This is a question I get from family and friends every time I tell them that I am transitioning. It means that you are longer getting a relaxer. The goal of this transition will differ from person to person but there’s one common goal. TO BE FULLY NATURAL. Now lets talk about some steps that you may or may not want to take to start and make this process a little easier.
1. Of course, Don’t relax your hair.
Now, there are people who transition to telax [under-processed relaxed hair], Texturizers etc. There’s nothing wrong with processing your hair Â but if your goal is to be natural, you have to leave the relaxers Â at the store and yes, texturizers count because they are nothing but extra light relaxers.
Heat is a love-hate thing. You love that sleek blowout or those perfect tousled curls,but there is risk of hat damage. Who wants to take all that time transitioning from relaxed hair only to get heat damaged hair that wont even curl or kink. To avoid heat damage, try limiting heat for special occasions. Used a heat protectant and use a products for less frizz and easierÂ straightening. For curly styles do braid-outs, twist-out,flexi rods, curl formers, rollers, etc. There are so many cute styles to do without using heat.
3. Protective Styles/LowÂ manipulation
To minimize breakage at the line of demarcation and increase the amount of length retentionÂ try protective styles. A protective style is something that doesn’t require you to manipulate your hair everyday. Buns, braids, weave, twist-outs, braid-outs, and bantu knots are just some of the styles that you can do to protect your hair.
These are just some of the steps that have help me with my current transitioning journey. There is no right or wrong way to transition and there are many other things that you can do to transition. These are just some things that will get youÂ started. Hope this helps.