Transition to Natural Hair with
Transitioning to natural hair can
be a very emotional, yet exciting and rewarding experience. It can be confusing
and difficult to transition from relaxed hair to kinks and curls if you don't
know what to expect or you could be just afraid of the unknown. At Sophia
Sunflower Salon, your transitioning consult will work with you
to ensure you understand the styles, products and steps you
should be taking to help you through your journey.
Been in transition to natural hair or almost there?
There are crucial things you should or should not do to maintain healthy,
natural hair. Over the years I have been asked the same questions by people
dealing with the same problems or
encountering the same situations. This is some information on black natural
hair and transitioning hair that will be beneficial to you. If you have any
questions, don’t hesitate to call at (919) 828-9689 or visit us in person.
Dear Sophia, I haven't had a relaxer in
several years but I have straight ends. I thought was was natural. Why is this?
If you are not getting your ends trimmed, then this
could be a big contributing factor. An even after you received that big chop,
there still may be areas that are still straight. Also if you are continuing to
blow dry or flat iron your hair then you will continue to
have straight ends and areas that will not curl back .Applying heat
to your hair can cause thermal or I like to call it mechanical (because it was created intentional
or unintentional ) damage,
creating straight pieces. Even if you are not relaxing your hair frequent or
habitual flat ironing can sometimes cause more damage than
a relaxer. So you have to decide do
you want curly hair or do you want straight hair. Other things that may cause
mechanical damage to
the hair shaft are Low-quality combs, brushes, self-trimming your hair with
scissors and hair accessories can
cause mechanical damage to
the hair. The protective cuticle layer becomes increasingly rough and is broken
down. The result is
often split ends.
If the hair is wet, swollen and soft, combing poses a risk of over-stretching.
Rubbing of the hair during towel-drying is an added burden to the cuticle layer
and can lead to over-stretching.
Dear Sophia, What is the best way for me
to transition from relaxed to natural?
My philosophy is: If you are not ready to do the
"big chop" try not to thermal style (straighten) your hair- if you
do, keep it minimal and have it done by a transitioning expert. Trim your ends
as often as once a month (depending on how quickly you want those straight ends
off!). I understand that you have to be ready and no one can make that decision
for you. But to make it easier for you allow me to take care of your hair, and
get you on a good regimen, so you do not become frustrated with the two
textures. It takes time and patience, it just does not happen overnight or even
a couple of months. Patience and care for your tresses is the key.
Dear Sophia, If I shouldn't blow dry or
flatiron my hair, how do I need to style my hair while I transition?
twist sets, Twist outs, Braid out, Rod-sets, Straw-sets and flat-twists are the
most common styles we use to avoid thermal damage during your transitioning
phase. Any styles that are low-stress and low-manipulation can work for
Dear Sophia, My hair is all natural with
no straight pieces. What products should I be using?
Shampoo every other week (Olive you Scalp Cleanser),
followed with the Olive you Deep Conditioner and rinse. Apply the MYHoneyChild
styling product that best meets the needs of your curl pattern and texture.
Dear Sophia, What type of curl do I have?
At Sophia Sunflower Salon, I can tell you your hair or
curl type, but when I am styling, your hair type is not main my focus and
should not be yours. Healthy hair is the key, whether it is considered wavy,
curly or kinky, hair is hair. I focus on the large spectrum. On your first
visit, your hair will be shampooed and deep conditioned (all services come with
a complimentary deep conditioning treatment under the dryer. Once your hair is
clean,free of product, conditioned, wet, and in its natural state, your hair
will be evaluated. Then will be able to determine your curl pattern, texture,
straight pieces, breakage, and shrinkage. They will then suggest the best style
for your curl pattern and select the best styling products for your texture
specifically. Then if you want your hair styled then we will proceed with your
Dear Sophia, I want to grow my hair as
much as possible, why do you suggest I get my hair trimmed regularly.
Natural hair should be trimmed at least every 8-12
weeks and transitioning hair should be trimmed every 4 weeks by a professional
to promote healthy hair growth.
Dear Sophia, I apply a daily moisturizer but my hair is still dry and
Are you protecting your hair at night? What I mean by
protecting is wrapping it up with a scarf. It could be that simple. Or you are
not using the appropriate moisturizer for your curls.
Dear Sophia, I read that it is not
necessary to shampoo so I only do condition washing, why is my scalp flaking
and itchy all the time.
Yes, I have heard this many times. But condition
washing may be okay sometimes, but every shampoo with condition will leave to
an excessive oily scalp that will lead to a scalp condition. Sometimes the hair
and scalp needs a good shampooing, not with an alkaline shampoo, but with a
mild clarifying shampoo like the Honey Bee Sweet Scalp Exfoliator. If you don't
clarify your hair every 6-8 weeks you can get product build up making your hair
dull and lifeless. Clarifying your hair means using a shampoo that will strip
all build up off of it and although it will also strip natural oils from your
hair, it is not only acceptable, but necessary as long as it is done sparingly
and it is followed the Honey Hair Mask.
Closing thoughts: To learn more about
becoming natural I recommend you come in to the salon for a transitional consult. At this time we will discuss your styling options.
If you are seeking a complete transitional analyzation
of your hair and scalp . I suggest you schedule a transitional consult during this time will discuss where you are in your transition and create a
plan for you, we will also view and demonstrate several styling methods that
may suit your style . During this consult you will be expected to come in with
clean dry hair and have 30 -45 minutes available for the discussion. Call us today at (919) 828 9689 to get going on your transition . Or click the link to get your service scheduled. Transitional Consult