6 Tips for Easier Transitioning

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Are you curious about going natural, but fear the Big Chop? Do you want to reconnect with your natural texture without losing length? Luckily, you can transition from relaxed to natural hair without cutting it all off! With a little time and patience, you can grow out your relaxed hair to reveal your natural texture. But in case that’s the route you decide to go check out my blog on the big chop.

Here are six easy tips for transitioning naturally – without a drastic cut!

  1. Be realistic

Going natural is exciting and chances are you’d love to see quick results. But the reality is that is involves a little patience. Stick to your plan for 4 months and then you’ll be seeing some results. After one year, you’ll be 100% natural beauty!

  1. Get excited about a transitioning style

With your roots being very different from your ends, it will help you immensely to find some transitioning hairstyles that make you excited. Try a bantu knot out or the twist out or great in-between style.

  1. Detangle with care

Never try to detangle dry hair. Detangle when your hair is wet and supple with conditioner. Use a wide toothed comb and go slow, working from bottom to top.

  1. Stick to a shampoo and conditioner schedule

Depending on your oil levels, you’ll have to cleanse your scalp every few day to every once a week or whatever fits your lifestyle. Experiment to see what works for you. After you’ve cleansed, follow-up with a deep-moisturizing conditioner or hair mask.  Synergi has the best Deep conditioner best used under a steamer. Quench 2.o it takes adding moisture to your hair to a new level. www.synergisalon.com

  1. Cool it on the heat

Instead of risking more damage to your gorgeous locks, ditch the hair dryer or flat iron and air-dry your hair instead.

  1. Trim your ends regularly

Head to your salon every 6 to 8 weeks for a regular hair trim – using shears, not scissors! Keeping your hair trimmed will minimize split ends and breakage and keep your hair looking healthier. Best if done by a professional stylist that you trust. More information on when is the best time to get a trim: http://curly2strait.com/trimming-natural-hair-how-to-tell-it-is-time-for-a-snip/

Good luck! While transitioning your hair from chemical relaxer to natural can seem like a long process, the results are well worth it. It will be no time before you’ll be embracing your natural hair, and wishing you’d made the switch years ago.

Guest blogger, Karen Coleman is the owner of Synergi Salon: www.synergisalon.com

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What to Expect in Your First Year Relaxer Free – Month Six to Twelve

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So you’ve made it to month 6. Congratulations! Transitioning your hair from relaxed to natural can be a lengthy process, but the outcomes are well worth it. In this blog post, I continue my previous post by offering some suggestions and tips on what to expect during months 6-9 of your transition.

What to Expect Months 6-9:

Significant new growth

Your new growth should now be very visible – probably in the length of 6 to 8 inches. In fact, you will likely have no more relaxed hair at the back of your head by now. This is an exciting turning point! Embrace your new kinks and curls.

New styling techniques

There are three important things to remember during this stage: shampoo your hair at least once per week, get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks, and refrain from using heavy moisturizers. I also recommend using the full line of Synergi products – shampoo, conditioner, mousse, glaze and all of the dry styling products. www.synergisalon.com

Test out new looks

If you’d like, it’s fine to continue to wear your hair straight. But if you’d like to start trying out new styles, now is the time. Have some fun with your natural hair and embrace your new texture. 

What to Expect Months 9 – 12:

Turned the corner

At this point, you’ve past the major hurdle and turned a corner. Your hair is now more natural than relaxed and it should be easier to manage. Your styles are likely lasting longer – especially if you’ve been shampooing regularly.

New styling techniques

It’s important to keep up with regular trims. Every 6 to 8 weeks you should be visiting a salon for maintenance. At this point, you can use all Synergi products, as Synergi is designed for completely natural hair.

Going natural is a journey. It’s a journey that will take patience and regular maintenance in order to benefit from all the joys of natural hair – from its versatility, to its health to its beauty. Having a solid plan, a trusted stylist and willingness to learn about your own hair will go a long way toward achieving a smooth transition!

