Transitioning from relaxed hair to naturally textured hair was probably one of the most challenging things I’ve done. I tried to transition for what was supposed to be a year, and ended up being 5 months. I couldn’t take it – I had no clue what I was doing! After a frustrating 5 months, and looking a hot mess, I decided to Big Chop and just get on with my natural hair journey. When it comes to transitioning, it’s truly a personal choice as far as how long you do it.
But if you want to get it done fast, there are a couple of routes you can take…
#1 The fastest way to transition to natural hair is to cut off all the relaxed hair, also known as The Big Chop.
By getting this haircut, you are immediately transitioned to all naturally textured, unrelaxed hair. For many, cutting all of their hair off sounds daunting and intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. For many, it is liberating and exhilarating. So if you are ready to let it all go, then go for the big chop.
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#2 If you aren’t quite ready for letting it go all at once, then you can expedite the process of transitioning.
The key is to regularly cut hair from your relaxed ends as your new textured hair grows from your roots. The more hair you cut, the faster your transition will be.
You want to also take really good care of your hair so that you can stimulate hair growth. Maintaining a clean scalp is one great way to help your hair grow because it keeps the cuticles from clogging with dirt and buildup. Drinking lots of water, eating fruits and vegetables will help your hair grow at its optimal speed.
When it comes to styling, you want to ensure that you adjust your techniques so that you don’t cause any hair breakage. Avoid direct heat styling, which can weaken the hair strands and prolong your transition. Also, make sure you are deep conditioning regularly to ensure your hair maintains elasticity. When detangling, especially as more textured hair grows, make sure you are using a conditioner with lots of slip and a detangling brush or comb designed for textured hair. This will help combat breakage. Style your hair in ways that don’t required combing or brushing to maintain, so that you can minimize manipulation that could cause damage.
To big chop or give yourself time to transition – that is the question. It’s the question only you can answer. If you’re transitioning or considering transitioning, which route do you plan to take – big chop or grow it out?
Still want to know more? Everything about going natural can be found on this page: How to Go From Natural to Relaxed Hair