If you're transitioning from chemically treated, straightened or relaxed curls to natural curls, you might experience some frustrations on the way. There is an overabundance of information out there and it can be really confusing to figure out where to start. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Make sure you want to commit: No matter what anyone says, this journey is ultimately up to you. Before you begin the transition, make sure you're 100% in, or you might end up bailing on the process.
Stop treating your hair: While this might seem obvious, it can be tough to give up on relaxers and chemical treatments. The only way to do it is to go cold turkey.
Avoid heat products: While picking up a flat iron might be tempting, remember your curls are going through a significant transition. Overusing heat can damage your natural curl's pattern and texture.
Get regular trims: While you're processing, you need to make sure to schedule regular appointments with your stylist to help trim off dead ends. While it may seem counter productive, healthy hair without dead ends has a better chance at growing longer.
Detangle correctly: You won't be able to just comb through your curls anymore once you've gone curly. You're going to need to separate your curls into sections and use a wide toothed comb to work through tangles.
Fall in love with moisturizers: You're going to want to invest in some good quality moisturizers and learn about your curl's individual porosity. This will tell you how often you'll need to be moisturizing your curls. Once you know what type of deep conditioner you need, add a weekly deep conditioner to your curl care regime.
Love your curls: Just like you, all curl patterns are unique. It might take some time to discover what your own natural textures and patterns are, and when you do, embrace it! Learn how to take care of your curls and love them for what they are.
Be patient: We aren't going to tell you that process is going to be easy, because it won't be. It take a lot of work, dedication and patience to grow out chemical treatments and see your natural pattern emerge. Stick with it and you'll see results!