The decision to transition to your natural curls can be exciting, but it can also be challenging to relearn how your hair operates. It can also be difficult if you don't have any support to help you along the way.
As I've been natural for over six years (this post was written right before my big chop), I've updated it with some much needed tips for transitioners.
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Following you'll find 3 tips for those transitioning to natural hair.
1. Avoid all heat appliances as much as possible. I know it's really hard when you first began to transition because natural hair is something you must adapt too and accept. Flat irons and blow dryers not only fry and dry our hair out it can also cause heat damage and breakage. This happens when too much heat is applied to the hair follicle and the original curl pattern dissolves. I do use a hooded blow dryer on warm heat while doing roller sets but the less often the better! Try air drying a roller set if time isn't an issue.
2. Moisture is key. This statement is very important because our hair seems to be more drier than other cultures. Moisture is the key to retaining length and growing longer, fuller hair. I moisturize my hair at least once a day, sometimes two. You can use a conditioning cream along with an oil to seal, such as coconut or olive oil. Try to avoid creams with petroleum or mineral oil because they only clog pores which slows down hair growth.
3. The most important tip is to accept yourself and your hair for what it is. Do not compare what you have with someone else. Some people become upset when a specific style or product doesn't work for them the same as someone else. Be patient and confident!