The lovely MariaG of NaturallyCurly.com has created a nearly exhaustive list of resources for ladies in transition. Before we get to it, I’d like to thank her for taking the time to compile this invaluable info, and for sharing with the CurlyNikki.com community.
I successfully transitioned from relaxed to natural in 06-07 and if it wasn’t for the help of the online community, I know I wouldn’t have been able to do it.
RULES TO SUCCESSFUL TRANSITIONING:
- There is no wrong or right way to transition!
- The line of demarcation where the relaxed hair ends and the new growth starts is very delicate. Please treat your hair like silk until you are ready to do the BC (big chop).
- Co-wash your hair at least once a week to add moisture to your hair. If you are not ready to co-wash, then wash with diluted shampoo.
- BC when you are ready. Don’t cut your hair until you are ready.
- Deep condition at least once a week.
- Be very careful with heat. You could potentially damage your healthy new growth by flatironing your hair too often.
- Naturally curly hair is unique and varies from person to person. Sometimes the hairtype looks completely different once you cut your hair. Don’t be discouraged. This is the hair God gave you so therefore it is beautiful! Concentrate on your hair, not your neighbors.
- Join Fotki and start taking monthly pictures. This will help you see your progress. It will especially help on those days that you think your hair is not growing.
- Write a journal or blog! It will help you keep things in perspective. Before you reach for that relaxer or BKT try to remember why you wanted to transition in the first place.
Other ladies please chime in and add to this list!
List of acronyms we use on this site and others. Trust me we have many!
Hair types – PLEASE NOTE that you won’t know your hair type until your relaxed hair or other chemical is completely cut
Henna support thread
Amla Powder information
My rollersetting video – Part I and Part II
Long Hair Styles Gallery – Can be used for protective styles
Natural Hair Styles – twist outs, bantu knots, braid outs, etc…
Youtube is a great resource for finding transitioning hairstyles. You can also visit Fotki and see many inspiring pictures. We women of color mostly hang out in the 4a thread on Naturallycurly.com, come and join us!
Naturals: worst mistakes you ever made as a natural: http://longhaircareforum.com/forums/…d.php?t=223081
Best Pics of Natural Hair/Heads: A thread of encouragement: http://www.longhaircareforum.com/for…d.php?t=168146
Our very own Curly Nikki has dedicated much of her blog in helping others transition to natural. Click here to read many transitioning stories from people that have successfully gone from relaxed to natural.