Hello beauties! Today’s post is inspired by some ladies who have approached me to ask ” How do I go natural without cutting my hair?” For those on a healthy hair journey already, this cutting of hair is usually called the “Big Chop”. The Big Chop is when you decide to cut off those parts of your hair that you have previously applied relaxers on. I chose not to do the Big Chop, instead I have been transitioning to natural hair for about 1 year, 3 months now. If you have decided to go natural, here are a few tips that you will find useful.
TIP #1: Moisturize Regularly
This had to be the number 1. When you hair is dry & lacking in moisture, it is prone to breakage. When transitioning, you are dealing with your relaxed hair at the end and the natural hair growing from the roots, You have to moisturize to prevent excessive hair breakage at the point where the relaxed hair meets the natural hair. You can follow the L(liquid), O(Oil), C (Cream) method when moisturizing.
Tip #2: Deep Conditioning
I chose to deep condition my hair every two weeks mostly on the days when I wash my hair. I also use a keratin treatment every two months. Deep conditioning strengthen your hair & nourishes your hair as you transition. It is important to use products that your hair loves.
Tip #3: Protective Styling
There were a lot of days that I did not even know how to style my hair when i started transitioning. Wigs came to the rescue. While you decide to go natural, protective styles become even more useful. I also did Senegalese twists sometimes. Now that my natural hair is longer, I do Bantu knots out and twists out.
Tip #4: Research & Learn
From how to wash your hair, to deep conditioning, to styling your hair, there is a lot you can learn from the internet.
No one can claim the monopoly of knowledge. So many ladies have transitioned to natural hair without cutting their relaxed hair. You can learn from them on the internet.
Tip #5: Reduce or stop the Use of Direct Heat
I know you love straightening your hair every week for the straight hair you are used to. Bu the down side to this is that , excessive use of direct heat can weaken your hair. It will be best if you reduce their use or stop it till you are done transitioning.
Are you transitioning to natural hair? Please add your own tips!Share with friends