TRANSITIONING - RELAXED TO NATURAL
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Going from relaxed hair to natural hair is a process that involves patience, love and dedication. This is the time you decide you no longer want to relax your hair. At this point, you are "transitioning".
During this period, proper care must be taken to care for your hair. It may be frustrating sometimes dealing with the two textures – that’s why some opt for "the big chop". This is the point where the relaxed hair is completely removed. Depending on how much natural growth you have, this may mean shaving your head or if you have an inch or two of new growth, you can cut the hair to the point of the new growth. This is known as a TWA (teeny weeny afro) - which looks great on most women!
If "the big chop" or TWA are not options you’re willing to forgo, try to embrace your hair during this period by practicing the following tips:
Take the time and energy to care for your hair with the right styling options. In order to hide the two textures, you may opt for styles that require very little or no daily grooming like cornrows, braids, extensions, straw-sets or twist-outs. But, you must remember that during this transition period – LOVE YOUR HAIR!
One of the most important things to do is condition, condition, condition! Also, trim your hair gradually to get rid of the straight ends. This also aids in helping the hair avoid breakage. Another way to avoid breakage is to use a wide tooth comb, conditioning the hair regularly, and by giving your hair a hot-oil deep conditioning treatment. This is essential to restore moisture and balance.
Many women have sworn by this method and have said they have experienced very little breakage or no breakage at all.
Remember when your hairdresser told you to make sure you don't wait too long for your next relaxer? (6-8 weeks was the recommended time frame). Well, the reason she/he said this was because when you relax the hair, the structure of the hair is now modified. And depending on how straight your relaxed hair is this meant that the hair structure was altered that much more.
When you are moving from your relaxed texture to your natural texture, the point where the two textures meet is known as the "line of demarcation". This is the weakest point. The curly/coily hair meets the relaxed or straight hair. At this point the structure of the hair is completely different due to the two different textures. This is the point where the hair is susceptible to breakage.
While you have the two different textures - curly and straight, if you are conditioning your hair, comb the hair carefully with the wide tooth comb while the conditioner is still in the hair. Leave the conditioner in the hair for 10 minutes and then rinse out. A great after wash and conditioner is Infusium Leave-In Conditioner. Add to the hair after washing and conditioning with the creamy conditioner. Infusium Leave-In Conditioner is a great product to use after every wash because it rids the hair of tangles.
Try to consult with a professional stylist to help you through this period. A visit to the stylist for a professional deep conditioning will also be very beneficial and helpful during the process of you growing your hair natural period. It’s best to go to a stylist that embraces natural hair. The last thing you need is a stylist who makes you feel like you’ve lost your mind because you’ve decided to go the natural route. You need to surround yourself with people who support your decision. It’s amazing how many stylists frown upon natural hair.
Your stylist will also be able to recommend the best products and methods to use for your hair. Another key point to having good hair (regardless of whether your hair is going through this process or not), is having a healthy diet. So, get healthy! Try to eat right so that your hair will grow quickly and grow thick and healthy. Green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli are great at growing long healthy locks.
* * * Transition Tip: Try to avoid slicking your hair back because the tension may cause breakage. Your hair is more susceptible to breakage because of the two different textures.
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* * * TEXTURIZING: Not ready to transition from relaxed to natural? Ever consider going through your transition with a texturizer? Perhaps your hair is already natural, but you'd like to have looser curls. A texturizer is a great way to add more definition to curls.
Find out more about texturizers here.
Natural Hair Transition Products
If you are looking for a complete hair care kit specifically for your transition from relaxed to natural consider the
Transitioning Diva Kit
created by the CURLS line of products.
The kit includes Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream which does a great job at hydrating the hair. It is also a sulfate free cleanser that gently cleanses your delicate hair without stripping it of its essential nutrients.
Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea conditioner is a deep conditioning treatment that is made of natural botanicals, nourishing emollients and exotic extracts to keep the hair moisturized while making the hair stronger.
Quenched Curls Moisturizer is more than just a moisturizer. It actually has sunscreen to help protect your hair from damaging UV/UB rays. This is especially important while you transition since your hair is more vulnerable with the two textures. It adds that extra bit of hydration that your hair needs during your transition.
Curls Milkshake! Now this is a favorite for curlies. This is made with pure coconut which makes this perfect for the new growth - especially near the line of demarcation. It makes the hair smoother as it adds a natural softness as it and moisture to very tightly curled hair. It makes the move to your natural texture that much easier. A great choice!
Why risk purchasing the wrong products at such a sensitive time in your naturally curly hair journey? It's not worth the risk. CURLS has a complete diva kit just for your transition from relaxed to natural. Starting to grow healthy curly hair is a must especially at a time like this. Why not consider a complete kit that will make your curls grow long and healthy! This kit is a great start.
Find "Custom Regime Kits" for your curly journey. The CURLS product line has several choices for all curly hair types!
Get your Curls custom kit now!
If you're planning to grow out your relaxer and want to grow healthy natural hair, you can find out my personal experience growing healthy long hair to mid back length. It was not hard at all. I didn't know my hair got so long until one day I actually stretched it out. Surprisingly, I had long and healthy hair - much longer than I had ever had. But best of all, my hair was all natural!
Hair growth does not have to be a struggle if you properly care for your hair. Too many people complain that their hair only grows to a certain length and then stops. This is very common with many African American women. But it's a myth. ANYONE can grow longer, healthier hair!
Find out how I grew my natural hair long by clicking here.
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