Everyday, more women are making the transition from relaxed hair to natural hair. This movement is bring to light how beautiful natural hair really is. When women decide to move to natural hair, they really only have two options.
The first is to cut off the relaxed locks and wait for the natural to grow back in, or they can patiently wait it out by being creative with their styles. The big cut is an easy choice, but being creative adds an element of fun.
If you do decide to grow out your hair and play with styles, there are several things to know about keeping your hair healthy during the time of transition.
Why Make the Transition?
Making the transition from relaxed hair to natural hair brings out your natural beauty. It shows that you respect who you are and where you came from.
There is no reason to apply harsh chemical treatments to impress anyone. These chemicals can have long lasting effects on your skin and the rest of your body.
Natural black hair is absolutely gorgeous and growing it out is worth the time and effort. Most of all, you should make the transition to natural hair because you love who you are and you want to take care of your body.
How to Take Care of Transitioning Hair?
Women who have relaxed hair are often surprised that their natural hair does not grow to long, enviable lengths. As they grow out their hair to get the beautiful natural look, the relaxed ends might break from the chemical processing they have experienced over time.
As the new hair grows, the old hair will still be attached to it, so it is important that you take good care of your hair as it has healthy new hair and damaged old hair.
It is also a good idea to moisturize your hair with a quality treatment at least once per week. Your new hair will strong and soft. The older hair will be less likely to break. It might take a few weeks, but by the sixth or seventh, your hair should be noticeably softer and more manageable.
If you have used hot tools on your hair for a long time, you might need a few more weeks of moisturizing treatments to get the softness you desire. When you pair weekly moisturizing treatments with a monthly hot oil treatment, your hair will feel better than it ever has before.
What Styles Work on Transitioning Hair?
Instead of using hot tools to create styles that can damage your hair, the best styles involve natural styles like twists, locks, and braids. There are also simple extensions that you can add to your hair while you grow it out. When you do decide to style your hair, avoid combing it back into a tight bun or pony. This will only further damage the ends and can begin damaging the new growth, too.
Braids are one of the most versatile options for transitioning hair. Some women will actually have extensions braided into their hair to cover up the different textures. As your hair grows, you cut away the old hair and the extensions.
Eventually, your natural hair becomes the focal point. Many of the extension options look like tiny twists or small dreadlocks. These are popular styles on their own, so you will continue to look fashionably fabulous if you decide to go this route. Just be sure not to braid too tightly.
Twists are another option that is easy to do on your own as your transitioning hair grows. You can do comb twists by parting your hair and using a comb to get the twist started. Or, you can twist two sections together. This style can last for one or two weeks, which does give your hair time to grow.
If you are not going for a dreadlocks look, be sure to take out the twist within two weeks. Your natural hair will begin to lock and then your options are even more limited.
Another fun option is a crinkle set. This involves braiding your hair while it is wet. Once your hair dries, you take out the braids. This creates beautiful creases that stay in place with a simple gel. You will get compliments all day long with this easy style. You can also accomplish a similar look by twisting your hair while it is wet, and letting out the twists once your hair dries.
Reap the Benefits of Glorious Natural Hair
There can be challenges with letting your hair go natural, but the challenges pay off in the long run. Before you know it, you will have a glamorous head of natural, kinky hair in an amazing texture. You will feel absolutely beautiful and the rest of the world will see the pride in your face as you show the world that you follow your own rules when it comes to beauty.