3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Transitioning To Natural

natural hairEven though I’m transitioning, I still need to trim my hair

A lot of women (myself included) dread even thinking about cutting their hair, so transitioning is the much needed alternative to the big chop. However, if you want healthy hair, you are going to see those scissors one way or another; maybe it’s not as major as the big chop but it’s still a little nerve-racking. That’s right ladies, I’m talking about trimming your ends!

I never thought I needed a trim because I never really paid attention to the ends of my hair. In my mind, anything that meant I had to lose some length was bad, so I avoided trims at all costs. It wasn’t until I started to notice my hair looking unkempt and frazzled at the ends no matter how I brushed it that I knew something needed to change.

I did some research and found out that I indeed had split ends and if I didn’t get them trimmed immediately, they could split all the way up to my roots and I’d have to cut off a lot more hair than I’d like to. This scared me enough to go to my hairdresser and get my ends clipped.

Unfortunately, they had already split pretty high so I just cut off the remainder of my relaxed ends—causing me to go through with the big chop a whole year before I was planning to. Bummer.

Advice is not “one size fits all”

Any woman at any stage of a hair journey knows that advice will come, and it will come at you fast. I was told everything from “washing your hair every week is bad” to “weaves will stunt your hair growth”, and I believed it all. Don’t get me wrong, none of the advice I received was bad advice, I just wish I would’ve understood that advice is by no means “one size fits all”; meaning that what works for others, may not work for me.


I tried every new natural hair product and regimen under the sun and only a handful provided me with what I was looking for. At the end of it all, I felt like I wasted my time trying out all of these things that seemed to work for others but not for me.

Putting a mask made out of eggs in my hair didn’t give it any strength, deep conditioning overnight definitely didn’t work for me, and braids didn’t make me bald; all of this advice was falling through and I was frustrated! But in hindsight, I realize that if I never went through this trial and error period, I would have never found what worked for me. Now that I am a lot more knowledgeable, I listen to others’ advice a lot less and instead, listen to what my hair is telling me a lot more.

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About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

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Comments

  1. Raynisha Renee Jackson

    You wish you knew it was gonna be hard work just like everything else in your life? You wish you knew it would need love, care & attention just like everybody else in real life? You wish you knew that your hair is your crown and ypu should wear it proudly? You wish you knew that putting that lye in your hair to make it “soft” was a lie? Everybody praises Madam C.J walker but because of her, we walk around here with alopecia & bald patched weaves on our heads. Smh #forgetthat

    P.s no i didnt read the article. I never can. Them damn pop ups & ads on the page.

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