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The Best Transitioning How To Guide Step By Step

The best safest way to transition your hair from relaxed to natural without the dreaded big chop will be to treat your hair like precious lace! When handling your hair you will have to kee

p in mind that you will be dealing with two different types of textures one relaxed and the other all natural. It’s important to keep your line of demarcation “you know that area in between your natural roots and your relaxed hair” extremely moist before attempting to style, comb, wash ,co-wash ,deep condition, or any other treatment you can think of. 

To properly avoid causing possible breakage in that sensitive area use clips to separate your hair. Using clips to section off your hair will allow you to gently address one section at a time reducing your frustration. Using mist of water,rose water, leave in spray, or aloe vera juice will saturate your hair and enable you to be able to easily glide through your hair without wear and tear! 

*Every transitioner should have the proper styling tools to make their lives hassle free while going through this process. You will most certainly need the following:

*Clips- To section your hair off

*Ouchless hair bands- For protective styles

*Water bottle- To keep those roots nice and moist

*Wide Tooth Comb- To properly detangle your hair from tip to root.

*Flexi rods- To create beautiful low manipulation styles or protective styles.

Transitioning Tips♥ 

Tip 1- Practice patience! Eventually your relaxed hair will grow out, and you will become 100% all natural. 

Tip 2- Always keep your hair full of moisture particularly in the line of demarcation. Demarcation refers to the space in between your hair where your natural hair stops and your relaxed hair begins. Before combing your hair always use a moisturizing product like leave in sprays leave in conditioners, aloe vera gel, or plain water. Properly comb your hair using a wide tooth comb starting from the tips up.

Tip 3- Use less heat as much as possible to avoid heat damage and split ends. Try wearing your relaxed hair in curly styles. When you choose to wear curly styles such as: twist outs, braid outs, rod set, straw sets or bantu knots ,this will allow you to mask and camouflage your relaxed hair to perfectly blend in with your natural textured hair. 

Tip 4- Use protective styles to protect your hair and retain length. Wearing your hair out constantly is never good idea. You want to protect your ends as much as you can. Try using styles like braids, two strand twist, bantu knots, bun, or french rolls.

Tip 5- Co-washing is a method that allows you to infuse your hair with moisture by using conditioner to wash your hair. Water is the most overlooked form of moisture it quiches dry hairs thirst instantly.

 

 

Type 3: Beautiful Curly Hair 
It has a much tighter curl pattern. It is categorized in 3a, 3b and 3c. All three subcategories form a definite “S”. The only difference is in the size of the curl.

- 3A hair type has a looser curl pattern – spiral curls. 
- 3B hair has a tighter curl pattern – ringlets. 

- 3C hair has a very tight curly look – corkscrews. 

- Does not have lots of sheen. 
- Easily frizzes in the humid climate.
- Prone to damage.
- Wavy hair has a lot of body.
- Can be styled in different styles.

How To Care For Type 3 Hair

Learning about your hair type is a great way to get a better understanding of what your hair can do and simply can not do. The sooner you learn the truth about your hair type your hair will be better suited for styling and product selection.  

Type 3 Beautiful Curly Hair 

It has a looser curl pattern than type 4 hair. It is categorized in 3a, 3b and 3c. All three subcategories form a definite “S”. The only difference is in the size of the curl.
- 3A hair type has a looser curl pattern – spiral curls. - 3B hair has a tighter curl pattern – ringlets. 

- 3C hair has a very tight curly look – corkscrews. 

Type 3 hair tends to be-

- Easily frizzes in the humid climate or when ruffly handled. 

- Wavy hair has a lot of body.

- Does not have lots of sheen. 

- Prone to damage.

Do’s & Don’ts for curly hair:

Protective styling at least 80% of the time- braids, twist, finger coils, comb coils, bantu knots, french braids, and french rolls

Air drying- this method of drying will free your hair from being manipulated as much because you will be skipping heat, combing, and brushing

Add Ins- Adding oils and honey to your deep conditioner, conditioner, and leave in conditioners is a great way to infuse your hair with added moisture.

