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By PT (live.shinebeautyculture.com)

College is all about transitioning, defining and redefining who you are. A girls’ hair is an oh so important part of those defining moments.  What other way to become your authentic self than to go from relaxed to natural?

Over the last decade natural hair has resurfaced to heights reflective of the glorious 70’s, when the likes of braids and afros had an ancestral and cultural pride and power.

Today, natural hair is a movement that women of all ages are embracing.  Going natural creates a unifying society for sistas’ that transcends socio-economic, urban and suburban boundaries. Whether you go for the BIG CHOP or the transitioning journey, check out these reasons and tips to transition your life and style.

5 REASONS TO TRANSITION

1. IT’S FASHIONABLE & FLY! –Today the trend has become mainstream as Fall 2012 Fashion runway shows like Nicole Miller, Badgely Mischka and William Okpo sported natural hair styles on the catwalk

2. IT’S AFFORDABLE – Salon maintained hair is expensive. Transitioning from relaxer to natural can save you hundreds of dollars a month. The deep conditioning, the color, the cut and the relaxer maintenance is costly. These weekly or bi-weekly services can cut deep into your pockets.

3. IT’S HEALTHY – Over-processing and hairline breakage are culprits of the damage caused by relaxers. Chris Rock’s movie “Good Hair” showed an aluminum can being broken down from relaxer ingredients. Studies are pending that show the damage of sodium hydroxide, ammonia hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, hydrogen peroxide and phosphoric acid (primary ingredients of relaxers) to the scalp and body over time. We do know that relaxing breaks down your hair cuticle, cortex and medulla, the three layers of hair.

4. IT’S FREEDOM – Think about the peace, pride and freedom you will feel from being you, owing the fabulousness of your natural tresses with style.

5. TIME MANAGEMENT – Free up your time for what’s most important! Use the valuable time you spent in the salon, home blow-drying and in the morning curling and flat ironing, for what’s really real in your life.

 

TIPS TO TRANSITIONING

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  • Be Bold – THE BIG CHOP
    • For the brave at heart you can do the BIG CHOP. Cutting off the relaxed or permed ends of one’s hair in one big chop.  From relaxed to natural with a quick cut, making the transition faster and more seamless.  Styling with TWA, a Teeny Weeny Afro.
    • The goal is to cut out the relaxer and maintain your natural hair at a length and style that works for you, not an easy task.
  • Be Patient, Be Creative
    • Set a “go natural” date, be patient and do some research on styles.  Roller-sets, braid-outs, bantu knots, twist outs, micro braids/twists are styles to explore in the transition.  You can even try weaves, wigs and scarves as a temporary solution in the transition. Careful with flat ironing, the longer your hair the more challenging it is to detangle and may disrupt your natural curl pattern.  This will cause the hair to break at the demarcation line, the weakest part of your hair, the line where the new growth meets relaxer.

 

PRODUCTS

The natural product selections are endless, find and try what works for your hair.

Natural Hair products

  • Moisture and detangle.  Co-wash, your new BFF, is using a conditioner as a shampoo, at least weekly.  By keeping your hair moisturized you’ll avoid breakage, make your hair more manageable for styling and your natural journey will be more enjoyable. Detangling from ends to roots is critical.

 

  • Use sulfate-free shampoos and silicone –free conditioners.  Sulfates (Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lareth Sulphate, and Myreth Sulphate) tangle and dry your hair and silicones (Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone) can lead to build up on your hair and scalp causing dullness.

 

Shine Brightly as you transition your life and style, be you!