Does the idea of starting over scare you? I’ve maintained my natural hair for over a decade, here I am with @QNaturally (above) post big chop. Here’s a few personal tips I’ve learned along the way.
The Right Decision
Whether you decide to transition or start over, take time to educate yourself. Transitioning from relaxed hair involves 3 phases:
1) Learning how to adjust to new growth
2) Recognizing the line of demarcation
3) Understanding how to maintain two textures, relaxed and natural hair
When To Let Go
If you’re experiencing color / heat damage or a case split ends, maybe it’s time for a fresh start. Allow a professional stylist to examine your hair and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Find a stylist who will listen to your concerns and how knows how to cut hair (all stylists are not equal).
Next, try to imagine yourself wearing a new style. Figure out how much it would cost you to maintain your new doo. What products will you use to keep your hair moisturized etc.? Can you realistically maintain a new regimen with your lifestyle? Don’t just choose a hairstyle from the latest hair magazine and request a cut, think about how your hair will grow out in a few months time.
As you can see, both @QNaturally and I have been well versed in the cut life. Having grown our hair out and voluntarily chopped at will. The one thing I’ve learned in my natural hair journey is patience - with myself, my hair choices and texture. So have fun, don’t be afraid of change and I’ll see you on the other side.