5 Things Naturals Don't Tell You When You’re Transitioning

So you’ve decided to transition to natural hair, but don’t have an idea where to start. First, be patient and understand that not everything you hear is true. Here are five myths naturalista’s will tell you while you’re transitioning.

Chime Edwards Jan, 30, 2015

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I've heard women say, "I'm natural so I don't have to do anything to my hair now." Uhhh ma'am...what have you been sippin'? Your hair is all one beautiful texture now but the maintenance is the same, if not more. You must stay on top of prepping your hair at night and stick to a healthy hair regimen or your hair will become damaged.

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Even if you take great care of your hair as you transition, it can still end up looking a little whacky. So, you will need to actually cut your hair. This could be due to your hair breaking as you transitioned at the line of demarcation. After the hair breaks, it can split and leave the strand damaged. Sometimes it’s best to just cut, and not keep old ends.

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As you're transitioning, your hair is still slightly stretched due to the weight of the relaxed hair pulling at the ends. As a transitioner, you can't gauge your shrinkage by how far your new growth "hangs" since you're not completely natural. You will likely have more shrinkage than anticipated when you big chop.

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Your hair may grow different lengths in different areas of your hair, so you may have to cut your hair for this reason as well. With natural hair, the shape of your 'fro is everything so it will be well worth it.

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Natural ladies always claim that when you big chop your hair will grow fast, but this isn't true for everyone. In fact, it may seem as if your hair isn't growing at all. This could be due to shrinkage or your hair grows slower than the normal rate. It doesn't mean you won't reach your hair goals—it will just take you a little longer to get there.