Hey babe! You’re probably here because you’ve decided it’s time— time to commit to this new curly hair journey! In 2004, I made the decision to commit to this whole hair transitioning journey. This was the reason I started this blog actually, I wanted to document everything! My curls then were so damaged, it looked as if I had loose waves. See my very first blog post on my journey here.
Fast forward to four years later and I am more than happy to embrace my rizos. I’ve tried endless hair products, some of which have worked, others not so much but it’s part of the process. 😉
STARTING YOUR CURLY HAIR JOURNEY | DO’S AND DON’TS:
- HAVE PATIENCE + TAKE PROGRESS PICTURES – There is no miracle product that will give you curls from morning to night. It takes a whole lotta patience. Just like we take progress pictures in our fitness journies, same goes with your hair. Choose a date and every month take a picture, every little difference counts!
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER – This is a no-brainer, drink your minimum 8 cups of water a day. Drinking enough water can also help you get rid of dandruff and hair loss/thinning problem. Not only our skin and health, but water promotes hair growth girl, so drink up!
DO NOT USE HEAT– Put away all your hot tools. If you like to diffuse your curls, do so on cool air.
- PRE-POO THE HAIR – Pre-pooing is a treatment done before applying shampoo and conditioner. It protects against the harsh stripping of the hair in the shampoo phase. It also helps with dryness once the shampoo has been rinsed. I like to use coconut oil to pre-poo.
- USE SULFATE, PARABEN, & SILICONE FREE PRODUCTS – This is key when transitioning. Read all the ingredients in the products to ensure its free of harsh chemicals.
- DEEP CONDITION REGULARLY –
- MOISTURIZING TREATMENTS – You should be applying moisturizing treatments at least once a week but do aim for twice a week as your hair needs all the moisture it can get right now.
- PROTEIN TREATMENTS – Protein treatments are a little more intense and should be used once a month. This is really good for dry brittle hair.
- DO NOT USE COTTON TOWELS – Cotton towels break your hair. Instead, use a microfiber towel to dry your hair and scrunch after applying your styling products.
- USE A SATIN PILLOW CASE – To have great second day (and so on) curls, sleep on a satin pillowcase. This will prevent any frizz while sleeping.
- GET YOUR HAIR TRIMMED – Since you’ll most likely have a lot of straight ends/damaged pieces, get your trim girl! I’d get them every 4-5 months or as needed.
- DO LOVE THE JOURNEY! Never get discouraged if you feel like it’s taking forever. Look back at my 2013 picture to today, it took me a few years but the results are well worth it!
I hope I’ve encouraged you even more now to begin this journey with loving your natural hair. You can always send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), DM me through Instagram, or comment below and I will get back to you with your questions/concerns!