Yes, transitioning to natural hair without cutting your hair is very much possible if you don’t want to go the big chop way. The big chop way is easier since you don’t have to deal with two textures, you just start off with your natural texture.
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First, congratulations for taking the first step towards your natural hair journey. On this post you’ll find tips on transitioning without the big chop and how that looks like.
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Transitioning to Natural Hair Without Cutting Your Hair.
Transitioning without cutting your hair means you get to keep your relaxed hair and the growth which is your hair’s natural texture. With big chop, you cut off all the relaxed leaving your natural texture.
Choosing not to cut off the relaxed part means you’ll trim off the relaxed and damaged part as you grow out your natural hair. When transitioning without cutting your hair, wearing protective styles helps with dealing with the two textures and you can play around with twists and roller sets to get defined twist outs.
Products you need.
- Shampoo– to cleanse your hair and scalp.
- Moisturizing deep conditioner– for deep moisturizing after cleansing.
- Protein treatments – to reconstruct and repair the damage and strengthen your hair.
- Leave-in conditioner – for daily, weekly moisturizing. Should be left in your hair until next wash day.
- Sealant- butter/oil. Use either an oil or butter to seal in the moisture after applying your go to leave-in conditioner.
- Satin bonnet– you ought to protect your hair when sleeping. Bonnets are more gentle on your hair than cotton scarf or pillowcase.
- Wide tooth comb- to comb and detangle hair.
- Spray bottle – for your DIY moisturizing products or water. Best for dampening hair before applying moisturizing cream/ leave-in conditioner.
- Kinky/ curly ponytails – to give your ponytails and sleek down styles a fuller look.
- Satin scrunchie- to hold and style your hair.
- Wigs and/or braids– protective styles to wear when you need a break from dealing with the two textures.
Tips on Transitioning from relaxed hair without cutting your hair.
Ditch the relaxers and all chemical treatments.
The first step is to do away with all the relaxers, texturelizers and all other chemical treatments that alter your hair’s natural texture. When you choose to transition to natural, these chemicals must go.
Get essential products and tools.
If you didn’t have the essential products and tools above, well please get them. Healthy hair care involves having essential hair care products and tools.
Healthy hair care routine.
This is a major one, create a hair care routine to fit your hair needs and lifestyle. A hair care routine is basically how you care for your hair from how often you wash your hair, wear protective styles, trim the damaged to how you moisturize and how often.
Don’t skip protein treatments
Protein treatments are known to reconstruct and repair damaged hair. They are essential to strengthen your hair and construct the protein bonds of your hair shaft.
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Also, moisturizing conditioners are essential to restore moisture and condition your hair. Always use one on every wash day after cleansing.
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These will come handy because wearing the two textures can be a challenge. You can choose to wear braids, wigs, clip-in extensions. or low manipulation styles like a bun, sleek down your hair and add a ponytail to give a fuller look.
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- Moisturize as your hair needs it. Figure out which moisturizing method works best for you.
- Minimize using heat and if possible do away with heat. You don’t want heat damage and when you choose to use heat, use a heat protectant.
- Get regular trims to get rid of the relaxed ends as you grow out your natural texture.
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