If you are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, here’s how to. There are two methods you can decide to transition, you either do a big chop, or you grow it out.
Transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair requires a lot of patience and you better be sure you are ready before you make the decision to transition. Most people usually lose patience while growing it out and end up doing a big chop.
The big chop:
This is a natural hair term used to describe the act of cutting off all your relaxed hair. The thought of cutting off most of your hair is usually a burden to a lot of people and so most people will rather grow it out.
Transitioning without the big chop:
If you are one of those that cannot stand the thought of the big chop, then this process is for you. The key is to cut off hair from the relaxed part very often to allow for the new hair growing from your roots to flourish. While you are doing this, remember to maintain a healthy hair, keep your scalp clean, eat right and always stay hydrated.
Research and more research:
Before you even start transitioning, it will be good to read to a reasonable extent to know the dos and don’ts of the transitioning process. While you are transitioning, it will be good to gradually start to find out what works for you and what does not and create a hair regimen.
If you were a blow dry queen while your hair was relaxed, be ready to drop that while transitioning to avoid breaking your new hair. Using heat can frustrate your efforts by elongating your transitioning span.
Your hair is most delicate at this transitioning stage, so you’ll need to feed it some protein deep conditioner to strengthen it.
Do lot and lots of protective styling to keep your hands/comb away from your hair and reduce damage. When doing protective styles like braids, avoid putting pressure on your edges because your edges are usually most delicate at this point. Keep your hair clean, hydrated and moisturized even while it is in a protective style
Your relaxed hair might have survived with chemical products, but your natural hair would not. Instead chemical products will cause your hair to be more fragile and lead to damages. Once you decide to transition, give up all the chemical products and embrace natural/ organic products.
Take your time to detangle your line of demarcation:
The meeting point of your relaxed and natural hair is called the line of demarcation. The hair at that point is usually the most delicate part of your hair and so it needs a lot of care and gentleness. When detangling your hair, be more gentle on your line of demarcation and pay more attention to it.
Your transitioning span is determined by the length of your relaxed hair. The longer the relaxed hair, the longer the transitioning span