So you want to get back to your natural roots...
The process can be much simpler than you think. Whether you are choosing to transition for convenience, financial relief, health reasons, or personal preferences; here are a few steps to help you along the way:
- Break the "Creamy Crack" addiction. The first step to achieving healthy natural hair is to step away from the relaxer. Yes, we know...It can be very tempting, especially as the new growth seems to be begging for your undying attention. Just remember, those new roots are now your new goal. We need to love and nurture these new roots as they are the foundation to the healthy natural hair you crave. Getting rid of your roots will only set you back.
- Focus on developing a weekly/biweekly regimen for deep conditioning your hair. To further aid in your healthy hair transition, begin to moisturize daily as well. Contrary to popular beliefs, our natural hair loves moisture. Dry hair breaks off easily and prevents us from achieving the growth we desire. Focus on keeping your hair adequately moisturized to keep your hair from becoming dry and brittle. This is key to healthy hair growth.
* Natural oils such as olive, coconut, grapeseed, carrot and tea-tree (to name a few) are great options for daily moisture. Many naturalistas opt for a moisturizing leave in conditioner, oil/water mist, etc. THE CHOICES ARE ENDLESS and all customizable to your personal preferences.
- During this transition, your hair will be in limbo between the natural and relaxed textures. Find a hairstyle that can help to mask the two textures, as well as being easy to manage.
* A Braided Sew-in Hair extension can provide protection for your natural hair while allowing you to achieve a style that you are comfortable wearing.Braids are a good transition hair style because it allows your hair to rest and grow out without excessive manipulation. The less strain you put on your hair from combing and styling, the better for transitional hair.
* Many women also opt for the curly look. The curly set allows you to add texture to the entire length of your hair. This style is great for masking the difference in hair textures (relaxed/natural) and also requires minimal manipulation.
* Feel free to explore various styling options until you find one that suits your taste and lifestyle.
- Trim your hair as needed. with the natural growth rat, the trim is usually needed within a four to six week cycle. Trimming the hair removes dead ends and allows you to gradually cut away the relaxed of hair (without doing the big chop). While you will not see see your hair growth, this method will allow you to retain length as you transition. The trim will also give your hair a neat look and allow greater styling options.
- Over time, you will find that the natural hair gradually replaces the relaxed ends, resulting in a full head of healthy, natural hair.
- Style your newly cropped hair with twists, small afros, scarves and other hair accessories. Accent your face by neatly arching your eyebrows, wearing attractive earrings and a beautiful smile.
IF you have begun your natural hair journey and
you DESIRE the BIG CHOP:
Once you have at least two to three inches of newly grown hair, go ahead, CHOP IT! Do it sooner if you don't mind going shorter! Cutting off the remaining relaxed hair leaves you with a fully natural short cropped look.
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