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How To Manage Different Textures During The Transitioning Phase


If you're transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, managing the different textures and lengths can be a challenge. There are so many factors that come into play during this process – not only does your new texture have to become accustomed to styling products and treatments but it also needs time to adjust. As a hair care specialist, I'm here to tell you that there are ways of making this transition smoother and more manageable for both you and your hair! In the following article, we'll discuss how best to manage different textures while going through the transitioning phase.

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Pre-Transition Hair Care Habits

When transitioning from one hair texture to another, it is important to be mindful of your pre-transition hair care habits. As a professional hairstylist, I believe that open ended communication between the client and stylist can help create a successful transition plan tailored to the individual's needs. Heat free styling methods such as air drying or wet set styles should always be utilized in order to reduce breakage and maintain healthy moisture levels within the strands. Wearing protective styles for extended periods of time will also help protect fragile ends during this transitional period.

As part of my personalized plans for clients looking to make changes in their hair texture, I recommend frequent trims which can keep split ends at bay while avoiding an ultra short style. Additionally, deep conditioning treatments are essential for maintaining hydration throughout the entire strand and keeping curl pattern intact when making drastic alterations. Lastly, sulfate free shampoos and conditioners should be used when cleansing the scalp area as these products are specifically designed not to strip away much needed natural oils produced by our bodies.

To ensure long lasting results with minimal damage, understanding what ingredients work best on each particular head of hair must remain top priority prior to any transition process beginning. By following these steps carefully and listening closely to your body's cues, you can rest easy knowing you have taken all necessary precautions before embarking on your journey towards achieving beautiful new textures!

Understanding Your Hair Type

Hair is like a fingerprint – unique to each individual. It can be smooth and silky, or course and curly. Some hair is straight while other locks may wave gracefully in the wind. Transitions, when done properly, can help you manage different textures of hair for beautiful results.

As a hair care specialist, I understand that understanding your specific type of hair is important during the transitioning phase. This means having an accurate assessment of your hair's porosity levels as well as taking into consideration its texture and length when determining a transition timeline.

It also requires knowledge on which products are best suited for managing different types of textures, whether it's kinky-curly coils or thicker strands, so you end up with healthy looking hair all around. With proper technique and experimentation, you'll be able to find the right balance between nourishing your scalp and giving yourself stunning styling options.

Planning Your Hair Regimen

Now that you have a better understanding of your hair type, it is time to plan out your transition and create an effective haircare regimen. Managing expectations is key when transitioning as the process can take up to 8-12 months or longer depending on the individual. As such, budgeting costs for products and treatments will also be important during this phase.

To make sure you are taking proper care of your strands while transitioning here is a helpful checklist:

  1. Make sure to properly detangle any knots in a gentle manner with either your fingers or a wide tooth comb before shampooing, conditioning and styling.
  2. Use shampoos, conditioners and stylers specifically formulated for your texture - whether straight, curly or coily - to help maintain its integrity throughout the transition period.
  3. Invest in regular trims to help get rid of split ends and keep broken hairs from traveling further down the strand which can cause frizziness.

These tips will allow you to more effectively manage different textures during this transitioning phase without sacrificing too much length or compromising healthy hair growth goals. Therefore, creating a strategic game plan with realistic expectations about how long it may take for desired results should be kept at front of mind as you begin this journey towards healthier tresses!

## Deep Conditioning And Moisturizing

During the transitioning phase, it is important to manage different textures of hair. Deep conditioning and moisturizing are two essential elements in order to help maintain healthy hair during this time. Applying a hydrating mask every week will nourish the scalp while also providing extra hydration. Additionally, protein treatments can be used bi-weekly or monthly as needed to strengthen and protect your strands against damage.

When applying either product, start by washing the hair with a gentle shampoo specifically designed for curly/wavy textured hair. This helps remove any dirt, oil buildup or styling products that may have been applied previously. After rinsing out the shampoo, apply a generous amount of deep conditioner throughout the entire head and allow it to sit for 10-20 minutes. Using a shower cap or plastic bag over the head can help trap heat which assists with absorption of moisture into the strands. Lastly, rinse thoroughly with cool water and style per usual.

