viventrireamourmourir asked: Hey, I've been wanting to go natural for over a year now and I just don't know where to start =(. Right now my hair is cut in kind of a bob, it's like a "Rihanna" hair cut lol. Also my final relaxer is next week but after that, what should I do? Do you have any tips for me?

If you want to go natural, you’ve got two choices:

  1. Transition, or
  2. Big chop.

If you’re kinda nervous about the idea of going natural, I would suggest transitioning. Next week when you get your relaxer, have your stylist put the perm on for a hot second, comb through once, and immediately rinse. That way, you’ll have a bridge between your processed hair and your natural hair that will begin to grow afterwards. And make sure you get a cut or a decent trim. All of that relaxed hair will have to go eventually!  While I was transitioning, I got increasingly more aggressive cuts every two months.  You can find my tips on transitioning here

If you’re ready to be natural, don’t bother getting that relaxer next week! Walk into that salon and tell your stylist you’re ready to be natural and cut all that straight hair off! I didn’t have the guts to do that when I made the choice to go natural, and with my 20/20 hindsight, I wish I had.  If you need inspiration, check out these pictures from my blog. Those women are beautiful.  I’m sure you would be too!

So, regardless of which path you choose, keep these tips in mind:

  • Start treating your hair as though it’s already natural.  Start using leave-in conditioners (I usually recommend Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie for folks who are just starting out) and sealants (butters or oils). Style your hair in twists, braids, flat twists, and their -outs as you transition.
  • You have to have the following in your bathroom before you come home for the first time with with your hair natural: satin pillow case, satin bonnet, at least one spray bottle, a wide tooth comb, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, oil, gel (maybe), and maybe a Denman brush.
  • And most importantly, AVOID HEAT!!!

I hope that helps!  Let me know what you decide!!!  Best of luck, hon!