New year, new hair. :)
Sometimes change can feel overwhelming and frustrating.
It is undoubtedly uneasy and unnerving.
Trust me; when I decided to stop putting chemical treatments on my hair, I went through a difficult time of adjustment to the new me.
BUT, I am grateful I found my way and haven’t looked back.
I have a few reminders that helped me through my journey that I believe will be essential in yours
Check them out...
1. YOUR Hair; YOUR Journey
Often we find ourselves thinking the grass is greener on the other side when it isn’t.
Everyone has their journey, and we have ours.
Stay focused on your own "why" to keep you from losing your mind.
What is your why?
- Is it healthy hair?
- Is it the insatiable craving for something different/new?
- Is it to be a role model for your children, siblings, or friends?
- Is it YOU?
Whatever your" why" is keep reminding yourself in order to stay.
2. It is a Transition
It will take time.
It is a process that requires patience.
Transitioning from a chemical treatment will not happen overnight.
You do not have to do the “big chop”; it is not a requirement.
We suggest cutting damaged hair but It isn’t for everyone.
You do what is best for you today.
3. Build a New Hair Routine for Yourself
Your old hair routine will not translate to your new hair.
Your hair will probably require more than it did before.
- More work
- More time
- More products
Adapting and adjusting to new routines for your hair is critical, and your hair will love you for it.
Your new hair routine will open you up to new style possibilities as long as you take care of it.
For example, as your hair is transitioning you may be experimenting more with different styles but it is important to ensure that your hair is always moisturized especially when you are dealing with multiple textures.
You may not feel confident with this transition, but I tell you, sis, you are worth it! :)
It may feel strange looking into the mirror and seeing yourself with a different hairstyle for a long time.
Changing your hair is serious, and can feel like you are changing a part of who you are.
Transitioning your hair from its previous state is an emotional journey.
Letting go and readjusting can be challenging.
BUT you can and will do it!
6. Resources for Transitioning Hair
Lastly, you are not alone.
There are many of us out here that have transitioned from chemically treated hair to natural hair.
You do not have to do this alone.
We are here for YOU!
Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram have communities where you can find like-minded individuals.
Whether you need help you from answering your questions or some hair inspiration, we got you.
Here are a few online communities you can consider during your transition:
Now It's Your Turn
Leave a comment below with ways you have sought out community during this transition and how you are building confidence with your beautiful new hairdo!