Guest blogger Karen Coleman is the owner of Synergi Salon: www.synergisalon.com 

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What to Expect in Your First Year Relaxer Free: Month One to Six

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Are you fed up with chemical relaxers that make your hair brittle and prone to breakage? Would you like to embrace your hair for it’s natural beauty? If so, you’re probably considering ‘going natural’. Natural hair, in the stylist-world, means hair that hasn’t been processed using a chemical relaxer.

If you currently have a chemical relaxer in your hair, you may be wondering how you can transition to natural hair. Luckily, transitioning is possible – without taking drastic measures like chopping your hair.

Since it takes about one year for the relaxer to grow out of your hair, I’ve assembled some tips on what to expect for the first six months when you decide to go natural. I’ll post a second blog soon on what to expect for months six to twelve.

What to Expect Months 1 – 3:

Big Roots 

Since most women relax their hair as soon as their roots start growing in, it can be a shock to see some “puffy” hair at the roots. To fix this, start using shampoo, conditioner, and styling products that are suitable for natural (not relaxed) hair.

Dry Ends

Also, as your roots grow in, the ends of your hair will get brittle and weaker. To fix this, get your hair trimmed – just a little! There is no need to take off too much length.

New Styling Techniques

Your old styling techniques will start to become ineffective in dealing with your roots and brittle hair.  I suggest switching to some new products. My favorite hair regime starts the Synergi Thermal Shampoo and Conditioner or the Hello Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner www.synergisalon.com . Once you’ve washed your hair, use the Restore Leave-In Conditioner on your hair while it is still wet. When your hair is dry, continue to use the styling products that you normally use  – but ONLY on your relaxed ends. Blow-dry your hair to ensure that the ends blend well with the roots.

What to Expect Months 3-6:

Unruly Growth

Your hair will have grown about 3 to 5 inches by this point and is probably thicker, longer, and seemingly more unruly than ever. At this point, you’ve come far enough that there is no turning back! It’s still a bit of an awkward stage, where you’ll find that your relaxed ends are thinner than your new growth. Continue to get regular trims to take care of breakage. How to know its time to get your ends trimmed http://curly2strait.com/trimming-natural-hair-how-to-tell-it-is-time-for-a-snip/

New Styling Techniques

With your hair getting longer and thicker, you’ll want to switch up your hair care regime again. My suggestion is to avoid using oil moisturizers on your hair before applying heat, if you’ve been flat-ironing. If the hair ‘smokes’ while blow drying or flat ironing, you’re damaging it. Continue to use Synergi Thermal Shampoo and Conditioner or Hello Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. Then use Restore Leave-In Conditioner between salon visits.

Transitioning to natural hair can seem like a long process, but it’s well worth the effort. Good luck and stay tuned for my next blog post where I cover what to expect during months 6-12.

(Written by guest blogger, Karen Coleman, owner of Synergi Salon!!)

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BHM Blog Series: Those We Lost in the Natural Hair Movement

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During 2014, we unfortunately lost three important women known for encouraging us to embrace our beauty and accept our curls. They each had their own unique style and way of inspiring us based on their personal experiences as Black women. Without them, 2015 will not be the same.

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BHM Blog Series: National Attention on the Natural Hair Movement

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Last year was a monumental year for the natural hair movement.  I don’t remember seeing as much media attention on natural hair, TV shows focused to the topic, natural hair products in stores, or social events dedicated to natural curls.  Yet, the movement boomed and reached what I believe is a tipping point last year!

Here is how the movement made national headlines in 2014!

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BHM Blog Series: Top 3 Natural Hair Celebrities of 2014!

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It gives me such joy when I can turn on the TV and see women who look like me and have hair like mine, wearing it proudly.  They have such power when they walk into a scene or on the red carpet with the pride that comes with celebrating your true self.  From YouTube series like Hello Cupid, to Olivia Pope and Viola Davis showing their natural curls on prime time, 2014 was a year where women with natural hair become more common on the small and big screen.

Below are some of my favorite celebrity Naturalistas who rocked natural locs in 2014!

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