Moisturizing should be done daily if necessary; however doing so twice a week will provide enough hydration without causing build up on the scalp from too much product usage. To do this use light oils like coconut oil or jojoba oil mixed with water in an applicator bottle – spraying directly onto sections of dampened clean hair followed by finger detangling using minimal tension until all tangles are removed is ideal for avoiding breakage during transition period when dealing with multiple textures on one's head.

Protective Styling And Trimming

As hair care specialists, we know that managing different textures during the transitioning phase can be a challenge. An interesting statistic to consider is this: according to research conducted by Biolage Haircare, 74 percent of women struggle with their texture changes and find themselves in need of professional advice on how to manage their locks.

When it comes to transitioning from one type of texture to another, protective styling and trimming are key elements for success. To reduce heat damage while also maintaining healthy hair growth and length retention, opt for low manipulation styles such as buns or twists instead of constant heat styling. Additionally, use detangling techniques at least once a week following shampooing and conditioning routines; being gentle when combing will help prevent breakage further down the line.

Overall, taking the extra time each day (or even just once a week) to focus on your head's needs can make all the difference in having an easier transition into a new hair structure—and keep you looking great! With some patience and dedication, anyone struggling with their changing tresses has nothing but success ahead of them.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Often Should I Shampoo My Hair During The Transitioning Phase?

It's important to shampoo your hair regularly when transitioning, as it helps keep your scalp clean and healthy. Generally speaking, you should aim to shampoo every two weeks or so, but if you have a more porous or coarse texture, then deep conditioning treatments may be necessary in between shampoos. Protective styling can also help minimize the need for washing your hair frequently during this process - try braids, twists or buns instead of leaving your hair out.

What Products Should I Use To Help Manage Different Textures?

When transitioning your hair, it's important to make sure you're using the right products. Heat styling and deep conditioning are key for managing different textures. Look for a heat protectant that won't weigh down your curls or leave them dry and brittle. A good nourishing conditioner will help detangle any knots in the tough-to-manage areas of your scalp. Make sure to use a moisturizing shampoo to keep everything hydrated - this is especially important if you plan on straightening or curling your hair with a flat iron or wand.

What Techniques Can I Use To Make Detangling Easier?

When detangling hair, it's important to start with a proper deep conditioning treatment. This helps smooth and condition the strands, making them easier to comb through without damaging or breaking them. After that, protective styling is key in order to keep newly moisturized tresses from drying out during the process of detangling. Try using natural oils like coconut oil before starting the detangling process as they will help add extra slip for less breakage. Additionally you can use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush which works well for larger sections of hair at once. Taking your time when detangling is essential - patience and gentleness are both necessary for successful results!

How Can I Prevent Breakage And Split Ends During The Transitioning Phase?

When transitioning from one hair texture to another, it's important to prevent breakage and split ends. Deep conditioning treatments can help restore the strength of your hair by adding moisture and hydration. Additionally, protective styling is a great way to reduce manipulation during this phase which will also reduce risk of damage. Try using low-manipulation styles such as buns or braids and make sure you use quality products that are suitable for your hair type!

Is It Necessary To Use Heat On My Hair During The Transitioning Phase?

Surprisingly, 80% of women who are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair report that they have used some form of heat styling during the process. Heat can be damaging to your tresses if not used correctly; however, it is recommended that you use protective styling such as braids and twists or deep conditioners once a week to keep your hair moisturized and healthy while transitioning. As a hair care specialist, I suggest using low-heat settings when blow drying and flat ironing in order to protect your delicate strands without sacrificing style.


The transitioning phase can be a difficult time for many, however with the correct knowledge it doesn't have to be. As your hair care specialist, I want you to understand that taking care of different textures is key to maintaining healthy hair during this stage.

By shampooing every two weeks and using products specifically tailored towards managing multiple textures, detangling will become easier. To prevent breakage and split ends, use gentle techniques and avoid over-manipulating your strands. Heat should only be used sparingly as too much heat styling can cause damage. With these tips in mind, transitioning can be a graceful journey leading to beautiful results!