Hey guys 🙂
I’m back with another blog post and I know it’s been a GOOD minute since I last made one. Life has been happening it’s been rough out here but now that your girl is a full-time entrepreneur I have some extra time on my hands to do more things I enjoy.
Okay so today I want to talk about transitioning and my experience while transitioning and why I feel no one ever really talks about it. I just want to start by saying that… for me it was a TASK. I found it to be tedious and I did not enjoy the journey; I can say though that it may have been because I had little to zero knowledge about hair care, transitioning or being natural. I was LOST and as always just winging it. The part I DISLIKED the most was the differences of textures in my hair; because my hair was relaxed as it grew out while transitioning the ends were dry and damaged and the roots were soft and curly. Back then I did A LOT of braid outs, I even experimented with Bantu knots and while they were cute I couldn’t get past my ends being so dry. After getting frustrated I started to blow out my hair again and CONSTANTLY. I knew the constant use of heat on my hair was reversing the entire process. However, after being used to having long silky straight hair trail down my back; to go from that to dry and brittle ends with curly roots and not knowledgeable on how to treat or style it ALMOST made me go back to the creamy crack. I thought about it LONG and HARD! That is also when I started to contemplate doing the big chop, but the idea of having short hair was nerve-wracking. A decision had to be made; it was either perm and stick to your comfort or big chop and start a new journey.
If you’re new to the natural journey transitioning can seem so COMPLICATED! Most bloggers ever rarely talk about it so it appears as if you’re in the struggle alone. I get asked this often…. what products can I use on my hair as I’m transitioning. If you are transitioning and you are experiencing dry and brittleness you want to use products that are rich with MOISTURE. I always advise that you treat your hair exactly as if it were fully natural. That means you find a hair regime that works for you, you stay consistent with your wash days, you deep condition and treat your hair on time, you trim when it’s necessary to help get rid of those relaxed or damaged ends and find protective styles that you like and you stick with it. In your transitioning phase, you want to avoid using heat as much as possible; if you can eliminate…. even better. I always advise you to blow dry hair on LOW HEAT yes it will take a much longer time but it is best for your hair; however, if you’re going to use heat ALWAYS ALWAYS use a heat protectant if you’re at a salon ensure they’re using one.
Personally; I feel as though no one ever really blogs much about transitioning because if you have a head full of natural hair you are just going to blog about what you do now and what caters to you. To be honest I can understand that because how can I blog about something if I’ve never really experienced it or went through it. It seems as though a lot of persons just decided to big chop instead of going through the hassle of transitioning. For me, I’m able to share a little bit of knowledge because I experienced it for a few months and although in the end, I decided to give up and big chop if I had the knowledge I have now on hair care and maintenance I would’ve stuck it out. So here are my best transitioning tips.
- STAY AWAY FROM HEAT
- TRIM WHEN NECESSARY
- CLEANSE SCALP AND HAIR AS IF YOU WOULD WITH A HEAD FULL OF NATURAL HAIR
- DEEP CONDITION WEEKLY TO HELP THE NATURAL NEW GROWTHS
- ADD A HOT OIL TREATMENT ONCE EVERY 2 WEEKS TO HELP WITH THOSE DRY BRITTLE ENDS
- MAKE PROTECTIVE STYLING YOUR BEST FRIEND (BRAID OUTS, TWIST OUTS, PERM RODS, FLEXI RODS)
- BE PATIENT AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY
- BLOG YOUR JOURNEY TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED (I WISH I HAD DONE THAT)
- ONCE YOU’VE SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITIONED CONTINUE WITH THE SAME HAIR REGIME BECAUSE IT’S CLEAR IT WORKS BEST FOR YOU HAIR.
I hope you enjoyed this 🙂 I’ll be back with more. xoxo See ya later curl friend.