If you’re transitioning from natural to relaxed hair, these four tips will make sure your transition is a walk in the park:
- Utilise protective styles
Protective styles like braids, twists or bantu knots are great when transitioning because they keep your hair out of sight for a while so you don’t have to deal with two textures. Although protecting the hair will give you some time to breathe, remember that too much of a good thing can be bad. So give your hair a break from the manipulation it endures when you wear protective styles.
2. Deep condition
Hair is made of 15% moisture and 85% protein. When you relax your hair, the protein bonds in the hair are broken down and the hair loses moisture. Natural hair, however, has all of its protein intact. It’s therefore important to restore the lost moisture and protein in relaxed hair by using the Conditioner, to do regular deep-conditioning treatments – at least once a week.
3. Don’t use heat
Although you may sometimes find yourself frustrated with the two textures, and be tempted to flat-iron your hair, please don’t! Heat is very damaging to the hair and the last thing you need is to damage your growing natural hair.
4. Don’t comb hair from roots to tips
Always comb your hair from the tips to the roots using a wide-toothed comb. Now that you’re transitioning, you have to be very gentle with your hair, and only comb it when it’s been hydrated. Never comb your hair when it’s dry. Also remember that wet hair is fragile so be gentle with it.