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Yes I know it is easier to manage chemically treated hair than natural hair and of course we fit in better right? Will the confident, beautiful and self-assured woman stand up!!!!  Dont get me wrong I think you can maintain healthy and gorgeous relaxed hair and that is a personal choice. However where that is not the case chemical relaxers often result in permanent damage to a woman’s hair (breakage, hair loss, headaches, burns, scalp irritation and damage, stunted growth, thinning) and I am talking from experience. I took the long road where I cut everything off and started over but for those of us who are a bit more conservative this information is for you.

    Grow Out or Big Chop
















Like I said before, the easiest way to transition is to cut everything off but you can grow out the relaxer. If done properly it does not have to be so unsightly that you decide to give up and go back to relaxing. Once you decide to grow out your relaxed hair be prepared for some amount of breakage because the relaxed portion has become very fragile. You can gradually cut off the relaxed portion or let it remain until you are satisfied with the new growth. The BIG CHOP can be quite scary but one that will renew your confidence in who you are as a black woman. At least that was my experience yours might be different. But whatever the reason, here are some tips to help with that process to strong, healthy natural hair


Braids, Twists and Extensions​​​​​​​​​​

















Some persons have found the transition a lot easier by using extensions, twists or braids. This really does depend on your style and the look you want to achieve. If you are using braids this can be done for a few months. Twists are also a very good option but will not last as long as the braids. Depending on the size of the twists and the way it is done it can last for a week or two.

Locks- This option is similar to dread locks and provides a myriad of styling options.

As always we believe that you should choose what you are most comfortable with and what best meets your needs. Going natural is not an easy decision but it is worth it if you are willing to get to know your hair.

Hair Care

Detangling hair can be a task that very few willingly undertake. You are now dealing with two textures so extreme care must be taken to avoid or reduce hair breakage. The key to easier detangling is to ALWAYS detangle the hair when, wet and slippery, with conditioner. Pay special attention to the line of demarcation (the line where the new growth meets the relaxed or straightened ends). I find that detangling is easier when the hair is sectioned. It

allows you to easily manage your hair and get through the washing process quickly and efficiently.

I have very thick hair so I wash and condition my hair in about 8 sections by twisting

the hair into large chunks of your hair and only concentrating on one twist at a time. Once you complete washing/conditioning one twist rinse the product out thoroughly and twist the hair back (to keep it from getting tangled). A transitioners secret weapon and a time saver.  You can either use your fingers, a wide tooth comb or a detangling brush to safely detagle your hair.


Deep Conditioning/Protein Treatments

Deep conditioning treatments are A MUST for transitioners. Balancing protein and moisture is essential for minimising breakage while strengthening the hair which was exposed to heat and chemical damage. When the protein treatment is applied the hair tewnds to feel hard which is why it is important to follow up with a protein treatment. Deep conditioning treatments should be done on a weekly basis while protein treatments can be done every 6 months.



Natural hair has a tendency to become dry so moisture is very important. However in an effort to moisturize the new growth we can damage the relaxed portion. Pay special attention to how your hair responds to moisture and consider moisturizng every few days or once a week. Please note that too much moisturize can also result in weakness leading to breakage for transitioning hair.



Use natural products such as African Shea butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, or Dudu Osun products on your hair to keep it manageable and soft. Putting oil on the ends of the hair every night is a great way to protect it from drying out or breaking off.

Never use hair care products that contain harsh ingredients like polyethylene glycol or isopropyl alcohol. The products will dry out Afro textured hair, leaving it prone to breakage. Get a good sulphate free shampoo, a very good conditioner, a leave in conditioner, a deep conditioner, a moisturizer (water based), a sealant (oil or butter) and any other styling aid that will aid in your transition.



Ladies do some research and try to find the styles that best fits your facial features. The internet is a great resource for natural hair. There are also many videos on YouTube, pictures on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram that have great ideas for styling. You want to use protective styling as much as possible because this protects the hair.  Protective styles include braids, buns, wigs, weaves (sewn in), spiral sets and twists which can be worn weeks at a time. Always style your hair when it is wet to reduce breakage.

