Long-term transitioning taught me a lot about my hair. It took me two years to transition from relaxed hair to natural, which may seem like a long time to many curlies, but for me it was very necessary. I learned so much in those two years about myself and also about what my hair liked and didn't like. I also learned to accept the awkward phase when my hair wouldn’t work in every style. Every day was not easy, but I learned as I went and tried a lot of styles and products that helped me during that middle phase of transitioning. Here are some tips to help you get through that awkward middle phase of transitioning.
Make sure that you invest in a really good detangling brush to get you through those days where you need it most. I love my Felicia Leatherwood detangling brush. Ever since I purchased this brush, it has been my savior in detangling my hair. Also, buy a good head wrap. There is nothing like not feeling like doing your hair and tossing it up into a cute headwrap and heading out the door. Head wraps save lives! Some of my favorite head wraps are from the Wrap Life.
Products are Key
Products that gave my hair a lot of slip were essential during my awkward phases of transitioning. I needed something that would quickly help me detangle my new growth without ripping my hair. The line where your natural hair meets your relaxed hair is very fragile, and you need to be very careful when detangling your hair. Finding a good deep conditioner is critical during the transitioning phase as well. Find a good conditioner that keeps your hair well moisturized. A great deep conditioner to try is the TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask. Keep in mind that something can work well for someone else, but not work for you. It is a trial and error process when finding the right products for your hair. Don’t be afraid to venture out and try new products if what you have is not working.
Best Transitioning Hairstyles
Some hairstyles, such as wash and go’s, didn't work for me while I was transitioning. I loved rod sets, twist and curls and braid and curls. These styles helped to hide my relaxed hair from my new growth. I was able to easily camouflage my relaxed hair with these styles. My advice is to try styles that are easy for you and if it does not come out like you want it the first time don't give up. Try it again using a different technique. My motto is if at first you don't succeed try try again.
When I initially tried many of my favorite hairstyles for the first time, I honestly thought I looked a hot mess. It takes time and patience to achieve different hairstyles, especially when you’re transitioning. No matter what, remember to embrace your natural journey, because it will be worth it in the end.
How do you embrace the awkward phase of transitioning?