What are the pros and cons transitioning from relaxed to natural hair? I mean, Is it even worth it?
Yep, you’ve finally decided to stop relaxing, drying, and flat ironing your hair, and you wanna go natural.
So, No more relaxers, no more heat, seems simple, right!
Ah, sis, not exactly.
The struggle of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair is real ( It can also be scary. But, the good news is, you’re not alone) and the results can be totally worth it.
The Pros & Cons Of Transitioning From Relaxed To Natural Hair
Let’s get into some basic ways to transition from relax to natural and we will get into the yays and nah’s next!
How to transition to natural hair
The hardest part about transitioning your hair is dealing with the two textures your hair will have until the ends grow out and are trimmed.
The top of your hair will be your naturally curly hair, and the ends will be straight from your relaxers or perms.
Sadly, when it comes to this type of transition, this damage cannot be reversed so your need to be prepared to trim your ends every month until the relaxed ends are gone.
When it comes to styling your hair while transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, there are many protective hairstyles for transitioning hair such as box braids, Bantu knots, crotchet twists, faux locs, and the list goes on and on and on…
Now that you know what comes with transitioning here are some of the Pro’s of doing so!
The Pros of Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair
1. You will love your natural curl pattern.
Whether you decide to do the big chop or transition slowly, and you start seeing those newfound curls grow in, you’ll instantly fall in love with your natural curl pattern ( especially if it’s the very first time you have ever see your hair in its natural state).
2. healthy hair will be your last name, lol
Once you discover the best natural hair care tips, tricks, and products that work effectively for your curl texture and you develop a consistent hair care regime, you’ll be glad to see your hairs improved ability to retain length, moisture, and luster in its natural state, as opposed to when it was chemically processed (although relaxed hair can be healthy in a way if you know how to get it healthy, but most of us didn’t really know how to do that).
3. You will discover a new world of styling versatility.
Transitioning styles from relaxed to natural hair come with endless possibilities such as trying styles like teeny-weeny afros, two-strand twists, braid-outs, bantu knots, finger-coils, wash and go’s, blow-outs, in short, you’ll love the ability to switch up your natural hair game whenever you feel like it
4. You’ll have a new sense of confidence.
Since every lady’s hair journey is different, no one can prepare you for the emotions you’ll encounter when transitioning from relaxed to natural.
But at some point you’ll let go of all the self-doubt, becoming more comfortable with yourself and your natural hair.
You will be able to embrace your natural beauty and be confident with your natural you!
5. No harmful chemicals are needed, please!
Did you know that most of the ingredients commonly found in perms and relaxers are similar to those in Liquid Drano?
By relaxing your hair, you are precisely pouring the same toxins used in unclogging drainpipes onto your scalp (Scary, I know!).
6. Itchy scalp? No Problem!
You can comfortably scratch your head girl.
No worries about scratching your head in case it burns when relaxer is applied. Scratch your head whenever you feel like. sis, In fact, Let’s do a head-scratching group, lol
7. Hidden Beauty Revealed
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so true!
When it comes to men that love women that wear their natural hair, there’s something about a woman with a head full of hair that’s all hers and they find that attractive.
Those not endowed try to achieve this by wearing a weave instead. Trust me, most men love natural.
Now that we know the pros, let’s see some of the nahhhh’s of transitioning from relaxed to natural!
The Cons of Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair
1. It requires a lot of maintenance.
If you decide to transition for a long time in order to grow out your relaxer (instead of doing the big cop), be prepared to devote some serious time into maintaining the harmony between your relaxed hair and natural hair which is also known as the line of demarcation.
The line of demarcation is where the natural and relaxed textures meet during slow transitioning.
To prevent breakage or snapping at this area, your hair will need moisture (a lot of it)!
You should be prepared to shampoo, co-wash, steam and/or deep-condition every 7 days (the minimum) to keep your hair hydrated and breakage-free.
2. Transitioning can be costly in the beginning.
The products that once worked on your relaxed hair simply may not work when it comes to keeping your natural curls hydrated, detangled, refreshed, and styled.
In order for you to not become a product junkie and to save you a lot of time and disappointment, think before you buy any product If you can get sample products then thats the best way to go about it.
3. Everyone will have an opinion about your hair… even your auntie from oversees (lol)!
Everyone (including strangers you dont even know) will have an opinion about your decision to transition from relaxed to natural hair.
You will get some unsolicited comments that can even leave you discouraged; making you question your decision to go natural.
Here is my advice, Stay Strong and don’t let anyone’s personal opinion affect your desire to wear your hair in its natural state!
So that’s it, the pros and cons of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.
As you know now, those lovely curls and coils don’t just happen overnight once you stop using a relaxer but it takes time, patience, and a solid natural hair care routine (Let’s not forget hair love).
There you have it, The Pros & Cons Of Transitioning From Relaxed To Natural Hair
Did you transition or go natural straight with the Big Chop?
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Xo, The Natural Hair Lover