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Helloooooo fellow naturals!

I'm thinking and have been encouraged by many of my friends to go natural. I've always loved the way natural hair looks when taken care of. (I think my lil light skinned self would look good lol) But I want to know how did you start? What was the first thing you did? I haven't had a perm in FOOORRREEEVVVERRRRR, and I just took out my Senegalese twists. NOW WHAT??

Thanks so much,
Lost transition-er .
Congrats on deciding to go natural! It's definitely a decision you won't regret (: First off, you need to be prepared for the frustration you're going to experience during the process. When your new growth starts growing in a lot more, dealing with the 2 different textures of hair is going to be annoying. So, you'll have to try out different transitioning styles that will blend the 2 textures (braid outs, twist outs, buns, etc). Second, you need to keep your hair moisturized. If your hair is dry & brittle, it'll easily break off. So take care of the relaxed hair that you currently have to prevent that from happening. Make sure you use the proper leave ins, and oils. Thirdly, don't use ANY heat. Stay away from flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers, all of that. That will just damage your hair & go against what you're trying to do, which is becoming natural!

Just be gentle and patient with your hair. I decided to go natural almost 2 years ago, and I'm so happy with the decision I made. I didn't do a big chop, because I've always had long hair and I knew that I wouldn't be able to cut it all off. So, I got my hair cut a little above my shoulders in February 2012. Then in March 2013 I got the last of the relaxed ends that I had cut off. My hair is healthier than ever! and I'm so in love with my curls. It took a lot of time and patience, but it was worth it!
The first thing I did was research and buy products! remember to choose products that are natural and do not contain any silicones/sulfates. The basics are : a good sulfate-free cleanser, conditioner, styling milk/cream, and natural oil to seal your hair. I'm transitioning and I treat my hair as if all of it was natural. Also be gentle!!! finger comb your hair only when wet, and start from the bottom to the top. Hope this helped!.
I have been transitioning for 8months now. I took out my kinky twists two days ago and now I am finding it a little frustrating to deal with my two textures. I want to transition for at least one year before I big chop. Please help me find styles for my transitioning hair!
I have been transitioning for 8months now. I took out my kinky twists two days ago and now I am finding it a little frustrating to deal with my two textures. I want to transition for at least one year before I big chop. Please help me find styles for my transitioning hair!
Originally Posted by SheSoNatural
The best style that blended the 2 textures really well for me were braid outs. After I washed my hair, I would do about 4 to 8 braids, and leave them like that over night. Then I'd take it out in the morning and style it. But if you're not a fan of braids, you can always try buns, ponytails, etc. Or cut off the relaxed ends if you become too frustrated.

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