First of all, if you've been relaxing your curls for a long time, odds are your hair has some damage. Don't worry, though. It's possible to help heal your strands and reclaim your natural curl pattern. Here's how to transition relaxed curls to natural curls. With these tips, you'll quickly be on your way to beautiful, healthy, natural curls.
How To Transition Relaxed Curls To Natural Curls
If you plan to transition your curls and avoid the Big Chop, you're going to need to take great care of your strands. This included moisturizing your curls really well. Curls are very prone to breakage during the transition process. Make sure you're regularly hydrating your strands. This can be done by spritzing curls with water, using a leave in conditioner, or deep conditioning.
Your curls are going to need extra TLC to help with this transition. As a result, you'll need to invest in a good quality deep conditioner. During the transition, make sure to use the deep conditioner regularly. Apply to freshly washed hair, and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes, covered. Body heat can be applied by wrapping a towel around your head to help the deep conditioner penetrate more deeply into strands.
While body heat is fine, heat tools should be avoided during the transition. Curls are already fragile, and have had their structure damaged during the relaxing process. Therefore, curls will need to be treated gently. As tempting as using a flat iron or curling wand can be, avoid using heat tools.
One of the greatest things about natural curls is that you often need to wash less. Curls are prone to dryness, which means you don't need to wash as often. Skipping washes will minimize the moisture that's stripped from your strands, allowing for natural oils to remain.
It probably goes without saying, but chemicals are harmful for strands. While curls are in such a delicate state, it's important to skip chemical treatments. Instead, opt for natural or organic products.