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Monday, June 29, 2009

The Do's and Dont's of Transitioning to Natural Hair

Okay first the 'Do's':

1. Do take extra care of your hair! It's different now because you're getting off of the creamy crack and since your hair will be going through withdrawal, it will need that extra care and attention to prevent too much shedding or breakage.

2. Do always moisturize! Moisture is the key for healthy new growth and maintaining the relaxed hair while you have it. I'd say moisturized daily.

3. Do condition. Co- wash regular and deep condition at either 1x per week or 2x per week depending on your hair condition or liking.

4. Do experiment with transitioning styles. For me this prepared me to sort of get used to what's to come. It also is an easy way to blend the two textures.

5. Do have fun with it! Transitioning is a very trying period of however long you decided to transition. Make a blog, Vlog, journal, or a picture journal (like Also join some forums. This way you will have the support of others that are going through the same thing or those who have been there.

The 'Don'ts':

1. Don't use flat ironing as a styling method. I cannot stress this enough. Flat irons are heat and heat is very dangerous for your hair right now especially at the line of demarcation which is the weakest area. If you must I'd say do it 1x during your transition! So pick a special day!

2. Don't put too much stress on your hair. This means no buns that are too tight, no rubber bands, and no combing and brushing! (that's next)

3. Don't comb your hair dry! This can cause unnecessary shedding. It's better to comb your hair in the shower while wet with conditioner. And brushing isn't necessary. I don't even think I owned a brush while transitioning.
4. Don't use products that contain mineral oil or petroleum. They can clog the pores on your scalp actually slowing down growth. blue magic grease.
5. Don't use products using sulfates. They are actually drying for the hair. Many shampoos contain sulfates.
6. Don't rush to do the big chop. Be sure you are ready b/c you don't want to regret it. Also when you feel like your natural hair is getting to long and the two textures are harder to maintain it might be time to BC.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i am going through the transition. my last relaxer was 5th of may, for mother's day. i am loving my transition period. i can braid myself so i can change my style after every shampoo. so far it's been good.three months strong and loving it

August 8, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I am also going through the transition. My last relaxer was in July, it has been 5 months now..i keep braids in my hair and i'm trying to do the quick weave and sew in thing. i can't wait to do the bc!

December 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
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