Relaxed to Natural in 12 months

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The Transition

In June 2012, I went natural. There are two ways to go natural: the Big Chop (B.C.) and transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.

At first I chose to allow my hair to grow out while clipping the relaxer out gradually. This meant every few weeks I was still going to the salon and getting a rod set which has the effect of blending the natural and relaxed hair together. However I did get to a point where this was not working at all. So I had to take the more dramatic route: the B.C.

I once again went to see my beautiful beautician, Ms. Eleth, and she chopped it all off for me. Some would argue that this is a freeing experience, but I had never had my hair so short in my life and wanted to scream. After letting my Drama Queen moment pass, I took pictures to document the beginning of my journey. The Big Chop is definitely a bold decision, but it gives you a new confidence, and looks very fierce. Add some color to your new style and some dashing large earrings and you are good to go. 

12 months- Natural Movment

12 months- Natural Movment

Caring for Natural Hair

Natural hair is beautiful, so take care of your crown. Here are a few natural hair tips: Wash, Moisturize, Oil. Your hair is an extension of your body, and needs as much care as any other part of you does. I’ve heard that keeping natural hair moisturized can be a struggle, but I have been extremely lucky not to have those issues. I deep condition my hair once a week with either coconut oil or Vatika (Indian Market), then I wash with Cocoa Curls. Some people also take vitamins to help speed up hair growth and give you healthy hair such as Keratin, Biotin, and Fish Oil. I personally use Biotin and Fish Oil and it’s been a great help with not only my hair, but skin and nails as well. Also I absolutely love using oils like tea tree and Jamaican Black Castor Oil to keep my hair looking radiant and my scalp well-conditioned.

Hairstyles for Natural Hair

Although I love trying out different hair styles, I really love anything that will allow me to shake and go. With that being said I’m a BIG fan of any kind of twist outs, banana clips and rocking my fro as is.  Of course there is tons of information on the web about black natural hair styles that can fit every

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4 thoughts on “Relaxed to Natural in 12 months

  1. Natural Natural all the way! Have you checked out Pardon My Fro? Your style tips are great. Love the twist out. I’m on a mission at the mo to get this fro some length so it’s all about the “protective” hair styles (rocking the Marley twists right now) and purely organic products for my curls. This is a hair journey and I’m loving it.

    • Thanks for the compliments on my tips and style. No, I haven’t seen Pardon My Fro… where can I find it? I went and had my hair in done (Marley Twist) however when I took them out I found that my hair was more tangles and knotted than I would have thought. I have better luck when I braid or twist my own hair. And how I’m in love with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil. This journey can be a struggle but it’s so worth it… I’ve never felt more like me.

      • The trick with Marley Twists is to do blind twists, twisting from the route Senegalese style 🙂 All the better if you can do them by yourself :-0 Loving the tips and always interested to see what others are up to. I’ve been natural for c. 20 years! Cant believe it’s that long :-/ Not on purpose, I just tried relaxing for about a year in my late teens, got bored, and kinda never went back! haha! Castor Oil is the business, but really and truly eating healthily is key. Avocados are unreal for the effects they have. I hear you with the liberation. I got sick and tired of weaving, braiding, twisting last year and just said uh! I’m done. Looking forward to following how you get on and your hot tips. Pardon My Fro – type it into Google. Great lady doing the hippest clothing, apparel and other stuff. She’s on Pinterest too if you’re interested. If you’re looking for Fro styles there are some great ideas on Pinterest in general. (You can check out a board I’ve created called ‘Roots’ by MmaEtta 🙂

      • Thanks for the helpful information. I will deff be taking a look into all of this 🙂 I just posted my Intro to painting work if you want to take a look. I actully have class tonight. Funny thing about Avocados… I really disliked them for a long time but they have grown on me. I even use it in homemade hair treatments.

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