Natural Hair Transitioning Styles

As a former long-term transitioner I understand the frustration of those still making their way through.  Here are some style tips to make the transition run smoother.

The Braid-Out: This was my go-to style for transitioning.  To do this style I sprayed my hair with settting lotion and plaited my hair into 10-12 braids making sure to braid them in the direction you want to go.  If you need help keeping the relaxed hair from unraveling, use mouse, gel or hairspray.  You can also use rubberbands, clips or barrettes to hold the ends.  I also like to use perm rods or rollers at the ends.  This will give you a braid-n-curl as shown in the picture.  You can also do the same with twists.  I did not do many twist-out styles while transitioning because my hair would unravel and I found that the braids held better.

Two-Strand Flat Twists: While I never did this style while transitioning it is another great choice.  These are perfect for those who do not have the tactile ability to actually cornrow hair.  You can use the same process as the braid-out above.  But if you are blessed to be able to cornrow your own hair or have a friend who can that is also a great option.


Straight.  During the first several months of my transition I continued to wear my hair straight because it was the easiest thing for me to do.  After washing and conditioning my hair I would blowdry straight and follow with a flatiron.  The focus was not on achieving super straight hair, but simply trying to match the textures.  I would wrap my hair at night in a satin scarf to maintain.

The Wet Look: This was a very easy style.  I would simply wet my hair in the shower and sometimes co-wash.  Then I would just leave a little conditioner in it.  If you have super straight ends and want more of a wavy look then plait your hair into 6 large braids and allow to dry.  You can also add some gel to coax out the texture. To minimize the puffiness of my roots I wore a flexi-comb headband as seen here. 

These are just a few styling options while transitioning.  What have you tried?

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3 thoughts on “Natural Hair Transitioning Styles

  1. I must say that I LOVE your website! You all never fail me :) I have been transitioning for 11 months now & I have tried all of the styles listed above (and many more) but the “Wet Look” doesn’t work so well with me :( My hair tends to frizz and lock up on the ends (where the relaxed hair is) and it looks really nappy. The first day it looks fabulous, after that- not so much. My favorite of the four are a cross between the Braid Out and the Two Strand Twist. They both look great, they last at least four days or longer and my hair looks so healthy.

    • That is just awesome Tyffanee! Keep going you are almost there I have never once regretted my decision to go natural. I forgot to mention bantu knot outs as a transitioning style they are another great way to match the textures. Thank you you for the love.

  2. Girl ain’t nothing better than a wet set on some perm rods, dry it and pick it out. My go-to style when I don’t wear it straight!

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