If you want your natural hair back but at the same time you do not want to chop and trim, then transitioning of hair is a good solution. Though you may have to patiently wait for a long time this method will surely help you get back your natural hair. Here are some do’s and don’ts for transitioning to natural hair.
- Do not use hair dyes and texturizers
Keep in mind one thing that when you begin the process of transitioning your hair, you have both your natural hair and the hair which was subjected to treatment. Therefore, if at this stage you make use of hair dyes and texturizers then there is a fair chance that the transition process will get prolonged. It has been found that hair dyes and texturizers can actually straighten your hair.
- Do not subject hair to too many treatments and styling
Avoid pressing and heat treatment to the hair at the time of transitioning of hair. These treatments will only make the hair more fragile. Your hair will break and get damaged. Also, avoid brushing and combing your hair too much. This will also lead to breaking of hair. Keep your hair style as simple as possible. Select one in which you do not have a comb or brush your hair much.
- Do not try and match new hair with the texture of old hair
You want your natural texture back. So do not try and match the texture of the new hair with the old ones. In fact, do just the opposite. Try out rollers etc. so that the texture of the straight ends matches with your new curly hair. While doing this do not subject hair ends to excessive wear and tear as this can lead to hair breakage.
- Keep your hair hydrated
Remember that your new frizzy hair will be very dry. Therefore, keeping it hydrated is a must. Make sure that you drink plenty of water. Also make sure to use a moisturiser. But use only a water-based moisturiser. Also, when you are styling your hair, keep your hair damp so that there is less breakage of hair.
- Deep conditioning may be needed
Due to the presence of two textures, your hair will be pretty weak during the transitioning phase. You can strengthen your hair with some good quality deep conditioners. It will be better if you can make use of protein rich conditioners.
- Have patience and ignore comments
You need to have lots of patience as this transition of hair is going to take lots of time. In some cases, it can even take a year or two. You need to keep trimming the straight chemically treated hair ends from time to time. When you have no straight pieces of hair remaining then it means that you have your natural curls back. You may become the target of some nasty and negative comments from your near and dear ones. Just ignore those comments.
- Eat healthy
Have a healthy and wholesome diet which will help you get back your natural curls which are strong and healthy. Make sure that you include lots of fresh green vegetables, fruits and lean protein in your diet.
- Avoid products that dry your hair
You just cannot afford to use products which will dry your hair. Make sure that you use shampoos which do not contain sulphates as these chemicals can lead to drying your hair.
Follow these simple tips for a smooth transition process of your hair. The key is to keep your hair hydrated, avoid breakage and to be positive. The time taken for the transition will vary from person to person.