Category: Transitioning

Transitioning Hairstyles for Beginners

Hello, how are you today? Finally, it seems like the rainy season has begun in Lagos already. Please keep warm & eat lots of fruits. Back to today’s topic! So many Nigerians now want to go natural, but they are stuck at whether or not they should ” cut their hair” a.k.a start afresh or they should transition. For those that are transitioning, they are not sure of how to style their hair. For me, when I started transitioning, I decided to cover up my hair with wigs, and that was when I discovered my love for wigs. However, there are actually so many transitioning hairstyles for beginners across the internet that you can try out.

These hairstyles are quite easy to do in no amount of time.

1. Buns with Accessories:

It’s super easy to pull up a bun, but make sure that edges are not pulled too tightly. Because you have two textures in your hair now (relaxed & natural hair) you can use Alice bands or scarfs to decorate or hide the new growth you have.

Transitioning hairstyles for beginners
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2. Bantu Knots Out:

Thank God I discovered this style in my early transitioning days. It was really easy to learn & practice. Once you have moisturized your hair, you just need to roll each section around itself & unravel the next morning. Viola!

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3. Twists & Box Braids:

You can decide to twist just your own hair or add extensions to it. But bear in mind that your twists & braids should not be too tight so it does not cost you your edges.

Transitioning hairstyles for beginners

4. Crochet Braids:

As long as your plait beneath the crochet is not tight, crochet braids are really beautiful transitioning hairstyles for beginners.

Transitioning hairstyles - crochet braids

5. Flexi Rods:

Looking for a way to blend your relaxed hair and the new growth you have? Try Flexi rods. In Lagos, most people know Flexi rods as bending rollers. In case, you want to buy, you know what to call it.

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69 Weeks Post relaxed Hair – Wash Day

69 weeks post relaxed hair - long Nigerian hair

Happy new week ladies! For many, Fridays are for `turn-ups` & hanging out with friends. For me, it is wash day for my hair. At 69 weeks post relaxed, I seem to need a third hand to handle the thickness of my hair when washing it. I now section my hair in 4 places for better washing. I also gave twists out another try this week using Eco Styler Gel.

Tools/Products

  • ORS invigorating shampoo
  • Crème of Nature Hair Masque
  • Heat Therapy Wrap
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Virgin Olive Oil
  • Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Lean in Conditioner
  • Eco Styler Gel

69 weeks post relaxed hair - long Nigerian hair

How it went:

Cleaning: Due to the thickness of my hair, I sectioned it into 4 places. As usual, I mixed my shampoo with water in a spray bottle before apply it on my scalp. Instead of scrubbing your hair with the shampoo, use your fingertips to clean your scalp. When you rinse the shampoo, it will clean the strands of hair.

Deep Conditioning: I made sure I used my fingers to detangle my hair once I applied my deep conditioner in it. The deep conditioner made detangling easier. Instead of deep conditioning overnight, I used my Heat Therapy Wrap instead for about an hour. I then rinsed off with warm water. I used cold water for my final rinse.

69 weeks post relaxed hair - long Nigerian hair
Prepping my hair for wash day

Moisturizing & Sealing: While my hair was still damp, I applied my leave in conditioner in the 4 sections I initially did. I am currently experimenting with the Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1. It contains mineral oil which many hair enthusiasts have criticized. Well, it is its advantages and disadvantages. I will do a review on it next week. At 69 weeks post relaxed, I need all the moisture I can get. I then sealed in the moisture with olive oil.

Twists Out & Bun: I used Eco Styler gel on the twists. However, it did not hold well like the one I did last week. Even the curls were looser compared to when I used Africa’s Best Curl Styling Gel.  After a day, I styled my hair in a bun.

69 weeks post relaxed hair - long Nigerian hair

 

69 weeks post relaxed hair - long Nigerian hair

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Go Natural without the Big Chop- Here’s How

tips to transition to natural hair

Hello beauties! Today’s post is inspired by some ladies who have approached me to ask ” How do I go natural without cutting my hair?” For those on a healthy hair journey already, this cutting of hair is usually called the “Big Chop”. The Big Chop is when you decide to cut off those parts of your hair that you have previously applied relaxers on.  I chose not to do the Big Chop, instead I have been transitioning to natural hair for about 1 year, 3 months now. If you have decided to go natural, here are a few tips that you will find useful.

TIP #1: Moisturize Regularly

This had to be the number 1. When you hair is dry & lacking in moisture, it is prone to breakage. When transitioning, you are dealing with your relaxed hair at the end and the natural hair growing from the roots, You have to moisturize to prevent excessive hair breakage at the point where the relaxed hair meets the natural hair. You can follow the L(liquid), O(Oil), C (Cream) method when moisturizing.

Go Natural without the Big Chop

Tip #2: Deep Conditioning

I chose to deep condition my hair every two weeks mostly on the days when I wash my hair. I also use a keratin treatment every two months. Deep conditioning strengthen your hair & nourishes your hair as you transition. It is important to use products that your hair loves.

Go Natural without the Big Chop

Tip #3: Protective Styling 

There were a lot of days that I did not even know how to style my hair when i started transitioning. Wigs came to the rescue. While you decide to go natural, protective styles become even more useful. I also did Senegalese twists sometimes. Now that my natural hair is longer, I do Bantu knots out and twists out.

Go Natural without the Big Chop

 

Tip #4: Research & Learn

From how to wash your hair, to deep conditioning, to styling your hair, there is a lot you can learn from the internet.

No one can claim the monopoly of knowledge. So many ladies have transitioned to natural hair without cutting their relaxed hair. You can learn from them on the internet.

Tip #5: Reduce or stop the Use of Direct Heat

I know you love straightening your hair every week for the straight hair you are used to. Bu the down side to this is that , excessive use of direct heat can weaken your hair. It will be best if you reduce their use or stop it till you are done transitioning.

Are you transitioning to natural hair? Please add your own tips!

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