Natural Hair Tips

Transitional Tips

The most common reason why we find difficulty in transitioning is that strange as it may seem…we don’t know how to manage our hair and we may not understand our hair! The place where your natural hair ends and your relaxed hair begins is the weakest part of your hair whilst you are transitioning. Make sure to keep that part moisturised and avoid pulling hair too tightly so that part is not stressed, as it will cause breakage.

Here are a few pointers when transitioning to natural hair.

Stop relaxing and straightening your hair:

The reason is simple; because relaxing and straightening your hair impedes the transitioning process..

Keep your hair moisturised:

Moisturising and softening the natural growth starts with doing weekly moisturising deep conditioning treatments. After a few weeks your natural growth will be easy to manage and a much softer texture. Moisturise and lock in moisture often, start treating your hair as if it is natural hair even if it is still majority-relaxed hair.

Deep conditioning frequently:

Keep the use of heat to a minimum or if you are able to AVOID using heat.

Do protective and natural hairstyles; types of protective styles such as braids, this lessens the need to manipulate it daily and putting less stress on your new growth.

Protein treatment at least once a month:

Natural hair that has little to no damage would still benefit from a protein treatment to keep up the hair's natural strength and shine. For slightly damaged hair, a treatment once per month will suffice. For severely damaged hair a more frequent protein treatment is recommended. The protein treatment will protect the hair follicles by forming a barrier around the follicle, which protects it from further damage and assist in repairing any current damage

Sleep with a satin scarf/cap:

It reduces dryness on your; reduces hair breakage; gives you a lot of frizz control; prolongs styles; leads to less cuticle roughing, and hair static.

Always use a wide tooth comb for detangling:

Trim your ends frequently:

When transitioning trim your relaxed hair every 6 weeks to start moving towards your natural hair and to avoid cutting all the relaxed hair all at once at some point. However, sometimes it will meant doing the ‘BC’ – big chop.

Drink lots of water:

As with maintaining a healthy regimen, drinking lots of water is also beneficial to your hair.

Know the porosity of your hair:

What is hair porosity?  

This is how you hairs absorbs and retains moisture.  Hair porosity can be grouped in the following manner:

  •  High,
  •  Medium; and
  • Low

High Porosity: High porosity can be either an inherent property of hair or the result of damage from chemical processing, rough treatment or environmental damage. Because highly porous hair can also lose moisture easily, it's important to use leave-in conditioners, moisturizers and sealers.

Medium Porosity: Hair with medium porosity often requires the least amount of maintenance. The cuticle layer is looser, which allows just the right amount of moisture to enter while preventing too much from escaping. Hair with normal porosity tends to hold styles well. Deep conditioning treatments with protein conditioners can be beneficial to medium porosity hair,

Low Porosity:

This type of hair is usually considered healthy, and is often very shiny, especially when it's dark in color. Low porosity hair repels moisture. Low porosity hair requires moisturizers rich in emollients such as Shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil.

Be patient and love the journey:

Important, for each one of us the journey is different some people transition for 6 months, others longer, you will know whether it is the right time to cut off all of your relaxed hair or gradually grow out your hair. It is important to invest time in learning how to care for natural hair; it will make being natural easy! My simple mantra being – it took years to damage the hair, this damage will not be reversed overnight.- love the journey

How do you retain moisture in the hair?

We retain moisture in our hair by applying the LOC method:
L – Liquid
O – Oil
C – Cream

This is a method for moisturizing hair. It consists of hydrating the hair with water or a water-based product, sealing in the moisture with oil and then applying a cream product, which closes the hair cuticle and prevents moisture loss.

Liquid – the most suitable is good old H2O – ‘Water’.  Just a light mist so that your hair is damp.  If you have just washed, just blot out the excess and you will be good to go.

Oil – is a sealant, if you put oil on dry hair, it will seal the dryness in, the purpose is to lock in the moisture, as such it should be applies to moist hair and will seal in the moisture.

Cream – A moisturising cream, it must be noted that in a good moisturising cream, the first ingredient is water.