Switching from chemically relaxed hair to natural hair is big transition. Not only will your hair be healthier overall, but it will be easier and cheaper to maintain in the future. Natural is always the best look, and we applaud you for making the difficult transition. There are actually a number of things that you can do to make the switch easier fashion-wise. Transitioning from chemical relax hair to natural hair is actually easier than you might think.
The main danger that you will face when you do the transition from relaxed to natural hair is breakage that can occur between your chemically treated hair and your new natural growth. This is the point at which your hair is most vulnerable. You need to protect this portion in order to make sure that you don’t lose all of your hair growth as you transition. Because this is such a tricky proposition, some women decide that they don’t want to deal with it. They simply chop off their hair after they have achieved an inch or two of natural growth. You will have a mini Afro for a few months, but it does mean that only natural hair is on your head.
However, if that isn’t for you, you should work to find a way to disguise the change in hair texture as your hair transitions from a chemically relaxed look to a natural look. First of all, you need to keep your hair as hydrated and healthy as possible. Use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. Also, make sure to apply hair oil before every shampoo in order to trap in as much of your natural oils as possible. Once your hair is dry (try to let it dry naturally rather than dry it with heat) you can style it to hide the transition point.
Putting in micro braids is one way to mask the change. However, you will still have to deal with the problem of breaking hair when you take the braids out. You can also put in large braids into damp hair and hold them with hair lotion. Keep the braids for a few days and wear the crinkly hair for a few days. You can also twist up individual sections of hair until you have a large ponytail at the back of your head. These are just a few of styling options available to you when you are transitioning chemical relax hair to natural hair.