- Posted by Team Superwoman
- On November 15, 2017
If you are a Nigerian woman then you must know by now that natural hair is the new black. For Ladies who would love to transition to their natural Nigerian hair from relaxed hair. We’ve put this together for you courtesy of Natural Nigerian.
What is natural hair?
- This is hair that has not been chemically processed.
What is chemically processed hair?
- When the chemical make up of your hair strands are changed in a non-reversible way. That means that the only way to get rid of that change is when new hair grows to replace the old one.
Let’s talk a bit more about chemical processing
- Some examples of chemical processing include perming, relaxing, bleaching, texturizing, and texlaxing. These things re irreversible. However when you blow dry your hair, this is not a chemical process because it reverts to natural hair in a few days…sometimes hours, if you are in a very humid place. Hair Styling is also pretty temporary, so that can’t be considered a chemical process.
So if my hair is relaxed and I want it to become natural?
The first step is to stop relaxing your hair. It is that simple. There is nothing that you can buy and pour on your hair that will revert it to natural hair from relaxed hair. If you stop relaxing your hair, your new growth will be all natural. Over time, you can cut the new growth and Voila! you have natural hair.
So I must wait for my hair to grow before I cut it off?
Errr…no. There are actually two ways to do this. You can do the Big Chop or you can Transition. What I described before was transitioning. But let me explain a bit more.
This is a way to go from relaxed hair to natural hair.
This is typically when hair is allowed to grow for a duration of time without any relaxing of that new growth. What this means is that one manages both relaxed hair and new growth at the same time. This can go on from a few month to a year. What determines the duration is typically how long one wants their hair to be when they cut off the old (sentence updated to correct a mistake) growth.
Still wondering if you can go from relaxed hair to natural hair real quick without the wait?
For those that do not mind having short natural hair, they typically cut off the relaxed ends after very few months of new growth or when there is no new growth.
There is a whole range from “gorimapa” to a teeny weeny afro.
So there you have it, to go from relaxed hair to natural hair is basically a matter of using a pair of scissors AND stopping the application of relaxer or texturizer. As Africans, afro-textured hair grows out of our scalp and so we do not need to do anything to specially grow it. Simply do not relax it and after a while, you will have enough natural hair on your scalp to liberate from relaxed hair.
CREDIT: Natural Nigerian
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