Thinking about going natural but need more information!

Hi! Okay so Ive been thinking for a while about going natural. Ive had a relaxer since I can rememeber so I don't know much about my natural hair texture. I have a couple of questions though before I decide. How long is transitioning? Do you have to cut your hair really short and start from scratch? My hair grows at a good rate, I'm just super impatient and like long hair. I would really like these questions answered and maybe you can add some additional information! Thanks!
Hi there! To answer your questions:

1) You can transition for as long as you'd like..there is no set time. Some do it for a few months, some a few years, some don't do it at all and just make the decision to shave their hair off.

2) This is related to your first question about transitioning. No you don't have to start from scratch. To transition is to grow out your hair before cutting out all of the relaxer. So if you are not comfortable with short hair transitioning might be your best bet.

Being impatient is one thing you should NOT be lol. It will take time to grow your hair and watching it everyday to see how long it is might drive you mad. Focus on doing your research to see how to best take care of your hair and let having HEALTHY hair be your goal. WIth healthy hair, the length will come. I hope this helps. Good luck to you!

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Ok. So transitioning is however long you want it to be. People go 4/5 months and get fed up with the 2 textures or they go longer like 18/24 months. it all depends in you and how you feel about the 2 texture.

Big Chopping is when you cut it all off and starting from scratch. This is a good option if you know for sure that you want to go natural but don't want to deal with the 2 textures and don't mind rocking a short haircut. Once again that decision is entirely up to you.

I've been transitioning for 8months now and I can't complain. I decide to long transition because I CAN NOT see myself with a really short haircut. I've had some good days and some bad but overall I know that I've made the right decision about going natural.

The decision is in your hands. Going natural should be something that you really want to do. I tried going natural back in '10 and I fell off the wagon. I really wasn't ready. A year later I was completely ready to go natural. And that's why my journey is going pretty good thus far.

It's something to really think about. I hope that help!
Ok. So transitioning is however long you want it to be. People go 4/5 months and get fed up with the 2 textures or they go longer like 18/24 months. it all depends in you and how you feel about the 2 texture.

Big Chopping is when you cut it all off and starting from scratch. This is a good option if you know for sure that you want to go natural but don't want to deal with the 2 textures and don't mind rocking a short haircut. Once again that decision is entirely up to you.

I've been transitioning for 8months now and I can't complain. I decide to long transition because I CAN NOT see myself with a really short haircut. I've had some good days and some bad but overall I know that I've made the right decision about going natural.

The decision is in your hands. Going natural should be something that you really want to do. I tried going natural back in '10 and I fell off the wagon. I really wasn't ready. A year later I was completely ready to go natural. And that's why my journey is going pretty good thus far.

It's something to really think about. I hope that help!
Originally Posted by ohtash
I have a question. What do you think makes you ready to go natural?
Everyone pretty much answered the length of transitioning.

I have been transitioning for 1 year and I have no compliants. I have made it this far with bantu knots, twist outs (just started doing) a.d flat twist outs.

I suggest read some of the natural blogs. You will learn lots.

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Learning as much as you can about YOUR hair and what works for it while transitioning helps a lot. Don't worry so much about hair typing. Your mindset is also key when transitioning. Essential, anyone can "go natural" but may don't succeed or choose not to because of their midset. If you surround yourself around positive images of women/people with "natural" hair you may learn to love it over time. I consider this book a very good read "Good Hair: For Colored Girls Who've Considered Weaves When the Chemicals Became Too Ruff" by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner. This was the first book I ever read that broke down black hair care. This book also explained what transitioning was which was something I never heard of when I was 15 years old. I think there's so much information on the internet now about natural hair than ever before. Keeping your "new growth" moisturized is key. YouTube is a great place to start if you want to learn how to create hairstyles that mask the two hair textures. I also suggest jotting down different things that have worked for you as you go along in transitioning. When you're having a bad hair day, you can look back and try to recreat a style or a routine you followed previously. Taking pictures is a great way to display your progress. Blogging is great as well. You can rant or rave about certain hair products/hairstyles, or anything else about your hair. Not everyone will support your decision to go natural. As long as you're going natural for yourself that's all that should matter!
Also if you plan to do it be prepared for some not so friendly remarks from people. I've been in transition for about 8 months also and my mom and sister still don't understand why I want to do this... When you hear "why don't you just get a relaxer" over and over you just gotta tune it out.. I am pretty proud of myself with how far i've come . Good luck!
@OP if you want to become natural I say go for it! Transitioning is the hardest part and you are free to transition for as long or short as you want to. If you don't want to BC I would recommend a long term transition then after you get to a decent length cut your hair. There's also plenty products you can get on the ground that will help you with transitioning. I seen a transition kit from Curls @ Target so that may help if you are truly interested. If you plan on keeping length I would recommend protective styling, ie rod sets, sew in, braids etc. Research your options and become very informed. Good luck!

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