Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Go Natural Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Transitioning

Freedom. Beauty. Confidence. That's what going natural is all about. It's about getting back to your 'roots' and falling back in love with your curls. If you're transitioning from chemically relaxed, dyed, or processed hair, the key is to keep it beautifully healthy as you're getting to know what works for you. This quick guide will give you the basic tips you need to transition easily into your new radiant self!
Cut the Chemicals, Feed Your Hair

The less chemicals your hair and scalp comes in contact with, the healthier your transition will be. Sulfates, parabens, silicones are some ingredients that contribute to dry, hungry, brittle hair. These ingredients are too harsh on transitioning natural hair and can create breakage.
Best way to avoid these ingredients? Opt for all natural plant-based hair care products. Products like these contain no harsh ingredients or preservatives. The nourishing oils and moisturizers help to feed strong supple strands without the added chemicals. You can see a big difference in your hair texture and condition with this change alone!
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
Did I say moisture? Yes! Natural hair thrives on moisture.! No more hiding from water. Your curly, coily, or kinky strands drinks up moisture and can't get enough of it. As you transition, you're dealing with two different hair textures. This can be tricky if you're not prepared.
Your main goal is to avoid breakage at the line of demarcation (this is the point where the two textured meet.). Moisturize your hair daily with good natural products to maintain healthy hair throughout your transition. Once you've moisturized, seal your hair with a good quality oil sealant.
Rock your Protective Styles
These are styles that require little to no manipulation of the hair. Hands off equals less snags, tangles, and stress to your tresses. Styles like two-strand twists, braids, and buns protect your hair from manipulation. Wigs and certain weaves also help to keep daily styling at a minimum while you transition into the natural world. Your ends will get a break as well as less exposure to the elements.
Trim Your Ends
Although you will eventually get rid of your ends, a regular trim is needed for maintaining two healthy textures. A half inch trim every few weeks keeps split ends down and makes detangling easier and snag-free.
When I began transitioning, accessories were a life-saver! Managing two textures can be challenging. To avoid frustrating hair moments, try accessorizing with headbands, pretty scarfs, and flower clips. There are an array of styles and colors to choose from so be creative. You'd be surprised at the beautiful looks you can achieve with just a simple accessory!
Love Yourself Up
What does love have to do with it? Everything. Transitioning to being natural is more than changing your hair. You're embracing who you are. That is amazing on many different levels.
You may encounter challenges as you're getting to know this part of you again. Loving yourself in the process is the key to remaining confident in your decision and allowing your true self to radiate out. So take a deep breath and enjoy this incredible journey you're on!
To a happy transition!
Chanelle is a voice of inspiration, beauty and wellness expert for women of color who want to look and feel their best. She empowers others to increase self confidence and by sharing her love of holistic beauty, light filled living and authenticity. She reaches Radiant Beauties in the United States, and London. Are you choosing to be RADIANT? Get the 5 Essential Steps to Maintain Healthy Hair Naturally http://www.indigofera.com
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