When styling hair with two textures, it is importance to handle with care. Be gentle with your hair and chose styling tools like wide tooth combs and detangling brushes.

Protective styles, such as twists, braids, plaits, buns are great for


Find a Regimen

While there is a great deal of information on the internet and you may be tempted to replicate what somone else is doing, the trick is to build your own regimen based on your own needs. Not every product or routine will work for you. There needs to be cnsistency on your regimen even if you decide to change the producs that you use.



Get a hair trim every six to eight weeks to rid the hair of any split, ends. Trimming away split ends on a regular basis will help promote hair growth and keep your natural hair flourishing. It is possible to have long natural hair because hair grows a quarter inch per month.


Protect at Night

What you do at night is just as important as your daily routine. Covering your hair at night with a satin  cap, scarf or pillow helps to reduce breakage, tame your edges and help with moisture retention.


Dry Your Hair

When drying the hair from cleansing, try using an old t-shirt to dry instead of a towel. Towels can be very rough on the hair and cause friction on the hair leading to dryness and breakage. Once you have rinsed your hair, cover with a t-shirt, just as you would with a towel and leave until hair is just slightly damp. Complete your regimen as normal.

Healthier Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle may be one of the best things you could do for your hair.  Regular exercise, rest and eating a well-balanced diet is important. Why? Exercise aids in circulation to the scalp while nourishing the hair follicles. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and Callaloo are rich in nutrients such as protein, vitamins A, B and E which help black hair to grow strong and healthy.


At the end of the day it is a journey but like every other journey it must be taken. Don't get caught up with other people's expectation, love your hair with all its intricacies and quirks.

We all have bad hair days, shedding, shrinkage,and yes breakage.

For inspiration here are some great tips from another Naturalista.

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Cleanse- Wash your skin thoroughly on a daily basis to remove the dirt, debris,

pollutants, and perspiration that has accumulated. Avoid bar soaps as they

tend to dry out the skin. Consider a creamy cleanser for dry skin or a clear

cleanser for oily skin.  For normal to oily skin wash with a gentle cleanser. After

you have found a cleanser that works well with your skin type stick to it as much

as possible. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use only warm water to wash your

skin and use a mild natural cleanser every few days. Brushing your teeth before

washing your face is a good practice because toothpaste residue can irritate

sensitive facial skin. Be careful though, not to cleanse too often and remember

to wash at night before going to bed. Most women prefer the water method:

Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of

cleanser, and then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. You'll also want to take

off your makeup with a proper makeup remover.
In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (we find it's great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing). Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries). Also be careful about over cleansing skin, see signs you are over cleansing your skin.



Exfoliate- This is a great part of any good skin care routine because the results are immediate when done properly. Most people skip this step in their weekly skincare routine. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good. Where the skin is not exfoliated on a daily or weekly basis, dead skin cells build up causing your skin to look dull and older. Some experts recommend exfoliating in the morning, since the skin repairs itself at night, when the dead skin cells can be scrubbed away.

 For best results scrub once or twice a week, rubbing in a circular motion for 30 sec. then rinse with lukewarm water. Proper exfoliation means that your foundation will smooth out more cleanly and your moisturizer will soak in more completely.


Moisturize- Unless you have very oily skin it is important that you moisturize every day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Your skin needs moisturizer all year long as both the indoor winter heat, and summer sun can be equally damaging to your skin.​

Protect- Use a natural sunscreen when possible, regardless of whether or not you plan on spending much time in the sun. Our skin needs sunlight every day but over exposure can have adverse effects. Experts recommend a natural sunscreen or a moisturizer that contains sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, every day. The sun’s most beneficial rays occur at sunrise and sunset. The skincare experts agree that sunscreen is the most important part of any skincare regimen. 

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