Natural hair is gorgeous hair — but when you’re in the process of growing out your relaxer (i.e., “transitioning”), it can be hard to find a style that suits you. The challenge is finding a ‘do that marries both the natural hair on top, and the relaxed hair at the bottom.

No worries — we went straight to the experts for answers! Here, celeb hairstylist Diane Da Costa describes five do-it-yourself hairstyles and five salon styles perfect for transitioning tresses.

For more info on styling natural hair, check out Da Costa’s book, “Textured Tresses: The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Styling Natural Hair” ($11.88,