Posted by alena on October 2nd, 2012
Yes I finally went fully natural and cut off the rest of the relaxer that I had left. Transitioning is the hardest thing to do I tell ya but nothing prepares you like cutting it all of and having to deal with the reality of your real hair! I tried going natural two times, the first time i gave in after 6 months and the second time i finally made it through to a full year. And although no one wanted me to cut my hair the relaxed part of my hair was very damaged and stringy. I can’t stand to have see through hair which is why i just took the scissors and took matters into my own hand. It felt great to let it go but I knew I was in for even more of a challenge. None the less here is my current style which is helping my hair because im not having to put any harsh chemicals on it.
I love my new protective style and I can’t wait to watch my hair grow! Below I will leave you with a few tips on how to get past transitioning and some things that helped me.
1. Youtube is your friend! I found lots of videos to help me find styles that would work for my transitioning hair. Youtube provides hundreds of videos to help maintain your hair and keep it healthy. So if you haven’t already get on Youtube and look up transitioning to natural hair and have at it.
2. Protective styling works wonders while transitioning! By wearing protective styling this allowed me to not focus so much on what to do to my hair as well as giving it a break from all the heat and chemicals that i was using to keep it straight. I even had my sister learning to do sew-ins and quick weave’s during this time. I wore the protective styling for 1 to 2 months then i would go back to some natural styling then back to protective styles when I got tired of it.
3. wash and condition often! I learned that my hair needed a lot of conditioning than when i had it relaxed. I often deep conditioned atleast once a week. It made my hair soft and more manageble for me. It also made me moisturize my hair more often too!
4. don’t be discouraged if you don’t make it. Some people just aren’t built to go natural and stay. What works for one may not work for all. It took me two tries before I became successful at going natural. I had to find protective styles that worked so that I would not have to look at my hair every day and figure out what to do with it.
By following some of these recommended steps and being patient with your transition you will be sure to have success with going natural. Good luck on your Journey!