When should I cut my transitioning hair has been one of the questions that has been lingering in my mind for quite some time. Here lately, I have been struggling with time-consuming detangling sessions during wash day thanks to multiple textures. With each wash day getting longer and longer, I knew it was time.
How Should I Cut My Transitioning Hair
After making the decision to get a haircut, the next decision was, how should I cut it. I really want a bob but I don’t want to lose the convenience of protective styling. The other part of me wanted to big chop to finish the transition. However, I was a little afraid that I would have regrets with either option. Therefore, I went middle of the road. My stylist cut my transitioning hair in layers and removed about 5 inches.
Desire for Manageability
With this recent hair cut, I’m hoping I have gained wash day manageability. If not, I will return to the stylist and have a few more inches cut. By cutting gradually, this will help it to feel not so much like a big chop. Rather, it will feel more like a gradual cutting of my hair for manageability.
What’s weird about all of this is, I’ve had my hair super short before and loved it so I really shouldn’t be fearful about it. However, I’m in a phase where I love to pin my hair up and having short hair doesn’t allow that freedom. But as I said before, it’s all about manageability. I simply cannot be dedicating 5+ hours to wash day each and every time I wash my hair. Therefore, I’m willing to do what I have to do, including having my stylist cut my transitioning hair even more, to regain control on wash day.
Flat Ironed Transitioning Hair
The below video is what my hair looked like the night of my salon visit.
Hair Cut Thoughts
The stylist suggested I cut my hair in layers as layers tend to look more natural so I went with it. I’ve never had my hair cut in layers so it’s too early to tell if I will hate it, like it or love it but for now, it works.
With my hair being layered, it gives an appearance of thinning along the hemline based on how I comb my hair. That, I don’t like. However, I won’t lose sleep over it since this haircut is only temporary while I transition.
My hair was at mid-back length for a very long time so I thought I would miss my hair after having it cut. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I don’t miss it and I’m loving the new length.
The stylist pointed out that I have A LOT of relaxed hair remaining before I become fully natural. Therefore, she recommended I cut in phases to help with the adjustment. She also recommended I return no sooner than three months for a basic hair trim.
My last hair cut was almost two years ago. I refuse to go that long again so I will accept her recommendation to frequent a professional every three months to keep my ends healthy.
In a future video and blog post, I will share transitioning hair tips and transitioning hair product recommendations to recreate this look from home. I have some tips for relaxed hair also! You know I couldn’t leave you hanging. Until then….