How to go from Relaxed to Natural Hair

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.

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Let’s take a look at the two methods for going natural:

Transitioning

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.

transitioning natural hairPros 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”.

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 Shea Moisture’s Repair & Transition Kit

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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).

The Big ChopPros 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.
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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.

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Comments

  1. says

    I am glad I found this website because I am going through a hair crisis !! I started relaxing my hair at 13yrs old then turned back natural at 15 because I couldnt keep up and I wasnt really well informed of what it entails in terms of moisturing, proteins etc. I relaxed it back at 19yrs old and I have had it until up to last year. I noticed that my hair has become very bone straight (No kinks at all). I remember when my hairdresser used to relax it she used to have the relaxer in for 15 mins and told me to only tell her when I felt burns. Sometimes when I felt the burns she was in another persons hair and it would take mins before she could come wash it out and when my hair dried , you could see the scabs, burns etc. Well as of now , I havent dyed, relaxed my hair since July 5th 2014 . My hair is bone straight, ends are spitted , its as thin as a SPIDER WEB (no kidding) and very red. I can feel it trying (especially in the back) to turn back natural but it still isnt fully natural…. almost like its stuck between natural and bone straight . One more thing, …. It falls out from the root and I can see the little bulb at the top of the hair. My hairdressers are at a loss … They say its from within but I have checked my protein intake, I take iron tabs, My thyroid is better than OK . I am scared. I dont want to go bald. I just wanna go Natural and never look back. If you could pls tell if you know whats wrong with my hair and also suggest some formulas for it.

    Thank You!

  2. Sharon Nelson says

    Just looking at the products and loving it. I’m excited to get started in going natural. I just cut all of my hair off to go natural. Wish I had came across this website before hand.

    Please send me all emails.
    Thanks
    Sharon

  3. says

    HI THIS IS VETTE AGAIN I HAVE BEEN TRANSITIONING AND HAVE A QUESTION I HAVE BEEN WEARING THE GODDESS BRAIDS BECAUSE I LIKE THEM AND I LET THEM STAY IN FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS I KEEP READING THAT THE NATURAL HAIR SHOULD BECOME CURLY OR AT LEASE HAVE CURLS IS THAT SO? CAUSE I KNOW EVERYONE DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME GRADE OF HAIR IS THERE PRODUCTS TO USE THAT CAN BRING THAT CURLY NATURE OUT?

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