Are you ready to leave behind chemical relaxers and heat-styling tools to sport your natural hair? To wear your natural hair is an highly personal decision for anybody with no right or wrong way to go about it. Since it is the latest trend, many opt to big chop, while for some they chop off all of their chemically treated hair at once but for others, they choose to slowly grow out the chemically relaxed hair which I call the “transition.”
Transition comes with the benefit of keeping the length of your hair while the natural grows outs. But since your hair has two very different textures; the chemically relaxed hair at the tips and the natural hair below, the problem of breakage, shedding and styling can come up. However to every problem there is a solution, which is why we decide to bring you these tips to aid your smooth, successful transition to natural hair without cutting off your relaxed hair…
STAY AWAY FROM HEAT STYLING
Excessive heat styling is dangerous as it compromises protein bonds in the hair figments. Using heat styling while transitioning can result in an uneven curl pattern, loss of curl and breakage which causes a damage that is irreversible.
OPT FOR HAIRSTYLES THAT CAN BLEND THE TWO HAIR TEXTURES
Go for hairstyles that seamlessly blend the two textures without stressing your edges. Hairstyles like twist and braid-outs, pin curls, roller sets, buns and braids should be your style staples.
DETANGLE YOUR HAIR GENTLY
There is a line of demarcation where your natural hair meets the relaxed hair. This point is a point of weakness and can be a source of breakage during transition. For this reason, use your fingers instead of combs and brushes when detangling and styling.
ENSURE TO DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR
It is recommended to have weekly deep heat treatment with moisturizers and monthly protein treatment as your relaxed ends need protein to maintain strength and prevent breakage.
The two different textures of your hair can be overwhelming which is why some women cut off their hair prematurely. A hasty haircut could lead to a return to the relaxer, or months of confidence issues related to your hair.
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