The most trending thing right now is the transition from chemically treated hair aka relaxed hair to natural afro locks. The hustle and damage that chemicals bring to your hair and the fact that it’s just not healthy for you or your hair in the long run is strengthening this movement. Setting aside the health bits about relaxing your hair, if it was made curly and kinky like, why modify a masterpiece created by the almighty.
So, if you are already part of the trend, this is just to help make it easier to love your natural locks and not hate the thought of combing it because it harder to maintain. For those that are hoping to transition or simply can’t wear their hair natural, this is to simplify your hair journey or make you change your mind.
Natural African hair, that is usually harder to comb because of its kinky texture can be “tamed” only that its harder to get this information as the market has more information for straight hair but this will save you the pain of tireless research cause we have done it for you.
SOME TIPS TO MAKE IT EASIER MANAGE;
1. Do not skip shampoo
How does this create soft hair: No build up on the hair surface means you get a very smooth strand to the touch.
2. Do not be heavy handed with conditioner – Unravel those twists or braids
How does this create soft hair: Hair conditioner coats hair with softening ingredients and the more hair you have in contact with the conditioner, the softer it will feel.
3. Heat up your conditioner and keep it on for 20 – 30 minutes
How does this create soft hair: Increased heat and additional time (20-30 minutes maximum), increases the amount of conditioner that can deposit on the surface of hair. More conditioner on the surface equals more softness
4. Go easy with the leave in products and stretch your hair out to dry
How does this create soft hair: Using a minimal amount of leave in products allows hair strands to be able to move past each other and not be sticky. The lighter hair feels, the softer it feels. Also hair that is very kinky with small curls will feel softer when stretched compared to when allowed to fully shrink.
There’s some dudettes that’d love to make the transition but just find it incredibly scary to think of chopping their hair because they probably don’t have the head shape for it. Trust SWAGG to have your back, “Babe, we got you covered”
HOW TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO NATURAL HAIR !
There are really only a few ways to accomplish the transition from chemically treated to natural hair. The simplest and fastest way is to simply chop off the permed hair all at once;
- Cut off the relaxed hair- This is the fastest and boldest way to make the transition. Instead of going in for that touch up at six or either weeks, you can simply visit your salon and have your stylist cut off all of the relaxed hair. Depending on how much new growth you have, you will be fairly limited in styling options. Some women opt to go with a Tweeny Weeny Afro (TWA). Or, two strand twists or comb twists (coil twists) can be pulled off with just about any length hair.
- Braids and/or extensions- One way to maintain your length while you transition is to have hair (human or artificial) braided into your own hair. This will mask the difference in texture between your new growth and the relaxed hair and give you length while you are growing in enough natural hair to feel comfortable making the “big chop”.
- Sisterlocks- We think SisterLocks are a great way to make the transition be started with one and one half inches of new growth at the scalp. SisterLocks use your own natural hair and can be started leaving the relaxed hair in place. Gradually, the relaxed hair is trimmed away. SisterLocks are similar to traditional dread locks. But, they look more like micro braids or very small twists. They leave you with your length and a lot of styling options.
- Other Transition Styles- see below for more ideas of styles to wear while making the transition from relaxed to natural hair. If you choose to keep your relaxed hair while you are growing in your natural hair, please be aware that your hair is more fragile than normal while making the switch. You want to minimize the amount of heat you are using to style it, minimize how much you have to handle (comb) it and make sure you keep it very well moisturized. We recommend the use of a silk cap or scarf at night (the G-wrap works great). This will prevent your pillowcase from wicking moisture away from your hair and reduce breakage from the friction of rubbing your head on the pillow.
Natural hair also needs specific hair oils and to be treated a certain way to keep it healthy and minimize damage.
– Jojoba oil
– Coconut oil
– Olive oil
To Reduce Breakage:
– Satin or silk pillow cases to reduce the loss of moisture.
– Wear a scarf on your head as you sleep.
– Comb from the top to the roots to reduce the pain as well as reduce the breakage of your natural locks.
– Petroleum products on your hair
– Products with sulfates
– Products with silicone
Follow these tips to go natural or make being natural easier for you and oh, rock those natural locks!