One of the biggest myths women new to their healthy hair journeys believe is that transitioning ONLY involves growing from relaxed to natural hair. The Merriam-Webster definition of transition is a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another. So any evolution of style is technically a “transition.” As it pertains to a healthy hair journey, one can transition from relaxed to natural, relaxed to texlaxed, color treated to uncolored, damaged to healthy – anything that affect hair health and/or texture that requires growth of “new” hair to correct would be considered as a transition. Sometimes a woman with transitioning hair describes someone growing out their relaxed hair, someone whose curl pattern has been permanently altered by Japenese straightening or a Brazilian keratin treatment or even a woman who simply heat damaged her hair.
Now, I do understand that transition most OFTEN describes the grueling process of growing natural hair while continuing to care for your relaxed hair until you either cut it off or gradually trim it all away. So for the most part, this is what we refer to when we say “transition” but it is not the only form. Regardless of what your transition involves, there are certain steps you should follow to help the process move smoothly and keep your hair as healthy as possible:
- Special Attention Where the Textures Meet. This area is called the “line of demarcation” and is the weakest part of your transitioning hair. To avoid breakage and excessive tangling, give special attention to this area when moisturizing and deep conditioning.
- Detangle Carefully. Because transitions often include moving from chemically treated or damaged hair to healthy hair, you need to take extra care to detangle slowly and carefully because damaged hair is prone to breakage. If you wish to preserve your length throughout your transition, detangle slowly and carefully beginning from the ends.
- Deep Condition Often. Keeping your hair properly conditioned will help keep tangles at bay and ensure your new hair grows in as healthy as possible while maintaining a proper moisture-protein balance keeps hair strong and prevents breakage.
Also, another myth is that you HAVE to big chop to short hair. You can transition over as long a period of time as you desire although it may be a tedious process. Check out our previous post, Long Term Transitioning Is Possible! for more tips.