This article gives great advice on what to expect when going natural. Of course I don’t believe in a such thing as a “healthy perm” or “healthy relaxer”. I’m also not big on he whole get a last perm style and go all out before you go natural. To me that’s damaging the little bit of new growth you have and prolonging the inevitable. If you’re going natural, just do it ! There’s a little bit of a wishy washy undertone to the process in the article, with the back and forth perm to natural advice, but overall the author does a great job of letting you know what to expect when going natural. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂
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5 Truths About Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair
Considering going natural, so you can rocks locs like India Arie, an Afro like Jill Scott or one of our 70s sisters from last week, or riotous curls like Tracee Ellis Ross and Rachel True? Before you take the plunge, here are the five most important things you need to know about natural black hair and making the transition from relaxed to natural.
1. You’ll have to cut it. There, we said it. It’s out there, and like ripping off a Band-Aid, it’s best to get this statement confirmed and carried out right away. Although many women dread the thought of giving up any hair length, it is necessary. You have to cut off your relaxed strands before the new growth can flourish properly. Leaving straightened ends around not only creates a texture difference that makes combing and styling tresses an enormous hassle, but usually leads to breakage and split ends. It’s best to just remove the relaxed hair, and save frustration and damage.
That said, there are ways to forestall the inevitable, if you’re not quite comfortable with short hair just yet. When getting your last perm, go all out! Get that dream relaxed hairstyle you’ve always wanted, no matter how long or outrageous. After your big send-off, get braids or a weave, to keep hair under wraps while the new growth grows out.
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