Updated September 15, 2013
If you feel like you have damaged hair due to chemical relaxing and you want to get information about long term transitioning from relaxed to natural hair without doing the big chop, please take some time to explore the site. We have all of the transitioning hair care tips you could want including the best information on long term transitioning. We have special tips for deep conditioning, how to grow long hair, the best transitioning products and tons of ideas for natural hair styles and transitioning natural hair.
Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair can be very easy and also fun if you have the right hair styles and the correct knowledge about black hair care. Once your new growth begins to take over you can still go for a long time before you cut off relaxer ends. Our guidelines are appropriate for all hair types 4a, 4b, 4c, 3a, 3b and 3c. No big chop required!
Natural hair styles are important when you want to transition from relaxer on 4a or 3c hair. After you have allowed your hair to grow out some and you have plenty of new growth, you can cut off relaxer hair, deep condition with coconut oil or henna, and grow long hair naturally. No big chop is required for beautiful results with long term transitioning or on damaged hair. Black hair care and going natural do not have to be challenging or mysterious as long as you know what to do. Visit black hair forums, other hair care forums and read as many natural hair care tips and transitioning hair care tips as you can find. There are tons of transitioning products for hair just like yours. Just do your research on how to do a successful black hair transition. Search for terms such as transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, black hair styles, hair transition, or transition relaxed to natural to find the best tips and advice.
Hair Care Tip of the Week
How do I do a successful braid out?
The one thing you need to remember when doing a twist or braid-out style is that your hair has to be COMPLETELY wet when you put the braids or twists in, and COMPLETELY dry before you remove the twists or braids. The products you use and the size of the braids or twists is also important, but the most frustration usually comes from not letting the hair get completely dry and not starting with it wet enough. To achieve this you either need a lot of time to allow it to air dry or you need a good bonnet hair dryer.
Once you have tried the style a few times you can determine the right size of braid or twist to use and the best products that work for your hair. Take notes in your hair journal so that you can remember what you did! In general, if the braids or twists are too small you will get a crimpy looking style, if they are too big, you might not get the amount of waves or curls that you were hoping for. A general good size for longer hair is to have a twist or braid that is about 3/4 inch thick. Make sure that you also twist or braid the sections tightly enough.
Another tip, use a perm rod or roller on the ends to give the final look a good polish.
Check out “Stretch it Out” under “Topics” for more information.
General Hair Care Regimen for Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural
When you are transitioning, there is definitely a learning curve on how to care for your “new growth” texture as well as how to manage two textures combined together.
You can do this in the shower or you can do it over the sink. Having a spray nozzle or removable shower head really helps.
Do’s and Don’ts of Transitioning
Embrace What God Gave You – Going natural is more than just growing out your natural hair. Its about bringing about a shift in your way of thinking about your hair and yourself. If you have been chemically straightening your hair for a very long time, your natural texture might be a shock and a surprise. Remember that your hair is yours and yours alone. You’ll never be able to grow out hair that is like anyone elses’ so there is no point in getting caught up in what anyone else can do with their hair or wishing that you had a certain texture that you don’t have. Learn to love what is yours and how to work with it, and the transitioning process will go so much more smoothly for you. Take a look at this post about embracing your natural hair.
Moisturize and Deep Condition Regularly – Keeping your hair moisturized and deep conditioned is essential to the health of your hair. When your new growth is soft and your relaxed hair is nourished, it won’t break off. Many people going through a hair transition say that their new growth is unmanageable and coarse. If you are really having trouble with the competing textures, the best way to handle it is through conditioning and moisturizing. You will probably notice that your hair is more manageable and just feels better after adopting a consistent conditioning schedule.
Leave it Alone – Try to manipulate your hair as little as possible. Combing and brushing aren’t great for kinky/curly hair.. you want to style it with your fingers most of the time. When you do comb your hair to detangle it, use a very wide toothed comb. Don’t pull it back into tight pony tails or braids.
Wear Protective Styles – Wear protective styles such as braid outs, rod sets, twist outs, flat twists, braids, extensions, or buns. Make sure that you don’t pull your hair back too tightly or else you can end up pulling out all of your precious new growth.
