Transitioning hair contains both natural hair and relaxed hair. So why choose to transition?
Many chose to go natural through transitioning to natural hair. The transition is the timeframe in which you stop using relaxers and let your natural hair grow out before you cut off the relaxed or straight ends. This gives your natural hair a chance to grow while still maintaining your hair length.
So you can get that dream afro without having to completely shave your hair. You can go the slower route and grow out your African American hair.
Those of us who did transition or are choosing to transition then have the task of learning how to deal with the two textures in one head of hair. Black hair is naturally very curly and typically thicker then that of relaxed hair. So when you put thick, strong, and curly on the same hair strand with straight and fine, there is a chance for severe breakage.
During the natural hair transition, so many women get the wrong concept that their hair can be treated like something other than what it is.
First it must be stated…transitioning hair is totally different than both natural hair and relaxed hair.
Transitioning hair is much more fragile and delicate. It must be handled in a totally different way.
Now take a glance at the picture above. This is an image of what my transitioning hair looked like. As you can see there are two types of hair, natural hair and relaxed hair.
The line where they meet is called the line of demarcation. This line is where most breakage can and for most will occur.
The natural hair is stronger because it is newer, fresher, and untouched by chemicals. That new natural hair or new growth has not been over manipulated by bad combing or brushing tactics, and it still has all the components of what hair needs to last longer.
While the relaxed hair has been chemically treated with relaxers and hair straighten products. This alone makes the hair weaker, because it removes some of the hair's protein. Even if you have the healthiest relaxed hair ever…the new hair (new growth/natural hair) is going to be stronger.
Since there are two different types of textures in your hair, the way you comb, brush, wash, and detangle your hair must change to preserve the hair’s health during the natural hair transition.
I have a series here on NaturallyLonya.com that will guide you to have a successful and happy transitioning to natural hair.
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