There are two major paths to take going natural: The Big Chop (BC) or Long-Term Transitioning. The BC is merely cutting off all relaxed or permed hair and starting fresh and the Long-Term Transitioning is growing out your natural hair and chopping off the relaxed ends slowly over time. This is the option to take if you don’t want to sacrifice your hair’s length. Long-term transitioning can be a wonderful journey and can last as long as you choose.
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Common transitioning styles are buns, braid outs, roller sets, sew-ins, or rocking your hair straight but those styles can become old quickly, and some can create more damage than good. When you find yourself in a long-transitioning rut and eager to hold on longer to those relaxed ends, we’ve got a few ideas and styles that will get you through the long haul and all are super protective for this upcoming fall and winter.
Braids and Twists Protective Styles
Protective style can mean a lot of things but for this post we simply mean box braids, Senegalese twists, crochet braids etc. These styles do not have to be damaging as long as they are installed properly and not too tight, kept in as long as suggested and hair underneath is never neglected. These styles can be installed professionally but with time and a little work on your part they can be installed by you. They last longer than regular styles, look amazing, and will give you some versatility.
MahoganyCurls recently installed some Senegalese twists herself and she shares her techniques and some answers to common questions on how to install, how to care for daily and how long the install took.
Bantu Knot (outs)
Whether you choose to rock them ‘as is’ or in a Bantu knot out, this is an excellent style that will nurture both textures and create a uniform curl. Most transitioners will opt for twistouts or braidouts but this style is another way to curl hair and give a uniform curl more than a wave like twists or braids. Bantu knots are popular and perfect for fall and winter as they protect your ends and can last for days.
A great way to rock them is with added hair or in the knots for a few days before letting them loose for the Bantu knot out. Another way to give longevity to this style is converting hair into an updo when hair loses some of the curls and style.
PrettieMajor shares her Bantu knot out on freshly washed hair. Her knots were not installed for wearing as just ‘knots’ but as the ‘knot out’ so they were not divided in an artistic pattern.
I wanted to share another Bantu knot out with a different technique. Traycee Simmons shares her routine by first blow drying hair on cool before she created her knots and she twists hers before she winds them into the Bantu knot. Both techniques can be worn for several days with a good nighttime routine but as you learned in both videos, let your hair dry fully before removing knots!
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Goddess Braids / Halo Braids
This lovely style is perfect as a protective, transitional or even an out on the evening style. Goddess braids are easy to create if you can flat twist or cornrow and one of the ideal styles when looking for something different. It can be worn for days when you nighttime routine consists of covering hair tightly in silk or satin to ensure smoothness and lasting hold. Perfect for Fall and to hide your mixed textures.
Chay’s Curl Way shares a quick video on how she creates her goddess braids on transitioning hair and even how she tucks in her ends to hide the thinner relaxed hair. This style can last days and even if not a great braider, practice makes perfect.
If long-term transitioning, which style you will be trying?
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