Beauty Memo

4 Steps to Transitioning Your Natural Hair


Going natural is always an exciting journey, but it can be difficult to do it right without guidance. Remember, God calls us to be good stewards of the things that He gives us (Col. 3:23, Prov. 16:3), and that includes our hair. Everyone, without vanity, can take pride in their appearance in a way that honors the Lord (Prov. 31:30-31, Eccl. 2:1, Job 15:31). In this article, we’ll present you with a step-by-step guide to help you easily transition to natural hair.

Step 1: Get the Right Tools

Having the right tools is the key to stress-free transitioning. Here’s what you’ll need:

A curly girl-friendly shampoo and conditioner
(no silicone, carcinogens, or sulfates)
A wide-tooth comb 
Leave-in conditioner Spray bottle 
Styling scissors A bonnet or hair scarf 
Hair salon clips

Though it’s not a product, the last thing you’ll need is perseverance.  As Christians, of course, we are called to run the good race in a way that honors the Lord. But we can practice perseverance in many aspects of our lives – including how we handle our appearance. So, remember these facts when it gets tough: You’ll get the hang of it, your hair was made this way, your hair will grow, and you decide what to do with your hair – no one else. So have fun!

Step 2: The Big Chop

The big chop can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. There are three ways to do a big chop and which one you choose is up to you:

  1. Trim the fat – On freshly washed hair, trim the parts that seem damaged scraggly, straight, colored, etc). Trim off as much as you are comfortable and then come back for another trim later on. 
  2. Chop it off – On freshly washed hair, chop off your hair to the healthiest part. You should only have your natural hair showing. 
  3. Shear it off – Grab your clippers and shave your head completely. This should be done on dry hair or by a professional barber/stylist. 

Step 3: Caring for Your Hair Afterward

Congratulations! You’re officially a curly girl. Fostering growth and healthy hair will look a little different but will be so rewarding. Though proper hair care can vary from curly girl to curly girl, there are a few key tips that will never change:

Moisturize your hair regularlyNever wear a style for too long
Wash your hair 1-2 times per weekAlways be gentle on your hair
Use oil sparingly, but not as a moisturizerAlways use products as recommended
Wear your bonnet/headscarf to bedDon’t style your hair too tight

Step 4: Your New Normal

You have everything that you need to transition to natural hair. As you continue to care for your hair and grow in your faith, remember to not give up on your natural hair goals. There are so many naturals within your community, this website, and church to keep you motivated, inspired, and focused on your goals. Comment below and let us know why you decided to go natural. 

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