March 6, 2012
Transition Tip: You Don’t Have to Do the Big Chop
Have you decided to make a change that starts at the very
root? If you’ve decided to get back to your roots and go natural, you know that
transitioning can be a difficult process. Your beautiful new tresses feel different,
look different and may also straight up misbehave. But instead of responding to
your hair drama with the big chop, here are nine tips from NaturallyCurly.com
to help you make the transition from relaxed to natural with ease.
your style. When your hair grows out without chemicals or processes, you
may find a mix of textures and lengths. To adjust to the changes, try different
easy-to-wear styles that make you feel great. (Suggestion: Play with a
Bantu knot out or a twist out.)
2. Only detangle
your hair when wet. Keep a wide-tooth comb in the shower to address knots in
your hair when it’s wet and slippery. Start at the bottom and work your
way to the roots. Yes, textures might make it a challenge, but be patient
to avoid breakage.
your scalp clean. Don’t let dirt or product build up on the scalp and clog
hair pores, which can stunt growth. As a guideline, you’ll want to cleanse
your scalp anywhere from every two days to every two weeks, but you’ll
have to experiment since everyone is different.
your hair moisturized. Dry hair can break easily, which is the last thing
you want when you’re starting fresh. Use natural spritzers to keep hair
cool and ready. Start
deep conditioning. Your hair is going through a lot of changes, and it
needs a lot of love.
5. Deep condition the hair to add moisture, encourage
hair growth and add shine.
off the heat. Heat styling can wreak havoc on even the healthiest hair. When
your hair is in this delicate transition stage, forgo heat styling tools
and always let your hair air-dry. Then, watch it grow stronger every day.
your edges. This refers to the more delicate hair at the nape of your neck,
temples and at the roots. To protect these strands from breaking and avoid
overall hair loss, don’t even think about styles that put too much tension
on these areas!
gentle. The point where your natural texture meets your straight hair is
usually the weakest part of your hair. This means take your time when you
detangle and style your hair.
monthly appointments. Why? To have your stylist gradually trim off damaged
ends. (Suggestion: Get a good trim each month. And if you do it yourself
at home, remember, use hair shears not regular scissors.)
Once your natural tresses have grown out, what does it take
to keep them looking gorgeous? Click here to find out.
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