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Things You Need to Know Before You Transition To Natural Hair

Things To Know Before Transitioning To Natural Hair

Things You Need to Know Before You Transition To Natural Hair

Are you thinking about transitioning to natural hair soon? You most likely ended up here because you are interested in transitioning to natural hair soon. It might seem like there are gorgeous naturalistas wherever you turn, and this could get you thinking about joining the natural hair movement. As much as this is the right decision, and everyone should not be afraid to show off their natural hair, there are certain things to consider before you make the move. Once you know what to expect on your natural hair journey, your transition to natural hair should be smooth and uneventful.

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Why Transition To Natural Hair

Here’s Why Some People Prefer Transitioning to Doing the Big Chop

Why Transition To Natural Hair

Here’s Why Some People Prefer Transitioning to Doing the Big Chop

Transitioning is simply growing out your natural texture while retaining your relaxed ends. A big chop, on the other hand, is shaving off your relaxed hair and growing your natural hair from scratch. Transitioning allows you to ease into the natural hair lifestyle because, let’s face it, you will find that it is a major change. Most naturalistas go the transitioning route because it gives them the option of testing the waters before diving in.

You may be wondering if it wouldn’t be simpler to just cut the hair and go natural since growing natural hair is the goal, right? Well, this is not a decision to take lightly for some people, hence, their desire to grow the hair to a certain length before cutting off the relaxed ends.

Why transition?


Transitioning Will Make You Get Used to Your Natural Texture

Most women began using relaxers when they were kids, and they grew into adulthood with the only knowledge of their natural hair being the periodic relaxer touch ups they get 3-4 times a year. Transitioning allows them to get used to their texture before committing to becoming full-time naturals. If you are considering the natural hair lifestyle, a few months-worth of growth should help solidify your decision, or you could decide to go back to your relaxer ways if you think the journey is not for you.

You Learn to Style Your Natural Hair When You Transition

Those super cool YouTube styling videos will convince you to take some scissors to your hair. While those online hair inspirations are great, you may need a few trials to perfect your hair styling game and to decide which styles are perfect for your texture. Transitioning is wonderful for this trial and error phase. By the time you are fully natural, you would have learned what styles work for you.

You can Decide Which Hair Products Work for You During the Transition Phase

There are so many products in the market, and as a newbie, you might be tempted to try them all out. Be cautious, though. Read up on the active ingredients in these products and find out how they affect your hair. Transitioning allows you to learn about various products like shampoos and conditioners and all the other products out there.

With Transitioning, You Aren’t Really Starting from the Bottom

Admit it, your relaxed ends serve as a cushion. Not only do you retain new natural growth 100% BUT it cuts down the ‘growth watch’ that comes with doing the big chop. You may not really feel the need to track every inch of growth and measure gains with a ruler like most newbie naturals. You get to grow your hair out for a few months or a few years, either way, you’re cutting off your relaxed when you are satisfied with the length of your natural texture.

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How often should you trim your hair

How Often Should You Trim

How often should you trim your natural hair

Well, it all depends on your hair and how healthy it really is. Some will say that they trim their hair according to the old schedule that they had when they had relaxed hair which was probably every 6-8 weeks on average. Some would say every few months to even just twice a year! So what is the right answer?

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