Transitioning to natural hair without the Big Chop
Transitioning to natural hair without the Big Chop
How can I achieve natural hair?
With the right methods and advice you can keep the length of your hair as it grows, protect your hair from breaking and preserve its overall healthy look while transitioning from relaxed hair to a natural hairstyle.
Before you start transitioning you will need to think about how long you want this process to last and what moisturizing products you want to use. The right choices can save your hair from “going under the scissors.”
African American women often damage their hair with various types of relaxers (or creamy crack). Many have decided to stop this hair abuse and chose a more natural look. For support , tricks and tips you can visit the many forums and discussion boards available online.
Once your natural hair starts growing out you will need to start experimenting with hair care for your new natural curl pattern. This will take some time, because the curls are visible only when they reach a certain length. Your hair may be very different from other people’s hair, so you will need to find the best hair care routine that suits you.
Length of the transition period
Transitioning is very much in your control. Many women chose to transition for a year, even more. Other women decide to trim the ends of their hair to slowly get rid of the relaxed hair and some do the big chop without hesitation at the beginning of the whole process.
If you decide to slowly grow your hair out there’s some advice you should follow. In order to avoid breakage at the point where the new natural and the old relaxed hair meet (a very fragile point) you will have to treat all your hair as if it was natural. This means moisturizing properly and never pressing out the new curls to blend in with the straight ends.
Is it possible to transition without the big chop?
The answer to this question is a big issue, especially for those who have always kept their hair long. The BC can be very traumatic, not only for you, but also for those around you who got used to seeing you with long hair.
No products will get the relaxers out of your hair, but you can simply stop treating your hair with the creamy crack and patiently wait for natural hair. This will of course require effort and experimenting on your side.
An efficient hair care routine based on deep conditioning and protective styling of hair should help you avoid the big chop. The ends of your hair will need to be trimmed, but if you want to completely avoid short hairstyles, the transition period will have to be long.
Miss Jessie’s deep conditioning product will help your hair recover and shine. To avoid breakage, forget about using brushes, combs or excessive hair accessories. Hair protection can be helped with satin pillowcases, scarves and wide tooth combs.
What can I do to help my hair during the transition?
Your hair will need to rest when it is growing out, so you will have to style your hair naturally. Twists, banti knots or flat braids are just some of the styles that you will need to use. Don’t forget to switch hairstyles regularly to avoid stressing your hair.
So pick a different hairstyle every month, be it twists or braid outs. Even though your new hair will be stronger than permed hair, you will still need to be gentle with it.
Are there any special products to help me with the transition?
There are a couple of rules you will need to follow when looking for the products to treat your hair with. Be sure to read the ingredients on the labels and find products that help you moisturize, deep condition and don’t forget to also use oils.
You want to be consistent and careful in the use of these products to keep your curls shiny, your hair soft and manageable. Your hair care arsenal should include olive oil, carrot oil, shea butter and products like Karen’s moisture balancing conditioner and shampoo. All of these will help you balance your hair pH level. Your main goal is to keep the ends from breaking off and becoming dry.
Avoid hair loss and regrow hair naturally
To grow healthy hair and avoid hair loss there are several home remedies that can help you. Natural treatments with ginger, camellia, nettles, capsicum or saw palmetto will make your hair grow thick and beautiful. You can also use coconut milk or oil to moisturize and rosemary or castor oil to nourish your new grown hair without side effects.
The ideal color
It is pretty easy to find a color that will help to pick up and liven your natural hair. However, you have to be very careful to avoid bleaching or high definition colors that can work like a relaxer. Once you lose the curls it is not a very good look (especially on the top of your head). What is worse, this is a point of no return, you will need to start the whole transition over.
What are the best protective hairstyles for natural hair?
To help your hair avoid stress and grow healthy, style it properly. One of the best hairstyles is kinky strand twists. The best is to make them small or medium because big twists will fall apart as your hair grows. You will need to take care of them properly, best with shea butter which can keep your twists in place for a very long time thanks to its thick consistency.
You can even wash your hair and maintain the twists with the help of shea butter and a leave-in conditioner. Use these while your hair is damp and fix your hair by re-twisting close to the roots and securing with pins.
Straightening hair without relaxer
If you want to check the length of your hair, you can blow it out or straighten it. If you want to avoid putting too much heat on your hair, you can stretch your hair with twistouts or braidouts, however, this can take a while.
If you want to do it faster simply blow dry it after washing and detangling. You can either comb it out or stretch it out while drying it to avoid putting too much tension on it. After this, flat iron your hair, but avoid high temperatures to achieve the same look a relaxer would give you.