Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Transitioning/ Healthy Hair Tips

Transitioning to Natural Hair

Here are some tips to help you on your journey to Natural Hair or Healthy Hair!!

1) Get rid of every expectation of your natural hair based on other people's natural hair.

2) Do your Research!! Decide how you want to embark on your natural hair journey and be realistic!! Set Realistic Goals!

3) Be patient!! This is not an overnight process. There are no products that will cause your hair to magically grow faster than normal or to naturally change the texture of your hair. Love the hair that is growing out of your scalp.

4) Even though protective styles are great during transitioning, it is also good to experiment with your hair to learn about your texture, what your hair likes or dislikes, and what styles suit your hair best. I always say, sometimes you have to date your hair enough to fall in love with it.

5) Moisture!! Moisture!!! Moisture!! Find a product that effectively moisturizes your hair where the new growth and the relaxed hair meets. (My Favs are water, water based leave-ins, olive, coconut, and castor oil)

6) Limit the use of Shampoos--- it has a very drying effect on hair. Try to Co-Wash instead. Co-washing is using a condition to cleanse while you moisturize your hair. (My Favs are Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Condition, Herbal Essence's Hello Hydration and Repure Organics Moisturizing Conditioners)

7) Find a great Deep Conditioner and deep condition at least every 2-4 weeks depending on the state of your hair. If your hair is damaged- deep condition more frequently. (my fav Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Hair Masque)
8) Invest in a good detangling comb or brush and detangle your hair gently. Get a spray bottle filled with water, your favorite oil, and conditioner and saturate small sections of your hair and detangle from the ends to the roots.

9) Find a great Leave-in to assist with moisturizing your hair and the detangling process. (My favs are KBB's Sweet Ambrosia and Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in)
10) Find a protective style that you love so you don't mind wearing it and keeping it in. (My favs are buns, faux buns, box braids, and two-strand twist)

11) Find a creamy crack sponsor!! Seriously!! Someone to call on when you feel like giving up and to encourage you and remind you of your goals.

12) Find natural styles that are easy to do especially if you are a novice to natural hair. If you try styles that are too difficult and time consuming, you will want to give up. (My Fav style- Bantu Knot Out-- easy and guaranteed results on transitioning hair). 

13) Limit HEAT!!! Limit HEAT!!! Limit HEAT!! Use direct heat sparingly and when you do, make sure you do a deep condition before and use a great heat protectant. (my fav TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray)

14) Take pictures of your hair at different stages so you can see the progress that you are making. These pictures can be a great motivational tool and help you reflect proudly on your journey.

* These tips can be used by relaxed/texlaxed beauties as well. Try them and see if you notice a difference in your hair

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