Many women chose to go natural because they’re fed up with dealing with damaged hair that constantly breaks. Others choose to go natural because chemically treated hair (whether dyed, straightened or texturised) is expensive to maintain.
Women may also chose to go natural because despite that straight hair is often seen as being more acceptible, it’s actually very hard to maintain if your hair isn’t naturally straight.
Although going natural is an exciting experience for many women, it isn’t for everybody and it’s a good idea to make sure that you truly want to go natural and embrace the experiences and challenges that natural hair can bring. Remember, the way you style your hair is totally up to you!
So how do I transition to natural hair?
In terms of how to transition, here are 4 key essential things to remember:
Everybody’s hair is different.
Just because a friend has silky, smooth curls or tight curly coils, doesn’t mean your hair will be exactly the same.
Every one has different hair types and textures and there isn’t one good or bad type of hair.
Your relaxed (chemically treated hair) will need to go!
When it comes to dealing with relaxed hair during transitioning, you have two main options.
If you’re going natural, your relaxed ends will need to go at some point but some people don’t feel comfortable chopping off chunks of their hair. If you’re one of those people then it’s probably a good idea to keep the relaxed ends and allow them to fall off naturally.
Keep all of your hair moisturized!
When going through the transitioning process, it’s highly advisable to keep your hair very moisturised. This will prevent it from unneccessary breakage and will ensure that your natural hair is in great condition. It’ll also ensure that your hair is softer and easy to style and manage.
Go out of your comfort zone!
One of the best things about embracing your naturally curly hair is that it often forces you to be open-mineded about how you style your natural hair.
For example, you’ll probably find yourself trying unique styles like twists, cornrows, plaits, curly updos and buns. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find styles that work for you.
Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, tell us one thing that you’ve learnt since you decided to go natural. You’re also welcome to ask a question about your natural or relaxed hair.