One Thing Nobody Ever Tells You About Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair




One Thing Nobody Ever Tells You About Transitioning Your Hair

Going natural without the big chop is not easy.  In fact, it is probably easier to cut off all your relaxed hair (also called the Big Chop or BC) and start with a teeny weeny afro (also called a TWA). If you have decided to move forward with transitioning to natural hair without the big chop, keep reading.

If you are going on this journey for 6 months, 1 year, 2 years or longer, be prepared to see your relaxed hair break off.   This is something that nobody ever tells you about going natural from relaxed hair.  As you are transitioning from permed to natural hair, your relaxed hair will break off, little by little, as your curly hair over takes your head.  It is possible to minimize the breakage with proper care; however, if this is your first time taking care of your naturally curly hair you should expect some growing pains as you learn to care for this new hair texture.

Be prepared to see your hair break off at the line of demarcation between your relaxed hair and your natural hair.  This is the most fragile section of your hair strands as it has been weakened by relaxers.  It is the spot along your hair strand where your relaxed hair and your new growth meet.  For me, the two textures of hair reacted differently to the same products over the course of my transition.  Using protein treatments can help minimize breakage at the line of demarcation; however, protein should be used sparingly.