The rules are your own, for your hair, whether you are transition from relaxed to natural, or from dyed hair to natural color like me. Or from short to longer.
Looks like I'm ready to try to transition to gray. It's tough to look at so far 8 weeks into it. My roots are pure white in some places and the contrast between that and my light brown hair is skunky. It's harder than when I transitioned from texlaxed to natural texture. Sometimes I look at those white roots and think big chop.
My goals: - Transition to gray - Retain length at ends - Keep hair strong and healthy.
Use temporary rinses if necessary. Update; they don't work. It's either tough out the skunky look, get lowlights, or big chop. Update 2 - The lowlights are out, 3 hairdressers at the salon I went to for a consult were unanimous in nixing it. Update 3 - I got semipermanent lowlights at Cala Renee with organic color. Very subtle but softens the harsh demarcation line.
Be more protective of my ends. I wear a loose pony puff for sleep. I might try loose large twists as an alternative.
Wear more protective styles; I've heard they really help to retain length and protect ends. Bunning would be great but my hair may not be long enough. I'm not much of a twister, maybe I can find a cosmetology student or someone to do it for me, twists are so expensive for the time they last. Update - bunning!
Moisture treatments: Clay every 2 weeks, baggying at least once a week. Update - I don't baggy, just moisturize my ends a la baggy, but tuck them under for the night. Not convinced that keeping my hair wet under plastic is healthy. Clay is good.
Protein - my hair is increasingly sensitive to it. I can do no protein treatments, and can actually feel protein in certain conditioners. My hair is okay with some conditoners that contain protein however.