Transition Back to Natural in 2019
You’re either chemically treated, have heat damage, got a dye chemical treatment and now want to return to your natural hair’s state without cutting it all off in one go. What do you do? Here are five tips Stylist Extraordinaire, Chrissy Zemura gives her curl clients when they are on the journey of transitioning back to natural.
One of the best ways to fight breakage with transitioning hair is to protect it.
TIP ONE: YOUR WASH PROCESS MUST CHANGE
Your new wash process should focus a lot of attention on the line of demarcation. Hair around the line of demarcation (where the new growth meets the weakened hair) can be particularly dry, weak and frizzy. Adopt co-washing into your routine, and limit shampoo use as much as you can.
When you choose to do a full wash, make sure it is a moisturising, sulfate-free shampoo that contains good slip. Slip is a term in the hair industry that refers to how slippery a product is. A slippery shampoo and conditioner will help you glide knots apart while you condition your tresses.
TIP TWO: HYDRATE, MOISTURISE AND LUBRICATE
Moisturising involves hydrating the hair with water, and then applying an element that coats and protects. For most curly queens, the protective layer is oil.
Penetrative Oils like avocado, olive, and coconut work to infuse nutrients into the hair shaft, and they seal moisture in too. Plus, they lubricate the coils as a bonus, which makes curls slide apart much easier. These three characteristics make them highly desirable to anyone with dry, damaged hair
Certified Organic SUKU Naturally Refined Shea Butter is one of the most healthy products on the market, and it contains protective oils blended into one container. You’ll find that it is easy to use and that it keeps your hair moisturised throughout the week.
TIP THREE: WEAR PROTECTIVE STYLES
Protective styles like weaving and box braiding tend to cover most of the hair, making it possible to protect hair from harsh elements and everyday wear and tear. The problem is, these styles are hardly protective if they are destroying your roots and follicles. Long-term pulling at the root can lead to eventual baldness as you age.
The best protective styles protect the ends while avoiding tension at the root. Excellent protective styles include twists, braids, bantu knots, and classy updos.
TIP FOUR: PROTECT YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT
Wear a satin bonnet or silk scarf at night to save you from a lot of hassle and breakage. When you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, hair can become torn and worn. You may not wake up and see the damage the next morning, but you’ll see it on wash day when your hair is excessively brittle, dry, and difficult to detangle.
Bonnets and scarves are ideal for protecting styles too. Covering your hard work is the best way to ensure it still looks great in the morning.
TIP FIVE: VISIT YOUR STYLIST EVERY 12 WEEKS
It’s good to see a professional for a routine maintenance treatment. Book in a visit 3 to 4 times a year for a treatment to have a healthy transition journey. Treatments usually involve a deep scalp and hair treatment to strengthen your hair, especially at the demarcation line. Treatments could also involve trimming ends that could be causing havoc to the health of your hair. A professional stylist usually gives you a 15minute free consultation to talk through your goals and then tailor a treatment to your needs.
EXTRA TIP! If you create a regimen that gives special attention to your dual-textured hair, you’ll soon transition into having beautiful, long hair. The key is to protect and strengthen your tresses through protein, moisture, and protective styling.
Are you doing anything different to have a smooth transition journey?