Whether I’m transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair has come up a number of times over the past year. I have strategically avoided the question because formal announcements seem so final and I hate being boxed in. However, a blog friend encouraged me to embrace my truth. Another blog friend stated, you can always relax your hair but you won’t always be 21 months post relaxer. Keep going and see what the end has in store.
Transitioning from Relaxed Hair to Natural Hair | The Journey
I started the relaxer stretch to improve the health of my hair from relaxer runoff damage. Below is a photo of my damaged hair. My hemline has been damaged like this before and I was just tired of the vicious cycle.
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As the stretch continued, I got pretty good at it and my hair flourished. What I didn’t plan for was for my hair to flourish this well, for this journey to become easier and to fall in love with wigs as a long-term protective style.
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I am 21 months post relaxer. I am scared and torn on what I want for the future. I love the curls that are growing in but I am nervous about whether I will be content with being natural. Would it be too much to handle. The list goes on. I already know I will be tempted to relax my hair again if this turns out to be more effort than I’m willing to give.
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Best I can tell, my texture is super kinky so I am nervous that my natural hair will be difficult to manage, dry, breaking, poor retention, single strand knots, etc.
I love how sleek and shiny relaxed hair looks….
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…but I hate the tangles that it has gifted me over the years.
Even as I continue this relaxer stretch, my relaxed hair has proven to be the most problematic with tangling and wrapping around itself.
I am not excited about long-term transitioning because wash days are getting longer and longer nor am I mentally ready for a big chop. I chopped a section just to test the waters and almost had an anxiety attack soon thereafter.
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My hair is flourishing so it is hard to turn back now. However, old photos make me miss my relaxed hair.
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Fear aside, a huge part of me does not want to let anyone down. I have heard it a million times and I am sure I will hear it again — every time I find a relaxed hair blogger, she ends up transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair. I know this should be about me and only me but I care about those who support me too.
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Unfortunately, I don’t know my natural texture so I really don’t know what to expect for the future. However, natural hair pride will never stand in my way from relaxing my hair again should this not work out!! So, as I journey into the unknown…