The closer you get to nature, the healthier you become. This is also true for hair. When taking care of transitioning hair, start by thinking natural and organic. Thus far, we are convinced that nature has a cure for all ills. The good news is that nature gives us a wide variety of products to choose from. Unlike synthetic products, Mother Nature’s gifts are reliable, safe, and readily available. Whichever products you go for, ensure that they are natural. These include the shampoos, conditioners and sealants that you intend to include in your transitioning program.
In addition to choosing chemical-free, organic products, you will also be required to follow certain commandments of taking care of transitioning hair. Start by not setting a time just yet. You can never be sure when you will achieve 100 percent natural hair. Be patient. Give it at least 4 months; by then you should have enough growth to get excited about. Equally important, do not feel pressured to chop. Do it at your own pace.
Next, find a signature go-transitioning style. You may copy someone else’s but you will look best if you choose a unique style. Remember that the goal here is to blend two quite different hair styles into one.
Now let’s focus on how you will need to detangle your hair. As a rule, always detangle your hair when wet and slippery. Do not make the mistake to using a narrowly-spaced comb. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair from the roots to the tips.
During the entire transitioning period (and beyond), keep your scalp clean. Do not, however, be tempted to shampoo your hair every day. This will strip it of essential natural oils; instead, shampoo every 2-3 days.
Generally, dry hair breaks. To prevent this predicament, moisturize your hair routinely. Nothing moisturizes hair better than water. Unfortunately, water dries very fast. The best moisturizers are those that can last all day long. You can consider using organic moisturizers rich in aloe vera, shea butter, cupuacu butter, coconut oil and olive oil.
Other important rules for taking care of transitioning hair include deep conditioning; being gentle with your hair, especially when drying with a towel and when detangling; and reducing the use of heating tools like blow dryers and flat irons. Further, you may need to gradually cut damaged edges. For this purpose, use hair shears and not the regular scissors.
Hair care routine while transitioning:
How to wash and detangle: