In July of this year I made the decision to stop relaxing my hair so it can grow back into its natural texture. My main reason for doing this is because I enjoy the way my hair feels and looks more when it is natural compared to it being relaxed. When my hair is natural, it is thicker and healthier. Relaxers tend to make my hair look thinner and shorter after several years of usage. I am also gradually incorporating healthier beauty products into my life, so I figured this would be another awesome decision.
Working with transitioning hair can be difficult and frustrating because you have to style two different textures. I didn’t want to do the “big chop,” so I know I have to come up with creative hairstyles that will blend both my natural and relaxed hair. Going natural has become really popular within the past few years amongst women of color. I hope sharing some of my favorite hairstyles will help someone else going through a natural hair journey.
#1 The Twisted Faux Hawk
This hair style is a combination of kinky twists and cornrows. My hair was cornrowed on the sides to the middle of my head and twisted with synthetic hair at the ends. A few bobby pins were added to the front to keep the hair in place. This hairstyle lasts about three weeks before it starts to look frizzy.
#2 The Flat Twist Updo
This style is similar to the twisted faux hawk. The main difference is that I have flat twists all around my head. The flat twists meet at the crown of my head and synthetic hair is added to create kinky twists. Bobby pins are used to create a bun at the top. When I had this style it lasted about two and a half weeks.
#3 Little Curls
To achieve this look, you will need to use perm rods. You will need different sizes depending on the length of your hair. After adding the rods to your wet hair, you will have to sit underneath the dryer until it is completely dry. I really enjoy this hairstyle, but the downfall for me is that it only lasts about one week before becoming uncontrollably frizzy. I like to use the Curls™ Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste to help separate and moisturize the curls throughout the week.
I am still new with my natural hair journey, so I am just picking out styles that I enjoy as I go. Are you in the process of growing out a relaxer? If so, what other transitional hairstyles do you like?