Transitioning natural black hair my natural black hair

The preferred method by a good deal of women is to do what is known in the natural world as the BC or aka THE BIG CHOP. By far, this is the fastest and most simple way to remove a relaxer from your hair completely. Nevertheless, some women find it to challenging to limit themselves with only a few styling options afterwards. Based on where you start in the transition, this can mean shaving your hair completely off or just trimming it down and rocking a fro or as it’s known in the natural hair community TWA aka Teeny Weeny Afro. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you to start with fresh healthy hair and learn about your hair as it grows. Would you like to go natural without having to chop off all your hair?

If you are serious about transitioning to natural hair you should setup a plan to do so.


Hair grows on an average of 1/2 an inch each month. Make up your mind how long you would like your hair to be before cutting off the relaxer. For example, if you want at minimum of 3 inches of natural hair, plan on the final transition being around 6 months at least. Here are Some Additional Guidelines:

Find a style that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable when you are transitioning. This will help you stick to the plan. A lot of women fall back into the routine of applying relaxers to their hair because they are not confident in the new look. Play around with extensions, wigs, twist-out, bantu knot-outs, and braids. The important thing is you find a style that suits you!

The hair is extremely fragile when it is growing out from a relaxer. This is because of the difference in textures. The strong new growth presses on the weaker hair and causes it to break. Unfortunately it is hard for your hair to prevent from breakage at the line of demarcation. The best way to try to prevent some breakage is to be gentle when trying to style or comb your hair.

Keeping your scalp clean will allow healthy hair growth and prevent your pores from being clogged. Keeping your hair clean will allow your hair cuticle to absorb any needed moisture; If you have to much product and dirt on your hair this may block needed moisture from entering the shaft. You should clean your scalp and hair at least every 7 – 14 days when trying to grow your natural healthy hair.

You may desire to get the roots of the natural hair as straight as the relaxed hair, however this is going to cause more damage and breakage than good. To avoid further damage to your hair re-frame from using styling tools that require heat. This includes, blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, etc. There are a large number of styles that do not require the use of these items. For instance, bantu knot-outs, twist-outs, and braids.

I don’t believe it’s ipmossible that some of us are just genetically unfortunate helpless and hopeless when it comes to our hair. Seriously, I have very thick but baby-fine naturally curly hair and it’s an unruly frizzy mess no matter what I do. Can trim the dead ends when necessary, sure; but beyond that I can only carefully run a comb through it and cross my fingers that it still looks neat-ish by the time I’m out the front door. I don’t dye it. I don’t blow dry it or otherwise style with heat. I have a shower filter to deal with chlorine. There’s even a bottle of Kerastase on the rim of the tub. I’ve tried vitamins. I’ve tried conditioning. I’ve tried conditioning ONLY. I’ve tried not conditioning. I’ve tried no-poo’ing. I’ve tried oils. I’ve tried vinegars. (We’re still talking about hair, right? Not salad?) Nothing works for long. Heck, I can’t even wrangle a straight part line most days. And though it looks dull and fried and yucky, it’s not; many have commented with slight surprise that I have the softest hair they’ve ever touched. Unfamiliar with this chick or her personal hair drama, but I’ll throw some sympathy out to all Our Catladies of Perpetual Hair Sorrow. Log in to Reply

I just did this out of cistoruiy. (I found your site link in a “no ‘poo” LJ community post) My hair isn’t even dry yet but I have a question: How do you get dressed afterwards if you can’t touch your hair?? Or do I just re-scrunch it after pulling on my t-shirt/sweatshirt? Also, if it turns out that I DO have curly hair and I want to keep it that way I have another question: I can’t stand my hair in my face. It’s fairly long, about mid-back length, so I wear it in a ponytail nearly 100% of the time. Even to sleep, (on top of my head) otherwise it winds around my face and throat. If I keep it ponytailed but want to wear it down for some occasion, can I just do this method once in awhile and still get curls? Or do I need to keep doing ‘curly hair care’ constantly to achieve results? I haven’t even looked into that yet, but I did look at some of the photos on that link you posted about results and kind of like it. I work outside, walking dogs, so my hair is often under a hat in winter. Thanks so much! Log in to Reply

Hair coloring involves the use of chemicals capable of removing, replacing and/or covering up pigments naturally found inside the hair shaft. Use of these chemicals can result in a range of adverse effects if not applied properly. If you went from dark hair to really light, there’s a greater chance of more damage because the chemicals used are stronger. However, the darker you go the less damage the dye may cause. Also, it depends on if you done a temporary dye, semi-permanent, demi-permanent, or permanent. Temporary dyes shouldn’t cause any harm. I would not cut my hair unless I started to notice a substantial amount of damage. If you had a professional dye your hair and you take care of your hair properly, you probably will only experience minimal damage. When it comes to chemical, I always recommend consulting with a professional 🙂 Also, make sure you find a good conditioner and keep your hair moisturized! Here’s an article I wrote regarding the most damaging habits to your hair 10 Sinful Habit That Damage Natural Hair Log in to Reply