My head is too big to start from a low cut!
Maybe you don’t think your head is too big (like I did) but for whatever reason you do not want to whack it all off just to start your natural hair journey.
So, you have decided that you are ready to let go of your addiction to creamy crack and begin transitioning back to your natural hair. No worries! You do not have to big chop unless you want to. I personally chose to transition because I was not ready to start from a very low haircut. I ended up cutting my relaxer off a year later after many days of aggravation from working with the two textures and ain’t nobody got time for that.
My styles were more difficult to achieve because I had to disguise my relaxed ends the best I could. My husband cut off my relaxer with clippers and I ended up with a low cut anyway. It wasn’t a fade but low enough.
I felt all kind of ways. It was almost like a weight had been lifted.
How do you transition back to your natural hair?
STOP relaxing your hair and coloring! This is a given right? Wrong! Some ladies continue to relax their edges to keep a “neat” and “slick appearance” while in transition and/or continue to permanently dye their hair. Relaxers are only going to continue to weaken the hair and the edges usually are the first thing to thin and go. Permanent color may require “lifting” also known as bleaching and this too weakens the hair, causes dryness issues and will prolong your transitioning process.
No heat, no heat! You must become #teamnoheat. There are many who flat iron their hair to blend the curly texture with the straight (relaxed) hair. You should try to disguise your ends by incorporating different styling options. Excessive heat can result in heat damage therefor prolonging your transitioning process.
Strengthen your hair with protein treatments and deep conditioner. You must began immediately taking special care of your hair to prevent breakage that can and most likely will take place due to the two texture differences.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Do your best to prevent your hair from being dry. Dryness results in breakage therefor prolonging your transitioning process.
Incorporate protective styles to decrease hair manipulation. Buns, roller sets and braids are a few great styling options but be mindful of too much tension that can cause Traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is hair loss due to tension.
Once you began loosing hair due to extensions and other hair style options, you will find yourself in a cycle where you will continue to do “cover ups” to hide your hair loss. This results in more hair loss and constant coverage.
Trim your ends as often as you like to remove the relaxed ends until you are comfortable enough to completely remove it all.
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