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How to Transition to Natural Hair.

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa

So you have decided to wear your hair in its natural state and rid yourself of the relaxers, perms and texturizers but you do not know where to start from and not sure of what you are up against? Transitioning is an option and below are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Prepare your mind. I will not lie to you. Transitioning to natural hair is quite a challenge and your mind will have to get on board in order for you to make it. There will be so many people who will discourage you on your decision and you will fight many mind battles. Knowing why you are going natural in the first place and the challenges you may face along the way will help your mind not to go in panic mode when bad hair days come.
  2. Deep condition at least once a week . Deep conditioning will reduce breakage and will also keep both textures moist, soft and more manageable.
  3. Co-wash your hair instead of shampooing it. A regular conditioner should be able to do the trick. You can use a sulphate free shampoo if you can afford one and then condition hair afterwards.
  4. Always use a leave-in conditioner every time after washing your hair.
  5. Keep your hair well moisturised at all times by spritzing it with water then sealing it with an oil of your choice every day, even twice a day if you feel your hair is very dry. You can then lock the moisture in with a butter for example Shea butter, mango butter or avocado butter. Unfortunately you will have to try different products sometimes before you find one that agrees with your particular hair. You can mix your own spritzer using water and oils for great moisture.
  6. Oil treatments and protein treatments will help you get stronger hair that will not break easily. Do them regularly. Once or twice a month, alternating them helps.
  7. Scab hair which tends to be dry may show up first and you might think that is your hair texture. This is only a result of scalp damage because chemicals. Keep deep conditioning and moisturising to realise your true texture which will come with time and may take longer for others.
  8. Low manipulation styles should be your go-to styles while transitioning. The point where your relaxed hair joins the natural new growth is the weakest and too much manipulation will result in breakage at this point. Avoid excessive combing and brushing of your hair and tight hairstyles. Try Bantu knot-outs, twist-outs or braid outs. You can also roller set, flexi rod set or straw set your hair or tie it in a loose bun. Whatever you do, keep your hands out of your hair as much as possible.
  9. Protective styling is also a way of getting some rest from having to deal with two different textures. Wear a sew-in weave or a wig to hide your hair for a while and to protect it from the harsh weather elements. You can braid or twist your hair with extensions to give your hair some volume because it tends to be very thin at the ends especially from month six into your transition. Twists on my hair without extensions used to look so sickly and unsightly when I was transitioning. With them on my hair, I would usually wear a hat to work or a scarf if I am around the house. Wearing hair extensions helped me not to obsess on my hair that seemed not to grow at all during my first year. Always make sure that your protective styles are not too tight and you still take care of your actual hair even though it is in a protective style. Keep to your wash and moisture routine.
  10. Avoid heat at all costs. Flat ironing your new growth to match your relaxed straight hair will do more harm than good. The heat will dry your hair even more and may result in more breakage.
  11. Have patience. Transitioning is only a phase. It will soon pass and soon you will be able to wear your hair in its happy healthy kinky state. My transition was two years. It was not easy but it was all worth it. There are times when I thought, why the hack but I am glad I soldiered on.

Indeed it is a journey and all I wish is for you to take a step at a time and make it. Please don’t you ever look back and give up. Only look back to remind yourself why you made that decision to grow natural hair in the first place. When you are feeling ugly, look again in the mirror and just go, “wow, I’m beautiful.” All the best. Be blessed.

Thin relaxed hair

Thin relaxed hair 

My hair now!
My hair now!



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Portia 4 July 2013 - 20:54

wow your hair looks gorgeous

Ruth Mafupa 5 July 2013 - 05:27

Thanks Portia!

Karabo Matlala 1 June 2015 - 04:43

Hello Ruth, wow your hair looks amazing….I’ve always relaxed my hair ever since I was a child. I want to transition but I have no clue which products to start with…is there any advice you can give me

Faith 22 September 2015 - 09:11

Hello Ruth, I recently cut my hair in a bob cut and now want to transition. Should I cut my hair all together or wait for it to grow out? Any advice you can give me

Ruth Mafupa 22 September 2015 - 13:27

Hi Faith. I’m not sure what you can hey especially after having your hair shaped in a bob. Not sure how it can grow out in a decent way 🙂 unless you incorporate extensions in your transition. As for transitioning, that is what I did and I know it helped me to maintain a good length of hair instead of dealing with short hair. The choice is yours though!

Leolynn 10 September 2016 - 15:04

Thanks. Today was one of the days I felt as if I just want to take the relaxed box and take the easier route. But thanks for this post.

Lorraine Mukwenya 22 July 2018 - 20:20

Hie I’ve been transitioning for almost a year but the hair at the back is now natural and at the front still relaxing what do i do

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 24 July 2018 - 20:16

You can either choose to trim the one in the front so it is the same as the back or do some braiding with extensions to grow your hair out a bit more so that you don’t deal with it until it is a length you are comfortable with. Hair becoming natural at the back and still have straight strands in the from is normal since the straight hair might have broken and fallen out in the back.

Charlotte Charles 21 January 2019 - 17:15

Hi Ruth,
I’m desperately in need in buying your products.I have stopped using relaxer for about 5 years and tried perming my hair, this year will February will be exactly a year that I decided to stop using chemicals on my hair. I find hard to managed my hair and do plaiting most of the time.Please assist I’m based in East- london and would love to use your products.Please advise.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 25 January 2019 - 10:41

That’s great. Stopping the use of chemicals is the best decision that you have made for your hair. You can get our brand Nashe Organics and many other natural hair products online if you are in East London at http://www.natmoisture.co.za Let me know if you face any difficulties ordering.

Thabang 7 November 2020 - 21:59

Hi, I’ve decided to transition from relaxed to natural hair, i feel like my hair is not growing and tok dry not how much oil I’ve applied on my hair.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 16 November 2020 - 16:47

Try more deep conditioning every time you wash your hair. Which oil are you using?

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