Y es pajon? No te peinaste hoy? Ohhhh you mean my beautiful curls, Thank you Titi! Meanwhile I really wanted to tell her about her bad dye job but I’m trying to turn a new leaf. Although my Titi had lots to say about my hair, I did have others respond positively while I flaunted my curls “Oh my god, I love your curls! Help me”. I’m officially in love with my curls after my third haircut at DevaChan a few weeks ago, can’t nobody tell me nothing LOL, not even my Tia.
Now while I still have a crazy itch to straighten my hair, I must say that I LOVE MY PAJÓN! As I learn my curls and try different products and styles, it wouldn’t be fair to keep all this knowledge to myself. So keep reading and utilize these tips to keep you transition smooth and easy.
Trim, Cut, Snip, Snip.
When looking to go natural, you have to consider parting ways with your split, dry, damaged, and heat-processed ends. I recommend doing some research on a professional who specializes in cutting your hair type, texture, length, etc. I found two of my favorites in NYC and I’m sure you can too.
- Deep condition and moisturize regularly.
Through the changing seasons, your hair is asking for different things and you must listen. During the winter months your hair is lacking moisture, and you must nourish is from root to top. Using a deep conditioner on a weekly basis will smooth your hair’s damaged cuticles and allows preparation for growing your hair out naturally. The LOC Method is perfect for retaining moisture for days on end.
- Reduce your heat usage.
This next one was tough for me because I loved to have my hair bone straight but boy do I regret that now. Any direct heat whether by the hands of your blower dryer, flat iron, or tenza is ending your natural texture. So if your trying to go all natural, stay away from the heat for good.
- Trial and Error is a thing.
Our hair comes in all shapes and sizes, which is why there isn’t a one-size fits all product. I had to shop around to figure out what works for my hair and I’m still learning. There are so many factors to consider when finding the right product for your locks, so it’s important to research and experience with different products.
- So fresh and so clean.
Keeping your scalp as clean as possible can give your natural hair a chance. I started using the No-Poo method and swapped out my regular shampoos for ones that are sulfate free.
Transitioning takes time and patience, and trust me it can be frustrating at times but it will most definitely be worth the effort. Seeing my natural roots is so rewarding and absolutely empowering, so much that it has allowed me to join a growing community of diverse and “Big Fro” individuals who are embracing their PAJÓN.
Are you transitioning? Let me know how I can help you along your journey in the comments below.