How to Successfully Transition to Natural Hair without Big Chopping.

 

if you are just starting

, your hair is still mostly straight, but your natural texture starts to emerge. Latimer says this style helps future natural-haired women get ready to start embracing their god-given curl patterns. She adds that the key to keeping your curls softer is to make sure to deep-condition before styling. Moisture is key.the ezthread helps you This is definitely for the transitioner who has a couple months of styling experience. It’s a great protective — and put-together — style for the winter months, when you want to keep your ends tucked in. It’s also super-versatile. “You might be able to get another style out of this by just undoing the braid and wearing it out,” Latimer says

The goal is to blend the two very different textures. This can be your go to style.

You will need to learn how to maintain the different textures from the kinky and coily to the curly and wavy.

Gradually cut off the damaged ends and take care of new growth. If

a great way to mask your two different textures from the beginning until the end of your journey.

use if for braid-outs, you can go the cornrow route, as seen here, or do free-form box braids. Leave them in overnight (on damp or dry hair) for the best results. When you take them out the next morning, you’ll have big, beautiful hair

there are other ways to get from point A to point Z. Take a deep breath and relax. You have options! There is no one right way to do this thing! You have a choice and here are alternatives that will help you

For the first few months you can probably get away with your regular hairstyling routine. After that, things take a complete turn. Why? The two textures (curly roots vs. relaxed ends) make your hair difficult to style. Try protective and low maintenance hairstyles like twists, braids, and buns. If you choose to wear braids and twist (or weaves) long term during your transition keep your scalp well conditioned by moisturizing with an oil like coconut oil.

Deciding to go natural is a personal decision that many make for various reasons. Some have experienced chemical damage from relaxers resulting in hair breakage and scalp burns… Some simply want to eliminate the costly monthly expenses of maintenance associated with having a relaxer. While others simply want to explore and enjoy the natural texture and volume that may allow more versatility and styling options than previously afforded with their relaxed straight hair.

The process of transitioning or “going natural” can be a little bit intimidating to put it lightly if you’ve been relaxed for as long as you can remember. But it doesn’t have to be… First things first, decide whether you want to Transition or Big Chop.

Big Chop: While many of us are in a constant pursuit of longer and healthier hair, the thought of chopping years of growth and length off in one big whop can bring on some pretty serious anxiety.

Transitioning: Is the process of no longer getting “touch ups” or chemical relaxers and allowing your natural hair to grow back in without cutting all of your relaxed ends off at once (This is the anti-big chop). You can choose to go the short term transitioning route, which will allow your natural hair to grow in a few inches before parting with your relaxed ends. Or you can choose to go the long term transitioning route which is the process of growing your hair out to a comfortable length; be it shoulder length or longer before you trim off your relaxed ends. Either way, the transitioning option may be best suited for those who are emotionally tied to longer hair or who feel that their face may not be as suited for really short hair styles. But be prepared, transitioning takes some extra TLC, some patience and commitment if you want to keep ensure that both your new growth as well as your relaxed ends stay in optimum condition.

In transitioning, the line where your new growth (natural hair) meets your relaxed hair is know as the line of demarcation. This point on your hair will be the most fragile and must be cared for delicately in order to avoid excess breakage and damage. This is why many transitioners opt for the beloved protective hair styling options.

Protective styles allow for the hair to be in a protected state which protect the ends and length of your strands from damage due to daily wear and tear and daily manipulation. These styles are usually free of heat styling and the ends are concealed. A protective hair style will allow the hair to grow and retain length a lot easier than if the hair is worn down on a daily basis. This is because it is shielded from breakage due the hair rubbing on the shoulders and clothes, snags, winds that create tangles, uv sun rays, daily combing and detangling, etc. All of those things can lead to split ends and breakage which travel up the hair shaft resulting in the appearance of no growth or stunted growth. Have you ever said or heard a friend say, “My hair doesn’t grow past my shoulders or ears.”? Well, the reality is that all of the factors above can lead to hair breakage leaving you mystified about why you can’t gain and retain more length. If the hair was being properly protected and cared for externally (and let’s not forget internally), this plight could easily be avoided and eliminated.

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