As a result of the fact that straight hair is now seen as the “socially acceptable” type of hair, embracing our natural hair as Africans can be quite a hassle. Embracing our natural hair is a process. Not necessarily about the hair; it also actually can be quite a complex personal journey that requires a lot of exploration and tender loving care. Here is some expert advice for a hassle-free journey of transitioning to natural hair. From big chop to protective styles and quality products. Embrace your natural beauty.
If you’ve finally decided to transition and save your hair from those harsh chemicals, here are steps to take to make your journey easier;
GROW YOUR HAIR OUT OR HAVE THE BIG CHOP:
There are two options to consider when transitioning to natural hair. You can grow your hair out and let it transition naturally or do the big chop. Transitioning naturally often takes from six to eight months to allow natural hair to grow to obtain some significant length. After that time, you cut off the remaining damaged ends. The big chop on the other hand is the “chopping” of chemically treated and often damaged hair and regrowing it naturally.
WEAR PROTECTIVE STYLES:
Transitioning requires a lot of nourishing and hydration that can best be achieved when your hair is kept in protective styling. Protective styles like cornrows and braids allows you enough access to your scalp and to keep your hair hydrated and moisturized.
TRIM YOUR ENDS:
This step only applies when you choose to go down the road of transitioning by growing out your hair first. Gradually trim out your relaxed ends until your transition journey becomes complete. i.e all relaxed strands are taken out.
GET EXPERT ADVICE:
Get advice from experts on ways to protect, style, hydrate and products to use to maintain your hair. You can also watch our Youtube DIY videos to help yourself. Get as much help as you can.
GIVE YOUR HAIR SIX MONTHS TO ONE YEAR TO FULLY TRANSITION:
Patience is priceless when trying to transition. Be patient with yourself and your hair. Give yourself enough time to allow your hair to grow out, and go to a stylist for small, gradual trims to remove dry ends.
INVEST IN GOOD PRODUCTS:
Get products that provide natural herbs, oils, and butter. That will leave hair detangled and hydrated while also calming the scalp. When looking for hair products, it’s important to keep in mind that deep conditioning is the key to healthy natural hair. Be sure to moisturize your hair daily, avoid products that flake or leave a residue, and detangle with a detangler and leave-in conditioner.
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