If you're ready to embrace your natural curls, you've got a couple of options. You can transition, which takes some time, or brace yourself for the Big Chop. If you're not ready to go for a super short look, you can transition your relaxed hair to natural curls. Transitioning allows you to trim ends off slowly over time. Here are some tips that can help your transition from relaxed hair to natural curls go more smoothly.
Have patience: We don't call it a natural curl journey for nothing. It takes time to transition from relaxed hair to healthy, natural curls. Don't give up and go back to relaxers or chemical treatments. You'll get there.
Use the right protective styles: Transitioning curls are fragile curls. If you choose to use a protective style like a braid or a twist out, choose one that works for your curl type. Try to avoid styles that pull or create tension on your baby curls.
Moisturize: We can't stress this enough. In order to get healthy curls, you're going to need to moisturize your curls regularly. This includes deep conditioning and regular moisturizing.
Cleanse: A clean scalp is a healthy scalp. Make sure you're regularly cleansing your scalp and giving it regular massages with your finger tips. This will help break up any build up and encourage blood flow, which will help your curls grow better.
Trims: It might seem counterintuitive to cut off hair if you're trying to grow it. However, relaxed curls are damaged curls. In order to let your healthy curls grow, you'll need to cut off the dead ends regularly. Schedule an appointment with your curl care stylist for every 6-8 weeks while transitioning.
Avoid heat: As tempting as it can be, avoid the urge to use heat on your curls. This includes hair dryers and heat tools. Whenever possible, allow your curls to dry naturally. If you must use heat, use a diffuser on low heat to help speed up the curl drying process.
Detangle correctly: Don't just tear through your curls. Work with your hair in sections and move carefully through each section to remove snarls without harms your delicate strands.
Good luck on your journey and let us know how it goes!