1. Buy and use “Natural” hair products!
-depending on your budget, invest in quality products, designed to help natural hair, that also do not include harmful ingredients like, petroleum jelly, mineral oil and other harmful ingredients.
2. Wear Protective styles!
-there are many Protective Styles to choose from, including:
*Braids, Cornrows, Bantu Knots, Finger Coils, Plaits, Wigs, Puns and the likes..
3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
-I can not stress the importance of this step. Curly, natural hair can be kinky, coily and brittle looking. This is due to each individuals curl strand. In order to keep hair from becoming dry and breaking(especially when transitioning, being that hair is in its most sensitive states), you should moisturize and seal natural hair on a consistent(preferably daily) basis, especially during this transitioning period.
Get regular trims!
-when I started my natural journey, I wore braids for a long period of time, never clipping or trimming my natural hair UNTIL I decided to cut the rest of my perm off. I believe that this was a BIG NO-NO! I would advise all transitioners to clip their relaxed hair on a regular basis in order for hair to grow even and healthy. Investigate the state of your hair to determine the frequency of clippings. Most importantly…
5. Be patient!
-patience is key to achieving a healthy head full of chemically-free natural hair! I understand the anxiety of getting rid of relaxed hair and obtaining a new head of hair but exercising patience will help the process run smoother and decrease the possibility of future disappointment.