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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Black History Month, Part 3: The First Hair Relaxer

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Having their heads shaved, being forced to use sheep’s tools to maintain their hair, and having their traditions stolen from them left those enslaved feeling shamed, demoralized, and humiliated.  These methods of dehumanizing slaves were just the beginning.  Now in a foreign land controlled by people with fair skin and straight hair, African textured hair was attacked socially and labeled as inferior and repellent.  In the 1700’s, advertisements, slave auction posters, and even the scientific community referred to African textured hair as “wool” as though it were not even human hair.  This dehumanizing language served to validate the lower-class status and enslavement of Africans.

This racist rhetoric was internalized by many slaves but was also a requirement for some slaves such as laundresses, chauffeurs, cooks, and housekeepers.  Those who worked inside the plantation houses had to present a look that appealed to their slave owners.  Both circumstances lead to the creation of the first hair relaxer in order to straighten curly hair to appear more European.  This concoction was a mixture of lye and potatoes.  The potatoes were used to lessen the harsh effects of the lye.  This early form of a relaxer was effective at straightening the hair for a period, but would often burn the scalp and damage the hair.

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Today, there are a variety of hair relaxers available over-the-counter.

Today, many of the hair relaxers you can find over-the-counter and in your local beauty shop still contain lye and have the same damaging effects on the scalp and hair.  It is also revolutionary that many products today are designed not just to straighten the hair but to bring out the natural curly texture as well.  When I went natural five years ago, I was amazed by all the products available to me.  Check out some of them under the “Jane’s Hair” tab!

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