Top 5 transitioning hairstyles to try now

Jeanette | 02 July 2016

Hairstyles to help you transition in style.

We know that deciding to go natural isn’t the easiest of choices, not to mention the difficulty of trying to rock two different hair textures at the same time! That’s why we’ve put together our favourite transitioning hairstyles from Instagram to help you through this trialling hair period. So, go on – scroll down and get inspired! And, oh, good luck on your journey!

5 Transitioning hairstyles from Instagram to help you on your natural hair journey


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Transitioning hairstyles: The big chop! Credit:


Ok, we know this isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re sick and tired of having to deal with two different hair textures, then you might want to consider going for the big chop and rocking a teeny weeny afro (AKA the TWA). The big chop is exactly what you think it is: cutting off your relaxed hair, leaving only your natural hair texture. Instantly, you’ll be a full-on natural! And the best part? It’s super low-maintenance. Win-win! Credit: @avielleamor

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Transitioning hairstyles: Beautiful box braids. Credit: @breenyLee.

Box braids

On the market for a long-term protective hairstyle for your transitioning hair? Beautiful box braids might be the answer to all your hair prayers. Plus, they work on pretty much any hair length, and once completed, they’re really versatile and low-maintenance, too! Credit: @breenylee

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Transitioning hairstyles: Cornrows. Credit:


Cornrows, boxer braids (or whatever you like to call them) are one of our favourite transitioning hairstyles as it hides the hair texture change really well. It’s a great way to keep your hair looking on point, be it at the gym or just out-and-about in town. Now, all you have to do is decide on how many you want!

Tip: If you have long hair or extensions, why not add a point of difference and work your cornrows with a cute bun a la Valentino? Credit: @jadorebeauty

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Transitioning hairstyles: Accessorise! Credit:


To nail this look, all you have to do is distract everyone with your beautiful hair accessories. So grab your prettiest headscarves or headbands, and start wrapping! You can create beautiful turbans or simply use your headband to hide your growing roots. Fashionable and practical? You can count us in! Credit: @natalie_taylor_88

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Transitioning hairstyles: Twist-out. Credit:

Cute curls

Our last tip? Try doing a cute twist-out or braid-out early on in the transitioning process. Because curls are a great way of disguising the growing difference in your two hair textures!

We suggest doing this just before bedtime, so your curls can take form overnight. Begin to prep your mane with the LOC, LOCO or LCO method. Spritz your hair with a moisturising spray, like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist (£5.50), apply the Dove Pure Care Nourishing Treatment Dry Oil (£6.99*) and seal with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum (£6.99*). 

Then begin to two-strand twist or plait one-inch sections of your hair. Once you’ve finished doing this to your entire head, take a silk scarf, wrap it around your twisted/braided tresses and you’re ready for bed! In the morning, unravel your twist or braids, using your fingers to gently comb out the curls, and you’re done! Credit: @emazadilan.

Short on time, or find that your transitioning hair just doesn’t adhere to twist-outs? Why not try heated rollers? Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to use them, our beginner’s guide and step-by-step how-to have got it all covered!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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