Are you thinking about taking the journey from relaxed to natural hair? Maybe you're nervous because you don't know what to expect. Have you been asking yourself questions like, "What will my natural hair look like?" or "How will I care for it?"
Well, I've got some tips for you to help you in making your hair decision! There's a few major things you need to know about before you go natural, so let's discuss them.
First, prepare yourself. As your natural hair starts to grow in your relaxed hair will start to look very thin and brittle. This is normal! Why is this happening? How much chemical processing you've experienced ultimately determines how thin and brittle your relaxed hair will look compared to your natural tresses. There is a way to disguise this texture change, I will discuss with you later in this blog. The main thing to note is that as the two textures coexist, the point at which the natural hair and relaxed hair meets is called the line of demarcation.
The line of demarcation is very fragile and can easily break if not properly maintained during the transitioning phase. Many people experience breakage at the line of demarcation and never know why. To prevent breakage, it is best to ease the tension on this area of hair. Low manipulation styling is a great way to ease hair tension. Protective styling can also be a great option for easing tension. However, when protective styling it is important to note that hair extensions such as braids can add unnecessary tension to the line of demarcation. For braid styles, it is best to wait until you are several months into your transitioning period before installing them.
When experiencing the texture change that comes with transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, direct heat styling such a flat ironing can cause breakage on the transitioning hair. Styles such as two strand twist and perm rod sets are great alternatives for blending the two textures. The simplest rule to remember when blending multiple textures is "More Texture. Less Heat." The more texture you add to your styling, the easier it will be to blend. Curls and twists are great styles for blending.
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