September 20, 2021
If you clicked on this article, I'm guessing you are making the bold step of transitioning to natural hair.
Welcome, Welcome! Welcome to Team Natural!
It is indeed a huge decision to go back to having curls, but I assure you, in this article, you'll get all the instructions you need on how to run an effective natural hair routine and how to find the best products for transitioning hair...and you won't have to do the Big Chop, too!
So, as you read, keep a few things in mind: Maintaining your natural hair requires commitment, determination and most importantly, consistency. You must be committed to doing it right, determined to have healthy and beautiful curls, and consistent in your hair care routines, without fail. Only then can you get the long, healthy and beautiful natural hair that you want.
Sis, it's a whole new lifestyle and journey! But don’t worry, we'll walk you through it.
First, you have to know what you want from your hair. Afro? Curly mane? Locs? Knowing what you want your natural hair to do will help you narrow down the ever-growing list of products available for natural hair.
You’ll also be better able to decide which natural hair routine would work best to help you get the results you want.
You’ll need to be careful to moisturize your hair. Making the switch from straight to curly means your moisturizer routine can be tripped up by the drastic differences in present in between the straight ends and curly roots of your transitioning hair.
Babe, natural hair can dry out quickly. You have to pay more attention to hydration with natural hair. The best moisturizing products contain natural oils, which is what you need when transitioning.
It’s unlikely you’ll be able to maintain your natural hair by using the same products you used to keep relaxed hair looking healthy. So, say goodbye to your pink lotion.
Your natural hair type requires more hydration compared to relaxed hair. And often, that hydration will come in the form of actual water, which is a no-no for relaxed hair.
So, think of the following products as your must-haves to run a smooth natural hair routine for transitioning hair:
- Shampoo: Obviously, you have to keep your hair clean. However, the shampoo you select must be capable of retaining moisture in your hair. Avoid shampoos that contain sulfates and high acidic content. Go for shampoos that have water as a major ingredient then seal the hair with natural oils like amla oil, marula oil, or cupuacu butter to help your hair retain that moisture and hydration.
- Hair mask: Natural hair is all about moisture and hydration. There is no better way to moisturize your hair than a hydrating hair mask. There are many DIY masks you can try at home but I'll strongly advise you try BIYO Curl Reset Maximum Hydration Hair Mask. It contains ingredients that soothe irritated scalp, repair damage and improve detangling, leaving your hair soft and hydrated.
- Deep conditioner: Deep conditioning is another necessary step you must add to your hair care routine. Deep conditioning makes your hair moisturized, shiny and stretchy and it also works for defining curls! There are many deep conditioners, so you have to choose one which suits your hair type. It's sometimes difficult to choose one that suits you. Since you are on a transition journey, I recommend BIYO Curl Restore Maximum Hydration Deep Conditioner. You can get better results with this if you apply heat, so I suggest you get a Pydana Thermal Cap for that.
- Hair cream: You definitely need a hair cream that works for your hair, sis! Let me tell you what you need in your hair cream. Your hair cream must promote hair growth, maintain your curls and keep your scalp healthy. Try Biyo Curl Enhancing Hair Cream. It contains Cupuacu butter, which is really good for natural hair and it works for all hair porosity.
- Spritz: This is not a common item on your hair product list, but since you're going natural, it's a must-have! Spritz are liquid spray that you can use to moisturize your hair, instead of just water. It smoothens your hair and adds a lustre to it. It also makes detangling easy. You can use it to set your hair before styling. You can make a spritz spray yourself or get Biyo Curl Quench Maximum Hydration Hair Spritz.
With these products, you are on your way to attaining healthy and beautiful natural hair. You can get all four suggested products here.
You have to say goodbye to your hair care habits that just won't work for natural hair. Here are tips to help:
Cut back on the heat! Seriously, don't touch the blow-dryer. Leave your hair to dry naturally. Besides, the water is good for your hair. Cut back on artificial heat. It dehydrates your hair.
No Big Chop, Just Small Ones. Yes, Sis. You do not necessarily have to start from a buzz cut but you still need to cut the roots of your relaxed hair once in a while. This helps to change to natural hair faster. Just a few inches every few months.
Be gentle and gracious with your hair. There will be days when your hair will not cooperate. On those days, cut yourself and your hair some slack. Don’t rush off to the barber shop.
While you’re trying to get used to your new hair texture, you may be tempted to go to war with your kinky curls to make them comply.
Don’t. Just don’t.
In fact, avoid pulling and tugging at your hair because of the tangling. Take time to detangle your hair gently. Use a wide toothed comb and your fingers to straighten out the tangles.
Choose your protective styles carefully. Protective styles keep your hair in a hands-off zone. You won't need to touch your hair so much. It is important you not only choose styles that are, of course, beautiful, but styles that will also keep your hair length, especially your edges!
If you can, try to get protective styles that will last you a month, or at least several weeks. This way, you give your hair time to grow unbothered. Remember to gently loosen it afterwards. There are also transitioning styles you can do yourself. These include: Wet sets, braids, Bantu knots and flat twists.
Wash less. Hold your shampoos! You do not have to wash your hair everyday. You will strip your hair of its moisture. You can condition your hair more, instead.
Build your own Natural Hair ToolBox. Your natural hair tool box includes: a detangling brush for smoothing out your tangles, a wide toothed comb for your hair, hair clips for holding your hair in place while styling, a satin bonnet or scarf (never go to sleep without covering your hair - traditional sheets and pillowcases DRY YOUR HAIR OUT!), Bobby pins, scrunchies to pack your hair and your styling gel.
Going cheap is dangerous! If you have room, add a little luxury to your budget. Many women are fighting to grow their hair. The last thing you need if you’re trying to get your hair fuller and longer is a hair care product from the local dollar store that you need to wash out of your hair at the end of the day (hello, edge gel).
These types of products can be so cheap because they don’t contain the quality ingredients your hair needs. They often contain artificial fragrances, alcohols, parabens, benzene and other substances which are harmful to your hair Just like your body needs quality food to function optimally, your natural hair needs quality hair care products if you want hair that’s healthy, stretchy, shin, and well-nourished.
Most cheap hair care products produce faux moisture, meaning your hair is greasy and shiny but it’s also breaking. So, open your wallet a little more when it comes time to shop for natural hair products, especially if you’re in the process of transitioning.
Before you try a hair product, check that list of ingredients. Not all pricey products are good for your hair. Your natural hair needs more moisture, so opt for products with natural oils and butters as ingredients.
Aloe Vera, Honey, Almond extracts and Apple Cider Vinegar are also ingredients that work wonders when you’re transitioning to natural hair.
Avoid products containing artificial ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, mineral oil and petroleum products, triclosan, sulfates, silicones, pthalates and artificial fragrances.
Try our hydration line. We only use ingredients that are good for your hair and good for helping you get the results you want from your hair.
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