The transitioning movement from relaxed to natural hair is popular like never before. Some women seek a healthier lifestyle while others wish to stop breakage from chemical treatments or just embrace a more natural version of themselves.
There are essentially two ways to transition – jumping immediately to the big chop or growing out your relaxer over time. Each has its own challenges, but the goal with both is to look good and keep the hair manageable while transitioning.
The truth is that transitioning requires patience and adaptation to a new hair regimen no matter which route you take. Here are some things that can help:
- Gentle Care
- Encouraging growth without breakage
- Protective styling
Give gentle care to dual-textured hair before the Big Chop (BC). If you are transitioning for an extended period of time you must carefully maintain your strands and keep shedding to a minimum. Accelerate growth during the transition to have the most healthy hair possible before the BC. You can do this by utilizing protective styling, maintaining a good protein/moisture balance and a healthy diet. The right products facilitate growth by keeping your hair strong during the transition. Gentle cleansing, regular use of restorative protein treatments, and daily moisture-infusing products are critical to maintaining hair’s strength and preventing breakage and shedding during the transition.
A gentle shampoo that strengthens hair is hard to find. Nutress Stop Break Sulfate–Free Shampoo is an excellent choice for delicate transitioning strands because it doesn’t strip the hair and leaves it soft and manageable. Its partner Stop Break Healthy Hair Enhancer is an outstanding moisturizer, detangler, and leave-in conditioner all in one. Gentle detangling is important to avoiding breakage because natural roots are often challenging to comb. Hair breaks easily at the point where the relaxed hair meets the new growth, so first finger detangle and use the comb carefully working from tips to roots in small sections.
Continue to protect and strengthen your hair. Always rebuild transitioning hair when you have an opportunity. Do a targeted application of protein to the area where the new growth meets the relaxed hair with every shampoo. A targeted application helps to avoid over-conditioning the hair. Follow with the Stop Break Healthy Hair Enhancer, which provides a substantial dose of balanced protein and moisture for daily use. Employ protective styling whenever possible, which means keeping fragile ends tucked under in buns, twists or braids and protected from the elements.
Be open-minded and enjoy the process. Today there are tons of resources for transitioning– from instructional videos for protective styles ranging from playful to corporate to specific daily regimens for transitioning hair care. Take advantage of all these tools so you can feel informed and in control of your transition. Good luck!