If you’re ready to begin transitioning your curls from treated to natural, congratulations! There’s a lot to do; such as learning your curl type, figuring out which curl care routine works for you and determining which products you’ll want to use. During this time, you’ll also want to think about the best ways to prevent breakage. Here are a few simple and effective techniques to help keep your curls from breaking.
Many natural curlies spend a lot of time detangling their curls. However, don’t speed through the process. Your curls are very fragile while transitioning so take your time, especially when you’re working the demarcation line (the line between your curls and relaxed hair)
Use lots of conditioner:
Don’t be afraid to utilize conditioner and build enough time into your schedule to make sure you’re giving plenty of time to the process. Try to limit detangling sessions to wash days only to prevent over handling of your curls.
Every time you cleanse your curls, make sure you’re deep conditioning. Depending on your curls’ needs, pick up a conditioner with protein or extra moisture to help protect dry, brittle curls. Allow the deep conditioner to sit for at least 30 minutes and apply heat to get the most out of the treatment.
Balance protein and moisture:
In order to thrive, curls need an adequate balance of protein and moisture, which means you must moisturize your curls daily. However, don’t over utilize protein treatments, as too much protein can also make for dry, easily broken curls.
During this time, it’s imperative to avoid chemicals. This includes bleaching, Keratin treatments, as well as chemical straighteners.
Don’t skip out on regular salon appointments and get your curls trimmed every 6-8 weeks. This will keep your curls from splitting and knotting, which can lead to damage.
If you’re in the process of transitioning, ditch the heat tools such as dryers, flat irons and hot combs. This type of direct, extremely high heat can cause significant damage to delicate curls.