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Natural Black Hair Care

Resources, Advice, and Products For Taking Care of Natural Black and African American Hair

THREE WAYS TO TRANSITION FROM RELAXED HAIR TO NATURAL HAIR

Do you have a desire to grow out your relaxer and wear your own natural hair? If so, you are not alone. Many women feel the same way, but are unsure about how to accomplish this. Here are three ways to make the transition. 

THE BIG CHOP

Sometimes it is easiest to make a change in life by just going for it. Many women simply cut off all of their relaxed hair and start over from scratch. If you decide to do this wait for some new growth (hair that hasn’t been processed by a relaxer) to grow in first. Then have someone professional cut your hair down to the new growth. Does this sound stressful? For some it is, and for some it isn’t. There are many women that look beautiful with short hair. Short hair gives you a chance to accentuate your other features. Wearing nice makeup, nice earrings, and keeping your hair neat and well moisturized will help make the change in your hairstyle less stressful. However, if you are not comfortable with the big chop, try one of these other ways. 

WEAR BRAIDS

Having your hair professionally braided can help you adjust during the transition from relaxed hair to natural hair. If you choose this method be sure to have a professional do the braiding for you so that it looks neat, and make sure that the braids are not too tight. If you use synthetic hair, be sure to use a good quality hair that camoflauges the two hair textures on your head. Braids that are too tight can cause hair breakage as well as traction alopecia, which is something you want to be sure to avoid. 

USE HEAT (SPARINGLY)

I’m not fond of using heat on relaxed hair, but for some people this isn’t a problem. If you are a person whose relaxed hair can take heat, then consider using a flat iron on your new growth to blend the new hair in with the relaxed hair. Just don’t overdo it with the heat, be sure to keep the temperature moderate - because too much heat will destroy the texture of your natural hair.

Whichever method you choose it is important to take good care of your hair so that it will be healthy and lustrous. Eat right, take your vitamins, and keep your hair well moisturized and conditioned with 
gentle hair care products. If you follow these steps you should have a smooth transition.