Tips For Transitioners

Transitioning can be the hardest phase when going natural. Here are a few tips to keep you encouraged along your natural hair journey.

– Line of Demarcation Definition

– First Look At Your Natural Hair

– Don’t Join The “Natural vs. Relaxer War” Train

– Accepting Your Hair Pattern

– There ARE An Abundance Of Transitioning Styles

 

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Line Of Demarcation

The point where natural hair and relaxed hair meet is called the Line of Demarcation. At this point lies the weakest part of your hair. Don’t be freaked out when your relaxed hair starts breaking off from your natural hair. Some people can keep their relaxed hair throughout their natural hair journey until they’re ready to cut it off, and some can not. The way to cut down on this type of breakage is to treat your relaxed hair just like your natural hair. Deep conditioning treatments will especially help! Your natural hair needs this much attention and your relaxed hair will benefit from it as well.

 

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Don’t Join The “Natural vs. Relaxer War” Train

Countless times, I’ve heard “ natural isn’t for everybody.” Now does this make any sense? How can something that naturally grows out of someone’s head not be for them? Even if you’ve said this without intentionally meaning to tarnish someone’s view on their own natural hair, don’t discourage others who are trying to go natural or are considering it. Also, whether you’re a new natural or a long time natural, don’t talk down on people who choose to wear their hair in a processed state. Everyone has a choice and as a natural hair community, we should support each other no matter what.

 

 

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Transitioning Styles

There are plenty of styles to test out before you fully go natural (meaning to big chop or occasionally trim off your relaxed hair.) I recommend you to actually wear your hair in natural styles so you can get a glimpse into what being natural is all about. It’s better you know before your natural hair journey what you’re getting into instead of finding out later and becoming discouraged on your hair journey.

 

 

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First Look At Your Natural Hair

You’ll never be able to fully see your natural hair until your relaxed hair is cut off, although you will have a good idea of what it’ll look like. When your hair still has relaxed hair attached to the ends of it, the relaxed hair weighs down the hair therefore stretching the hair pattern out making the curls look more elongated. The fact that the relaxed hair weighs down the natural hair is a reason why the hair experiences breakage sometimes. Also, a lot of new naturals want to see their hair pattern immediately and choose to big chop. Not every natural wants to big chop their hair – which means cutting off all of the relaxed hair – but some choose to.

 

 

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Accepting Your Hair Pattern

This subject may be touchy, but it needs to be discussed. When some people go natural, they have expectations of how they want their hair to be and how it should be. They see other family members and think their hair will turn out just like their family members’, etc… Don’t be discouraged when you don’t have the kinkiest or curliest hair. All textures of hair can achieve the same styles, even if different methods have to be performed.

 

Should You Totally Ditch Shampoo?

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Constantly I hear the pros and cons of people raving about co-washing your hair vs. shampooing and conditioning your hair. In this article I will discuss the my point of view on co-washing your hair vs. shampooing your hair.

Why I Support Shampooing Natural Hair

 

  • Some people only wash their scalp with shampoo and allow the shampoo to clean the rest of their hair when they rinse their hair and the water/shampoo slides down the hair shaft.
  • Eventually you have to do do something to decrease product build up on your scalp whether you use shampoo or a cleanser.

 

Why I Support Co-Washing Natural Hair

 

  • Who doesn’t love the idea of constantly conditioning their hair?
  • With this method you may not experience that squeaky clean feeling you have after washing your hair with shampoo because the essential oils in your hair, produced by your sebaceous glands, didn’t get removed.
  • Might promote hair growth by increasing length retention.

 


People On YouTube That Only Use 1 Of The Methods Above & Their Results

iKnowlee: http://youtu.be/mMqJhV372mE

Jaleesa Moses: http://youtu.be/mMqJhV372mE

Alicia James: http://youtu.be/clONWsJIsS4

Yolanda Renee: http://youtu.be/JK5OmwDZMy0

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Using the Co-Wash Method only or the 2 step process of using Shampoo and Conditioner, is completely your choice. Some people experience product build up quicker when using only cowash method and some people experience tangling and more knots when using shampoo. As long as you keep your hair’s moisture and protein levels balanced, choose whatever method suits you best.

Natural Hair Stylist: First Visit Tips

There comes a point in every natural’s journey where they must visit a salon. Some people choose a salon that offers Dominican Blowouts, some choose all natural salons that cater specifically to naturals, and some will only enter a salon just to get their ends trimmed. Whatever the reason may be, knowing what you want when you walk into the salon is key.
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