Transitioning Natural Hair: 5 Tips To Know

Your transition to natural hair is about to get easier. 

To get to some of the best things in life, it takes a journey. We all know there will be days when you’re hit hard with some setbacks. However, those setbacks are stepping stones for what’s to come, and in this case, it’s gorgeous curls! Transitioning natural hair can be a hard pill to swallow at times, especially when you don’t know how to handle two different textures at once. I wish someone told me the road would be rough, and soon become better once I did the right things to my transitioning natural hair, during my journey a few years ago. Here are some tips that I wished I’d known then, for you, dear transitioner, to know now.

Transitioning Natural Hair Tips

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Keep your natural hair journey stress-free by following helpful tips.

Expectation vs. Reality: Don’t let it get the best of you

Before you began your transition, you probably thought the process may be easy. After all its just a matter of growing out your hair, right? However, at this point, you’ve probably realized that it’s actually much more complex than that. As your hair grows, it still needs to be nurtured. Continue to carry out your hair care regimen, but be sure to include deep conditioning treatments in the mix.

Curly hair is naturally dry and deep conditioning treatments can help with moisture. One of my absolute favorites is the Nexxus New York Salon Care HUMECTRESS Restoring MasqueOnce I applied this to my hair, it felt like butter. This masque, provides deep moisturization to repair dry, damaged hair. Employing a hair masque or deep conditioner into your routine can also make the detangling process much easier. Rule of thumb: Always detangle transitioning hair while wet or under your shower head, using a wide tooth comb, to prevent breakage.

Start researching new products

Take this from a product junkie herself: Now is the best time to figure out which products you’re going to be using on your natural hair. Building a natural hair care routine is quite simple to do and also very simple to make it hard. No need to raid your nearest drugstore or beauty supply store. Ask around first, try samples from friends with similar hair textures. Then, start researching and testing out new shampoos and conditioners.

Always remember that moisture is key, so look for products that help retain moisture in your hair. Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Deep Moisture Shampoo and Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Deep Moisture Conditioner is a current staple of mine as it provides a weightless moisture to my hair. Also keep in mind, out with the old and in with the new. Your relaxed hair is going bye-bye, while you’re not ignoring your relaxed ends, observe how your natural hair reacts to the products because this is the texture you will be working with once your transition is complete.

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Style your new baby afro with some tight curls or wear it fluffy by brushing out your curls. Photo credit: Indigital

If you’re planning to big chop decide on the best time to do it

Some natural hair transitioners opt for big chopping and some don’t. The choice is yours, and if you have the guts to rock a cute teeny weeny afro, make sure you get the cut that complements your face. Wait until your hair grows to a decent length, so a stylist can cut your hair into the shape you want and that you can live with.

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Space buns are a cool trendy style to try on transitioning natural hair. Photo credit: Dvora

Protective styles are your BFF!

The ballerina bun was my BFF, but there are several stylish protective hairstyles to try. Try out space buns, halo twists or box braids. Protective styles are extremely helpful for transitioning natural hair as they hide stringy straight ends, and are meant to be worn throughout the week (or sometimes longer) without daily maintenance. Since your hair is fragile during your transition because of the two textures (relaxed ends and natural roots), its best to keep your hands out of your hair on a daily basis as constant combing or brushing can contribute to breakage, especially when your hair is dry.

Trim ends more often

Another friend of yours is the scissor. Don’t run away from it! Often times, as you transition the ends of your hair become frayed, brittle, and uneven. Keep your ends trimmed, and think of it this way: Each trim is a cut closer to your natural hair texture.


How is your transition to natural hair going? Which of these tips are most helpful for you?

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