Usually, the starting point of a natural hair journey is the “big chop”, it will certainly get you used to deal with your natural hair in a hurry. But you may not want to go that route because it is drastic. So maybe transitioning is a better choice for you, which is cutting off the straightened hair bit by bit while your new growth comes in.
Here are some tips for transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.
1. Be Patient (We know it’s easier said)
While embracing your natural hair type is supposedly a beautiful and empowering experience, it can also be very costly and very time-consuming. “Going natural” is more than just deciding to stop relaxing your hair. It’s about rediscovering your natural hair coil pattern and learning to care for it. It’s about managing your hair in its natural state and understanding how that alters your hair care routine.
For many, it will be a lifestyle change as you discover the variance in the time needed to care for your hair and conditions that your hair can tolerate. It’s also a completely new aesthetic so when you decide to transition, it’s not just your hair that’s transforming.
2. Deep Condition
Whether you are natural or relaxed, deep conditioning is very important in hair care. Since your hair is fragile right now, it is especially important to protect it from damage. If you want to properly nourish your strands, invest in a conditioner that is specifically labeled as a deep conditioner. A conditioner that is paraben and sulphate free.
It’s very important to detangle your hair very gently and set aside time to get through wash day. Finger detangling is a great way to keep the breakage down but unfortunately, it is a bit time-consuming. You can use a wide-tooth comb to detangle when wet and use a styling brush for detangling when dry.
4. Snip-Snip Ends
If you have split ends, they will travel up to your natural hair and cause breakage. Trim off split ends regularly, this is especially important during the transition.
You can trim as often as every 4-6 weeks until you’re completely natural.
5. Texture contrast
During this journey, you will experience a difficult period because there will be two completely different textures stands on your head. To curb the possible frustration this can cause, use protective hairstyles to speed up the hair growth and keep you cute.
6. Reduce heat
While transitioning your hair, eliminate direct heat like flat irons, blow dryers, etc. as much as possible. This is especially important if you’ve used a lot of direct heat on your hair. Even a minimal amount of heat damage can make your hair texture feel worse than it truly is.
Key staple products to have include deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, moisturizer, hair oil. We recommend MPL Original Hair Oil.
There may be times when it seems that your hair is simply not growing. It can be frustrating to try and deal with two different textures so when frustration sets in, be patient with yourself and your hair.