It may feel like that wave came and went, but it’s still here and continues to impact lives daily.
So many women worldwide decided to ditch the “Just for Me” and take a chance at change. For some, it was easy, and for others, it was a complete nightmare, but in the end, I think everyone came to the same realization.
Being natural is WAY better!
If you’re currently in a place where you are debating between going natural and sticking to your perms because of all the natural hair horror stories you’ve heard, here are ten tips to help you transition without all the stress:
1. Be patient and start: Transitioning takes time. The more you avoid it, the longer it takes for you to achieve the results you’re looking for. Embrace the process and allow your hair to adjust to its natural texture and pattern.
2. Set realistic expectations: Understand that your natural hair may not look or grow precisely like someone else's. Embrace your unique curls, coils, or waves and appreciate the beauty of your hair.
3. Deep condition and condition regularly: Deep conditioning is crucial for keeping your transitioning hair hydrated, nourished, and healthy. Incorporate deep conditioning treatments into your routine to maintain moisture and minimize breakage. Use natural conditioners like Vigor Roots’ RootQuench Conditioner for nourishment and ultimate hydration.
4. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: Natural hair craves moisture. Use moisturizing products like leave-in conditioners, oils, and creams to keep your hair hydrated and prevent dryness and breakage. Using Vigor Root’s Root22Serum twice a day can help lock in moisture and protect your hair from breakage while you sleep and through the day.
5. Protective styling: Consider protective styles like braids, twists, buns, or updos to minimize manipulation and protect your hair from damage. But don’t overdo it. Although these styles help retain length during the transition process, they can also cause damage if done too tightly or left untouched for too long.
6. Trim regularly: The “Big Chop” is not necessary. You can trim as you go and take your time with the transition. Schedule regular trims to remove any remaining relaxed or damaged ends gradually. This will promote healthier hair growth and prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft.
7. Educate yourself: Learn about your hair and scalp’s unique characteristics, porosity, and curl pattern. Understanding both will help you choose the right products and techniques.
8. Avoid heat styling: Minimize or avoid heat styling tools like flat irons and curling irons, which can cause heat damage and alter your natural curl pattern. Embrace your natural texture and explore heat-free styling options.
9. Develop a gentle detangling routine: Use wide-toothed combs or your fingers to detangle your hair gently, starting from the ends and working your way up. Detangle when your hair is damp and saturated with conditioner to minimize breakage.
10. Find a supportive community: Vigor Roots is a safe space for those looking to learn more about natural hair care and want to improve their hair’s health. We encourage you to connect with other transitioning individuals who chose to go natural. Join online forums, follow natural hair influencers, and seek advice and inspiration from a community that understands your journey.
Transitioning to natural hair can be an exciting and transformative experience; it’s a personal and unique experience. Embrace the beauty of your natural texture, and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. No one can guarantee that the transition will be smooth and seamless, but we can guarantee it will be worth it.