Transitioning is not as easy as it looks. I was a long-term transitioner, so I know the struggles you may face when transitioning to natural. From the lack of support from your family and friends to not having a plan set in place, I've been there. Some moments during your transition may be great, while other times--similar to these--make it rough. 

Negative feedback from family and friends

Just like any venture you may go on, there will be people who don't support you. Unfortunately, this includes family and friends. You may get unwelcomed tips and remarks but don’t let it get to you. When I first went natural my mom didn't understand why I wanted to go natural and wasn't supportive. I was able to overcome this obstacle by teaching her about natural hair and helping her understand the process. She now loves my natural hair and has considered transitioning herself.

Having the wrong mindset

If you go into your transition thinking that it will be easy and you will not have any challenges, your transition may be a rough one. Transitioning comes with ups and downs and many emotional moments. Don’t go into your transition thinking your wash day will be 5 min. You must have realistic expectations. Be prepared for anything, and know that it will all be worth it in the end. If you go into your transition knowing there will be challenges that you can overcome, then you will be ready. 

No plan set in place

Failing to plan out your transition properly can lead to a rough transition. You should have a plan for your hair that includes how long you plan to transition, how often you plan to visit your stylist, and what products and styles you want to wear. The best way to transition is to prepare with plenty of research. There is plenty of information that can be found right here on NaturallyCurly and on YouTube
about transitioning.

No determination

If you are not determined to transition to natural, the road ahead may be bumpy for you. Creating realistic goals will help you meet your expectations. If your goal for transitioning is to achieve healthy hair, set that goal and take action to achieve it. Know your exact reason for transitioning. 

Not taking time to learn your hair

Transitioning to natural takes a lot of time and patience. You have to set aside time to learn about your hair and how to properly take care of it. If you fail to learn about your hair, you will end up frustrated and overwhelmed. Find a stylist you trust and go to them for advice. Get a journal and dedicate it specifically to journaling information about your hair. Write down what products, styles, and techniques that worked for you. When you look back over your notes, you will learn a lot about your hair.

Has your transition been rough? What obstacles did you face during your transition?

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