What is transitioning?
There are a few ways of 'going natural’. Typically when we refer to going natural this refers to no longer using hair pattern altering chemicals such as relaxers and perms. This gives the wearer a chance to experience their hair in it’s naturally occurring state. Some achieve this by cutting off all chemically processed hair. While others prefer to let their natural hair grow out and slowly trim off the processed hair. This is commonly referred to as transitioning.
Anyone who has been through transitioning or is currently going through it knows that it can be a labor of love. It is not without its challenges. But if getting to know your natural hair is your goal, it can be well worth it.
How long will it take my hair to transition?
Hair grows on average 6 inches a year but some people’s hair grow faster or slower. So it may take a few years depending on desired length. A key factor is making sure your hair is not also breaking off, which will result in slower results. Ensuring moisture retention is crucial to this- you can take a look at Strands of Faith’s Growth and Retention Bundle here.
Straight ends when you do twist outs. This is going to happen! It’s because the ends of your hair are still processed so they do not curl or twist as easily. Try using perm rods at the ends of your twists to help combat this.
Puff roots- We often hear transitioning folks talk about their “puffy roots” Saying that their style looks great but the roots are very fluffy and not in sync with the rest of the hair. This is common and means your hair is growing healthy. The texture near the root is likely your natural texture and is not used to being manipulated. Try adding extra product and making sure your style is completely dry before undoing. But also, it’s important to get accustomed to this “fluffy” look because as your hair continues to grow out it will resemble this more.
Not the desired texture- This is a big one! Many new naturals will seek out advice online and find some of their favorite beauty bloggers to follow. We often think if we follow someone else’s regiment and use the same products, we will have the same results. WRONG. It’s common to see beauty bloggers who have maybe a 3b texture and think that we are doing something wrong because your own hair isn’t like that. No product will change your texture and it’s okay if your hair doesn’t turn out like an influencer’s- each person’s hair is different :)
Trouble finding styles that work. This is to be expected. It’s a whole new world of hair care so it may take some time to find styles that you like and that work for you. We encourage you to take a weekend to yourself just to try new styles. Be patient- sometimes things don’t work out on the first try but that’s alright!
Stop touching your hair. Keep in mind that transitioning hair is VERY fragile. The point where the chemically processed hair and new growth meet is a sensitive point on the hair so it is prone to breakage. It’s important to limit tight tension styles and a lot of manipulation. Keep your hands out of your hair! I know you want to style it everyday but don’t!
Moisture Retention. Keeping hair moisturized during this time is important as well. Dry hair is brittle hair that breaks off more easily. You can pick up a product with Strands of Faith. For transitioning hair we recommend a strong moisture routine. Take a look at the Wash and Moisture Bundle by Strands of Faith.
This is an exciting and trying time for you and your hair. You started this journey for a reason and it will be worth it. It is a learning process so give yourself grace and have patience. Take a deep breath and remember that you’ve got this!