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How To Easily Transition From Relaxed to Natural

Are you looking for ways on how to easily transition from relaxed to natural, and you are not sure where to start or what to do? Believe me, girl I have been there. I started my transition back in 2009 and I transitioned for 24 months! So, you can say I was definitely a long-term transitioner! Let me tell you the story behind my transition

I went to a new stylist to get a relaxer, but it was going to cost me $90. I said, “oh no I can’t pay this”. I had just graduated and didn’t have the additional funds to keep paying $90 for a relaxer. So she told me I had the option to grow my relaxer out and go natural. Honestly, before she said this I had no idea that I could go back to my natural state. I thought that once I got a relaxer that I had to keep getting them. Silly little ole me! From then I transitioned slowly by only cutting off small bits of my relaxer from month to month until I was fully natural in August 2012. Here are my top 10 tips on how to easily transition from relaxed to natural.

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The Choice: To Transition or Big Chop

The choice is yours. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to transition. I personally decided to long-term transition rather than do the big chop. The choice is really up to you.

Build a Healthy Hair Care Regimen

Your regimen doesn’t have to be difficult. Your regimen should be built upon the needs of your hair. Remember that things may change as you go along but you can always alter your regimen to add or change things. If you need help creating a natural hair regimen check out my personal healthy hair regimen.

Find Products and Stick With What Works

When it comes to products, finding products that work for your hair is really a trial and error process. It that takes a lot of patience in order to find what really works for your hair. Create a journal and jot down what works and what doesn’t. If you find products that work, stick with them and add them to your staple products in your regimen.

Be Patient

I have probably said this so many times but if you don’t have patience then this natural hair journey may not be for you girl. Going natural is a process and it will take time to achieve your desired length, health,  and hairstyles.

Follow Blogs/Youtube

Follow different blogs and vlogs for inspiration on your natural hair journey. There are tons of tips and tricks on how to maintain your natural hair online.

Avoid Heat

I am not going to lie, when I started my transition all I did was heat style my hair. This was because I didn’t know any better, or any other way to style my hair. For a try to lay off the heat. Going natural should be about embracing your natural texture and curls. You need to take the time to figure out how to style and maintain your curls. That’s where I messed up, in the beginning, I didn’t take time to learn how to style my hair. Using heat isn’t that bad but it shouldn’t be done all the time to avoid heat damage.

Low Manipulation is Best

For transitioners, low manipulation styling is your best friend. Twist outs and braid outs are a great way to blend the two different textures of your hair when transitioning. Protective styling is also a great way to style your hair and keep your hands out of it.

Don’t Give Up!

I know many times you will want to quit but don’t give up! If you need inspiration check out this article. Your natural hair journey may take you through many different emotions. You may be happy, sad, frustrated but it will all be worth it in the end. Healthy hair and length don’t happen overnight, it takes time so be patient. Happy Transitioning!

What are some tips you have about transitioning? Did you have an easy transition?


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  • Keisha
    January 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I am a fan of the big chop. I’ve done it about five times since 2007, and while my hair grows really slow, there’s nothing like a fresh start and watching your growth. I have found that as long as I have regular moisture, my scalp and hair will be in agreement. That helped curb my product obsession early on. I personally avoid the YouTube posts like I avoid heat. Some of the videos are pipe dreams for my fine texture! Great post.

    • Michelle Thames
      January 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Thanks for reading! I recently got a major haircut and you are right, there is nothing like a fresh start! And yes, I agree some of these videos are don’t give great advice lol! That’s why I am always very honest with my readers! Have a great day xo

  • Tanya
    January 6, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Your hair is GORGEOUS! I’ve done it all…big chop, locs (twice)…Now I just wear wigs all day everyday. Great post though because it is a struggle if you had perms the majority of your life.

    • Michelle Thames
      January 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you so much!! 🙂

  • Donna
    January 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This is a great list. I wish I had some of these tips when I first did the big chop. YouTubers can literally save your life/hair!

    • Michelle Thames
      January 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Thank You!!!

  • Ayanna
    January 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Great tips! I love that a lot of these tips are also great for those of us who have already made the transition. I finally stopped switching products so much and it makes such a difference.

    • Michelle Thames
      January 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Yes! When you find those products stick with them!!

  • Kenya
    January 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I tried to go natural about 4 times before it finally was able to do it. Transitioning didn’t work for me cause I then had heat damage. I just had to big chop it and start over! Great tips. My daughter wants to do it now, but she is scared…

    • Michelle Thames
      January 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Yeah transitioning is tough! Glad you finally found the route you need to go!

  • Carissa
    January 7, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I love these tips…I have big chopped twice and I love the growing back phase! I would add to watching videos and reading blogs is understanding your journey is your journey and not getting caught up in how others hair look and wanting your hair to look a certain way. I got very caught up in what I wanted my hair to look like and not embracing my own path! It so much more beautiful when you embrace your own journey!!

    • Michelle Thames
      January 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Yes!!! Thanks so much for stopping by xo

  • Tanya
    January 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Great tips! Both my daughters are natural and have been for a long time.

    • Michelle Thames
      January 11, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Thank you so much! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kim
    January 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    When I went natural I didn’t do the big chop. I had to grow out my relaxer from a short cut. It didn’t even take long. and you’re right, you do need patience, especially when it comes to finding the right products for your hair.

    • Michelle Thames
      January 11, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Yes, it’s such a process! Patience is definitely key! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Anitra | The Mom on the Move
    January 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I transitioned by accident. Had braids on and off for about 4 months. Still trying to figure out what natural styles I can maintain that compliment my face and style. It’s a definite shift, but patience is the key.

    • Michelle Thames
      January 11, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Yes patience is key! Its super important to develop a healthy hair regimen Let me know if you have questions! I am here to help! xo

  • Antoinette
    January 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I definitely needed this info. I am 8 months into the transition process and I am determined to be successful this time around.

    • Michelle Thames
      January 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

      I am so glad this helped you!!! I am planning on doing a webinar soon! Just have to get it together LOL!

  • Elle (CleverlyChanging)
    January 11, 2017 at 7:11 am

    All the women in my house have natural hair. I love it, but it takes a lot of time to do our hair. I’d love to be able to wash and go. Real talk.

    • Michelle Thames
      January 11, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Yeah, it definitely takes time and is a process. You just have to get your regimen in order and you will be good!

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