8 Powerful Tips For Transitioning To Natural In The Long Term

Beautiful young black girl with birthday cakeThere might come a time in a relaxed girls life where she might decide ‘You know what boo I aint perming a daggone thing no more, its been real I think its time to transition to natural hair, long term’.

The decision to leave what you have been used to for many years isn’t easy but once your have decided to cross over to the natural side, that’s half the battle already.

The other half usually sets in a couple seconds after the decision, ‘Just how can I make this happen easily!’ Not too many of us are brave enough to start out with a TWA so suddenly Google becomes number one on your list of priorities for answers.

Well if you are reading this post, then you are in luck! Here are 8 of the most powerful tips you can use when you plan on transitioning to natural in the long term with as little hair loss as possible.

1. Treat Your Hair As If It Is Already Natural

Things can get a little confusing when dealing with two distinctly different textures but from the start, begin to treat your hair as if it was naturally curly.

This has alot to do with mindset and to help with perspective. Some practical changes that you can make may involve experimenting with products that are typically used by naturals even though they can be used universally, or moisturizing more often or even being extra careful with your hair.

The point is, get your mind right so that you are better prepared as your transition progresses and you have more and more new growth to contend with.

2.  Find A Style That You Can Rock No Matter What

Everyone has a go-to style, for some its a top knot bun, for others it might be a twist or braid out. Find something that blends both textures and looks great on you and that you are 110% comfortable with.

There are a ton of styles you can try and when you find one that you really like, keep it close so that on those hard days, and there will be hard days, you have something you can fall back on and feel great about.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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    Love this post. I’m not planning to BC until I have at least 10-12 inches of hair so 2 years at least. I know it will be hard and I will get tons of breakage but with lots of protective styling I think I will be able to handle it. Looking forward to being fully natural.

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      wow, what a coincidence, my name is Keisha as well and I am long term transitioning also, and don’t plan on BCing until I have 10 inches or more. :) Its been 1 year already and my perm hair is holding on, I love the journey and can’t wait until im fully natural. good luck to you and me both

      • 3

        Lol a Keisha party going on here! Good luck to you both.

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          Well….I know this us an old thread but I’m another Kecia (different spelling obviously) and I’m doing a long term transition as well…lol I will be at 2 years in November and I think I will be ready to bc then. My relaxed hair was already at BL so it’s been quite a journey!

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    LaShunda says:

    I am 12 weeks into my long term transitiotning period. I go to the hairdresser every 2 weeks. Is it necessary to wash and condition in between that time?

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      Hi Lashunda. Actually weekly washes are not set in stone, you have to do what works for you. Having said that, it would probably be a good idea to wash your hair yourself once in a while. How else are you going to learn your hair if you never handle it? It’s your hair and you should know it inside out so that you can guide your stylist in the way you want your hair taken care of. Relying completely on a stylist who sees hundreds of other clients to make every decision about your hair isn’t the best idea.

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    4 Months since I’ve relaxed my hair & this post has really helped. Maybe this journey won’t be so scary after all :)

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