We know how hard this can be, you want to go natural without doing the Big Chop?
Transitioning to natural hair is a simple process of growing out your natural texture before cutting off the processed or damaged ends, however, you need to be patient. Here are 10 tips for you to follow:
✔ Don’t set a time just yet – you don’t have to know when you’ll rock your 100% natural hair right away! Give yourself at least 1 year — by then, you should have enough growth to get excited!
✔ Ditch all the chemical relaxers and heat tools for good.
✔ Keep your scalp clean – You’ll have to do some experimenting, but cleanse your scalp anywhere from every two days to every two weeks
✔ Detangle when hair is wet – Always detangle when your hair is wet and slippery with conditioner using a wide-toothed comb or your fingers. Start at the ends and work your way up. This process takes patience, so only attempt this when you have the time to be gentle with your hair – rushing can lead to frustration and breakage
✔ Use a deep moisturizing hair mask for 20-30 minutes at least once a week.
✔ If you feel that your hair is too weak and about to break, use a protein rich hair mask to strengthen it.
✔ Try hairstyles like buns and up dos so that most part of your straight hair is not visible.
✔ Be gentle – The point where your natural texture meets your straight hair (it’s called the line of demarcation) is the weakest part of you hair. Take your time when you detangle and style your hair so as to avoid breakage here.
✔ Once your hair has grown long enough, start getting mini haircuts on the straightened parts of your hair. The less straight ends you have, the more confident you will be. Chop regularly throughout your transition. Some people also like to grow it out to a length till they are confident to cut off the straight ends in one go. This is called the big chop. Choose whatever you are comfortable with. You will get there! 👊