One of the most frequently asked questions we get is how to transition to healthy hair. We are so glad you all are requesting that, that we decided to dedicate an entire blog post to it. We can imagine how anxious you are to get your curls back to a healthy state, and while you may be hoping for a quick fix, repairing damaged hair takes time, consistency, and patience. There is no one perfect way to go about transitioning, either. How you go about it will depend on things like your ultimate goal, your regimen, etc., but the good news is, with the right information and proper understanding of hair care and maintenance, you CAN achieve healthy hair.
Is it possible to go from dry, brittle, damaged hair to soft, smooth, healthy hair? The answer isn’t always cut and dry because it depends on how damaged your hair is. It's easy to forget that hair can be very fragile. Exposure to the sun, chemicals, flat irons, and even daily brushing can take their toll.
We’ve compiled some tips on what to expect and how to transition. If your desire is to achieve healthy hair, then it all starts with establishing a regimen.
First things first. Clarifying your hair is the first step in repairing damage and boosting hair health. You need a clean slate to build your regimen and we recommend using our clarifying shampoo, as your hair will likely have all types of product buildup that can affect the condition of your hair. Not only is it a good idea to clarify your hair, but keeping your scalp clean is vital to healthy hair growth.
Avoid products with toxic or drying ingredients. You know the saying, “you get what you pay for?” This holds true for many things, and especially when it comes to investing in hair care products. Sometimes, in our quest to save money, we overlook the reasons why some products cost less than others – and one of the reasons is that these products use low-quality ingredients and or contain fillers- this is not to say that less expensive products or brands are “cheap”, but is only meant to encourage you to look beyond the price and focus on what is truly important when shopping – quality ingredients and functionality. Our products are made without harsh or toxic ingredients and will make a considerable difference in the quality and texture of your hair.
When making the transition, you need to put away the things that caused the damage in the first place; there is no middle ground. Transitioning means no chemicals, no direct heat, etc.
Many beautiful hairstyles can be achieved without the use of heat:
- Try protective hairstyles, i.e., perm rods, twists outs, braids, etc.
- You can also invest in satin/silk scarves/pillowcase (better material for your hair), headbands, and cute clips to create updos and different styles.
- Your hair will look healthier and stay stronger by using more natural methods to achieve the same look as heat styling.
Enlist the help of a professional curly hairstylist. Don't hold onto hair that’s damaged just for the sake of having long hair. Whether you decide to do the big chop or gradually cut off your damaged hair, a professional stylist can help walk you through the process and advise you on which haircut will work best for you. Be sure to ask what their expertise is and what kind of training they received- you want to make sure they are a licensed professional.
Be gentle. When detangling your wet hair, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers. Hair is most fragile when wet, so it is imperative to be gentle. Direct heat and or chemicals have damaged your hair, so don’t expect your hair to be as strong and healthy now as it will be once your hair has fully recovered from the damage.
Keep your hair moisturized. One of the most essential things in transitioning hair is moisturizing it. Deep conditioning is necessary for dry hair, but especially damaged hair. Using deep conditioning treatments is a way to restore moisture, maintain elasticity, and shine. Your hair will be less prone to breakage and will have less frizz. Your hair is in a weak, fragile state while you’re transitioning, so it needs all the moisture and nutrients it can get.
Focus on nutrition. Ditch processed foods that don't provide you with essential vitamins. Hair thrives off specific vitamins found in a healthy diet. Vitamin supplements can provide your body with the nutrients essential for hair growth. We have hair vitamins that are formulated to give your body what it needs to help strengthen the appearance of hair, skin, and nails.
Remember: These tips are designed to nurture your curly hair. Give yourself and your hair time to adjust. Expect it to take a few weeks (or possibly longer) before you start seeing results, and to get the hang of your new regimen. Once you’ve reached your healthy hair goals, stay consistent. The more consistent you are, the better the results you’ll have.
Good luck and congrats on going natural! We're here to help!