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I will tell you that one of the hardest things that I have done in my life, besides childbirth, of course, is making the transition to natural hair (aka no more relaxers). Over this past year, my hair has gone through a lot of changes and the upkeep is hard, but I can also see my hair becoming a lot healthier and stronger. Therefore, today I decided to share with you six styles for transforming your hair to natural for those who may be interested in starting the transition, but like me, don’t want to go through the “big chop” to do so.
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Kinky Twists are one of my go-to protective styles. I had them about 2-3 times before going natural and luckily now I know how to take care of them properly so I don’t experience loss of hair instead of healthy hair growth. For me, I can keep this style in for about a month or a little longer and it is versatile because since they are single twists there is a variety of ways that they can be styled.
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I have had Havana twists once, but I am thinking that this will be my style for May. Like Kinky Twists they can be styled in a variety of ways, however, they are a little larger than kinky twists so they take less time to install. When my stylist does them they usually only take about 2 ½ hours and despite a few packs of hair being used, they aren’t really all that heavy on your hair either.
Another option for making the transition to natural hair is to wear a wig. I currently own two wigs, but I am no expert at wigs yet so I think the ones that I have are not really a great match for my face. However, about a week or so ago one of my girls was talking about purchasing some wigs, so it put this option back on my radar as the ones she was considering looked super cute and they looked natural (on the models anyways).
Recently, I have been checking out some of the Bobbi Boss wigs on Divatress and I must admit quite a few styles have caught my eye. They literally have thousands of wigs options available, so I am going to consult with my stylist during my next appointment and see what she thinks would be a good option for me.
If you aren’t into protective styles with extensions or you simply need to let your hair breathe in between installations, wearing a twist out can be an ideal solution. I tried this for the first time a week or so ago, and the process was very quick and easy. I simply had to get my hair twisted and I let that stay in for about two days before untwisting the twists. This lasted for a few more days and then I moved on to my next protective style.
Senegalese Twists is another protective style that I tried once. They use a silkier type of hair and they take hours to get done. I usually get my hair done at night after the kids are in bed, so I don’t remember exactly how long they took to get installed, but I was literally falling asleep while getting my hair done.
They lasted me for about 3-4 weeks, however, because of the hair I used (I probably won’t use it again), I felt that my hair was getting frizzy super quick. If I do try this again I will make sure to get my hair done earlier in the day in addition to going with a different type of hair.
I remember in the late 90s this style was a trend, but my mom wouldn’t allow it as she said I would lose all my hair. However, crochet is now on an entirely different level than it was when I was a kid. Now it is considered a protective style and there are a variety of ways to wear your hair. The first time I tried it was with jumbo twists. They lasted about two weeks and the experience wasn’t the best, but it also wasn’t the worst so I decided to give them another go.
This time I am using different hair and a different style and the experience is much more enjoyable. Right now, I have had this style for about a week and I plan to leave it in for another 1-2 weeks. Based on research that I performed the expected lifespan of this type of style is 2-4 weeks, so while it is shorter term, it keeps you from having to do heavy daily maintenance for a couple of weeks.
Final Thoughts on Transitioning to Natural Hair
Overall, making the transition to natural hair can be complex, especially if you don’t do the big chop. However, thankfully, there are multiple ways to make the transition easier.
Which one of these styles do you think are the best for making the transition to natural hair?