When you had have enough of relaxing your hair every 3 to 6 months or worst ever 4 to 8 weeks and dealing with the lifeless look and feel from all the damage, you can decide if you prefer transitioning or Big Chopping!
The answer to this question really depends on how you straightened your hair.
After researching the natural hair journey many girls decided to try out transitioning because they think they won’t feel comfortable having really short curly hair.
Even though there are many natural hair bloggers to relate to or learn from, some girls feel lose and lonely and that’s why this article is here, to guide you on this journey.
If you are going natural you might have no curls and a really heat and/or chemical damaged hair, to restore your hair from all this suffering you need to establish rules and be faithful to them.
All naturals have gone through this process of change. Now I am 100% natural with the longest, healthiest curly hair I never thought I would ever have!
Here are some of my top rules for overcoming heat and chemical (relaxer, texturizer, keratin) damage.
1. No Heat and relaxers!
The most obvious and vital tip: stop using heat and relaxers or texturizers! Your hair will never get the chance to fully recover if you keep on causing it stress and damage. Even if it’s “Once in a while…” you will continue in the same game forever.
Yes, straightening natural hair can be done, but not when you already have major hair problems. Forget straight hair and forget all types of texture changing techniques.
What if I want to straighten my hair?
Please wait until your hair is strong enough; you might even become like myself and not even want to straighten your hair again due to your newfound love for your natural curls. Wait till you are fully natural to hurt your hair like that.
Don’t make the mistake of being in the middle.
I know many “curlies” that never completed the recovery process and are between straighten and curly hair. These girls will never know their real curls if they keep applying heat or using chemicals before achieving full recovery of their curls.
This oscillation doesn’t allow neither healthy curls, nor a properly straightened hair, they are simply in the middle.
2. Trim your hair
Eventually as your hair grows you may want to give yourself a kick-start and trim off any really dead and straight ends. When transiting cutting your hair gradually is a great way to reduce the damaged hair as your natural hair grows. Make sure you visit a professional that has experience in dry cutting curly hair (Devacurl trained stylists help too!).
Once you get rid of the worst of your damage you will notice more volume and be inspired to keep going with your journey.
3. Be gentle!
Your hair is at its worst right now and you have to be so careful when handling it! The line where your new natural curls meet your damaged hair is going to be highly prone to breakage, you can avoid this by, keeping your hair moisturized at all times, detangling using your fingers only (worst case scenario a wide tooth comb) and protecting at night-time.
4. Rely on protection & maintenance
So you’ve been putting in all of the work to get rid of your heat damage — now you need to maintain your new healthy hair. The best way to do this is by using satin accessories and moisturizing your ends regularly.
Sleep on a satin pillowcase, use a satin scrunchie to pineapple and cover with a satin headscarf when needed. These help to keep in your hair’s moisture overnight, prevent breakage and maintain your curl pattern or transitioning style – no frizz.
5. Get regular treatments
Your hair needs regular TLC and that comes in the form of deep conditioning. To prepare for the week ahead I like to deep condition my hair for 30-40 minutes every weekend with a heat cap on top for extra moisture. This helps to maintain my hair and prevent it from dryness.
I also once a month or every 6 weeks do a protein treatment for extra strength. Protein treatments are essential for heat damage recovery.
As you see this are 5 basic rules you must follow if you really want your curls back. These are just the basis for a healthy curly mane, without heat and/or chemical damage.
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