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What is transitioning? Transitioning is the "growing out" or process of growing chemical free hair. Once a person reaches a length they're pleased with, the relaxed ends are trimmed off, leaving the person with 100% natural/chemical free hair.
How long does transitioning take? Transition can take as long or short as you like. There is no set time table. Once you're pleased with the length you desire, cut off the relaxed hair or ends remaining. However keep in mind natural hair shrinks about half its length if not more. Also note the weight of the relaxed ends may make the hair appear longer than what it is actually.
What's the difference between BC (big chop) and transition? Big Chopping (BC) is when all chemical treated or relaxed hair is cut off at once and only the natural new growth remains. Transition is when you stop chemically relaxing the hair and gradually trim the ends of chemical treated tresses or relaxed hair as it grows out. The length of the transition is up to the individual.
Can I color my hair? Sure you can, however get to know your texture before doing so. Color can sometime complicate figuring out what products work for your hair type. If you must color try to opt for more natural solutions such as henna. Keep in mind both color and henna may alter your curl pattern so please do your research before trying. Henna is more like a hair tint but has been known to loosen curl patterns. Color has been also known to dry hair out so make sure you increase conditioning as well.
Will my hair fall out while transitioning? If you're not properly conditioning and caring for your hair, the chances of hair loss will increase whether you're transitioning or not. Textured and relaxed hair need water, vitamins and plant based oils to flourish. However diet and water is key for any hair regimen. The use of natural oils help aid and prevent breakage because they can be absorbed faster opposed to sitting on top like most synthetics (petroleum and mineral oil). Also consider the tools you use to style as well as accessories and hair pieces, braid/weave tension. If your hair is braided too tight you very well may inflicting damage to the hair and scalp.
How do I know which products to use? You can avoid becoming a product junkie through education. A rule of thumb I use is, the looser the curl, the lighter the product (leave-in spray, light styling aids) and the tighter the curl, the heavier the product (gels, thicker leave-ins, oils, butters). However it depends on the style you're trying to achieve and product preferences. Our Nakia Amour products can be used separately or together to style any natural, relaxed texture or curl type.
How do you detangle hair? Always detangle hair from end to root with a wide tooth comb in small sections. For added ease, use a conditioner or detangle spray with lots of slip (glide) and divide hair in small sections. Although natural hair is strong, wet hair is fragile and you should take your time when caring for it. The detangling phase is when one can unnecessarily loose hair, so be patient and keep a spray bottle near by. Also always moisten hair before combing thru, this will reduce pull & tug. Time management is key when detangling natural hair. If you don't have time, don't do it.
Will my hair grow faster by transitioning? Generally hair grows about 1/2 inch a month; however, genetics, condition of hair/scalp, health, diet and exercise should be factored in as well. Believe it or not, what you put in your body is a result of what comes out. Drinking water and taking supplements such as biotin, flax seed, silica, bamboo, horsetail, vitamin A & E, B-Complex, C, MSM and Zinc can increase hair growth, but you should ALWAYS consult your physician before taking supplements. Too much of a good thing can sometimes turn out to be just as bad if you don't do your homework. Note these supplements will also speed up hair growth in other areas as well (legs, armpit, eyebrows, etc.)
Why are natural hair products expensive? The natural hair care market is growing and there are now several brands ranging from low to high end to choose from. However you may feel natural products are more expensive than the norm. Natural hair care cost more due to the ingredients, grade, quality and availability. Nakia Amour products are made with top grade herbs, oils and extracts from credible vendors. Using more natural based products is better for your health, hair and the environment over time. Natural products such as Nakia Amour benefit your hair by solving the problem, opposed to temporarily covering the issue up. Our products provide jobs to our community and vendors world wide. We also donate and support the National MS Society as well.
Why is natural hair so dry? Natural hair tends to suffer from dryness because of it's texture. The sebum your body produces doesn't always travel the bends and twist of natural hair very well, which may result in dry hair. To keep dry hair at bay Nakia Amour encourages use of moisturizers along with increasing your drinking water intake daily and evaluating your diet. Medications, color, wearing your hair in an afro or puff often or wetting the hair with water causes dryness as well. If you wet your hair daily add a mixture of glycerin (1 tsp) and olive oil (1/2 tsp) in a spray bottle with your water and apply to hair daily if you like. This mixture softens the water and make it less hard. When you combine this mixture with our Moisturizing Hair Butter Creme the combination of moisture replenishment, stimulation, revitalizes, strengthens and protect your parched tresses.
Can I straighten my hair? To straighten your hair you can have it pressed or flat ironed; however I strongly recommend refraining from using heat often, for it can change the curl pattern if applied repeatedly (heat damage). Heat styling dries the hair out and without properly conditioning hair can break off. If you heat style, monitor the temperature of the tool used to avoid permanent damage. Heat damaged hair cannot be reversed; it must be grown out and trimmed off.
Are your products scented?All of our products are free of synthetic fragrance; however some of our products will have an aroma of the natural ingredients we use.
Where are Nakia Amour products sold?Our products are sold at Drug Emporium, select Whole Foods, online and at My Color of Beauty