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So, you are thinking about transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair. A tough decision I know. When I transitioned years ago, unfortunately I didn’t have any tips of tricks. The only reason I decided to go natural is because relaxers didn’t really straighten my hair that well and I was tired of it being chin length. Is there a right or wrong answer to transitioning? Not really, but I do know of some tips that will make it a little easier.

THINK LONG AND HARD- Let’s face it, going natural is a major decision. It can affect your social life, family and friends may change, and let’s not forget, it may affect our jobs. This task for not for the weak at heart. There are so many stereotypes surrounding women who decide to go back to their roots and love themselves for how God made them instead of making themselves look like the media and how society wants them to look.

LOOK AT STYLES- There are now a ton of pictures on natural hair styles on the net. Take some time out and pic out some pictures of how your hair will look once it is in its natural state. Now, it will be easier if you know your hair type but if you have a relaxer, how are you to know?!?!?

BRAIDS, WIGS, WEAVES, OR BIG CHOP?- There are many ways to transition. I did kinky twists for the first 2 years and this was before I decided to go natural. It wasn’t until I took out those braids and realized how long the curly hair was vs. the straight so, one day I just washed and wet my hair and cut off all the straight pieces. I discovered weaves and wigs years later and used them as one of my protective styles. They worked great in the winter months to protect my hair from the elements in the air.

YOUTUBE!- My hairs best friend is YouTube. I have learned more than I can imagine watching Youtube Gurus like AfricanExport and KimmyTube. Most of them have tried it all and they give their honest opinion and feedback on products, styles, and tutorials. I actually mimicked a leave in conditioner recipe from KimmyTube that worked on my hair texture as well as my mothers, sisters, and friends. I’ll post some great videos soon.

BUILD A REGIMEN- It’s better to start your regimen sooner than later because that way you will get more accustomed to the practice. Start researching products that work best with your hair. If you don’t know, trial and error is the best way to find out. It took me 3 years to figure out what exactly works on my hair and for my hair texture. Everyone’s needs are different based on climate, age, hormones, genes, and texture. I started with the basics and it adapted from there:

1. Co-Wash twice a week with a cheap conditioner to keep the moisture level in my hair. I may do this more often in dryer months and less often depending on the style at the time. I use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration or Organix Moroccan Oil Conditioner
*I usually finger detangle and set in a protective style such as braids or twists after a co wash. Sometimes I co wash my hair with the twists or braids in my hair if I plan on doing a braid or twist out during the weekend.

2. Deep Condition at least once a week. I always do this unless I have braided extensions in. I deep condition with a protein base deep conditioner because your hair needs a mixture of protein and moisture. Some need more protein and some need more moisture. You have to figure out which one your hair need most. I use Organix Protein Deep Conditioner and detangle with a wide tooth comb in the shower. After it is detangled, I place a plastic cap over my hair and do laundry or cook or what ever for however long I feel like having it on my hair! One time I went running and it was actually the best deep condition ever!

3. Moisturize your hair by using leave in conditioners to moisturize in between washes and co washes. Now the one I use I got from KimmyTube and I tweaked it for my hair.

1 part distilled water (moisture)
1 part aloe vera juice (moisture)
1 part glycerin (softener)
1 part Infusium 23 (Protein)
Mix in a spray bottle and shake. Use when you feel your hair is dry. if you like your mixture to be more of a creamy consistency, use Kinky Curly Knot Today.

4. Seal it up. I seal my hair with a Shea butter mix. I mixed shea butter with essential oils such as tea tree oil, jojoba oil, and extra virgin olive oil, and mixed in a few carrier oils such as hemp seed oil and grape seed oil. i warmed them up and mixed them all together in a glass bowl. I use this after I moisturize to seal it in.

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If you’re thinking of leaving relaxers behind, and you don’t want to cut all of your processed hair off, you’ll need some transition styles that will take you from straight hair to your natural texture. While most of these styles are protective, you can still wear your hair out on occasion. Try these hairstyles to get you through the sometimes awkward stages of transitioning and you’ll feel confident that your hair looks good every day:

1. Flat Twists
Unlike two-strand twists, which require curly ends that can hold themselves together, flat twists work well on hair that’s not completely natural. Similar to cornrows, you use two strands of hair instead of three when fashioning these twists, which lie on the head. You’ll still need to secure the ends. If your hair is past your shoulders, you can gather the ends into a ponytail or bun, while shorter hair can simply be pinned into place.

2. Cornrows
You may want to get some hair additions if you choose this style. You should also consider your workplace environment. While many businesses are becoming more open to what were traditionally seen as “ethnic” hairstyles, keep in mind that some extremely conservative environments still frown upon them.

3. Buns/Chignons
Buns, topknots and chignons are all easy and elegant ways to style transitioning hair. If you work in a professional environment, skip the scrunchies and choose other accessories to hold your hair in place, such as hair sticks, hair pins and tortoiseshell clips.

4. Wet Sets
Blend those curly roots into relaxed tresses with wet sets. You can set your hair on magnetic rollers or bendable rods, depending on how curly you want your style to be. Because wet sets don’t rely on direct heat, they’re a gentle way of styling your hair.

5. Extensions
For some women, weaving their hair away during transitioning is much easier. You can even choose extensions that mimic natural hair so that you can get an idea of what your new texture will look like on you. Twist and braid extensions are easy enough to get from a professional who’s qualified in this area.


How do I transition from relaxed to natural hair?

This one is a very frequently asked question. We get calls and e-mails from people hoping we can tell them what they want to hear. The true answer is there is no really quick or easy way. To reiterate (in case you haven’t read the other questions). A relaxer is permanent. It cannot be removed. There are no products that will remove a relaxer (other than scissors). If you want to just grow your hair out to a natural state, be prepared for breakage. Baka Beautiful’s Natural-Laxer Plus is a great product if you want to maintain your length while transitioning. We cannot guarantee there will be no breakage. But, the Natural-Laxer can definitely help minimize it. There are three good ways to transition:
• Cut off the relaxed hair- depending on how much new growth and your preferences you have a few styling options. You can wear a TWA (tweeny weeny afro) or two strand twists pretty easily with almost any length hair. For other styling ideas, see http://www.ourhair.net or http://www.hairweb.com

• Braids and/or extensions- you can have your hair braided until it grows to a length where you feel comfortable cutting off the new growth and going with other styling options
• SisterlocksTM- SisterLocks can be started with one and one half inches of new growth at the scalp. They are similar to dread locks but with a look more like micro braids or very small twists. They leave you with many styling options. For more information (including pictures) go to http://www.sisterlocks.com

• Find a transition style- This great tip was given to us by one of our customers. “I just wanted to send you another hair styling option for those who don’t know what to do while growing out a perm and going natural. I recently did this and when my roots began growing out, I would wet my hair and add oil to it, then braid it while it was wet (Black Earth’s Crinkles & Curls Styling Lotion would be perfect for this). After it dried, my hair was left wavy and with lots of texture and this helped to blend the natural roots with the permed ends. It is important to keep your ends clipped regularly during this process so that your split ends do not continue up the hair shaft and damage the natural hair. I was able to wear my hair like this until I was comfortable with cutting all of my permed hair off and wearing my ‘fro.”

Trying to transition in other ways, like pressing the natural hair as it grows in underneath the relaxed hair, are going to make your hair prone to breakage and can damage the natural hair you’re trying to grow in. We do not recommend it. While transitioning, try to find a style that will accomodate the new growth coming in like twists or braids.


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