7 Tips To Help You Transition From Relaxed To Natural Hair
Transitioning. Phew. That’s a loaded word. It’s a word loaded with fear, excitement and confusion.
So, you’ve finally decided to go natural but you can’t imagine yourself with a TWA(Teeny weeny afro) out of the blue. Unfortunately, the only way of getting rid of relaxed hair is cutting it and growing out your natural hair. Amber Rose may look stunning in short hair but not all of us feel comfortable bald. This is why transitioning exists. Transitioning entails maintaining the relaxed hair until the natural hair is long enough so that you can cut off the relaxed hair. I hope I didn’t lose you there.
Here’s how to transition seamlessly from relaxed to completely natural hair:
1. Protective styling
Wear your hair under protective styles for as long as possible to grow out your hair. Braids, wigs, weaves will keep your hair tucked away and growing. You will also have an easier time because you do not need to maintain your hair while transitioning.
2. Curly styles are your friend
Whenever you wear your hair open, make sure to wear curly styles like twist-outs, braid-outs, perm rods and rollers sets. These curly styles help to blend and hide the 2 textures you will have to go on. If you wear your hair straight, there will be a clear difference.
3. Mind the connecting point
During the transition, the point at which the two textures meet is the weakest point of the hair shaft and thus the most prone to breakage. If you’d like to prevent breakage, ensure you moisturize your hair. This will help you transition longer. Also, reduce or avoid the use of heat to prevent hair breakage at this vulnerable point.
4. Use products that work for both textures
Transitioning may have you confused and frustrated if you use products solely made for relaxed hair or products solely for natural hair. Actively search for products that work on both textures for a seamless transition.
5. Get to know natural hair products
Start getting acquainted with natural hair products. Some products that may have worked on your relaxed hair may not work on natural hair. Natural hair will now be your new life and you will need the proper products and tools
6. Be patient…trust the process
Will it be easy? Absolutely not. Will it be worth it? Absolutely! Have patience and treat your hair delicately as you transition to a new phase of your life. It may take a few months or years depending on how long you want to transition.
7. The relaxed ends have got to go honey!
Cut off relaxed hair when you’re ready or when the difference between the 2 textures has become highly noticeable. It reaches a point where there’s a stark difference between your natural and relaxed hair. Let the relaxed hair go. Your new life awaits you!
Ps… Make sure you let a professional cut your relaxed hair. If you cut it yourself you risk courting disaster.