Want to go Natural but afraid of the Big Chop?
I totally get it. That was me too!
I’m here to tell you..You DO NOT have to cut off ALLL your hair, at once, in order to go natural.
While the big chop is the fastest way to get rid of heat-damaged and permed hair, it is NOT the only way. I mean, WE all love having hair, right? So why chop it off when we don’t have to?
Just Transition to Natural Hair!
I’m going to share with you industry-leading, cosmetology methods that worked for me when I transitioned and what you can expect as you transition to Natural Hair too!
How to Transition to Natural Hair
Frequent Hair Cuts
Let’s cut to the chase. Damaged hair is irreparable!
Let me say that again.
DAMAGED HAIR IS IRREPARABLE! You’ll eventually have to cut it.
Hair reconstructive treatments and formulated conditioners can repair damaged hair, but only to a certain extent.
Milady Standard Cosmetology says, “Conditioners are a temporary remedy or cosmetic fix for hair that feels dry or appears damaged. Conditioning treatments can restore luster, shine, manageability, and strength to hair, while the damaged hair grows long enough to be cuff off and replaced by new, healthier hair.
So what should you do while transitioning to Natural Hair?
Ease into hair cuts by trimming 2-3 inches every 4-6 weeks. I did this until I was brave enough to chop off all my damaged ends. And when I did…
I had a M U L L E T!
I’ll admit, I cut my hair prematurely to the point where I couldn’t even style it!
So how was I able to hide this disaster?
I wore…P R O T E C T I V E S T Y L E S !
Wear Protective Styles
Protective Styles are hairstyles that don’t require daily styling. Braids, cornrows, weaves, extensions, and wigs are all considered Protective Styles.
Did you know daily hair styling can actually hinder hair growth? As crazy as this may sound, I learned it first-hand.
Natural Hair is Fragile. So if you’re constantly changing hairstyles or trying new hair products, you could be doing your hair more harm than good. Sometimes, you just need to LEAVE YOUR HAIR ALONE!
Once I stopped playing in it, I noticed less shedding. And when I braided it, it GREW!
This is why Protective Styles are my FAV! Not only do they help my hair grow, they’re versatile and convenient! I can wake up without worry about how I’m going to style my hair for the day. And If installed and taken care of properly, the style can last up to 8 weeks!!!
If you haven’t yet, consider wearing Protective Styles as you Transition to Natural Hair. You’ll have the opportunity to try a variety of hairstyles without damaging your real hair! AND, you’ll ALWAYS look beauty shop fresh! Who wouldn’t want to SLAY every day?
Just remember to moisturize! Moisture is the KEY INGREDIENT for hair growth!
Click here to learn How to Prepare Natural Hair for Protective Styles
Think of Natural Hair as a flower. What must you do to keep a flower alive?
Our bodies are made up of 80-90% of water, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that our hair needs water too.
I know what you’re thinking. Back when we were flat ironing and perming our hair, we steered clear AWAY from water. Right? Right! BUT, Natural Hair is different. You HAVE TO moisturize it!
Water is the #1 source of moisture and the VERY thing that’ll help it grow. Make sure to moisturize daily and ALWAYS condition/deep conditioner to ensure healthy hair.
But how do you know if your hair is moisturized?
Try the hair Elasticity Test! Hair elasticity is the ability of the hair to stretch and return to its original length WITHOUT breaking.
Milady Cosmetology suggests checking elasticity on wet hair by “taking an individual strand from four different areas of the head (front hairline, temple, crown, and nape). Hold a single strand of wet hair securely and try to pull it apart.”
- If the hair stretches and returns to its original length, without breaking, it has normal elasticity.
- Hair that breaks off when it’s stretched is a tell-tell sign that your hair is in desperate need of moisture or it has TOO much protein!
- But if the hair falls limp and doesn’t return to its original length, it may be time for a protein treatment.
Did you know hair is approximately 90 percent protein? It’s the very thing that helps maintain its strength.
Healthy Hair requires a healthy balance of BOTH Moisture and Protein.
But every time we style our hair, it’s vulnerable to damage. Protein treatments are a great way to help with this.
“The cortex makes up 90 percent of the hair strand,” says Milady. “The cortex can be penetrated with protein conditioner, products designed to penetrate the cortex and reinforce the hair shaft from within, to temporarily reconstruct the hair.”
REMEMBER, protein and reconstructive treatments can only fix damaged hair temporarily.
Sidenote: If you happen to damage your Natural Hair using heat, try using a reconstructive treatment. It’ll help revive it. BUT, if you’re unsure about the conditioner of your hair, consult a professional cosmetologist before attempting any professional treatments!
Guess what? I just bought my first bottle of E’TAE Carmel Deep Reconstructing Treatment ! I’ve heard nothing but GREAT things about it! Highly recommended if you’re coming out of weave or braids.
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Stay Away from Heat
Self-explanatory right? Well, not quite. During my first go-round of going natural, I wore A LOT of weaves. Weaves that DID NOT match my Natural Hair texture.
I’d flat iron the front section of my hair so it could blend in with the weave hair and cover the weft. Eventually, my hair couldn’t take the heat and it started to break off.
The front of my hair was COMPLETELY damaged. And not to mention the back part, (the hair that was weaved up) suffered from lack of moisture!
It was that moment when I decided to give my hair a break from the blow dryer, hot comb, and flat iron until I knew my hair could handle it.
On the contrary to popular belief, straightening your hair does not make you less natural! It just means you want versatility. But REMEMBER, heat damage is irreversible! Proceed with caution and ensure hair is healthy BEFORE applying heat.
Learn How to SAFELY Use Heat on Natural Hair
Different Hair Textures
Hair texture is the thickness or diameter of an individual hair strand and can be classified as coarse, medium, or fine. Hair texture can vary from strand to strand on the same person’s head.
Keep this in mind when caring for your newly grown hair.
Since you’ll be dealing with damaged hair and healthy hair, it’s necessary to treat both textures accordingly.
A Rule of Thumb: Fine hair works best with water-based products and coarse hair with heavy cream stylers.
Natural Hair is unique! A product that works well for one Natural may not work for you. Take time to LEARN and LOVE your hair!
My favorite moisturizer for THICK, COARSE, DRY Natural Hair
I can go on-and-on giving you Natural Hair tips, but it goes back to a healthy diet.
I mean, you don’t really expect healthy hair if you’re eating unhealthy? Do you?
Although a healthy diet doesn’t guarantee healthy hair, it can affect hair growth.
Our body produces 11 of the 20 amino acids that make up hair. Our diet makes up the remaining 9.
So while you’re transitioning to Natural Hair, consider Transitioning to Natural and Healthier Lifestyle.
Natural Hair isn’t a hairstyle, it’s a Lifestyle. Wearing your Natural Hair is about ACCEPTING who you are and FLAUNTING IT! So go ‘head girl. Transition to Natural Hair!
Comment BELOW if you have any questions! I’d LOVE to chat with you!