Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair can be such a rewarding experience when you truly understand what to expect and how to prepare for the process. In this blog, we want to discuss not only the pros and cons of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, but the unbiased truth of going natural so you can make a well-informed decision.
The Pros of Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair
1. You'll adore your natural curl pattern.
Whether you decide to big chop or transition slowly, when those newfound curls start to grow in, you'll instantly fall in love with your natural curl pattern - especially if it’s the very first time ever seeing your hair in its natural state.
2. Say hello to healthy hair.
Once you discover the best natural hair care products that work effectively for your curl texture and you develop a consistent hair care regime, you'll be amazed to see your hairs improved ability to retain length, moisture, and luster in it's natural state, versus when it was chemically processed (not to say that relaxed hair can't be healthy, because it can be).
3. Welcome to a new world of styling versatility.
Transitioning styles from relaxed to natural hair comes with endless possibilities - teeny-weeny afros, two-strand twists, braid-outs, bantu knots, finger-coils, wash and go’s, blow-outs, and the list goes on and on...Let's just say, you'll love the ability to switch up your hair game whenever, wherever.
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4. You’ll have a new sense of confidence.
Because every woman's hair journey is different, no one can prepare you for the emotions you'll encounter when transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. But just know at some point you'll let go of all the self-doubt, becoming more comfortable with yourself and your natural hair. Get ready to embrace your natural beauty and discover a confidence that you never knew you had!
The Cons of Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair
1. It requires a lot of maintenance.
IF you decide to take the slow-and-steady transitioning option of growing 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 - also known as the line of demarcation.
To prevent breakage or snapping at this area, your hair will require moisture, moisture, and you guessed it, more moisture. Be prepared to shampoo, co-wash, steam and/or deep-condition every 7 days to keep your hair hydrated and breakage-free.
We recommend using Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Collection. If thermal smoothing while transitioning, be sure to protect your strands with Design Essentials Natural Agave & Lavender Blow Dry & Silk Press Collection.
2. It can be costly in the beginning.
Hair care products that once worked on your relaxed hair simply won't cut it when it comes to keeping your natural curls hydrated, detangled, refreshed, and styled. Before you know it, you’ll become a product junkie; nickel and diming yourself to death while trying every natural hair care product on the market in search of what works best for your newfound coils. DE Pro Tip: To save you a lot of time and disappointment, make sure to add Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Collection to your must-have list.
3. Everyone will have an opinion.
Welcomed or not, everyone (including strangers) will have an opinion about your decision to transition from relaxed to natural hair. Some unsolicited comments will serve as motivation while others will leave you discouraged; making you question your #teamnatural decision altogether. We have one thing to say to that...Stay Strong - don't let anyone's personal opinion effect your desire to wear your hair in its natural state!
And there you have it, the pros and cons of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. As you know now, luscious coils don't just happen overnight once you stop using a relaxer - it takes time, patience, and a solid natural hair care routine. Everyone's hair story takes a different path, but we hope you're now better prepared for the journey!
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