How To Transition From Relaxed To Natural Hair
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Over the years there have been more and more black women that are deciding to go natural. Black women are becoming more health conscious and want to take the healthier route when it comes to their hair care routine. There are certain steps that have to be taken before you actually “go natural”. It takes much dedication and knowledge to be able to follow through with the process. Let’s talk about how to transition from relaxed to natural.
No More Relaxers
The first step in going natural is to stop relaxing your hair. You must let the perm grow out to start going natural . As you begin your journey you will notice that your hair will become much more difficult to handle. This will normally happen at about the 8-12 week mark when you are post relaxer. The roots of your hair will be thick and the ends will appear to be thinner. Gentle combing and handling of the hair is very important.
Cut Out The Perm Or Grow It Out
There are two options you have when going natural. You can either let the perm grow out to a length that you are comfortable with (which is what I did), The second option is to cut off all of the hair that has been relaxed. This option may also make the transitioning process less stressful. You won’t have two textures to deal with and your styling time will be cut in half. That is if you have to style your hair at all. The downside of cutting off all of your hair is that you want have the opportunity to be versatile. This can make you feel as though your hair is growing slowly and cause you to become discouraged.
Purchase The Right Products
As you transition from relaxed to natural, your hair will be more dry than normal. The oils that were produced in your hair while being relaxed will almost be non-existent. Products that are highly moisturizing will provide “slip” and will allow you to comb through the hair with ease. Natural hair care products such as moisturizing shampoos, conditioners and deep conditioners will be your best friend at this point. Oils for natural hair will be great as well. These natural hair care products will also help to reduce the amount of breakage many people experience while transitioning. Always remember to keep your hair moisturized! Which brings me to the next tip.
Seal In The Moisture
Adding moisture to your hair does no good if the hair does not retain the moisture. To seal in the moisture, oils for natural hair or butter must be applied on top of the moisture. My favorite is Shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil. They have some of the most essential vitamins that the hair needs to grow healthy. These butters can also be melted down to an oil for easier application. Shea butter and cocoa butter is thicker than oils for natural hair so they will help to lock in moisture much longer.
Do Transition Friendly Styles
Transition friendly styles will save your life. These types of styles will allow the hair to rest and recover from relaxers. Box braids, weaves, wigs, cornrows, twist outs, braid outs, etc. are all hairstyles that you want to consider. Low manipulation is key to keeping your hair as healthy as possible during the transition process. The less manipulation you do to your hair the better off it will be. You will notice growth in no time if you follow these tips.
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