Heads up! This subject is real talk and not an easy topic. About two years ago, I started my hair’s transition to its natural form. It was a long and not-at-all-easy process, but I learned a lot through it and I would like to share some of the tips and knowledge that I gathered throughout my journey.
First things first: be ready for a challenge. Changing or eliminating habits is hard there’s no shortcut or easy way around it. Who knows? You might’ve already tried getting your hair back to its natural form and gave up multiple times. If you ever want to talk about it, we’re here to support you and believe me when I say that it is definitely worth the hassle.
Now is the time to forget about extensions, straighteners, perm, hairdryers, and relaxers. It is time to bring your sexy hair back and break free from what we call the vicious cycle. This is the un-ending cycle in which we allegedly try to fix something that we don’t like about ourselves – more specifically when society tells us so- and we end up realizing that we’ve actually done more damage than good. Ingredients such as petroleum and silicone in conditioners and hair creams are the perfect example of ingredients that only modify temporarily, only to make it worse immediately after interrupting its usage.
6 hair transitioning tips you should keep in mind before going through the process:
1. This process needs your attention and commitment. Getting your natural hair back won’t happen unless you change the way you care for your hair. It’s a process that requires repetition and is built day-by-day. Start a routine that gives your hair exactly what it needs.
2. You won’t look like Rapunzel overnight. Your hair needs time to readjust to its natural form, so you need to give it the time and care it needs; be patient. It can be slow. Think of this period as the teenage phase of your hair, it will grow and transform to become strong and alluring.
3. Don’t compare yourself to others. This is something I tend to do a lot and it is very, very frustrating. You need to always keep in mind that every hair type is different, and yours will have its beautiful individuality.
4. People will make ignorant comments. Society pushes us to be someone we are not, specifically by making us want to change the way we look. For example, some people perceive frizzy hair as difficult and complicated instead of beautiful and unique. In reality, frizz is just a characteristic of some hair types that tend to have higher porosity levels.
5. You have to trust yourself and disregard all negative comments. You were born with the right type of hair for YOU!
6. Once the process is completed you won’t want to stop touching and playing with your hair. Imagine the rise of the phoenix (but with less fire and feathers)! It will be much healthier, stronger, and softer than ever. Keep it easy on the twirling though, it may cause breakage of those lovely curls.
Deciding to go natural is a lifestyle choice, not a hairstyle choice. It needs full commitment to see results. Make it part of your habits and don’t slack off.
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