Colloidal Silver and Dandruff/Dry Scalp
I have been natural since February 2008. One of the reasons why I decided to stop chemically relaxing my hair was because of the damage I saw on my scalp. It was very dry and flaky. After going natural I have still struggled with dry flaky scalp, and I felt it was even worse with natural hair because the flakes get caught in the kinks and it looks terrible. Well, I came across information about colloidal silver when I was reading about natural remedies for bacteria. This stuff is a miracle. I washed my hair and applied to my scalp a mixture of a few drops of the silver and some olive oil. Believe it or not, it knocked out the dandruff in one application! Since then I’ve followed up by spraying on a light water/silver mixture just to make sure that the dryness doesn’t return. However, it has been a few weeks now and I haven’t seen any flakes. None! Its amazing. This is one of those things that I say you should run out and get right now if you are struggling with dry scalp.
Most of us have realized by now that the summer months are the best time to grow out hair. This is especially true in tropical or humid environments. Cold weather has a bad affect on our hair sometimes, so when the warm weather comes, you might notice a difference with your hair.
In the warmer months we get a sort of “heater” environment in your body which improves your circulation. This allows more nutrients to get to your scalp which provide fortification for your hair. You can achieve this effect any time of year with a hair steamer.
Also, remember it is a good idea to cut back on or cut out entirely heavy grease, wax or pomades that we sometimes want to use to tame our hair. You want to let your hair breathe and allow your follicles and scalp open up.
I decided to look around my city and nearby area to see what other women are doing with their natural hair. These ladies graciously agreed to allow me to feature their hair styles or looks to share with everyone. I had intended to do a short interview with them to find out their favorite products and hair care regiments, but I didn’t get the chance, so hopefully they will comment when they see their pictures! Thanks ladies!!
Twist out Style
Kioni transitioned when she was 19 and never looked back! Her well defined curls looked soft and moisturized. Very cute!
Afra's sophisticated black and gray wrap caught my attention right away. This is a great option for those days when you don't have time to style or just want to do something different.
This is me when I first cut off all the straight ends of my hair.
Sequita adorns her short fro with a cute scarf.
And when I asked her our top three natural hair care beauty questions:
What are your favorite products?
Currently I am in love with Kinky Curly Custard. I also love bentonite clay and the
Organix line of sulfate free shampoos and conditioners.
What is your general hair care regimen?
I’m a wash and go type of girl right now due to the length of my hair. That’s what I
love about my TWA right now because it’s easy to maintain. I usually co-wash every
other day with my Organix conditioner or Pantene Curly Series deep conditioner.
Once a week I will mix bentonite clay with coconut milk and let that sit in then
wash then deep condition then steam with my huetiful steamer. I will then rinse and
seal with my oil mixture of jojoba, jbco, sweet almond, vitamin E, and avocado. Let
it go or style with my Kcc.
When did you decide to go natural and why?
My best friend big chopped 3months before I decided to transition. I immediately was
fascinated by her hair and proud that she was embracing the hair she was born with.
So July 2011 I received my last perm and I big chopped December 28th of the same
year. It’s been almost a year since I made my decision and 5 months fully natural. I
love my curls and can’t keep my hands out my hair.
Alison likes to play with color on her short curly afro. Her red is fantastic!
What are your favorite products?
Pantene for brown people (Relaxed & Natural, Pro-V) shampoo & conditioner / Aveda Cammomille shampoo & Madder Root conditioner / Mixed Chicks Conditioners
What is your general hair care regimen?
Wash every other day or so; leave-in conditioner every morning. Deep condition when I remember to. Comb only once a month, until it gets long, then every other week.
When did you decide to go natural and why?
I was tired of getting my hair straightened for a number of reasons: time commitment, price, chemicals burning my scalp every other month, burns on my forehead when curling or ironing too fast, maintenance, wanted to reclaim the hair i was born with.
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If you are visiting this site, it is likely that you fall into one of 5 categories:
- Planting Seeds – You are just thinking about going natural and want to know what you need to do to get started. Click if you are planting seeds.
- Laying Down Roots – You just started and you want information about what is the best way to go about the transitioning process. >Click if you are laying down roots
- Budding Beauty – You have been transitioning for a few months and the different hair textures are starting to collide on your head. >Click if you are a budding beauty
- Emerging Flower - You have been transitioning for several months and this is where it starts to get real. You realize you can’t do what you used to do anymore and you are looking for style ideas, and information on what to do with this newly emerging hair texture. We also have good advice if your natural hair transition has taken you buy surprise. Click if you are an emerging flower
- Full Bloom - You have been transitioning for a year or more and are wondering how much longer you can go before cutting off your relaxed ends. You might also be looking for natural hair styles to wear as your new growth continues to get longer and longer. Click if you are in full bloom
These names also reflect the metaphor that I use throughout that your hair is like a beautiful flower and it simply needs to be watered and nourished to grow strong and healthy.
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