On this blog of mine, I hardly talk about myself and my hair journey and how it’s all going. Recently I was swiping through my photos and I found two photos exactly 1 year apart to the day. I could not believe how different I looked. Take a look below.
My hair was super frizzy despite refraining from heat and opting for DIY so why did I look so dramatically different. Well, my hair was transitioning. According to Naturally Curly “Transitioning to natural hair is a simple process of growing out your natural texture before cutting off the processed or damaged ends.” I did not follow this, as I never gave myself a big chop and I actually felt really happy with how my hair looked whilst transitioning (not so much now) and didn’t even acknowledge the fact I was transitioning. I just thought that’s how my curly hair was. It was in fact much curlier than I thought and through looking after my hair and giving it proper treatment, I was able to bring back my curls. Nowadays, I am a lot more relaxed with my hair care routine and have even bleached my hair and dyed it purple, once it got to a point I was happy with. Without further ado, here is how I transformed my curly hair
Transformation Tip 1: Deep Conditioning
When you don’t know exactly what your curls naturally pattern is, it is difficult to find exactly what products work for you, so I didn’t want to start with expensive hair products. Firstly, I didn’t have much money anyway and secondly, I knew that spending £25 on a conditioner wouldn’t matter I wouldn’t really be seeing the full results on my damaged frizzy hair. We all know how hard it is to find products we love anyways so my focus at this time was just putting as much product in my hair as humanly possible. Once a week I would spend a £1 on a conditioner and saturate my hair with the stuff every day. I would refresh it with water the next day and then once again squirt out a handful of conditioner and rake it through my curls. My brother would constantly point out blobs of conditioner that I clearly hadn’t worked in well enough. While I don’t recommend this as the best course of action, it’s important to give your hair a tonne of moisture and nourishment to transition healthily. Deep conditioning was crucial for transforming my curly hair. Now I obsessively read the labels on my products and understanding my ingredients is so important to me but at the start not so much. I am sure this probably caused a lot of product build up on my hair and if I was to do it again I would have found good silicone and sulphate free products and then followed the LOC method.
Transformation Tip 2: Dedicate Time
All good things take time and your hair is not exempt from this rule. In order for your hair to transition you are going to need to give your hair some time, literally. Try and find time in your day to dedicate to your hair. Personally, I find the time before I go to sleep is the best time for me. I sit at my dresser, pull out my hair bag(s) and start my hair routine. The way skincare self-care routines are a trend at the moment, I do the same thing to my hair. I really make it a ritual to take the time to care for my hair. I pop on a curly hair guru YouTube video, give myself a scalp massage, I detangle and moisturise with the LOC method. I do it all, and then I go to bed. Night time may not be good for you, but find what works and dedicate some time to your curls.
Transformation Tip 3: No Heat
This can be a difficult one and I cut down on heat over a long period of time. I cut down my heat to only straightening once a week, and then one week straight one week curly and then only straightening once a month to eventually not straight at all. It is a process. Initially when you see yourself in the mirror, if you are anything like me, you will feel you look weird, that you look better with straight hair and that everyone else’s curls look better than yours and your probably right. But look at my picture showing my hair a year apart. If I quit just because my hair looked how it did in the first picture, I would never have the hair I have now. Put the straighteners down and pick the deep conditioner up.
These small changes honestly are the reason my hair is the way it is now. Give your hair the love it deserves. Transitioning is definitely a process and it’s okay to not like it all the time but stick with it and I promise you will see the results eventually.
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