Transitioning & Hair Type?

I've been relaxing my hair since I was a kid and I'm in my teens now but I've realized that my hair breaks and sheds SO much when I wash and blow dry. I've heard form many sources that when you go natural, your hair breaks less because the harsh chemicals aren't present in your hair, weakening and breaking it down. My mom decided a few months ago that she wants to go natural and insists that I can't because according to her I have "straight negro hair" --as in really kinky and rough and thick and she insists that my hair won't look good-- in contrast to her half-Indian roots and 3B/C hair. The other day I went through my baby pictures and realized that my hair is nowhere near what she described it to be; it actually looks like it was really curly and fluffy. I just want to know the best way to transition (I already plan on braiding my hair soon and my hair grows a lot when it's in braids and I don't see the big chop anywhere in my future) and what my hair type could possibly be. From my baby pictures and the one attached, it looks like I'm somewhere in the 3 type range, maybe 3C. The back, near the nape of my neck, is rather small, tight curls, really hard to straighten. The middle is a bit looser and easier to straighten except for this one patch at the top that I can barely comb through. The front is a little looser than the back and, by far, straightens the best.The picture is from a month or two after my last relaxer in August, so there isn't actually anything to judge from, but it's all I have.Thanks.

1 Answer

Any hair type can transition! It would be fun for you and your mom to do it together ... like  your own mini support group. You're on target with putting your hair in protective styles while you transition. And use good, natural butters or oils to keep hair soft and hydrated... especially the new growth. I wouldn't rule out BC.... there will probably come a point where you want to chop it all off. :)