Kavuli's Tips for Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Successfully

By . - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Protein Makes Me Strong

Hair is made of a protein called Keratin, and each time your hair is chemically processed (i.e. relaxers, perms, color treatments), it weakens the protein bonds. Excessive use of heated hair appliances such as flat irons and blow dryers can also contribute to a weak protein structure. When a person decides to start transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, there is a line of demarcation (i.e. the line where the relaxed hair meets the natural hair) that it very fragile and prone to breakage. In order to strengthen this area of the hair, regular protein hair treatments are needed.

How Do I Know If My Hair Needs Protein?

If your hair is "mushy" or "limp" when wet or "stretches" a lot when combed, chances are you need a protein treatment. 

What Type Of Protein Treatment Should I Use? 

If your looking for a strong protein treatment, I recommend Organic Root Stimulator Mayonnaise Hair Treatment. Follow the directions and leave it on for 15 minutes with or without heat and rinse out thoroughly. It is very important to mention that a moisturizing conditioner must used after rinsing the protein out. Protein tends to make the hair feel hard and in to make it feel soft and have anymore breakage occur, the moisture must be added back to the hair.

My second favorite protein conditioner is a light to medium protein called Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner, and this is the conditioner I recommend to people who are amateurs in the protein game. If your hair doesn't respond well to this conditioner, you should probably stay away from protein conditioners. This conditioner is fail proof in my eyes.

Keep It Moist!

Dry hair leads to breakage. Period. You have to keep your hair moisturized during the transitioning process and well after. It's just something that needs to happen with all hair types. I do find that a lot of people do not moisturize properly though. The proper way to moisturize and keep your hair moisturized is with the L.O.C. Method.

L = Liquid (Water)

O = Oil (Natural Oils Only)

C = Creme or Conditioner

1. Spray the hair with plain water, rose water or any herb infused water you like.

2. Lightly oil the hair with a natural oil of your choice such as coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil etc.

3. Lightly layer a water based creme moisturizer or conditioner on top and your done

Your hair should be very soft and stay moisturized for longer.

Are you transitioning to natural hair? What has been your struggle or success? Let me know in the comment section below!

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!

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  1. The only two things that bother me about my transitioning is that my hair stilk breaks alot and I have this very kinky patch of hair that ia very stubborn. im currently participating in the 8 week protective styling challenge and after it's over Im thinking of either dojng a big chop or doing a relaxer with ORS Olive Oil Relaxer.

    1. Transitioning requires wearing our 'big girl' panties. It requires us to be diligent and focused. I wish you the best of luck on the protective styling challenge. Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks for the comment, Jennice!

  2. I not so long ago decided I would go natural. I had my last relaxer in September 2012 and have been wearing braids since. I will remove my braids in 2 weeks time as I am so excited to start my healthy hair journey. There is so much great information for african woman on how to take care of their hair but we fail to do so. I am greatfull for having come across your blog, "black girl long hair " ( BGLH) and "My fro and I" (cosmoaisha). These are to me the top blogs on healthy hair and natural hair for black women. Thanks alot Kavuli

    1. Hi Zingisa, I am so pleased that you find this blog and other sisters blog to be helpful. Come by often and keep leaving comments. I really appreciate your participation.


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