Bring Your Sexy Hair Back: 5 Tips for Hair Transitioning
More than four years ago, I started my hair’s transition to its natural form. Hair transitioning means undergoing a process of change to reverse hair damage caused by chemical treatments.
Before I transitioned to a healthier hair care lifestyle I was washing and styling my hair daily. I used to feel like my natural waves were not beautiful and I had to straighten them the same way models did. The cycle was vicious. The more I washed and styled my hair the faster it became dirty, so I needed to constantly be cleaning it and then styling it again. This eventually led to a lot of hair damage and frustrations.
Taking the decision to leave that all behind was based on how unsustainable my routine was. It was a long and arduous journey, but I learned a lot through it and I would like to share some of the tips and knowledge that I gathered throughout it.
First things first: be ready for a challenge. Changing or eliminating habits is hard; there's no shortcut or easy way around it. Maybe you’ve already tried going for it and haven’t been able to pull through. If you ever want to talk about it, I'm here to support you.
There’s a lot that happens while the transition takes place, but believe me when I say: it’s definitelyworth the hassle.
You’ll most likely begin with the Big Chop or at least cutting off most of your chemically processed ends. Not much later, you’ll deal with scab hair and lot’s of frustrations trying to figure out why this new hair is still growing somewhat different to what you expected.
Most of all, you’ll have many opportunities to give up, and it’s ok to feel that way. Believe in yourself and trust the process, good things take time and I guarantee you’ll love the results.
Where to start my hair transitioning?
It is time to bring your sexy hair back and break free from the vicious cycle. Now is the time to forget about straighteners and relaxers. Forget about quick “fixes” and go for your natural, healthy self. Ingredients such as petroleum and silicones are the perfect examples of ingredients that only modify temporarily, and then make things worse after their usage is interrupted.
5 Tips to Transition
Some hair transitioning things you should keep in mind before going through the process:
1. This process needs attention and commitment. Getting your natural hair back won’t happen unless you change the way you care for your hair. Start a routine that gives your hair exactly what it needs. Follow a hair care routine that is right for your hair type. How? Complete this online test that tells you exactly what your hair needs.
2. It won't look right overnight. Your hair needs time to readjust to It’s a slow process that requires repetition and has to be built day-by-day.
“The best things in life take time to be accomplished. Respect this time.”
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. Easier said than done. This is something I used to do a lot and it can be very, very frustrating. You need to always keep in mind that every hair type is different and yours will have its beautiful individuality. Embrace it.
4. People will make ignorant comments. Ignore them. Society pushes us to be someone we are not and thus makes us question the way we look, dress, talk, etc.
For example, some people perceive frizzy hair as difficult and complicated when in reality frizz is just a characteristic of some hair types that tend to have higher porosity levels. You have to trust yourself and disregard all negative comments. You were born with the right type of hair for YOU!
5. Once the process is completed you won’t stop touching your hair. Imagine the rise of the phoenix, but with less fire and feathers! Make sure to always replenish it with the three main components for it to be healthy: water, oil and protein. Your hair will be at its healthiest, stronger and softer than ever.
Deciding to go natural is a lifestyle choice, not a hairstyle choice. It needs full commitment to see results. Make it a habit and don’t slack off.
If you are thinking of starting your hair transitioning process, we got your back! You can get your free personalized Hair Routine by completing our test online.