Nowadays, more and more girls are saying good-bye to chemicals and rocking their natural hair texture.
If you’re transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, there are two methods: chopping it all off to start fresh or keeping the relaxed ends and letting it grow out that way. If you choose the latter, it can be a little difficult to deal with two textures.
Here are some tips every transitioner should know:
1. Find a protective style that works for you.
Protective style are great for those who choose to transition. These include sew-in extensions, box braids and twists. Bantu knots and twist outs work great too! Your hair grows faster when it is unbothered by heat and is locked in braids. This will help speed up your transitioning process!
2. Keep your hair moisturized.
When your hair is well moisturized it will behave better when you detangle and style. Also, kinkier hair types don’t produce as much oil from the scalp as others, so it often will dry up more. Shea Moisture and Carol’s Daughter have great moisturizers for natural hair and transitioners. After you moisturize you hair, seal it with you favorite oil to retain long term moisture.
3. Be delicate with your hair.
There is a line where your relaxed hair and natural hair meet called the “line of demarcation.” Because of this, your relaxed hair can easily break off from you now natural roots. This is actually a good thing. It means that your hair is now adjusting to its natural state. It’s important that when dealing with your hair, that you provide extra care. When combing your hair, make sure you use a wide tooth comb and be very gentle in the process.
4. Find other who are transitioning.
It is really great to have a support system of other people who have already gone natural or who are transitioning as well. You can get great tips from them and they can help inspire you to keep pushing during this transitioning process. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are full of people documenting similar hair journeys.
5. Be patient!
Transitioning, even with a big chop is not going to guarantee a head full of hair the next day. Be patient and keep on taking care of your hair. If you’re also anxious to figure out your hair curl pattern, wait until you get about 3 inches of new growth to see what it looks like. Keep in mind, with the relaxed hair in tact, it’s adding weight to your natural hair root. With a healthy hair regimen, you’ll help speed up the process and your hair will be in the most healthy state it’s been in in years.