Here are six easy tips for transitioning naturally – without a drastic cut!
1. Be realistic
Going natural is exciting and chances are you’d love to see quick results. But the reality is that is involves a little patience. Stick to your plan for 4 months and then you’ll be seeing some results. After one year, you’ll be 100% natural beauty!
2. Get excited about a transitioning style
With your roots being very different from your ends, it will help you immensely to find some transitioning hairstyles that make you excited. Try a bantu knot out or the twist out or great in-between style.
3. Detangle with care
Never try to detangle dry hair. Detangle when your hair is wet and supple with conditioner. Use a wide toothed comb and go slow, working from bottom to top.
4. Stick to a shampoo and conditioner schedule
Depending on your oil levels, you’ll have to cleanse your scalp every few day to every once a week or whatever fits your lifestyle. Experiment to see what works for you. After you’ve cleansed, follow-up with a deep-moisturizing conditioner or hair mask.
5. Cool it on the heat
Instead of risking more damage to your gorgeous locks, ditch the hair dryer or flat iron and air-dry your hair instead.
6. Trim your ends regularly
Head to your salon every 6 to 8 weeks for a regular hair trim – using shears, not scissors! Keeping your hair trimmed will minimize split ends and breakage and keep your hair looking healthier. Best if done by a professional stylist that you trust.
Good luck! While transitioning your hair from chemical relaxer to natural can seem like a long process, the results are well worth it. It will be no time before you’ll be embracing your natural hair, and wishing you’d made the switch years ago.