The Best Way to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair - Without The Big Chop
Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair is the perfect way to let your beauty shine through, but it can also feel like a whooolllee other thing!
And no, I’m not just talking hair, boo; it’s a personal journey that requires a lot of learning and unlearning, plus a ton of self-love.
Growing up I was made to believe that straight hair was more beautiful. I was often told that my hair was too unruly and unkempt. Over time I developed deep insecurities about my natural hair so I started relaxing it and kept my roots hidden underneath long extensions because that's what I thought was “acceptable.”
I’m so grateful that I broke out of that limiting cage of insecurity after seeing “Good Hair.”
I knew that I had to make a change to go natural, but like most people that come to this same crossroad, I didn't know what to do with, or how to do my hair!
Whether you’re considering transitioning your relaxed hair, or you're in the process already, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and confused by the endless information out there on the topic.
So, to help you gain some clarity here’s a basic walkthrough on how to transition from relaxed to natural hair, the right way.
Mindset & Education is EVERYTHING!
Believe me, sis, transitioning to natural curls felt like a rollercoaster especially as my natural hair started to flourish and my relaxed ends were holding on for dear life.
But I did it, and because I took the time to get to know my hair, get my routine & regimen consistent, my hair flourished!
The goal is to change the belief system around curly, coily, and kinky hair. The reality is that the struggle is NOT real. Natural hair can be quite simple and easy to care for. You just have to have the knowledge and resources to make it work for you!
This is the exact reason why education is a huge part of our brand. Our mission is to take the question out of natural hair care so you can easily go from whack to snack, without the fuss.
Clay-Washing Is Where It's At
Whether you are natural or not, the problem with consistently using shampoo is that it can unbalance your scalp and leave your hair feeling very dry and brittle, even after using a conditioner.
This is when clay-washing comes in handy. Basically, it’s when you wash your hair with a high-quality clay-based cleanser, instead of traditional shampoo with suds.
Some clays like Bentonite are drying to textured hair. So be sure to choose a moisturizing clay like Rhassoul Clay.
Rhassoul Clay is so amazing that it’s not only excellent for washing your hair but also for deep conditioning. We highly recommend using our Step 1 and Step 3 together for a BOMB deep conditioning treatment.
If you’re prone to buildup, it’s a great idea to rinse your hair with diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV) on the first wash day of your transitioning journey.
The best ratio is 1 part ACV to 6 parts water.
ACV breaks down that buildup and rinses it away so your hair and scalp can get super clean… and they can get the full benefits of your hair care routine.
Bye Bye Hot Tools
It can be tempting to reach for the flat iron… or hot comb if we’re showing our age…especially when your hair is misbehaving. Let’s get clear about one thing though; if you want to straighten your hair, then abso-freakin-lutely go for it, sis!
Just keep in mind that if not done properly, constantly applying too much heat to your hair and/or not using a quality heat protectant, equals big trouble and these things are a recipe for disaster.
I’m talking that “you’re gonna have to cut that off and start over” type of disaster.
So, you decide what it’s worth to you and if you can deal with the consequences if the unthinkable happens. Don’t be scurred by heat, just be cautious.
Protective Styles For The Win
Protective styles like braids and wigs are helpful when it comes to protecting new hair growth. We highly recommend going for hairstyles that apply less tension to your hair while keeping your ends tucked away.
Not to mention, protective hairstyles are super cute, easy to maintain, and versatile - put them in a bun, half-up/half-down, a braid, whatever works for you, hunnay.
The truth is, taking care of your crown-in-transition doesn’t have to be as complicated as they make it out to be. Once you get the hang of it, the results you see in your crowning glory will be EVERYTHING!
If you’d like more personalized, one-on-one guidance, the absolute best thing you can do is register for the Repair YourHair Challenge.
And if you’re not already a member, we encourage you to join the Naturalicious Nation Facebook group, regardless of whether or not you’re ready to jump into the Repair Your Hair Challenge.
You will be joining a community of over12,000 amazing queens who will share their own transitioning journeys every day. They’re there to lend a helping hand when you need it, support you through your struggles, and celebrate your successes as only women know how. Can’t wait to see you there!