Combing- Always use a wide tooth comb on damp or fully moisturized hair. Never comb your hair while it is dry this will only cause your hair to snap and break off.

Brushing- If you are going to brush your hair use a boars bristle brush. These brushes are by far the safest brushes on the market.

Heat- Use as less heat as humanly possible if you are going to use heat limit your use to once or twice a month if that. 

Chemicals- 3 type hair is very prone to breakage and frizz because it lacks the layer of protection hair needs to be able to go up against over processing with hair dyes and have a successful breakage free damage free hair outcome. Limit your dyes or relaxers and try to stretch them out as long as possible to avoid over processing your hair. Instead of commercial box brand dyes opt for plant based dyes like henna or indigo. These natural dyes won’t only give you a color payoff they will also provide your hair with strength and conditioning that will leave your hair in tip top shape. 

Products for 3 type hair:

*Conditioner & water mix to define curls

*Whole leaf aloe vera gel for extra moisture

*Extra virgin olive oil for nourishment 

*Yogurt mask for frizz

*Coconut oil for sealing in moisture

*Weightless leave in conditioners 

*Frizz serums

* Apple cider vinegar rinses for frizz

* Cold water rinses for frizz

Type 4 Hair

Type 4: Beautiful Kinky Hair

4 type hair has extremely defined curls which are tightly coiled. There are also three varieties: 4a, 4b and 4c.
- K4a has a tightly coiled “S” pattern to it.
- K4B/C is more wiry with a zig-zag pattern.- Kinky hair can easily hold protective styles like braids and twist.
- Kinky hair can easily be shaped and formed. 
- Kinky hair is very delicate.
- Kinky hair is prone to dryness.

How To Care For 4 Type Hair

Type 4 Beautiful Kinky Hair 

Learning about your hair type is a great way to get a better understanding of what your hair can do and simply can not do. The sooner you learn the truth about your hair type your hair will be better suited for styling and product selection. 

Coily 4type hair is very prone to damage by nature because of its zig zags or Z formed bends and curls. If you have this particular hair type you may find yourself suffering from a lot of unwanted breakage and dryness. 4 type hair is very fragile and delicate because coily hair has a small amount of cuticle layers so, it provides very little protection against damage stemming from flat ironing , blowdrying, brushing, and combing. Coily hair must be babied and shelter from dangerous styling methods and chemicals to remain resilient and beautiful. The number one thing coily hair needs is moisture, moisture, moisture. Constant washing and styling only rips the life right out of your hair so it needs more moisture and less manipulation.

Do’s & Don’ts for coily hair:Protective styling at least 80% of the time- braids, twist, finger coils, comb coils, bantu knots, french braids, and french rollsAir drying- this method of drying will free your hair from being manipulated as much because you will be skipping heat, combing, and brushingAdd Ins- Adding oils and honey to your deep conditioner, conditioner, and leave in conditioners is a great way to infuse your hair with added moisture.Combing- Always use a wide tooth comb on damp or fully moisturized hair. Never comb your hair while it is dry this will only cause your hair to snap and break off.

Brushing- If you are going to brush your hair use a boars bristle brush. These brushes are by far the safest brushes on the market.

Heat- Use as less heat as humanly possible 4 type hair is no friend or fan of heat. If you are going to use heat limit your use to once or twice a month if that. 

Chemicals- 4 type hair lacks the layer of protection hair needs to be able to go up against relaxers and hair dyes and have successful breakage free damage free hair outcome. Limit your relaxers and try to stretch them out as long as possible to avoid over processing your hair. The same goes for hair dyes instead of commercial box brand dyes opt for plant based dyes like henna or indigo. These natural dyes won’t only give you a color payoff they will also provide your hair with strength and conditioning that will leave your hair in tip top shape. 

Products for 4 type hair:

*Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Gel

*Raw Shea Butter

*Honey

*Extra Virgin Olive Oil

*Cold Pressed Castor Oil

*Coconut Oil

*Glycerin 

*Palm Oil

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