Black women are beginning to love their kinky curly hair. It is for this reason that we are seeing more women wearing their natural hair and ditching straightening chemicals. Making the transition from relaxed hair requires a bit of an adjustment and a lot more effort when caring for your hair while trying to blend both textures in the healthiest way possible. This post will give you 4 tips on how to successfully transition from heat damaged hair without chopping off all of your hair and starting over.
Stop using heat
This is probably the most obvious of the tips because the use of heat and hair relaxers is probably what got you in this mess in the first place. Eliminate heat from your regimen all together so that your hair can successfully heal and become stronger as you take care of it. Flat irons, curling irons, curling wands are all a no-no when you are transitioning from heat and chemical damage.
Do protein treatments
You will need to become very familiar with protein treatments because your hair will need to be repaired, and become stronger. The strands of hair that are not heat damaged may not be as strong as they used to be even though they do not appear straight like some of the other ones. Adding protein deep conditioning to your regimen will strengthen your hair overall. I suggest doing a hard protein treatment once a month or once every 2 months and then maintaining your hair with small shots of protein throughout the month. Find a protein treatment that can moisturize and strengthen your hair at the same time so that you do not suffer from protein overload.
Get regular trims
If you transitioned from relaxed to natural hair chances are you know how often you needed to get a trim to get to your goal. The more often you trim off the damaged ends the healthier your hair will be. As we mentioned heat damaged ends can be very thin and can cause a ton of tangles which can set you back even further.
You want to ensure that your ends stay sharp and blunt during your transition so cut your hair slowly month to month until all the damage is gone. Once you have successfully removed all of the ends, your hair should be back to how it was before you had heat damage (in some cases even better).
Making the transition from relaxed hair does not have to be a hard process. The most important thing you have to do is build a new regimen and stick to it. The consistency will bring the results you desire, as you remove the damage from your hair. Cleanse, condition, deep condition, trim, repeat.