Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

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Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

When I decided to transition my hair from relaxed to natural over the course of a year or so, I naively thought I could continue my usual lazy-girl routine — which basically consisted of going to the hairdresser and having someone else deal with the mess on my head. But, as more and more new growth began to replace my straighter strands, I became concerned about not only the heat damage that might occur in the long run, but the fact that I was relying on somebody else to do all the work. So, I took on the task of doing my own hair.I quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing. Turns out, reading countless natural hair blogs and watching many hours of YouTube tutorials does not make one an expert. My first twist-out was such a fail, I ended up covering my hack job with a hat. Don’t even get me started on my botched bantu knots. Lawd.AdvertisementAnyone who’s gone natural, or is in the transitioning process, knows the pain I’m preaching. Trying to blend two vastly different textures — while coming up with hairstyles that are presentable enough to go out in public with — is hard work. That’s why I enlisted Vida Latimer, senior stylist at Devachan Salon, to help transitioning ladies get through the awkward stages and see the light at the end of the natural hair tunnel.Click through for some new looks to try out, broken down by your stage in the transitioning process.Read More:What These 12 Celebrities Look Like With Their Natural Hair”Hair Dusting” Is The Secret To Healthier, Longer HairThis Weird Gadget Is Going To Change The Way You Do Your Hair

Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

Short Hair Means Easier Detangling 1/5 Longer lengths with curly hair causes the strands to become much more susceptible to tangling and single strand knots. Especially since the longer your hair the older the strands are due to natural wear, which can cause breakage, as well as the bulk end of the strands to become finer than the density closer to the root area which is commonly known as ‘feathering’. Your strands are stronger in numbers so as the ends of your hair feather naturally with length, this is the reason why tangling, single strand knots and split ends happen more frequently in this area. Photo by Getty Images Long Hair Allows For Extended Protective Styling 2/5 Longer hair allows you to maintain longer periods of upkeep with less manipulation. The longer the hair the less chance there is for unraveling which can happen with shorter styles. Longer strands are also able to maintain the effects of perspiration and the bulk of extension protective styles like Marley twists better, due to less stress of the rooted area from the lengthier part of the base supporting the added extension. Photo by Getty Images Short Hair Heightens Risks of Mid-Trichorrexis Nodosa 3/5 While split ends are more commonly discussed, mid-trichorrexis nodosa in otherwise known as mid-shaft splits also occur. Along every curling point or where the hair bends along the strand is a potential point of breakage. This “potential point of breakage” depicts an area of weakness creating grounds to support and enable breakage within the shaft. Once our hair is affected by humidity the strand is weakened due to the weight of the water which elongates the strand placing stress on every single potential point of breakage. Longer Hair Provides More Styling Options 4/5 For those who are only content with constant change, longer tresses may be the answer. While short hair has the attractive advantage of the “I woke up like this” look, it can be somewhat limited in creative styling for the summer. The longer the hair the more styling options become accessible. Photo by Getty Images Less Manipulation With Short Hair 5/5 Constant twistouts, braidouts or any daily ritual to achieve the “perfect” coif can increase abrasion of the strand leaving you with a weak and frayed hair shaft. Shorter styles have the upper hand since strands tend to be less manipulated daily to attain a stretched style.Cipriana Quann is a former model who transitioned 10 years of fashion industry experience into UrbanBushBabes.com, where she is Editor-in-Chief. Photo by Getty Images

Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

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Vlogger PrettieMajor shows us how she puts her long transitioning hair into bantu knots. She essentially starts with freshly washed hair, parts and detangles, adds product, then twists, rolls and secures each knot. She lets the knots set overnight, then unravels them. The same approach can be applied to short transitioning hair.

Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

Anyone who’s gone natural, or is in the transitioning process, knows the pain I’m preaching. Trying to blend two vastly different textures — while coming up with hairstyles that are presentable enough to go out in public with — is hard work. That’s why I enlisted Vida Latimer, senior stylist at Devachan Salon, to help transitioning ladies get through the awkward stages and see the light at the end of the natural hair tunnel.

Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

Everyone transitions for a different reasons. If embracing your texture and learning how to do your own hair is one of them, you may want to skip clip-ins. But if not, you may want to give them a try. They’re a great way to take a break from the highs and lows that often come with transitioning. Vlogger Chantelle Bonsall uses Kinky Coarse clip-ins by KRSHairGroup. And clips them right in without braiding her hair first. Transitioning hair may be especially suited for clip-ins, given the thicker natural texture at the root adds some extra resistance for the clips to hold onto.

Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

Hi Lisa, I just wanted to leave a comment to say THANK YOU so much for having this website. This website has been my go-to source for “all things transitioning”. I’m currently 5 1/2 months post relaxer. Before I began my transition, I watched your video about your hair journey and laughed so hard because I could so relate to everything you were saying; especially pertaining to breakage. Before your video, I went back and forth about transitioning but after the video, I finally decided to begin my journey. Again, thank you!

Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

Hi, I had my last perm in April 2013 and I’m getting more and more new growth. I am new to this site and really trying to get the hang of all this transitioning stuff because its all new and totally different from just wrapping my hair at night and combing it out the next morning. I don’t wear wigs, or weave and my front edges broke off a few years ago so I’m really scared to get braids. 1. I need to know how to hold moisture in my hair and do I need to apply moisture every night or day? 2. How do I reduce breakage. 3. How do I strengthen my hair especially the front edges. And finally I need more hair styles. #HELP

Hairstyles For Short Transitioning Hair

Good idea: Buns baby. High, low, pulled all the way back or with a deep side part, buns are a great way to tame your transitioning hair because it keeps your ends protected. Be careful with the brushing and baby hair creating, and use gels and pomades that don’t dry out your hair.

One thing that surprised me while transitioning was how my hair grows at different rates.  For example, the back of my hair grew out really fast, while the front and crown of my hair grew the slowest.

Braid-Out Transitioning phase: start to one year inWith braid-outs, you can go the cornrow route, as seen here, or do free-form box braids. Leave them in overnight (on damp or dry hair) for the best results. When you take them out the next morning, you’ll have big, beautiful hair, reminiscent of the ’90s crimp look.

Goddess Braid Transitioning phase: nine months to one year inSome women worry that natural hair is “not work-appropriate.” We think that’s a load of BS, but if your coworkers aren’t as enlightened as you, this wraparound braid is an elegant and finished ‘do that will work in any office environment. “After this style, you can do a rod set or twist-out, to start to wear it curly,” Latimer says. For similar tutorials, check out Black Girl with Long Hair.

When you’re transitioning, your new growth may seem as if it’s taking over your head, but you’ll be surprised how much natural hair can shrink up — especially after you trim off the relaxed ends.  Some people experience up to 80% shrinkage (especially people with more coiled hair.)

So if you’re tied to your length, be mindful of this when transitioning.  Relaxed ends can weigh your hair down, giving you the illusion of more length.  But when those ends are cut off, your hair may curl up and be shorter than you think.

Just because you’re transitioning doesn’t mean it's OK to wear a ponytail all the time. While it's easy to pull your hair back every day, LaCombe says these looks can thin out your hairline and damage your roots from all the tugging and excess force. Instead try out different protective styles that put less tension on the hair, but still keep your ends tucked away.

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