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Five Easy Ways to Transition

 


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Posted March 5, 2012 by

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he most difficult decision in going natural is the transitioning process.  In fact, this process can be so tedious that many women fail to maintain their new natural growth and revert to relaxing.  Most women who have successfully transitioned will all agree that the first year is the most difficult when temptation is greater than ever.  This is largely because it is problematic styling hair with two different textures.  This article will explain various transitioning methods that help make the process much easier.

Option 1: “The Big Chop” or BC

Five Easy Ways to Transition

This option is the easiest but is mostly implemented as last resort. It is a difficult thing for a woman who has had a full head of hair her whole life, to cut it all off.   Little girls all over the world are taught that their hair is their beauty; therefore, parting with it suddenly can cause emotional stress.   Some women wait a few months for new growth to appear before they decide to have the BC done. Others decide on a whim and shave from the root.   In both instances, the relaxed hair is trimmed off leaving only the natural and unprocessed hair behind.

Option 2: Braids

Hair Braids provide a viable option for every transitioning woman. When correctly done, braids can provide protection for hair against damage due to everyday styling.   However, it is very important to protect the hairline and edges that can easily be forgotten. Braiding styles such as micro braids offer much more versatility and styling options than cornrows do but they are not always the best choice as far as protective styling goes.  With styling micro braids, the same amount of pulling and tugging at the root is applied as with everyday styling.   Hair loss and damage is seen quite often with micro braids because of the amount of stress that is sometimes applied to the individual braids.   Cornrows are a safer alternative as there is no movement and tugging at the roots, which are safely tucked away under the braid itself.

Option 3: Weaves

Hair weaving is a very popular option because the transitioning woman is comfortably afforded the option of limitless styling.  This option offers the best protective styling as well as complete invisibility throughout the entire transitioning phase. Since Black women are notoriously known to spend a small fortune on hair weaves, it is the easiest and most fun way to transition without even thinking about it.

Option 4: Wigs

Like weaves, wigs cover the entire scalp area.   However all wigs are not easily so removed. Lace wigs can be applied with a thin even layer of adhesive or tape to hold it more securely in place. Other lace wigs include just clips, combs, or nothing at all. The choice is largely up to the wearer, regarding which is more convenient and comfortable.   With wigs, the hair beneath does not need to be braided in order to wear it.   This option is more common with women who opted for a BC, and want a change in styling but do not have enough hair to braid or weave.   With this option, the hair can be easily removed as often as desired, allowing the scalp to breathe in between wearing.

Option 5: Braid Out or Twist Out

For the women who have a difficult time with the concept of the BC, braiding the relaxed ends with the natural roots then carefully loosening them out is a better option.   This is done by braiding wet hair in single braids from root to tip, allowing hair to dry, then carefully loosening out braids to create a curly effect.  While this may seem like a whole lot of work for many women, some actually prefer to do this regularly until their natural hair has grown to a length that can be styled favorably without the relaxed ends.

Whatever route is more favorable, the best thing any transitioning woman can do is to surround herself with positive women who are experiencing the same hair woes as she is.   Countless websites like BHM, blogs, and social groups offer support, tips, and styles that make the transition from relaxed to natural fun and easy.   Join BHM today and enjoy transitioning naturally!


Kendra Turnquest

 
I am a freelance writer, photographer and graphic artist hailing from the fabulous islands of The Bahamas. I love all things beauty and mostly I love having the opportunity to share my wealth of knowledge and convey it to my readers in a fun way that they enjoy reading while being informed. I am also a makeup artist and I do plan to share a few of my video tutorials on Black Hair Media as well. I do thank you for reading and please do come back soon.


15 Comments


  1.  
    Lauren

    I am a new to the transition world. I haven’t had a relaxer since this past July and im still having issues on how to style my hair. my hair is naturally curly. But I’m starting to have two different types of curls from the relaxed and my new growth. I really don’t want to do the BC. I just don’t know what else to do to my hair or what types of products I should use. HELP!




  2.  
    Kim M

    I am new to the natural world. I have been relaxing my hair for over 18 years now. I have a nice curly grain of hair but this transitional stage is a true test of character. I am used to my hair being neat and in place of the style. I love the diversity of natural hair and the texture that it carries. I am usually good with maintaining my hair properly but I am having a hard time to find my niche with MY style. I don’t want toregularly wear ponytails, one french braid or anything else that’s going to make me look young. I want to expand the styles that I use. I was thinking about putting an activator in my hair to see what it does to my relaxed ends. I am not sure if that is a good idea but I am still trying to find the proper styling products for me. Some of the hairstyles that I have tried did not come out quite right and I dont know if it was me or just my hair not being trained yet, but I am looking for suggestions or different methods to try. Please help!!! o_O




  3.  
    tamikyob

    I just BC’d the end of july and I’m sometimes frightened @ my short hair! I’ve cut my hair short before, just never natural and im getting used to it….im learning my natural texture and its quite empowering i must say! Good luck to us all :-)




  4.  
    senettria

    I am going natural and I had a boycut and I started from there to go natural! It’s been five months and I loooove my natural texture but my hair is short and I am ready to get rid of my relaxed ends but I am scared to do the BC because I will only have about 2 or 3 inches of hair on my head! Is there any products I can use to take care of my hair? I wear lots of home made wigs because I don”t want to stress my hair out with sewins! Any suggestions on great products to use?




  5.  
    NICKI L

    THIS WAS MY 7TH ATTEMPT AT GOING NATURAL AND NOW THAT I GO TO SITES LIKE THIS TO HELP ME FIGURE OUT WHAT I SHOULD DO TO MY HAIR TO TAKE CARE OF IT PROPERLY I LOVE IT AND I’M STICKING TO IT. I DID MY BC ON JUNE 23, 2012. I WAS WAITING FOR MY MOM IN MY CAR AND I LOOKED IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR AND SAID I’M SO TIRED OF THESE RELAXED ENDS” AND I PULLED MY SCISSORS OUT AND GOT TO CHOPPING AND I FEEL SO FREE NOW!




  6.  
    Robynn

    Ok so i jus did my BIG CHOP now idk what to do.. HELP!!




  7.  
    T Young.

    I transitioned by quitting relaxers. Havent had a relaxer in 2 years! Natural baby :)




    •  
      Kendra

      Hi T, I too have recently reached my 2 year mark and it was rough! I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to throw in the towel but thankfully I implemented a few of the transitioning methods I mentioned in the article and it became easier. I am now in another transition to dread locs. I am writing an article also on easy dread loc transitioning as well for those finding it difficult.

      Thanks for reading T! ;-)




  8.  
    Neisha

    I always thought another good transitioning method was crochet braids. i crochet natural.yaki hair into mines. or i use kankelon.




    •  
      Kendra

      I have heard people speaking about crocheting hair but I have never seen it done. Do you have pictures of yours? I would love to see how its done! ;-)




  9.  
    Yolanda

    Thank you too for reading and happy transitioning!




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  11.  
    Christie Jones

    Thanks so much for this information. I am going back to my natural and I see that when I did it before the mistake I made…so I ended up going back to perms. I failed to do the BC… :) Will be sure to do that this time…Blessings and Peace




    •  
      Latoya

      Good luck on your natural hair journey! Please feel free to check out BHM articles for more tips and let me know if you have any questions.





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