Do you remember the days when you ironed your curly hair everyday just to make it look manageable and frizz-free? But it only led to more hair damage, and you got the idea that chemically straightening it was the way to go. So, you took the plunge and chemically straightened or relaxed your curls, only to realise the damage done after, but now you're ready to get back to your roots and embrace your natural curly hair.
While we're overjoyed that you chose your natural hair this time around, transitioning to natural curly hair can be a daunting experience, but fear not, curlies! With the right techniques and some patience, you'll be back to your curly-haired self in no time.
Now, let's get to the curls of the matter.
First things first, it's important to understand the transition process. It's not as simple as just growing out your hair, unfortunately. You may experience some breakage, dryness, and frizziness as your hair adjusts to its natural texture. But with proper care, your hair will eventually bounce back and thrive.
So, how can you make the transition as smooth as possible? Let's curl-aborate on some tips and tricks:
- Start with a big chop or gradual trim: If you're ready to take the plunge and go all-in on natural curly hair, consider starting with a big chop. This means cutting off all the chemically straightened hair and starting fresh. If you're not ready for such a drastic change, consider a gradual trim over several months. This will allow your hair to grow out while minimizing the appearance of the chemically straightened hair.
- Use the right products: During the transition process, it's important to use products that are gentle on your hair and provide hydration and moisture. Look for products that are specifically designed for curly hair, such as sulfate-free shampoos, moisturizing conditioners, and leave-in treatments. We recommend our 3 Step Curl Routine that includes Untangled - Gentle Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Hydrate Don’t Hate - A thick, rich and moisturising deep conditioner and a one and done styling cream - Define & Shine. This all in one kit is a complete set that includes all your hair care necessities, keeping your hair healthy and hydrated. In case, you’re worried about experimenting with new products and don’t want to waste a good buck, it’s also available in travel sizes for convenience and trailing, you can shop them here, and the best part is it will last upto 4 washes.
- Embrace protective styles: Protective styles can help protect your hair from damage while it's transitioning. Try braids, twists, or bantu knots to give your hair a break from daily manipulation. Just be sure not to make the protective styles too tight, as this can cause breakage. Switch to satin and you would notice a great deal of difference within days! Satin accessories not only doll up your hair but also give you year round protection against frizz, knots and tangles, check them out here.
- Be gentle with your hair: As your hair adjusts to its natural texture, it's important to be gentle with it. Avoid using heat styling tools, which can further damage your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle your hair, and avoid pulling or tugging on it. The best option would be to invest in a Detangle & Style Brush, which will ease up your detangling process, reduce hair breakage and help style your newly grown curls.
- Be patient: The transition process can take time, so it's important to be patient. Embrace the process and focus on caring for your hair as it grows out. Remember, every curl pattern is unique, so your hair may not look exactly like you expect it to at first.
Once you've made the transition to natural curly hair, it's important to continue caring for your hair to keep it healthy and beautiful. Here are some tips for curly hair care:
Curly hair tends to be dryer than other hair types, so it's important to moisturize regularly. Use a hydrating curl cream like Define & Shine Curl Cream to keep your curls hydrated and bouncy.
Avoid using harsh chemicals on your hair, such as sulphates and silicones. These can strip your hair of its natural oils and cause damage.
Your natural curly hair is unique and beautiful. Embrace your natural texture and experiment with different hairstyles and products to find what works best for you.
Regular trims are important to keep your curls healthy and prevent split ends. Aim to get a trim every 8-12 weeks to keep your hair looking and feeling its best.
To wrap it up, transitioning to natural curly hair can be a real curl-mageddon, but fear not, my curly-haired comrades! With the right products and techniques, you can rock those curls like nobody's business.
Remember to give your curls the TLC they deserve, by using gentle products and techniques that won't stress them out. Protect those curls while you sleep, and say goodbye to frizzy bed-head once and for all!
And don't forget, regular trims are key to keeping those curls in check. Don't be afraid to chop off those split ends - after all, a trim a day keeps the bad hair days away!
So go forth and embrace your natural texture, my fellow curly crusaders. With these tips and tricks, you'll be the envy of all your straight-haired friends. And who knows? You might just inspire them to embrace their own natural hair, too. Let's show the world that curls really do rock!