Shikha Mittal


Transitioning - Relaxed to Natural Hair

After experimenting with relaxed hair, chemical straightening, you worn extensions or had a perm in your hair now transitioning back to your natural roots is a struggle. Trust me that will not an easy task. Yes! Big chop is the solution, but it will also hard to manage your new natural growth with her already relaxed ends. If you don’t want to do big chop than what to do next? Don’t worry girls! You are at right place here you can find the solutions and tips to what to do and what not to do for Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair. So keep on reading to know the best solutions.

What is Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair?

Transitioning your hair to natural is the process of eliminating all chemical treatments and allowing your natural hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically-processed ends away. It takes time and patience but for many women it is worth the wait because they may be uncomfortable big chopping. The process of transitioning to natural hair involves several different components, but the two most important things are the physical transition and the mental transition. The physical transition is a process of growing out your relaxer. The mental transition is a process of changing your mind. You have to make up your mind for the many different things that you will encounter during your natural hair journey.

Pros of Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair

  • Know about your hair type. In this whole process you have time to know your hair and love them.
  • During this period you can learn or enhance your hair styling skills.
  • Say hello to healthy hair.
  • This method allows you to “jump” into the natural hair community with a lot of hair to work with. Because of this, they’re able to wear more hairstyles which a shorter hair length won’t be able to.
  • No big chop is required.

Cons of Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair

  • The texture of your hair will not be consistent:
  • Process will take time.

Tips for Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair

Have patience

You might get frustrated in middle of the process. Because you are working with two texture hair. But to achieve goal you have to concentrate on your goals your aim. Whatever process you opt for transitioning your hair gradually grows out a relaxer. Normally it will take three to four months to start to see a real change. But some hair type might get a year for full free from chemical hair. It depends on hair type with how you treat your hair in whole process of transitioning. So Stay committee and have patience.


Due to texture difference there is a week point between your relaxed hair and natural roots which is pretty much unavoidable. You can maintain your hair in shape with deep conditioning. Conditioning is key to managing the two textures and preventing breakage. With every wash that you do, and doing protein treatments every 6 to 8 weeks. And make sure keep your tresses moisturized.


Natural hair requires a lot of detangling and styling agents, so a buildup can occur, especially on remaining relaxed hair. Because the relaxed hair is thinner, the excess oily or waxy products can make hair weaker, causing breakage. It is best to detangle your hair prior to shampooing.  Wash your hair every week to remove buildup, and at least once a month, use a clarifying shampoo. Contrary to popular belief, frequent hair washing does not dry hair out. It is needed to reduce the risk of yeast overgrowth on your scalp (itching, dryness, shedding) that can occur from using lots of products. When you detangle, make sure your hair is saturated with a detangling cream or conditioner to avoid breakage. Try to use wide teeth comb and always comb out the hair starting from the ends and work your way up to the roots.

Cutting or trimming

If you’re wondering how to transition to natural hair without cutting it, know that there are a few ways to grow in natural curls. However, for the health of your budding curls, some cutting is necessary. It doesn’t mean a buzz cut or big chop, but gradually trimming the ends of your hair (a habit that you should be doing whether your hair is relaxed or natural) every six to eight weeks will not only help speed up the process, but it will also keep your fragile strands from breaking as they transition from being straightened by chemicals.

Less heat

Hot tools harm the process. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow driers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the line of demarcation. While transitioning your hair, do all that you can to allow it to be as natural as possible. Avoid hot tools, and if necessary, limit their use to only one day a week at most.


Protective styles look fabulous on every girl. Like weaves, braids, and wigs, to be great tools to help protect new growth. Try out different protective styles that put less tension on the hair, to save your hair from pulling your hair back every day, (these looks can thin out your hairline and damage your roots from all the tugging and excess force). It's also very important to make sure the hair and scalp are moisturized prior to implementing a protective style. Brush through the hair with a paddle brush after oiling the scalp to evenly distribute the moisture on the hair that’s meant to be braided, it will help increase circulation, which helps to promote hair growth


You can wear textured hairstyles. It will help to blend the two textures. Hair styling can be an issue with both straight and curly strands on the same head. Styles that play up your natural hair texture are great options, like. Think twist-outs, braid-outs and flexible rods.