How To Transition Your Hair

Good evening, if you're reading this you are currently on a natural hair journey and are curious on how to do it. Luckily for you I have been transitioning for 3 years, and have acquired some knowledge on how to get those curls back! So lets get started.

 

1. Quit the Heat

I get so many questions on how I got my curls back. The number one thing I did was stop straightening my hair. It's hard to stop an old habit, but truth is there is no change without change. If you want your curls to come back you need to stop using heat. Trust me I know it's not easy especially when you're not getting results right away, but it's a very important step. 

2To Big Chop or Not

Heat damage cannot be repaired, so you have two choices either do a big chop or cut off the damaged hair gradually. During my journey I opted out of the big chop, because I knew that I wouldn't like it. What I did instead was chop about 3 inches off during the beginning of my transition, and then continue to get trims every other three months to gradually get rid of the damage. You can also go the route of getting a Deva Cut, but they are expensive (worth it), so make sure you are fully committed to not apply heat until your hair is completely back. 

3. Train Your Curls

What if I told you that you can train your hair to curl? It sounds silly, but finger curling your hair can really help during that frustrating period of transitioning. Even for looser types of curls/waves this can be beneficial. 

4Hairstyles

In the early stages of my curly hair journey it was very frustrating to see my hair with little definition. I discovered Bantu Knots which put me more at ease and decreased the urge of wanting to give up. There are many other hairstyles that can help with that a lot of people wear wigs and protective styles to help with the transition. I strongly encourage doing your research for hairstyles that will help during the process. 

5. Trial and Error

I think that the hardest thing about curly hair is finding the right products for YOUR hair. Curly hair is so unique there are so many forms and textures that it can be hard to find something that works for you. Know your curl type, porosity, and texture this will help so much with finding the right products. Something that works for me might not work for you.

6. Practice Patience

This is coming from one of the most impatient people in this world. It wont be easy and you'll want to give up but I promise it'll be so worth it! I remember watching a video by Sunkissed Alba, and she emphasized on enjoying the journey. This is something I didn't think of, but once I started living by that quote everything was a lot easier. 

 

SO if you good girls by following these guidelines your curls will be POPPING! The satisfaction of bring your curls back to life, will make you feel like Cardi B after winning that award. Till next time - d

Curl Plateau

Why aren't my curls poppin'

Hey guys! Today we will try to answer this question "why are my curls not poppin' ". I'm sure that every girl transitioning, or active curly girl has asked herself that question. It is so frustrating when you wash our hair, and after its dry we notice that it doesn't look good. There is usually no going back from that. So why does our curls reach that plateau ?

It's scissor time

 

But don't be afraid you don't have to go crazy Edward Scissorhands on the hair (although he did give a mean hair cut). Sometimes a simple trim can bring back life to the curls. Hair can become dull if you don't give it a trim, so if you notice that the curls aren't poppin' as usual and its been a long time since your last trim consider going Edward Scissorhands Jr on those curls. 

It's time to let go of that routine

The best feeling is when you find the perfect combination of products. Literally no one and nothing can ruin the day of a girl that has found the perfect combination of products for her wash and go (mine is currently the Deva Curl "Coconut styler" with the Ultra Defining Gel). So don't you think I cry real Kim Kardash tears when my hair is just not cooperating, and I know it's time to let go? But overtime hair just like everything else gets tired of a routine, and needs to spice things up. Now this doesn't mean that you can't use that favorite gel or curling cream, try mixing your favorite product with a new one. With time you'll be able to go back to that old routine.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!

Listen life gets tough, and we all get lazy but thou shall not skip on that deep condition. Girlfriend I don't care if you have straight or curly hair we all need moisture on our hair! I've noticed that I get the best and long lasting wash n' go when I deep condition my hair, and when I style my hair while it's sopping wet. My DevaCurl stylist gave me this awesome tip, and it's to only put product on my hair while it very wet. Why? Curly hair needs moisture water is our best friend. So before applying products make sure your hair is wet, and have a spray bottle close by. 

Luckily dull curls have a simple fix, before cursing your hair consider if you've done these three things recently. Your curls might be throwing a tantrum, because it wants a new cream or to let go of that clingy ex boyfriend (split ends). 

Either way be sure that even on the days when your curls aren't poppin' you are still poppin' in my eyes- D

My Natural Hair Story

Hey guys! Hope everyone has been great, I've been pretty absent (haven't done many fashion related stuff, I've actually been lazy). The theme for today's blog is my hair journey, why I started straightening my hair, and what made me go natural.

 

It started in middle school....

In middle school  majority of the girls had straight silky hair, and bullying was a common occurrence. 

I obviously had curly hair that was usually in braids/twists or what I used to call "octopus braids" (it was terrible guys lol). The kids made fun of my hair, they said it was nappy because I was Dominican, and it was rough. Being young and naive I assimilated because I wanted to be accepted. I began to try to erase any form of my curly, and I met my second comb ; the flat iron. 

From middle school till 2014 I straightened my hair with minor periods of curly hair. It came with a lot of acceptance of my natural self (which wasn't easy), I had some family members that made fun of my hair, and not feeling like myself or beautiful. I felt discouraged so I continued to straighten my hair.

For someone who loves fashion like I do it was hard to translate my personal style with my hair. All of the bloggers I follow and admire have straight hair, so I felt like to be as stylish as them I had to "look the part". Honestly that's one of the reasons why I've stayed away from my blogging.

Acceptance...

I can't remember exactly when I decided to stop being a slave of my blow dryer and flat iron, but all I remember is that the journey wasn't easy. Like I had mentioned before I was teased because my hair wasn't as curly, and  it was a wavy mess. 

But I continued the journey, and what kept me going was the awesome girls in my life that were going through the same journey, the girls that I saw on social media embracing their curls, and the compliments people would give me on how nice I looked with my natural. That wasn't something I believed before. I didn't think I was beautiful with my natural hair, but now its part of me. It makes me stand out, and it also has taught me about being patient and trusting the process. 

I wanted to write this blog, because I feel like it can translate to any insecurity that a person may have. I have a lot of younger girls on my Instagram that may be feeling out of place because they do not fit the "beauty standards" that are placed on women nowadays. I also have a lot of girls on my Instagram that are going through a natural hair journey, and I want them to trust and enjoy the journey.

It will be very rewarding to see your curls come back to life and grow. Also for my girls that do not have curly hair, you should still care for your hair. 

 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this blog about my hair journey.

 

- D