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So you want to go natural, but you’re dreading the big chop?

Granted, a cut is the fastest way to go natural, but it’s also the most emotionally trying.

Women who are reluctant to let go of their long tresses will prefer a gentler ‘transitioning’ method. Anthony Dickey, hairstylist to the stars, has these tips:

1)    JUST SAY NO

“Stop ALL chemical enhancers, texturizers and relaxers now.”

Any new growth that occurs will be natural and unprocessed and this will contrast with your already straight, over-processed hair so be patient and creative when dealing with these two different hair textures.

2)    DON’T JUDGE

“Women shouldn’t judge their natural texture before allowing the relaxed portion of their hair to totally disappear.”

Enduring this transition period will be extremely gratifying once your God-given curls have had their true chance to shine.

3)    GETTING TO KNOW YOU

“Seek out information about your hair’s unique texture.”

Ask a hair professional to educate you from a texture-specific approach. ‘Ethnic hair’ is too broad and too dynamic a subject. Find someone who understands YOUR hair.

4)    CHECK YOUR INGREDIENTS

“Just because a product is ‘all-natural’ doesn’t mean it’ll deliver great results.”

Test many products to see which best delivers the results you desire. Also, steer clear of shampoos that aren’t sulphate-free or cream-based shampoos.

TRY: ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo (R54 at Dis-Chem) or Oil of Morocco Argan Oil (Sulfate-Free) Shampoo (R120 at leading retailers).

5)    BE YOURSELF

“Not all Black women experience the same transitioning process.”

Your transitioning journey will be unique to you. Keep a log of what worked and what didn’t. Looking back once your journey is complete will be a fun and emotional one!

BB’s, are you thinking of going natural? Which method will you be going for – the big chop or transitioning?

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