Top 5 Natural Hair Care Tips for Transitioning

Studio 86 Salon in toronto shares natural hair care tips for transitioning from relaxer.

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Transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair can be a challenging process. You have to make it through the months of being in the in-between zone and resist the urge to just chop it all off out of frustration.

Dealing with multiple hair textures at once might not be fun, but it doesn’t have to be unbearable. We work with natural, textured hair often here at Studio 86, so we know what it takes to keep your natural locks looking healthy.

Here are our top five tips for getting through it, maintaining your sanity, and coming out on the other side loving your gorgeous, natural hair more than ever before.

Deep Condition Regularly

While your hair transitions from relaxed to natural, it’s important to deep condition regularly to prevent breakage and keep your natural hair moisturized. A good at-home deep conditioner we like is the Kendi Intense Conditioning Masque from Alterna Haircare’s Bamboo Smooth line.

We also recommend getting a deep conditioning treatment whenever you come in for a trim. The L’Oreal Steampod is our personal favourite here at Studio 86. Learn more about this amazing treatment here. And that brings us to our second tip:

Get Regular Trims

Regular trims might seem counterproductive when you’re trying to grow out your hair, but they prevent unnecessary breakage and actually help your hair grow longer, faster. Well, technically, your hair isn’t growing faster, but if you leave too much time between trims, your ends can become even more damaged and you’ll likely have to cut off more length than you would have liked. Check out our other tips for growing healthy, long hair here.

Wear Protective Styles, But Not for Too Long

Protective styles, such as braids, are a great, low-maintenance way to manage your hair during your transition, but wearing them for too long can damage your hair. If you want to try protective styles, be sure to take breaks once in a while and let your hair breathe. Don’t forget to shampoo your hair on a regular basis and keep it moisturized.

Flat Irons Are OK

Some people think that using a flat iron once will damage your hair. That’s simply not true. Heat damage comes from using heat styling tools every day for a long period of time. Don’t be afraid to use a flat iron to style your natural hair once in a while, and use hair products formulated to protect your hair from heat damage. And that brings us to our final secret to caring for your natural hair:

Use The Right Products!

However you choose to style your natural hair, make sure you’re using the right products. Use protective products when heat styling, keep your hair well moisturized and use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. A great product line to check out is Alterna Haircare’s Bamboo Smooth line. From shampoos and conditioners to leave-in treatments and oils, you’ll find a great mix of products to keep your natural hair healthy. And we just happen to carry this amazing line in our Yorkville hair salon!

Our experienced stylists are always happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for your natural hair. To visit us for a trim or deep conditioning treatment, book your appointment online today!

See you soon!


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