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If you have chemically relaxed hair, opting to make the switch to rocking your natural hair texture may have crossed your mind. If you’re ready for a change but don’t want to make a big chop to get rid of your relaxed strands, gradually transitioning to natural hair can work in your favor. A transition that happens over time allows you to maintain a lengthy mane while growing out your relaxed hair little by little. It’s easy to think that transitioning hair is a challenge and hard to manage, but it’s actually easier than you’d assume. All you need are the right hair care tips and hair care products to start your natural hair transition journey on the right note. Keep reading for seven tips that will help make transitioning to natural hair much easier.
When it comes to transitioning to natural hair, one of the most important things you can do is find the perfect hairstyle. Since you’re no longer using chemical relaxers, you’ll be dealing with two different hair textures at the same time—one where the relaxer is still in effect and another where your roots have already grown in. And of course, you want a hairstyle that will work to blend these two textures perfectly for a seamless look. Try a twist out style or Bantu knots to help give your strands a unified look.
While you may be used to only using a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask in your hair care routine, transitioning hair calls for a little extra love. And this is where a pre-poo comes in! Pre-poo refers to a treatment that provides your hair with extra moisture and protects your strands from losing their natural oils during the shampoo process. Simply apply the treatment to your strands, making sure to coat your hair evenly from root to tip. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for about 10 minutes, then continue with your normal wash routine.
One important thing to know about natural hair is that it needs tons of moisture. While you may think that your normal hair care routine covers all the bases, it’s wise to add a deep conditioner into the mix. Take things up a notch with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, which deeply moisturizes hair in just one minute. Fast and effective—it’s the best of both worlds!
One of the easiest ways to end up suffering from hair breakage during your transition is to detangle your hair while it's dry. Use a lightweight leave-in conditioner that provides your hair with moisture and slip so you can detangle your strands with ease. We love the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion, which is formulated with goji and works to repair and protect hair from breakage. Apply the leave-in conditioner evenly through your strands, and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle from your ends up to your roots.
As much as you may want to grab your blow-dryer or curling iron to achieve a specific hairstyle, we’d advise against it. Since your transitioning hair is in a fragile state, it’s best to stay away from heat to help prevent hair breakage. Reach for heat-free styling products that work well with air drying, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse. Simply apply an egg-sized amount to your damp strands, scrunch, and you’re all set.
Editor’s tip: For the days when you can’t resist using a heat-styling tool, always protect your strands with a heat protectant. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray helps to seal your mane with shine, condition, and protect against heat damage.
Of course, you can’t just keep growing your hair out and never cut your ends, or a portion of your hair will always be relaxed. Be sure to book an appointment with your hairstylist to get a good trim every month!
It would be nice to know exactly when you can expect your mane to be 100 percent natural, but it simply can’t be done. Everyone’s hair grows at different speeds. How long your hair is and how much you're willing to trim will also play a role here. It may take your BFF two months to grow out their hair and go natural, while for your hair, it could be four months. Don’t worry about how long transitioning to natural hair takes. Instead, enjoy the transitioning process, and you’ll be rocking a natural mane in no time!
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