If you asked me 5/6 years ago if I would be wearing my natural hair without a perm or flat ironing it every chance I got, I would have laughed and replied “Never!” Truth is, in high school I saw nothing wrong with flat-ironing, dying and perming my hair.
But here I am, 22, Rocking my natural fro, protective styles and letting the heat go (for the most part).
I began my transition the summer before my junior year in high school. I stopped getting perms for nearly 6 months prior and decided to cut all of my permed hair off. My hair was just past my ears in length and I embraced the bob style. Shortly after, I began wearing sew-ins and every six-weeks I’d go to my friend Ashlies’ house and her sister,the amazing Del-lea (@LeadDidIt or @LeaLocs on Instagram) would sew in my onyx or milky way hair. I rarely wore my real hair at this point and liked being creative blending browns and blondes. (Ahhh What a Time to be alive).
My senior year of high school I began going to a stylist named Keilah (@msknash_hairartist). She totally transformed my hair. She encouraged me to stray away from perms and heat on my hair (cause believe me I wanted some creamy hair crack after a while). She is such a great hair stylist and colorist. Not to mention she has great hair extensions (@Keiluxuryextensions or #Keiluxuryextensions). I would dye my extensions almost every color imaginable- red, organge, black and of course my favorite, blonde. A little over a year ago I finally got a closure and it really helped reverse some damage done over the years from flat-ironing my “leave out.”
Around the begining of my junior year of college I began trying out natural hairstlyes and new hair products. transitioning takes patience and a certain willingness to take risks and try new things.
While trasitioning isn’t always easy, Here are some tips to help you along the way (That helped me personally) :
- If you haven’t already, STOP getting perms. Just look at those photos at the top, you would never be able to tell how thick and beautiful my real hair is.
- Stray away from using heat on your hair (blow drying is okay, but flat irons can be deadly to our hair and your damage curl pattern).
- Trim your ends. (usually I get them trimmed every 3 months, with this I have seen consistent growth and healthier looking hair).
- Don’t shampoo with every wash (In fact I rarely if ever use shampoo as it strips the hair of natural oils. Instead, I co-wash my hair weekly, which is a process in which I just use conditioner in my hair, place a bag over it and let it sink into my hair for a few hours).
- Wear protective styles! (Braids, sew-ins and other protective styles can help with hair growth as you won’t constantly be combing and brushing your hair).
- Try new products (Expenive doesn’t always mean better, but I usually go with some of the pricer brands (because I often use less product with these brands, hence it lasts longer) such as Mielle Organics, Mane Choice and Shea Moisture).
- Utilize YouTube (No one starts out as an expert, I used YouTube to learn how to do all sorts of styles including twist outs, laying edges, bantu knots and more!).
- Read Reviews on products (It’ll help you know which products people with hair like you actually like or reccomend).
- Drink lots of water (it just helps everything)
- Hair vitamins (such as hair skin and nails vitamins, Biotin, Vitamin E, Mielle Organics hair vitamins)
I will have another hair blog dropping tonight that will include some of my favorite products, those I don’t reccomend, cheaper options, what I use for twist outs (and other styles), as well as some of my favorite looks.