Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Straight Styling Diva

Going From Relaxed to Natural

Tips You Can Use if You Are Transitioning and Preferred to Wear Your Hair Straighten

Hello Beautiful Ones,

In my circle, I am one of the few people that has transitioned and is now fully natural and prefer to wear my hair kinky curly 100% of the time. I understand. You don't want to do the big chop and cut all of your relaxed ends all at once. You prefer to transition into your natural hair style but maintain the smooth and sleek look a relaxer can provide.

Here are some tips to consider:

  1. Establish a healthy hair regimen. Discipline yourself and maintain a weekly routine. Use the K.I.S.S. Method: Section and Detangle, Pre-poo, Cleanse, Deep Condition, Moisturize, and Protect. This will keep hair soft, manageable, and free of knots and tangles. When you get in the habit of caring for your hair, it makes transitioning much easier.
  2. Get your hair trimmed regularly during the transition phase. I'm sure you are experiencing breakage. This is contributed to the length you carry past the line of demarcation (where your new growth meets your relaxed hair). The weight of the newly grown hair causes your hair to break faster; therefore, you must trim your ends regularly until the relaxed hair is fully grown out.
  3. Less heat the better. Limit Flat Iron/ Curling Iron Use. Only press hair 1-2 per month.Only Invest in a good heat protectant/blow dry cream to allow straighten style to last longer. If your hair tends to "puff up", instead of grabbing a flat iron, try alternate styles like a Bantu Knot Out, Braid-Out, Flat Twist-out, Updo, a Bun, a Rod-set, or a Roller-set. Also, try Protective Styling to give hair a break from manipulation.
  4. Plan ahead. Establish a wash day when it is convenient for you to take time to care for your hair and style your hair.

As I stated in a previous blog post, if you prefer it straight invest in good products: shampoo, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, moisturizer, heat protecting spray or serum, a blow dryer, and a  good ceramic flat iron. Hair can burn between 400-451 degrees, depending on the texture of your hair.  Please use the flat iron seldom. Blow dry and flat-iron hair on a low or medium heat setting. Choose styles (the ones mentioned above) where little heat can be applied in between flat iron use.

What transitioning challenges have you encountered? Please share.
 Stay encouraged on this journey!


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