Thursday, January 13, 2011

Let's Talk Hair: 10 Excellent Tips for Transitioners

Ok..let's talk TRANSITIONING. Now, I know how frustrating working with two textures can be as you venture on your journey to O'Natural, I did it for 8 months, and let me tell you, it was no picnic. Detangling for an hour and a half in the shower, shedding, etc. etc...But, don't give up. Congratulate yourselves on striving to go O'Natural. Remember, you have a vision and we're here to help you reach that vision. The goal is to blend two different textures into one. Now, let's talk about some excellent tips for all of you lovely transitioners.

The 10 Tips:
Try the Bantu Knot Out or a Natural Girl's favorite: the twist out

DETANGLE when the hair is wet and slippery with conditioner using a WIDE TOOTH COMB. Always start at the ENDS and work your way up to the root.
Keep your scalp CLEAN. Be sure to cleanse anywhere from every 2 days to weekly.

Keep your hair moisturized. Dry hair causes breakage..nothing beats water when it comes to moisturizing your hair, but you can also add your favorite oil on top of it.
Get used to DEEP CONDITIONING. These should no longer be a 'special treatment'. Weekly deep conditioners are excellent for transitioners.
Wind down your use of HEAT. Try air drying all of your styles instead.

Protect your EDGES. Avoid protective styles (braids, weaves) that put too much tension on your edges. That area is the thinnest and most fragile.

Be GENTLE. The part where your new growth meets your relaxed ends is called the 'DEMARCATION' and it is the weakest part of your hair. Take your time when detangling and styling.
  • GRADUALLY cut your processed or damaged ends. Depending on the length you had to start with, give yourself a good trim each month. Remember, use HAIR SHEARS not SCISSORS.

ENJOY your journey and don't succumb to pressure of a time limit.

I hope these tips help you on your O'Natural journey..

Healthy Hair = Happy Hair


  1. transitioning into an O natural takes alot of motivation and patience :/

  2. @ Ms. Poetic Magic..I absolutely agree, but the benefits are priceless and so worth it

  3. I may have to look into doing the Bantu knots...I haven't found a good transition hairstyle yet...I would really like to find a good one asap

  4. @ Ms. Tellit, how about the twist n curl..that's a great style for transitioners..let me know if you would like some tips on how to achieve this look