Hey, Curlies!

So you’ve made the decision to go natural (or maybe you’re thinking about it), but you have no idea where to start. The first order of business happens during the “transitioning” phase.

What is the transitioning process like?

The process of transitioning to natural hair can also be referred to as  “going natural.” When you decide to no longer apply a relaxer to your hair,  the relaxed hair will grow out. As time goes on, your hair’s natural hair texture, also known as “new growth,” will become present and very noticeable.

The place where your hair’s natural texture and relaxed hair meet is called the line of demarcation. This section of the hair is very sensitive and can be broken easily. Since the two hair textures do not match, you must be gentle to this area to minimize breakage.

My natural hair shortly after my big chop in 2012.

Everyone’s process is different. Some people really embrace and enjoy the experience while others have trouble adjusting. During this time it is helpful to keep the hair protected by doing styles that require low maintenance. These styles can be twists, braids, updos, sew-ins or any other style that keeps the hands out of the hair. These are called protective styles.

Transitioning also may involve doing a big chop. This is where the relaxed ends are cut off and only the natural hair texture is left. Some people transition for only a couple of months while others do this for years.

It’s completely up to you as you are in control of your natural hair journey.

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