your hair relaxed, smooth, and moisturized, which makes them manageable too. To get best results, ensure that you follow the instructions given on the product while deep conditioning your hair.

Protect Them

Exposure to weather conditions plays a big role in deciding the health of your hair. For instance, excess exposure to direct sunlight and too much water can damage your hair. In fact, even strong winds cause your hair to break due to friction. Thus, tie a scarf around your hair during the transitioning period. Always tie your hair in a braid or tie them up while sleeping, to prevent tangles. The lesser the tangles, the easier it is to grow healthy hair strands. Every time you tie your hair, make sure that they are not tightly pulled back from the forehead, as this can lead to a receding hairline in the long run. It is more important to keep a major portion of your hair detangled.

Healthy Diet and Exercise

Diet and exercise positively impact your hair growth. Your hair needs good amount of protein to grow. Thus, supplement your diet with enough protein, fiber, and let's not forget, ample water. The perils of stress are well-known to all of us. Stress leads to hormonal imbalance and causes hair loss. Thus, to keep stress at bay and accelerate hair growth, start exercising daily. 30 minutes of outdoor exercise keeps stress at bay, and helps your mind, body, soul, and hair to remain healthy.

Patience

There is no denying that a lot of patience is the key to have a crown full of natural hair. The task is not an easy one. But then again, nothing comes easy! You may find yourself at the receiving end of many comments as you are growing your hair. However, the key is to keep the bigger picture in mind. Once, you have a full-grown natural Afro, it would be worth every effort on your part. Meanwhile, all you got to do is wait for it to grow back patiently.

Your hair is the only feature of your body that ages truly gracefully. It continues to grow into luscious locks if you look after them just a little bit. It is important to tend to them regularly. Transitioning to natural hair is a great decision, what matters is that you stick to it right till the end!
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Published: May 15, 2014
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