Welcome! Just by reading this you are taking the next step to either researching the possibility of returning to your natural hair texture or, you are ready to take your journey.
There are two paths you can take to return to your natural hair texture. Both are not easy but with the right knowledge and support you will not be wandering these paths alone.
Before you Begin
Surround yourself with people who are having or had the same experience as you. Join the Curl Community to discuss your thoughts and find support.
Write a curl diary. Either privately or on our curl diaries forum discussion. It will help you keep track of what your natural hair responds well to and what it does not like.
Path One – Transition
To transition back to your natural hair texture means that you will grow out your chemically relaxed hair before cutting off the processed and damaged ends. This will involve trying to blend two very different hair textures together in the interim.
Transitioning takes time and patience. Realistically, you won’t see significant results for at least four months and even then you may not be ready to cut your hair to that length. It is crucial to find a few go-to styles during this period. Twist outs and bantu knots are popular protective styling techniques for a newly transitioner.
Path Two – Big Chop
Big chop is what the name suggests, to cut or shave the chemically treated hair off leaving just your natural hair texture.
There are a few variations of the BC: a close shave, or a few months of growth in the transitioning stage first. Some people prefer to wait a few months in order to start their natural hair journey with the beginnings of a TWA, a teeny weeny afro.
Understanding Your Natural Hair Texture
Now that you have grown a few more inches try to determine your hair texture and its attributes.
Hair Porosity: This is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture
High – Very porous and allows a lot of moisture in
Low – Less likely to absorb and resists moisture
Texture: Are your hair strands fine, medium or coarse? What word best describes your curl pattern?
Fractal, zigzag, corkscrew, coily, kinky, wavy, curly or perhaps you have a mixture?
Find a natural hair vlogger on YouTube that has a similar texture and try out their tutorials.Read More On Texture
Natural Hair Care Regimen
Caring for your newly natural hair will take a little more time than what you were used to. We are not talking about the first few months post the big chop where your regimen is mere minutes, we are talking about when you have a few more inches, and with those, there will be a few more processes.
Experiment with a few wash and go routines and purchase a few basics.
Protective Styling: Keeping the ends moisturised and tucked away for protection when you style your hair will minimise split ends and breakage.
Essential Tools Needed for Natural Hair Care
Cleanser: Use a shampoo or cleansing conditioner. We suggest start with once a week and see how your hair reacts. You may find you want to cleanse less or more.
Conditioner: You will need a rinse out conditioner (post cleansing) plus a leave- in conditioner for detangling, and for whenever your hair feels dry.
Deep Conditioner: Deep condition regularly. This may be once a week or once a fortnight.
Oil, Water and Cream: Incorporating a natural oil into your hair care regimen will help lock in moisture.
Wide Tooth Comb: Detangle when wet and always comb from the ends to the roots
Accessories: Use scarves, headbands, clips and other accessories to experiment with various hairstyles, new hair, new you. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Knowledge is key for this journey. We hope you find the information you need here on the British Curlies website. Please make use of the forum, there are many friends there.
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