“I WANT TO TRANSITION INTO GOING NATURAL BECAUSE I NEVER HAVE SEEN MY TRUE TEXTURE AND I’M OVER PERMS. I DON’T WANT TO ANNOUNCE IT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. I KINDA WANNA JUST LET IT HAPPEN. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS?”
The issue of transitioning from relaxed hair to unprocessed hair was brought to our attention from one of our fellow readers. Once you finally make the decision to convert to natural hair, you may be thinking, “Now what??” While getting accustomed to the idea of starting your hair growth from its very roots, it’s understandable why you may want to make a subtle transition into your new ‘do.
So just what DO you do once you decide to go natural?! Well, you have two routes–the Big Chop or Protective Styles.
»THE BIG CHOP«
The first route would be to go right on ahead and do the BIG CHOP. The BIG CHOP is the day that you decide to chop off all of the processed hair that is left on your head and are only left with your natural hair. This is a bold move, but as Solange demonstrated, having short hair can look both elegant and classy.
Lupita is also a fan of wearing her natural hair in a super short, but classy, style. Choosing to do the Big Chop at the beginning of your hair journey does not mean you will look like any less of a woman. Regardless, it is a bold statement that some women may not feel comfortable with.
Braids / Twists / Faux Locs: Braids, twists, and faux locs are great protective styles–especially at the initial stages of your hair transition. However, you must be careful if you get very long, heavy styles or micro-styles. Such styles have the tendency to put a lot of strain on the hair line, also notoriously known as “edges.” This can cause your edges to break off and thin out. Therefore, if you get such protective styles, make sure that you go to a salon or stylist with a reputation for promoting hair care and will make sure that your hair and edges remain healthy while transitioning.
Hair Extensions: Hair extensions are a great style if you do not want braids/twists/faux locs but want to keep your hair protected from the elements. However, it may be hard to blend your new hair growth with the extensions depending on how far along you are in your transitional stage. In order to protect your hair and avoid the blending issue, you should leave as little of your hair out as possible or else wear a closure piece to keep all of your hair protected. As we previously mentioned, putting hair extensions in your hair does not necessarily prevent or restrict hair growth. However, you must make sure that you do not neglect your hair even if it is covered and can’t be seen. For example, do not leave your extensions in for so long that your hair underneath becomes matted. In addition, make sure to keep your scalp oiled so that it receives the proper TLC.
Flat Twists: Flat twists serve as a great protective style for those that have made great headway in their transitional stage, but whose hair is still a little too short for more versatile styles. This protective style will become your new best friend, because even though they can be very intricate, they can also look beautiful and classy when done in a simple style.