All my natural hair ladies and fellas can attest to the fact that natural hair is hard work, and it’s important to remember that everyone’s hair is a different texture and porosity, which require different products and routines. So if you’re looking for ways to strengthen and nourish your natural hair here are a few tips and tricks.
First things first, what does it mean when someone says they’re transitioning their hair? This basically means you’re hitting a redo or reset button on your hair.
“By chopping off the hair that’s been chemically treated, you can start over with new, natural growth.”
Identifying what’s dead or damaged hair is the first step in the transitioning stage. So, if the hair appears straight when made wet or damp and isn’t showcasing any type of curl pattern, that would be classified as dead hair and needs to be cut off.
Remember to do trims every six to eight weeks in order to remove all the split ends and allow the new growth to come in. Invest in good shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate and paraben free because those chemicals are prone to strip moisture and dry out your hair.
Transitioning is hard work and requires a good hair routine to build up the moisture and nourishment hair needs in order to start the healing process. This means no heat, relaxers or chemicals, you need to throw all harmful products away.
Don’t forget to deep condition once a week which allows the hair to regain the natural oils, allow growth, regain strength and add shine. Deep conditioning is absolutely necessary when transitioning because the hair is currently very weak and needs a consistent routine to combat all the damage.
Have fun and experiment in order to find a style that works. Whether someone is trying braids, twist outs or perm rods. This is the time to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
If this is too much work that’s because it is, however that doesn’t mean, that there aren’t short cuts so if transitioning has left you insecure about the current state of their hair. Here is where the beautiful world of protective styles come into play. Wigs, lace fronts, and extensions are used to give you and your hair a rest from all the maintenance required.
Its long and hard work but worth it. This is a journey not only for your hair but for you as well. Don’t be afraid to reach out and seek advice from others and most importantly don’t forget to smile and love the process.