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Transitional Hair Styles

What makes a good transitional hair style? Good questions. A good transitional hairstyle keeps hair handling to a minimum. That doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t comb or brush your hair while you are transitioning. It just means that less in this case really is more.

Always remember to work with your natural hair and not against it. If you keep this in mind during your transition as well as when you hair is completely natural, you and your hair will be much happier.

Pressing it is NOT the answer
You may be thinking to yourself, “I’ll just press the roots so that they will both be straight while it grows out.”

Bad idea. For one thing going natural means that you are beginning to learn how to work with your hear. You will have to start some where. Why not now? The skills of tender considerate hair care that you learn now will help you when your hair is completely natural.

The other reason is that you will run the risk of snapping it of at the weakest point, the place where the relaxed hair and natural hair meet.

In general it is best to stay a way from heat. You have so many other options that shouldn’t be a problem.

Transitional Hairstyles
When choosing a transitional natural hair style it is important to think about how you usually wear your hair. One of the biggest mistakes that many people make is thinking that there is a certain look or that their hair has to look a certain way to be natural. Being natural is being chemical free point blank.

Pick a style that suits you. If you are a conservative person you may want to go with conservative style. If you are daring the sky is the limit. Pick a style or combination of styles that are best for you.

Some good transitional styles are :

Braids with extensions
Two Strand Twists
Comb Coils/Twists
Straw Sets
Cornrows with or without extensions
Braid/Twist Outs

Braids with extensions
Braids have been a normal “in” style for a while now. There are lots of braiding gallery magazines that will give you ideas. Although many of the styles may be pushing the limits a little than you may be comfortable with you can get some good ideas.

When going to get braids DO NOT get micro braids or extra tiny individuals. They are not good for you hair to begin with. And they are an absolute pain to take out. Remember you are looking for styles that will require little handling. Tiny braids are prone to get tangled when you try to take them out. As your hair grows your hair will snap off more when you have to untangle it.

Try to stick with braids that you don’t need a tooth pick or pin to pick out. With the wide variety of extension braid styles finding a hair healthy size shouldn’t be a problem.

Cornrows with or without extensions
If you don’t like sitting for a long time to get braids, but want a style that will last for some time, cornrows are a good choice. Like braids they have been in for a while. Even though cornrows have now become associated with men as well as women there are many very feminine cornrow styles. Braiding books are a good place to look for ideas.

Although not as tedious to take out as tiny braids tiny cornrows especially with extensions can be a pain to take out both literally and figuratively.

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How to start and Maintain Two-Strand Twist

Maybe you’ve thought about starting dreadlocks, a gorgeous hairstyle that is rich in history and speaks to the natural beauty of African hair. Locks can also be formed on non-African hair textures, and provide a unique alternative to more traditional hairstyles. But they’re a major commitment, and sometimes, a commitment you might not be ready to make. So if you’re interested in starting locks but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge, consider two-strand twists.

Two-strand twists, sometimes called Senegalese twists, are formed by dividing the hair into sections, then taking each section and dividing it in half, leaving two sections of hair you wrap around each other. The end result is a rope-like strand of hair that should stay twisted if you have coarse/curly to tightly coiled hair. The benefits of twists over dreadlocks are many. While they have a similar look to locks, they are not permanent. They can be removed at any time, whereas dreadlocks, once formed, generally have to be cut off to be removed.

They are also an incredibly easy style to maintain. Once you twist your hair, you basically don’t have to do much in the way of styling it until you wash it next. If you wash your hair once a week, that means spending a couple of hours twisting your hair after you wash it, and then doing little to nothing to your hair until its next washing.

Twists also allow some versatility with the styles that can be created while your hair is twisted. Depending on the length of your hair, you can leave your hair down, put in a headband or scarf, pull the sides up while leaving the back down, wear a ponytail or create an elegant updo for more formal events.

Another great thing about two-strand twists is that they stay shiny. Locks, on the other hand, form from matted hair and are naturally more dull unless products are added to them, but even then they don’t hold the shine. Twists hold shine easily and with their naturally rope like appearance can end up looking quite beautiful.