I am a curly girl. I love my natural, curly hair, but I wasn’t always so fascinated with my curls.
Growing up in a Dominican household, the image of beauty was long, slick, perfectly straight hair. Which I didn’t have, so we took bi-weekly trips to the hair salon.
I don’t understand why, but my mom felt the need to start taking me to the hair salon at the age of 6. I didn’t begin my transition until I was 19, so that’s 13 years of constant wash-and-sets. WOW! I never even thought of it in that way, that’s a lot of damage and it explains why my hair took so long to transition to its natural state.
After loads of research and hours of watching youtube videos, I decided to start my journey May of 2015.
Holy molyyyy!! This process is not for everyone! For starters, you need patience and I can’t stress this enough. It’s like anything in life, it’s a process, and you must stay consistent and dedicated to see results. The process is so tedious and it’s easy to want to give up, I almost did a few times, but when you do begin to see results, it’s the best feeling in the world.
It took me about 4 months to see any results.
If you are new to the natural community, I recommend you visit naturallycurly.com.
Take the hair quiz first to know your hair type. (I’m 3C)
They have a bunch of articles on everything you need to know about transitioning (protective hairstyles, sleeping tips, natural deep conditions, hair routines, etc.). I suggest you also do a porosity test to find which kind of products (or brands) work best with your hair. Knowing this about your hair will make your transitioning process smoother and hopefully quicker.
Youtube is a great resource to learn how to deal with your hair. Especially if your hair is in an awkward stage, as mine was for about a year. It was so bad that I LITERALLY wore the same hairstyle for like 3 months. I luckily found a few “youtubers” with my same hair type that were pretty dedicated to sharing their tips and tricks with the world and I am extremely grateful! I’m not much of a creative person, so finding inspiration on youtube was helpful for my transition.
Pinterest was also extremely helpful for my transition. I found a whole bunch of natural deep conditions (DIY’s) that saved me a lot of money! On pinterest I learned a lot about the benefits of natural products like coconut oil, honey, rice water, avocado’s, mayonnaise, even onions! Yes, I said onions. It sounds gross, and smells gross, but the benefits are priceless!!!
Going from straight to curly is not easy! As I said before, it takes a lot of dedication and consistency.
Keeping a consistent routine will get your hair ‘used to’ the change you are about to put it through.
When transitioning, I kept a simple routine. Alternating (weekly) between DIY deep conditions and oil treatments (one week deep condition, next week oil treatment). Its very important to keep your scalp clean to promote hair growth. Making sure your new growth is healthy is a key component to successful transitioning. The old (damaged) hair is important too, but not as important since it is damaged. Most people just start off with a ‘big chop’ to have a fresh start.
(I will be posting a more in-depth routine soon.)
I chose not to do a ‘big chop’ because I wanted to maintain my length, but ended up chopping about half of it because my damaged hair was just weighing my hair down. After I chopped my hair, my curls flourished! (This was where my awkward stage began.)
If this post was helpful or you have any suggestions, questions or tips, leave a comment.