Hair transitioning 101

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The road from chemically-processed hair to natural is riddled with challenges. Equip yourself with the right maintenance and styling tips to keep you away from the snipping everything off. Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 3.31.14 PM TOP TIPS: GIVE YOUR CURLS TLC Patience is the most important ingredient to managing your journey to natural hair. You’ll need professional support from a stylist so make sure you identify one with a good understanding of Afro hair and relaxed hair to be able to properly look after both textures. You should make an equal effort to educate yourself about your curl type in order to correctly treat it at home. Your DIY routine has to include a protein-rich or hydrating conditioner as kinky hair is generally very dry. SMART STYLING Treating two curl patterns is a challenge as the straightened hair grows out you will be tempted to use texture altering methods and tools to manage your mane. We urge you not to as this will change your natural curl pattern, which will extend the process of transitioning. Bantu knots are great heat-less styling method that will assist you in promoting your natural curl pattern and simultaneously styling the hair. You can create that from damp or dry hair as an overnight stretching technique. SNIP IT There will come a time in this process where you will have to trim off the processed hair. You will decide at which length you want to do this. The sooner you do it the better, especially if your chemically straightened hair was damaged. The straight strands will need more attention so rather chop them off and focus on the curls.

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