In order to go from relaxed to natural hair, you have two options: Transitioning or The Big Chop. Which one you choose is entirely up to you. There is no right way or wrong way to start your journey. It doesn’t matter how you get there, its all about what makes you comfortable.
Let’s take a look at the two methods for going natural:
Transitioning is the process of eliminating chemical treatments and allowing the hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically processed ends.
Most people slowly trim their relaxed ends away as they grow out their relaxer; this also helps to keep breakage at bay and it gives your hair a more healthy appearance.
Pros of Transitioning:
- You have the time to learn about your particular hair type.
- If you are not comfortable with short hair, then you can avoid that adjustment period, and avoid the wait of growing your hair back out.
- During transitioning you have the time to perfect your hair styling skills.
Cons of Transitioning
- The texture of your hair will not be consistent: which means if you decide to wear your hair in a twist out or braid out style the root of your hair might be curly while your ends will be bone straight (To avoid this simply roll the ends of your hair with rods or rollers).
- The process of transitioning takes longer than if you just did “the big chop”.
The Big Chop
The Big Chop is for those who want to be natural now. It entails cutting off all of the relaxed hair and wearing a TWA (teeny weeny afro).
Pros of the Big Chop
- You have a consistent hair texture as opposed to transitioning where you have to deal with two.
- There are no long waits to go natural; your hair is returned to its natural state as soon as your relaxed hair is chopped off.
- With a big chop you have a fresh start no chemically processed hair and no split ends.
Cons of the Big Chop
- Waiting to grow your hair longer
- Learning to deal with an entirely new texture on the spot
- Coming up with new short natural hairstyles.
It’s all up to you!
What you decide is entirely up to you. Go with what makes you feel good and what you feel fits your lifestyle. Remember there is no right or wrong way to go natural. As long as you get there it does not matter what route you choose.
What’s In the Guide
#1 Why to Go Natural
#2 What You Should Know About Natural Hair
#3 How to go from Relaxed to Natural Hair
#4 Know Your Hair Type
#5 What’s Your Hair Porosity Type
#6 What Products Do I Need?
#7 How to Create a Natural Hair Regimen
#8 Natural Hair FAQ