Transitioning is hands down one of the most aggravating periods for anyone who decided to skip out on going straight for the big chop. This is the period that will have you questioning your decision and tempting you to revert to that creamy crack ever so often. However, I’ve decided to put together some tips that I noted while I was transitioning.
Tip #1: BE PATIENT!
Patience is key for transitions!
During this period of time your hair will probably look crazy with it’s two textures. Often it may seem that your new growth is actually much harder to maintain than you expected and may feel tempted to just go ahead and get a perm. DON’T DO IT!
Just be patient and think of how beautiful your natural coils will be in the long run.
Tip #2: Moisturize!
I can’t stress enough how essential it is to moisturize your hair during this time. It is common that your new growth will seem more dry or that your hair will be the driest and most brittle at the part where your perm ends meets with your natural hair. In order to prevent major breakage to your hair, it is important to keep both textures moisturized at all time. Dry hair is a no no! This is the point where you get to experiment with products. Take the necessary measures to treat your natural new growth with TLC, however do not let that deter you from taking care of your relaxed hair as well. Continue to do all that you would have done to maintain your healthy relaxed hair.
Tip #3: Get your hair trimmed!
Most people opt to transition because they don’t want to sport a short cut at the hands of the almighty big chop. However, to prevent major breakage or split ends, it would be a good idea to get your hair trimmed regularly. That way you will be able to maintain your relaxed ends as well as speed up the process of getting rid of those very same relaxed ends.
Tip #4: Relax and have fun!
Just relax and have fun with your hair. Protective styling is one of the ideal ways to help you cope with the stress of transitioning as well as taking care of your natural hair. The less that you touch your hair, the better it will be in the long run. Try protective styles such as bantu knots, braid outs, twists outs, perm rods, twists, braids, weaves and so much more. Also, avoid applying heat to your hair during this time as it may weaken your hair follicles over time. Protective styling saves your ends from the stress of everyday styling and promotes hair growth.