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Find a mirror and take a good look at what you see. Could you be destroying your hair in the name of beauty?
The process of "going natural" is highly personal and there
is no right or wrong way to do it. While many opt to do the "Big Chop" –
or to chop off all of their chemically treated hair at once – others
choose to slowly grow out the relaxer, or "transition." The benefit of
transitioning is that you get to keep your length while your natural
hair grows in. Since your hair has two very different textures, breakage
and shedding can become a problem. Here’s how to have a smooth,
Excessive heat styling is dangerous as
it compromises protein bonds. Using heat as a crutch while
transitioning can result in an uneven curl pattern, loss of curl and
breakage. Sadly, this damage is irreversible and you’ll be facing yet
Try Low Manipulation Styles
Choose styles that
seamlessly blend the two textures (and don’t stress your edges!). Twist
and braid-outs, pin curls, roller sets, buns and braids should be your
style staples. Handle your hair gently and infrequently and remember to
The line of demarcation is where
your natural hair meets the chemically treated hair. It is a point of
weakness and the source of breakage for many transitioners. For this
reason, use your fingers instead of combs and brushes when detangling
Your relaxed ends need protein to
maintain strength and prevent breakage. I recommend monthly protein
treatments and weekly moisturizing deep treatment with heat. Your hair
will thank you later!
You’re gonna need it. The two very
different textures can be overwhelming, often the reason why many women
chop prematurely. And a hasty Big Chop could lead to a return to the
relaxer, or months of confidence issues related to your hair.
Transitioning to natural hair is not only a physical process, but a
psychological one. It takes not only information and inspiration to rock
curly hair in a straight world, but loads of self-confidence as well.
In most cases, you must fake it till you make it. Pretty soon, the real
confidence will come in – and not only will you notice, but everyone
around you will too. Here are some tips to keep you motivated on your
Transitioning and natural hair is
anything but predictable. I’ve been natural my entire life, and can’t
get "product x" with "styling technique y" to yield the same result on
Monday as it did on Saturday. This is why you must be flexible! Go with
the flow and exude confidence despite the fact you may not be 100% happy
with the results. No one knows you’re having a bad hair day but you!
Add some bobby pins, bun it, swoop it, pomp it, whatever! Your
confidence will shine through and people will know, that you know, that
they know you look fly!
I educated myself on care methods and
styling options. I became an expert at looking after my curls. It’s the
lack of skill and knowledge that will send you running back to that
flat iron or relaxer.
Vent! Vent online or to real life
curlies at a natural hair meetup. You might be surprised that your
problems are not unique to you. Sometimes, just the act of talking it
out and getting it off your chest can be very cathartic! You are
changing a part of your self-image so some discomfort is expected!
Be Health Focused
Refocus your energy from the
aesthetic and styling techniques to overall hair health. Trust me,
everything else will fall in place when you’re working with strong,
healthy hair. It’s the foundation of awesome styles! So today, if you
haven’t already, incorporate the pre-poos, the deep treatments, the
finger detangling ... in a few months, you’ll be surprised at what
styles you can pull off!
Remember your reasons for going
natural. Why did you decide to transition in the first place? Don’t lose
track of your intentions. Nothing worth having is easy to achieve.
Also, take less stock in other people’s opinions – that includes snide
remarks and compliments. It is your thoughts and feelings that count