Is it a good idea?

Hi everyone Im Lily, and I have been thinking about going back to my naturally curly hair. I have been getting my hair relaxed for about 20 yrs(my mom started having it relaxed in the salon when I was in grade school). Im now 24 and want to have my hair natural again. Can anyone give me suuggestions, and/or advice about how to go about this properly?
hi, i transitioned for about 7 months before i cut off my relaxed ends. i didn't have a set date of how long to transition. some people don't transiton and just start over with a twa. i say do what you feel more comfortable with because it's defintely a big change. for me it was completely worth going natural. im in love with my hair. you have definitely come to the right website. the ladies on this site are what kept me encouraged and keeps me natural.












One word - conditioning -- no 2 words - conditioning & moisturizing. You can't do it too much when your're transitioning.
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So how often should I condition my hair? Ive never done this b4. So im completely clueless as to hiar I should handle my hair. The only thing Im gonna do is find a salon that can help me with this transition.
Here's an article you might find helpful:

http://www.naturallycurly.com//curlc...es.php?id=2797
Gretchen
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You are beautiful!
So how often should I condition my hair? Ive never done this b4. So im completely clueless as to hiar I should handle my hair. The only thing Im gonna do is find a salon that can help me with this transition.
Originally Posted by muneca4986
I had my first relaxer 26 yrs ago when I was just a little girl in grade school. I decided to go natural at the beginning of this year, but I had thought about it for years. There are a few things to think about when you're transitioning...
- Don't panic when your natural hair starts to grow and you get the itchin for a relaxer. Think about the long term goals and money saved from going natural vs a relaxer
- Moisture is your best friend
- Try to limit the heat. I pretty much kept to my old routine of washing, rollersetting, and styling for 10 months before I finally cut off the relaxed ends off.
- Come here for support!
- Go to fotki and look at the before and after pictures for inspiration
- When you're ready cut it. I did it at 10 months. Some people did it gradually, others only waited 2-3 months.
- I created a journal, that might help you too
- Have fun!
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

i just decided to start growing out my natural hair after getting it relaxed last nov. it got damaged really bad. before i was just trying to get it to grow, but i realized that it has to be healthy 1st. i dont know what type my hair is but i think its in the 3s i think either 3a or 3b, i don't know cuz i pull it into a pony tail as soon as i get out of the shower so the roots will match the straight ends. its hard right now to not want to do anything to it cuz its half curly half straight. i'm going to cut about 1 1/2 in. every 3 months to be done by may. im a junior in high school and i want it to be longer for senior year but i don't know if its possible. i never really styled my curly hair before cuz i always just straightened it before getting it relaxed so if u can please give me suggestions i'd really appreciate it.
Here's an article you might find helpful:

http://www.naturallycurly.com//curlc...es.php?id=2797
Originally Posted by Gretchen
Wow, the lady in the before and after pictures looked so much prettier (IMO) once she let her hair go natural. Not knocking anyone who relaxes it, but for her it seemed to fit her face better.
I enjoy looking at the before/after photos because it gives me so much hope

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