Stage three’s style is more of the same, with a slight shift in the way the hair is parted,
offering a little bit more change while the transition continues. The weight line moves lower on the head as the hair’s length
increases, and the angle of the layering at the lower ends grows shallower.
The hair at this stage can be styled to maximize the curl by diffuse-drying and scrunching,
or minimized by using a large wide-tined brush and pulling the curls into waves as the hair is dried. The option to do either is simply
a matter of personal preference. The time between stages two and three should be three to five months depending on the rate of hair growth of the individual.
Stage Four of the style progression sees the hair reaching shoulder length and the ends being
gently layered to soften the ends and eliminate unwanted bulk. (This prevents the dreaded ‘pyramid head’ so common among long curly
hair styles.) The hair can be thinned as needed to further reduce bulk as needed, as well as leaving the curls more easily defined.
Styling is a matter of diffused blow-drying, scrunching and finger-styling as desired. This is
the last “intermediate stage” in the transitioning process and can be continued for as long as desired to allow the hair to reach the
target length. Shown here, stage four should be reachable after an additional six to eight months after reaching stage three.
Our goal style is a shoulder length curly style with blunted ends and light box layering or
perhaps thinned layers to keep the bulk to a minimum on the sides of the head. The hair is best styled by diffused-drying and
finger-styling until the curls are arranged as desired. The finished style can be easily refreshed using a light, leave-in, spray
conditioner as needed should the curls get frizzed or unruly during the course of the day.
Depending on the length you want the hair to be at the end of the transitioning period, you
should be able to reach a destination style within three to five months after stage four.
Using a little planning and preparation before making your decisions on hair styles is always
a good idea. And as shown here, the progression from super short origin style to the destination style should be reachable in from
twenty-one to twenty-four months. While the two years listed may seem like a long wait to get the results you are after, breaking the
transition down into stages means that the time needed will seem lessened, since you have “new styles” to look forward to.
Furthermore, there is another situation for which this technique may be suited: the shift
from colored/lightened to natural hair coloring. Since most cases of long term hair coloring result in hair that is overstressed and damaged,
sometimes, the hair needs a “fresh start”. If you sit down and plan out the changes you want to make to your hair in advance,
the prospect of cutting off the damaged and colored hair can be less threatening.
Simply use temporary or demi-permanent hair color to help mask the new growth of the hair
as needed, until you can achieve enough new length to support the short starting style, you prefer. From there, you can select your
stages to suit your preferences, and plan out the looks you want to use until you reach your goal length. Carefully planned, and
properly executed, you can have a head full of natural-colored - and healthy - hair once again.