14 Ways to Transition from Relaxed to Natural Hair

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The Big Chop

The "Big Chop" is a phrase used by naturals for when a woman cuts off her relaxed hair to begin her natural journey. "One of the chief concerns for ... more 
Photo by: Point and Click Photography
The Big Chop

The "Big Chop" is a phrase used by naturals for when a woman cuts off her relaxed hair to begin her natural journey. "One of the chief concerns for women getting ready to make the Big Chop is looking too masculine with short hair. I always recommend that women taper the sides and leave more length at the top for a more feminine short look." less 
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Tue, Sep 17, 2013 4:35 PM EDT
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If you've been on the fence about transitioning your relaxed hair into a chemical-free halo of curls, you're not alone. Ask any woman who's traded in her no-lye kit for a Tangle Teezer, and we're almost positive she'll tell you there's a lot to learn in the world of natural hair. Nevertheless, as with any change in life, with a little patience and the right resources, your transitioning journey can be a successful and enjoyable one.

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"I always tell people that you should see a stylist who specializes in natural hair for a consultation before you launch into your transition," advises curly haircare guru and stylist Tamika Fletcher of Natural Resources Salon in Houston. "It's also very important to find natural styles that are similar to the relaxed styles you're used to wearing. You should look like a real version of yourself."

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For more get-real tips on how to make your transition as seamless as possible, check out Fletcher's advice on how to go natural, find the right regimen, and still stay fly.

--Nicole Marie Melton

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