The Transitional Process
First stop relaxing your hair! Take the time to educate yourself about natural hair and the products. When going from relaxed to natural – decide if you want to do the big chop or grow it out. It will take guts to use this path or just rock your natural hair along with the relaxed ends until it grows out to a sufficient length of your choice, just remember to trim as you go. Then when it gets to a length you are happy with probably 5 or 6 inches do the cut yourself or get a barber to do it for you!
I have to warn you though depending on your texture (I myself wasn’t warned about this neither did I observe it anywhere) but if you are 2 to 3a/b/c working with these textures and moisturizing your natural hair should be breeze. There should be no breakage. However if like me your natural hair texture falls within 4b/c it can be a little more challenging to manage You will need to do clever moisturizing morning day and night to ensure there are no breakages at either side of your head.
Some people might prefer a trendy look while they transition – so opting for a salon for a gentle blow out and flat iron might be more to ones taste and be less stressful to you, but be choosy about the hairstylist you choose – any rough handling could loose you precious tresses!! I personally transitioned for one year. Had I been aware of my hair texture I may have done the big chop earlier on if only to reduce the trauma involved in caring for two types of hair on my head! if you can – wait for as long as possible – if anything you will avoid the TWA unless of course you wanted that!
Your hair will look weird though, with the two textures – just find an hairstyle that works like pin curls, braids and braid outs..
How was your journey?