So this one's for the beats who are starting off! We love that you have chosen your hair above all else, and wish you well on this awesome journey!
First things first. Be patient. Be consistent.
This post is for girls who are starting on a their natural hair journey.. however ... there are some fundamental things in here whether you are transitioning, have treated hair (relaxer), have extensions weaved in, have braids have colour treated hair. We're all in this together.
For those wanting to go natural, the question of whether to transition or big chop is always something that is personal. But either way your hair will get to where it needs to be if you keep reading...
Let's get started.
Big Chop or Transition - Totally your choice
When you cut off your previously chemically treated or processed hair, this is called a big chop. When you chop it all off, it does give you a relief from the burdens of your past (damaged, dry, limp hair), but remember that when you chop of all your hair, you should have reflected on your hair future. That is are you willing to go the extra mile and not be persuaded to add chemicals back into your hair in order to manage it.
So if you're going to get a fresh start that's great, just make sure you're prepared for a challenge.
Transitioning means you do not cut all your hair off, you simply trim a little bit at a time while your natural hair grows in. So you can nurse the fresh natural hair growing at your roots, while chopping away slowly at the unwanted hair.
Transitioning looks easy but if you wear your hair out, it can look a little grim, and you'll be battling with two different textures.
If you're in protective hairstyles then this should be fine, just make sure you focus your journey on caring for your natural hair. However if you have breakage it will be counterproductive as you try to salvage struggling strands all the time. Your weak relaxed strands will be prone to damage and breakage and trying to protect weak points (where your relaxed hair begins and your natural hair growth ends) can be difficult.
Some questions to ask yourself:
Do you have the patience to transition to try and blend in your natural hair texture with yoru chemical treated hair?
If you love your hair length, are you ready to deal with different textures in your hair?
Do you have patience to sustain this journey for the next 12 months at least?
Start by picking up some products, but try to use one collection so that you are able to track your hair journey easily. This way you will know what your hair loves and what is does'nt liek too much.
Suggested starter pack for those transitioning to natural hair is the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Collection. Give us a shout to see when this will be available in a box!
REMEMBER BE PATIENT AND CONSISTENT
Take the time to figure out what is working and what is not. Chose 1 day in a week, where you deep condition, protein treat or simply watch videos and take mental notes on your own experiences. You are not alone!
Good luck going natural!
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Now go forth and flourish!