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How To Go From Relaxed To Natural Hair


To go from relaxed to natural hair, you have 2 options:
1. Transitioning 
2. The Big Chop.

Which ever one you choose is completely up to you as there is no right or wrong way to go natural.

Deciding the method to take may be difficult so here’s both method explained:


Transitioning is the process of eliminating chemical treatments (relaxers) and allowing the hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically processed ends.

Transitioning can take up to 1 year, less or more depending on what you’re comfortable with. Most people slowly trim their relaxed ends away as they grow out their relaxed hair; this also helps to keep breakage at bay and it gives your hair a more healthy appearance.


Pros of Transitioning

• You have the time to learn about your  hair type.

• Transitioning gives you an opportunity to ease into being natural.

• You can wear many of the same styles that naturals wear.

• During transitioning you have the time to perfect your hair styling skills.

• You can maintain the length of your hair by cutting it slowly and deciding when you want to get rid of the relaxed ends. If you are not comfortable with short hair, then you can avoid that adjustment period, and avoid the wait of growing your hair back out.

Cons of Transitioning

• It can be a lot of work to maintain two drastically different hair textures; Your relaxed ends and your growing natural hair.

• There is a lot of potential for damage at the line where the two textures meet known as “The Line Of Demarcation”.

• The process of transitioning takes longer than if you just did “the big chop”.

The Big Chop

The Big Chop is for those who wants to get into the natural hair business right away. It entails cutting off all of the relaxed hair and wearing a TWA (teeny weeny afro).


Pros of the Big Chop

• Cutting your hair off is refreshing, and it really sets you in the frame of mind that you are making a change.

• You have a consistent hair texture as opposed to transitioning where you have to deal with two.

• Starting from a short haircut gives you time to get to know your hair before there is so much of it. This is a good time to do trial and error to see what works for you and what doesn’t.

• There are no long waits to go natural; your hair is returned to its natural state as soon as your relaxed hair is chopped off.

• With a big chop you have a fresh start no chemically processed hair and no split ends.

Cons of the Big Chop

• The shock of having short hair can be challenging for some people, especially those that have not had short hair before.

• You may experience more backlash from people in your life because it is a sudden change.

• Waiting to grow your hair longer can be overwhelming.

• Learning to deal with an entirely new texture on the spot.

• Coming up with new short natural hairstyles.

Big Chop Or Not!

Whatever road you choose to take is entirely up to you. No one can make that decision for you. Choose the option that best suits your personality & lifestyle. Whether you transition or do the big chop, there’s no wrong or right way to go natural.


16 thoughts on “How To Go From Relaxed To Natural Hair

  1. I need more hairstyles, I tried twisting over night and loosening, but it didn’t come out quite like I hoped it would.


  2. I just began transitioning simply because I don’t want the TWA. Hopefully by December I would do the big chop (if I can still call it that then)…..i can’t wait really.


  3. Thanks for the post. Pls how do I care for my hair after d big chop? How do I make my hair grow faster? How do I know the texture of my hair? What products would be best used for my hair? Pls I need guidelines. Will be waiting for your candid advise.


    1. There’s no particular duration or time to transition. It’s never too soon or too late and it’s a matter of preference. You feel it’s too early probably because you’re not comfortable with how short your hair turn out. Like you said, you only trimmed parts of the relaxed ends, so hold on to the rest until you’re comfortable with the length of your virgin hair.


  4. Am definitely going natural! Am trying 2 get all the things I will need for the process, the problem now is that its really difficult 2 some of this products where I live! Cantu shea butter live -in -conditioner is no where 2 be found here in Ibadan!!! Pls help!


  5. Hello Darling, I am transitioning to natual since August last year and I haven’t done anything to the hair yet apart for making it , Pls how do I care for my hair , How do I make my hair grow faster? How do I know the texture of my hair? What products would be best used for my hair? Pls I need guidelines. Will be waiting for your candid advise.


  6. Hi, my hair texture is rubber like as in very hard…. Do u think transitioning will be good for my type of hair ??cos I don’t want to do the big Chop off..


    1. What matters is how you care for your hair during transitioning. Remember that you have to care for your hair like it is already natural. That way you’d be able to manage both textures.


  7. Chicka darling, you are the best! Your article as really help me with my decision. Am going for the transition with immediate effect thank you so much!!!


  8. Thanks for bringing we African ladies to our senses that we should be proud of who we are nd nature our hair is more stylish than any other hair texture. Am really enjoying my natural hair.


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