This article is a short guide to teach one that is transitioning from relaxed to natural hair how to make the change properly. Well I won’t say final because some women find themselves becoming impatient and frustrated with the transitioning process and go back to a relaxer. You must understand before beginning this process that you have 2 options. You can shave all you hair off completely and start off fresh, or you can grow your natural hair out to your desired length and then cut off the relaxed ends. You will have 2 different textures on your head and you will have to take extra care of your hair during this process to protect your new natural hair. Please take into account theses details before beginning the transitioning process.
Growing Out Your Hair
If you’ve decided to grow out your natural hair before you cut off the relaxed ends, first decide what length you will be comfortable with. This will allow you to be aware of how long the growth process will be before the “big chop”. The hair grows on average ½ per month. With that said if you decided you wanted your hair to be 3 inches long before you cut off the relaxed ends, you will need to diligently care for your hair for 6 months before cutting the relaxed hair off.
During your transitioning phase you need to wash the hair ever 3 days or at least once a week. Deep condition the hair every time you wash with a good deep conditioner such as the Ambrosia Hair Coco Passion Honey Hair Nectar or the Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner and use a leave in conditioner/detangler such as the Satin Curls Detangling leave in conditioner to keep the natural hair soft and manageable. Moisturize the hair daily with a moisturizer such as the Honeybush Replenishing Hair Milk. The Hair Milk is perfect for transitioners because it naturally relaxes and detangles the new growth without altering it. To style, finger comb or comb the hair with a wide tooth comb.
As you may know your natural hair is not the same texture as your relaxed hair and if you want to prevent damage using a pressing comb is NOT the answer. You will need to try styles that will compliment both the relaxed and natural hair such as the following:
- Kinky Twists
- Single braids (Medium size)
- Wet set
DO NOT use heated appliances in your natural hair. Using an appliance that is too hot will damage your hair’s cuticle and using heat will also not only damage the natural hair, but the relaxed hair also. Heat will cause more breakage and it can alter your natural curl pattern if the heat is more than 200°. During this process you must be patient with your hair. It will be frustrating at times, but don’t give up. In the end it is all worth it. You will have a beautiful head of thick, natural, healthy hair! If you are having trouble during this process and need advice or encouragement email me.
The Big Chop
When you’ve finally reached your desired length it is time to cut off the relaxed hair. I recommend that you see a professional stylist or have a friend cut the hair evenly. It’s best to cut your hair while wet so you can see the texture difference. Once you have made it to this part of the process the hard work is over. Now it is time to enjoy your beautiful natural hair