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BIG CHOP?! Oh no honey, I definitely am not ready to come face to face with my head shape, but I’m so ready to finally embrace my natural hair.
You feel me?
Thank God that there’s an alternative for people like us.
TRANSITIONING!

So. You’ve vowed never to touch that relaxer (read white crack) ever again. Now what?

By the time you finish reading this hopefully you’ll be more clued up, as to what the journey from relaxed to best of both worlds, to eventually…

A SLAYING NATURALISTA!

Change in hair routine.

The first thing you need to do is forget what you think you know. Natural hair and relaxed hair require two different routines.

Water is a naturalista’s best friend, while it’s your worst enemy as a
relaxed babe.

Your starter pack should include

As tempting as it may be, don’t just go into Clicks and buy the whole store.

Start with the basics and see what works and what doesn’t.

Another difference is you’d focus on moisturizing your roots, your soft fluffy cloud of unprocessed hair, to make sure it’s healthy for when you eventually chop off the relaxed hair (it’s going to happen eventually sis, you can’t run forever)

Transitioning Hairstyles

Your natural hair is growing out, you love sticking your fingers in your hair, touching your roots to feel that new hair growing out.

But now styling is a mission!

The two textures are fighting each other for the territory that is your head.

The easiest route would obviously be the protective style path, hide your hair away until you’re ready to cut it and claim the naturalista title.

However, that takes away all the fun in the journey you know?

Practicing how to flat twist, cornrow, etc.

The best styles are bantu knot outs and twist outs because they do a great job in hiding the fact that there are two opposing textures on your head.

Have fun with it!

Take time to get to know your hair so when you go all in, you have some idea of how to treat her.

WARNING! Do not watch too many Youtube videos

Until you cut your relaxed hair off you don’t fully get to see your hair texture and even then it still hasn’t fully transitioned all the way.

A trap that many soon-to-be fully naturals fall for is watching too many tutorials and videos, seeing other people’s hair and thinking theirs will look like that too, and get aggravated when they see their beautiful texture because it looks nothing like what they’ve been seeing, that they struggle to see the beauty in it.

This is your journey, yours!

Make sure you enjoy it for what it is, comparison is the thief of all joy.

So hold back on following influencers with tailbone length hair, it won’t do you any good at this stage of your journey.

Trim monthly-ish (or whenever you feel like it)

It’s easier to do a little bit, every 2nd week or month, than to chop it all off in one go.

There’s not much to say here because it’s different for each person, some prefer weekly.

One thing I can say is, don’t reach for paper scissors or kitchen scissors (yip! people use kitchen scissors for their trims), invest in a quality pair of styling shears.

You’ll be using them every once in a while during the life long journey that is being natural.

Listen to you hair.

Yes, listen to your hair.

These tips are just a guideline, listen to your hair.

What does she need?
Moisture? A deep conditioning? Less manipulation?

This is how your hair thrives!

Also have a journal where you write things down.

What worked, what didn’t, your favorite hairstyles, when last you trimmed your hair?

This will ensure you don’t make the same mistake twice.

Basically, be present in the journey. This isn’t just hair.

For many of us it has to do with what we’ve been believed to think is beauty.

Take it one day at a time, there will be days where you feel like you might as well just relax your hair but just remember why you decided to embark on this journey to begin with.

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