So background info on my hair, I have a 3B-3C curl pattern but I cut, colored and keratin my hair a million times in the past couple years. Looking back, nothing was really wrong with it, I just wanted a change. I got the change, but with 99 problems following. My hair was three different textures…curly, wavy and straight (#transitioningproblems). Along this journey though, I found some useful tips that helped me transition.
– Just let it go- sometimes we focus more on the length of our hair than the quality of it. Lets just say that your hair isn’t going anywhere, if your ends are jacked up. You just need to cut those straight ends off, gradually or all at once, your choice.
– Lay low on the hot tools- I would straighten my hair constantly so I wouldn’t have to deal with the two textures. Don’t do it…it’s a trap. You’d end up damaging your hair even more, and your curls would take a longer time to be restored.
– Keeping your curls healthy- you can start by doing regular hair masks, I’m in love with the coconut milk hair mask. Also, hot oil treatments like coconut oil or almond oil are great easy ones. Masks and hot oil treatments should be done at least once a week. And if you don’t have the time for a DIY mask, Macadamia Deep Repair masque works amazing.
– Protective styling- the key to transitioning is to keep your hair healthy at all times, especially the new growth. Top knots, braids, buns, are all good examples of styles that prevent your hair from breaking. Remember transitioning hair is like a woman, it is usually very fragile and can snap if you don’t treat it right. 😉
– Using the right styling products- you want to use products that give the most definition. Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner are good examples of products that give the most definition to the most stubborn curls.
And the best tip of all is to be patient…it is sometimes very frustrating, especially with different textures and little to no hair growth. But with some patience and consistency, you’ll be there in no time.
Best of luck,