Thursday, April 9, 2009

How to Transition to Natural Hair

How to transition to natural hair

It is very exciting to transition from natural hair to relaxed or permed hair. No matter what you hair texture straight, wavy, curly, coily, or kinky these tips can make your natural hair journey one you can feel good about. Natural styles are healthy, and save you precious time you can use to live a richer life. Natural styles can range from classic and simple to trendy and edgy. So relax, release the social pressures, get to know your hair and enjoy your “unique” journey. Here is a natural style I created using the Indigofera Hair Care Ritual and a roller set. It's the color fabulous.

Transition from relaxed to natural hair styles

The transition to natural hairstyles can be a satisfying experience with the right support, techniques and plant based hair solutions. The most straight forward way to go back to natural hair state is cutting off the relaxed hair and wearing styles suitable for the length of natural hair you have. This may be the boldest method but one does not need to worry about the breakage and transition which is done with the least amount of work. However this method is not for everyone. The following methods can be used when making a transition natural hair:

Braids/ extensions- Try simple chic medium straight back braids than can be secured in a classy bun. Textured weaves are another way to grow out you relaxer. Be sure to cleanse and moisturize the scalp regularly for either method. Indigofera Hydrating Hair Mist™ for hydrate and replenish the scalp and hair.

Sophisticate Twists™- Many of my clients came to me wanting to transition gradually without cutting all the relaxer hair off at once. As their stylist, I supported whatever decision they were comfortable with and that was realistic and healthy. Don’t allow anyone to pressure or into any hair style, you have to wear it confidently. Sophisticate Twists( NourishedTwo Strand Twists Set on Rods)  minimize combing and the breakage as is often expected while transitioning. Hair should be cleansed, deep conditioned, nourished, two strand twisted and set on rods. Indigofera's Nourishing Products moisturize, nourish and replenish the hair leaving it softer with visible health and shine. Next, the twist should be set on small rods and dried. Finish the dried style by removing the rods. For the first week were the curls, as they fall, release the twist for a fuller look, into the second week pin up the back or were a headband. Nourish and Hydrate as needed with Indigofera Nourishing Products and Hydrating Hair Mist™ Every time you perform the style, trim off one quarter- one half inch of relaxed hair, and deep condition. In a few months you will have a healthy head of natural hair. This is my favorite technique for gradual transitioning it really works and it give you a chance to grow into your new look. Sophisticate Twists™


Hairlocking- Locks are beautiful, versatile and may be the source of your inspiration to “go natural.” Keep in mind experienced locktians or trained natural hair stylists can lock any texture of hair with various specialized techniques. Many myths and misinformation about hairlocking, still exist. Here are 7 questions you need to ask before starting locs.

Things to keep in mind while making the transition

The transition from relaxed hair to natural hair can be an exciting experience but one has to keep in mind the following factors for ease in transition. This is especially important if they want to maintain the hair length:

Hair is very fragile at the time of transition from permed to natural state so one needs to handle it as carefully as possible and keep it well moisturized with plant based ingredients.

To minimize breakage sleep with a satin pillow case (I like Neero & Ana) or silk cap at night time so as to maintain moisture and prevent friction on the pillow.

Replenish the hair with plant based conditioners and moisturizers, wear styles that do not require frequent combing while the hair is still in two different states natural (new growth) and relaxed ( straight ends)

Remember they are qualified professional natural hair stylists that can help you with you journey, don’t struggle through it alone. Read Indigofera’s guide “Finding the Right Natural Stylist for You.”Indigofera offers plant based beauty solutions for healthy hair and skin. Our beauty experts and specialists are committed to beauty transformation, premium plant based ingredients and tranquil experiences. A world of radiant beauty awaits you™


  1. Yes, thats where i'm at right now. i don't want to cut off my hair but i just want to go without the perm eventually. The two strain twists will really work for me during these summer months, something new and exciting for me. i just need to know which product i need to from indigofera and is there a salon here in Phila??

  2. I am a current transitioner (23 months...BC next month :D)
    I love this quote: So relax, release the social pressures, get to know your hair and enjoy your “unique” journey.

    It explains my entire view on transitioning and why I've continued this far.
    I think it's especially important to stress moisturizing and sealing :)


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