Wear low manipulation styles
The styles mentioned above like braid outs and curly rod sets are low manipulation. Wash and go’s and straighter styles are higher manipulation styles.
Low manipulation styles just mean you are not manipulating your hair daily and that cuts down on breakage drastically.
Beef up on your hair accessories
A lot of styles can be achieved with long term transitioning so here are some tools worth having:
► Bobby pins and/or hair pins
► Silk scarves
► Headbands and flower clips
► Ouchless bands
► Satin bonnets and/or a satin pillowcase for sleeping
The YouTuber Naturalista diimpulz has a GREAT video on 4 Easy, Stylish Ways to Bun Your Transitioning Hair. I would not have considered bunning a transitioning style but girlfriend shut me up with her technique, styles and ability to work a rat tail comb without damaging her hair.
Her trick seems to be she really just uses it to part and to push her hair out of the way but never pulling it fully through the length of her hair. Diimpulz does everything right!
She doesn’t brush too hard nor does she run that rat tail comb through her different textures of hair. You can clearly seen she is working with relaxed ends and natural hair at the same time but that doesn’t stop her from creating gorgeous bunning styles that many naturals sport on the regular.
She also combs and brushes while her hair is damp. This is a great video to show you how to work with your transitioning hair and how you are not limited by your choices of styles while you transition.
Kimberleyalecia never got bored while she transitioned as she tried EVERY style in the book! I had to share this video to show you how you can achieve any style you want while you transition.
I have the video starting at 1:12 when she discusses her long term transition and the many, many styles she rocked for about one year. She was amazing with her styles and yes she even has added hair extensions.
What I love about this video is that her added hairstyles didn’t seem to damage her hair as every style looked great but it wasn’t too tight. This video is a great look book for styles to try while you long term transition.
The styles are there and you just need to know what your hair needs so you can have fun with the versatility of your hair without damaging it and regretting your decision to long term transition.
Originally posted 2014-02-04 15:00:20.