If you're ready to embrace your natural curls, you've got a couple of options. You can transition, which takes some time, or embrace the Big Chop. Choosing to cut off your relaxed hair and start fresh can take some preparation. If you're considering starting on your natural curl care journey, here are our suggestions on how to make the best of it.
Be patient: It's probably going to be a bit of a shock once you lop off your locks. Be patient with yourself if it takes a little time to adjust, as well as for hair to continue growing.
Cleanse correctly: Your newly shorn curls are delicate curls, so require some TLC to help them grow. Cleanse your curls regularly using a gentle shampoo or cowash. When cleansing, focus on your scalp by massaging it gently with your fingertips. This will remove build up and help curls grow by increasing blood flow.
Deep condition: Pick up a deep conditioner for your curl's type and need, and use it weekly. This will help your curls maintain the right amount of moisture, minimizing frizz and damage.
Seal ends: Use a butter to seal your ends down daily. Before sealing, mist your curls with water to help them stay moisturized.
Silk or Satin: Treat your curls right and invest in a silk pillowcase or satin sleep bonnet. Cotton wicks away moisture while you sleep and silk allows your curls to move across its surface without tearing delicate strands. A satin bonnet keeps curls in place and helps them maintain their shape while protecting them.
Trim regularly: Just because you've chopped them off doesn't mean your curls won't need regular trims. Schedule an appointment every 6-8 weeks with your stylist and make sure they know how to cut curls. This is a great opportunity to get on going education about curl care and plan your long term style.
Define curls: Practice your curl care regime by experimenting with products and styles. Your curls have their own unique texture, so learn how to define and style your curls.