Au Naturelle:The transition

Au Naturelle:The transition
28th December 2011 Hair

 

Natural hair is a category which isnt really catered for when we talk about hair, its always weaves and chemically enhanced hair but not really natural hair. I transitoned a little while ago but my hair was too short to talk about, I didn’t have a routine or a particular shampoo that I used until a month ago. A month ago I realised that not only is my hair growing, but I have to get together some kind of care routine if I want it to stay healthy. I have realised that I have not written a post up which caters to those who carry natural locks and don’t necessarily know what to do with it (or do but just want ideas), so here goes:

First of all, you all need to know that there is no real way or making relaxed hair revert back to natural…once a chemical has been applied on your hair its there to stay (whether you can see it or not) until it grows out.
If you have made that decision to stop relaxing/perming/texturising your hair you then have two choices; you can cut off the chemically treated hair or you don’t….the first choice for me was the easiest as it allows hair to have a fresh start, if you opt for option b then know that you have to be patient. If you want to avoid hair breakage (the weakest point is where the relaxed and natural hair meet), you will need to be take extreme care of your hair through treatments etc until you are ready to let go of the relaxed hair

Options available to you when growing out a relaxed style are:

  • Braids
  • Weaves, a full headed weave is a great way to grow out your hair without actually seeing it (dont forget treatments in between the weaves)
  • Flat twists
  • Canerows
  • Two strand twists, which you can twist out after a few days to diverse your look
  • Plaits
  • locks
  • Bantu knots
  • Brazilian Blowdry detailed post here
  • pressing hair (be very careful with this option as too much heat can damage both the relaxed and natural hair)
  • Wigs which include U-part, laced closures, full head etc

Depending on the texture of your hair there are many choices that you could do to make the transition easy and less straining. If you decide not to cut off the relaxed hair then I would recommend regular treatments  (both protein and moisturising ones) to avoid breakage and a visit to your hairdresser for advice on the best treatment for your hair type. Remember that Hair in general needs patience and the best advice I can give you is enjoy every stage of your natural hair, you will get to an awkward stage but make it work for you and don’t panic or give up. Find a regime that works for you and gets positive results for your hair and roll with it, it is useless trying a regime which works for someone who has a different hair type than yourself.

Hope that helps and of course I will be doing more posts like this xx

Comments (5)

  1. Loved this post… I have been transitioning for like 9 months now. So close to running back to relaxer.
    Posts on protective styling would be great

  2. Andree Marie 9 years ago

    Thank you lily, i will be doing more posts and videos in the new year, I have products that I want to try and would love to review them for you guys xx

  3. Henessy 9 years ago

    Love this post, definately needed for people transitioning to natural hair.

  4. Nicola 9 years ago

    Thanks for this post Andree. I’m only 3 months into my transitioning journey and always on the look out for advice. I look forward to more product reviews and posts! Happy New Year!

  5. Andree Marie 9 years ago

    Happy New year to you too Nicola xx

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