So, are you thinking about going natural?
First, ask yourself why. Is your hair unhealthy? Are you looking to try something new?
Do you want to see your curl pattern or do you want to look like Mariah Carey or Tracey Ellis Ross?
All of these are good reasons, but most importantly, you have to consider the health of your hair while transitioning. There is a BIG difference between your relaxed hair and your natural hair. It is important to take care of both textures and find products that will prevent breakage and excessive shedding.
As new growth appears at the root of the scalp, it will be much thicker than your relaxed ends. It’s important to incorporate extra moisture into your hair regiment with a good shampoo and conditioner. If your hair starts shedding more than normal, think about adding a natural protein into your conditioner, or buying some protein-based products.
There are many ways to go natural.
BC, also known as the BIG CHOP, is the most aggressive or extreme way to start. Doing the big chop requires shaving or cutting off all the processed ends of your hair at once. This can be a scary thought for many women because it requires wearing the hair extremely short. But, there are some added benefits. After the BC, you wont have two different hair textures, which will make styling a lot easier. You will also learn and adjust to your new natural hair.
If you’re up for the styling challenge, there are lots of transitioning styles that will merge the two different textures together. Some examples are: bantu knot-outs, twists, braid outs and roller sets. Make sure to NOT straighten your new growth, excessively to match your relaxed ends. This will damage your curl pattern and may cause breakage.
If styling your hair often seems like a daunting task, protective styles such as: micro braids, bantu knots, wigs and hair extensions are some good options. This camouflages the two textures and no styling is needed for blending.
If you decide to use transitioning or protective styles, cut your ends little by little while your hair grows. Eventually, leaving your hair completely natural.
Many women want to stop using relaxers, but like to wear their hair straight. This is a good decision that may result in healthier hair and length retention. Start by stretching out your relaxer appointments to two or three times a year.
There is a lot of versatility when it comes to natural hair and gives you an opportunity to discover something new about yourself. It takes time to adjust to the look of natural hair, but it is a freeing experience. I did the Big Chop in September 2009 and have never looked back.
Stay tuned on Biocare Labs Blog for next week’s topic: transitioning styles with Lindsey m Adams.