6 Things To Consider Before Transitioning from Relaxers to Natural
Transitioning back to your natural hair simply means growing out or cutting off your chemical treatment (such as a relaxer) to wear your unprocessed hair instead. Transitioning to your own natural crowning glory is definitely a moment to cherish, and is often a transformative experience for many women. And whether you choose to big chop or grow out your chemical treatment incrementally, here are a few things to consider before embarking on your natural journey
1. The journey will be fraught with challenges.
We’re all aware of the glorious before and after images of YouTube and IG gurus whose strands have transformed from thin and straggly to long, flowing natural hair. It’s only understandable that many of us will desire a similar path, but we can’t stress enough that your own journey will be unique to you and your hair will most likely not look like an exact replica of your #haircrush. There will be times when you want to throw in the towel, call up your trusty hairstylist and book the earliest available appointment for a relaxer. But hang on in there, it will get easier.
2. You will need to reacquaint yourself with your hair
When your hair is relaxed, you spend a huge portion of your time trying to prevent your hair from reverting back to a curlier or coily state. You avoid the rain, apply products to help keep your hair straight and sleek, and implement a nightime routine that will ensure your hair remains kink free in the morning. When your hair is natural or transitioning, you will have to fight the instinct to implement the aforementioned hair practices and instead adopt a different approach to haircare. Water will become your best friend. You’ll find yourself never too far away from your water spray can, as natural hair thrives with moisture. You will also find yourself relying on moisturising products like KeraCare® Leave-In Conditioner to keep your hair nourished and hydrated.
3. Your cleansing routine is about to get intense.
When your hair is natural and transitioning you will find that your curlier coils will require close attention, and your shampoo routine will take on a whole new set of requirements such as detangling, sectioning and deep conditioning. To keep hair hydrated, apply deeply nourishing products such as KeraCare® Hydrating Detangling Shampoo , which contains botanical extracts to repair damaged hair, followed by KeraCare® Humecto Creme Conditioner, a rich moisturising treatment that improves the porosity of hair helping it to become softer in texture.
4. Your hair will develop its own personality.
Are you the type of person who needs to know exactly how your hair will look on a day-to-day basis? If so, you will need to set that aside, as your natural hair definitely has a mind of its own. That twist out you perfected a few days ago, will undoubtedly look considerably different when you attempt to recreate the style on another occasion. Natural hair reacts to the moisture in the air, so your hair is always transmuting, just think of all those stunning images online of women demonstrating the extent of their shrinkage. Natural hair is magically transformative, and you have to be prepared to embrace the unpredictability and follow its lead. If the contrasting textures are bothersome, try wearing your hair in ponytails and updos while you transition. For smoothing your hairline we recommend using our KeraCare® Edge Tamer, a non-flaking styling gel which helps to smooth coarse hair and flyaways.
5. You’ll need to minimise your heat usage.
The thick and coily nature of natural hair makes blowdrying and straightening a bit more of a challenge, although it’s not impossible, it just takes a bit of time. Regular use of excessive heat weakens your strands, so if long and lustrous natural hair is what you aspire towards, we suggest putting away the heated styling tools and allowing your hair to dry naturally instead. Learn to master natural hairstyles that can be achieved when hair is damp, Bantu knot outs and braid outs are just two examples. Apply our KeraCare® Foam Wrap Setting Lotion, which is great for setting styles, providing superior hold while penetrating the cuticle to leave your strands soft and silky.
6. Contrasting textures will exist for a while.
If you opt to transition opposed to big chopping, you’ll have to prepare for an overlap in hair textures until your regular trims rid of your relaxed hair entirely. This is by far one of the most challenging aspect of transitioning as your styling choices are often limited by the two different textures. We suggest wearing protective styles temporarily while your hair grows out, and you can also use perm rods and flexi rods to create more uniformed curls that mimics the look of natural hair. Whatever you do, enjoy the process and have fun. Re-discovering the beauty of your natural hair will be an ongoing process that you will never tire of.
Did you transition gradually? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments below and any other tips you have for transitioning newbies.
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