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.

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.

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”.

Thinking about transitioning? Then you should read 6 Things Transitioners Should Know.


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.


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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  1. Abi says

    I would like to visit a salon that is “pro-natural”. I went to a salon this weekend, it was clear the stylist was not for natural hair. I wanted her to cut my hair, she washed then blew it dry. I understood she wanted to get it straight so to cut evenly. Confused with your website. Do you have a salon? If so, where are you located? Is there a salon you would recommend? Great website – by the way. Lots of good information.

    • says

      Hello Abi, Thanks! My website is an informational resource for newly natural naturals, kinky textured hair types, and those looking for overall general natural hair care tips. I live in South NJ, so if you live in this area I recommend I Say Yes Salon. Your comment makes me consider adding a salon directory, thank you for your comment!

  2. lola tant says

    i have a question do u know when u have mixed race hair isnt it suppost to be coily but since ive relaxed it like 2 years ago its sgone half afro half coily and straigh ends is there anything i can do at nights mabey to help answell and is tthere any natural things ecxept from water

  3. lettey says

    When you transition and you decided on the Big Chop I wouldn’t advise to color/dye/color rinse the hair.
    Try and keep the hair as close to its natural state (no heat if so very low heat-cool setting)
    If you want your hair to grow you have to maintain a nice amount of moisture on the hair. (Water…greenhouse-baggy method)
    Get creative and research on different protective styles or wash-n-go’s you can learn to do on your hair.
    Maintain a routine to see if its helping your progress with growth, also eat more veggies & fruits, protein and vitamin supplements.
    I’m transitioning as well (one year +, no chop just dusting(trim) the ends 1x/month). Hope the transition is a successful and fun journey, don’t give up!

    • Margaret says


      My name is Margaret and I have been transitioning for approximately 8 months. I find that some areas of my hair is coarser (nappy, different texture) than other areas. I have always shampooed my hair weekly and roller set as a style. I still continue to shampoo weekly, braid the naural and put a rod or roller on the ends. I have only co-washed once (I thought that concept was weird) and I’m not sure if I should alternate co wash and shampoo. I feel like I’m not able to articulate what I’m trying to ask. I have read and watched many youtube videos, but I feel unsure about if I’m doing what I can to have a health transition. Is it important at this early stage to know my hair type. I feel like I have several different types/textures which is frustrating. I guess what I really want to do is stick my head on this comment page so you can look, and feel my hair and reassure me that I am on the right track…. HELP!!!

  4. Leslie says

    I have always had hair down my back when I was younger and now it is short due to the relaxers over the years. I transitioned four months ago and would like some product tips. This is all new to me again since it has been so long since I had natural hair. I was also a product junkie but im learning to stick with one thing I like but the thing is finding good products I like. Please help!!

  5. Daeja says

    I Had The Best Natural As A Little GirL So Of Course I Tender Headed….Soooo I Decided To A Relaxer/Perm. And Now At The Age Of 14 Im Hating My Hair . Can ANYONE Give Me Some Advice On How To Get Natural Hair

  6. tamara b says

    I’m wanting to make a big chop an get a relaxer that I haven’t had in almost 3 years to start my transition to natural but I’m nt sure if i want to really get a relaxer since its been that long. Should i just make the chop or relax it an cut it? ?

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