Everywhere you look it seems as though more and more women are embracing their natural strands. Transitioning to your natural curls can sometimes feel daunting as there is a lot of information out there. Here is what you need to know about transitioning to natural curls.
Grow then chop:
Unfortunately, you probably aren’t going to get away without cutting some length. The ends that have been chemically treated will need to go to allow for your curls to grow in. Allow your hair to grow for about 6-8 months to allow a few inches of natural curls and then cut off the dead ends. If you don’t want to commit to the big chop, you can choose to schedule regular trims throughout your growing out period. This will allow you to lose the dead weight without having to go super short.
Use protective styles:
During your transition period, you can help ease some of the discomfort by wearing protective styles. This will protect your line of demarcation (where the treated hair meets the newly grown hair) and allow your strands to keep growing.
Create a Pinterest board, cut pictures out of magazines, or take screenshots of your favorite natural celebrities. Researching natural curls will put you in control when it comes to understanding and maintaining your curl type. You’ll be able to consider what you want and don’t want for your curls in the future and feel well informed when it’s time to make decisions.
Get a great stylist:
Having a hair stylist who has curly hair is crucial to helping you transition successfully. A curly stylist who wears their natural texture can help you understand what you need to do to have successful curls. They can educate you on cuts, styles, and products that will work well for your curl type. If you can’t find a stylist with naturally curly hair, request one who has extensive training in curl cutting, such as a DevaCurl certified stylist.
Pick the right products:
Before you go on a shopping spree, work with a stylist to figure out what your curl type is. Once you understand what your texture’s needs are, you can select products to match. Make sure you’re selecting products that feature the nourishing ingredients your curls need such as oils and butters.