Once hair has been relaxed, the hair shaft is changed forever and will not be able to go back to being natural. Only the new hair, that grows from your roots, will be natural.


Trying to grow your hair out while keeping the relaxed ends will make your hair prone to excessive breakage, so women who choose this route trim their ends as they go along.


Although you may be very reluctant to lose your hair’s length, the other option is to consider chopping your hair short to start off. As blogger Aisha of My Fro & I says on her blog, you have to make this decision for yourself. “No one else is living your life and will be walking around with your hair.


If you're not ready to go short or fully natural, wait until you are.”


Find out about transitioning kits. If you decide to grow your hair out, rather than chop it off, these can make the process much easier on you.


Conditioning weekly with moisturising conditioners can do wonders for building up your hair’s strength and preventing breakage.


It will also make the coarse new regrowth easier to manage. Look into sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils and make it even dryer.

Have a hot oil treatment once a month. This will really help with dryness and strength. Remember not to overload your hair with too many products – play around and get the balance of what works for you just right.


Low-maintenance hairstyles, such as rod sets, twist-outs, braid-outs, buns, braids and extensions will make your life a lot easier.


You don’t want to do anything that involves excessive combing, or tight pulling. Read through your favourite blogs and forums for ideas of new things to try.

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