If you're considering transitioning from relaxed hair to natural curls, you've got some work ahead of you. Giving up dependance on chemical treatments or your flat iron can feel daunting, but with some tips and tricks, you can make your adjustment to a new lifestyle as easy as possible. We've compiled our top 5 suggestions to make your transition to naturally curly hair easier and we want to hear your advice to other curlies in the comments!
Stop wishing your curls were different: Whether you admire someone else's straight, wavy or curly hair, stop wishing it was yours. Your texture is what you've got and learning to work with it will save you a lot of time, money and heartache.
Don't worry what others think: A lot of naturally curly girls worry that their hair is perceived as messy or unprofessional. Your hair's texture is as unique as you are, so don't waste your time worrying about what others think of your curls.
Avoid heat styling: If you've been using chemicals or heat tools on your curls, odds are your curls have sustained some damage to their pattern. Avoid adding to this damage by allowing your curls time to heal and grow back. Avoid using chemicals or flat irons.
Don't over style: A lot of curlies wear protective styles while growing out their natural curls, but overdoing it can lead to more damage. Anything that pulls on your scalp excessively or on your hairline can lead to scalp injury, breakage and prevent your curls from growing long and strong.
Allow your curls to be: Many of the things you did when you had straightened hair may no longer work for your natural hair. Learn how to add the right products and use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to detangle. Also your curls to be their natural selves, and get to know their shapes, textures, patterns and what products and styles work best for you.