Skip the Big Chop
If the one thing holding you back from going natural is the thought of cutting all your hair off, you can breathe a sigh of relief — you don't have to.
"Achieving the point where you are fully natural is certainly easier when done swiftly through a bold cut, but this can also be done slowly at the pace the makes you comfortable," says Suave celebrity hair stylist Ursula Stephen. However, you should trim your hair regularly as it grow out to maintain the health of it and to cut away the straighter pieces naturally without it looking so drastic or dramatic.
The key to avoiding the big chop is to figure out how your own hair works. As your natural curls grow out, it may be difficult to deal with both the older, straighter parts of your hair and your new curls.
"Remember that no two curl patterns are the same and leaning on products that work well for your hair while you deal with two or more different textures, is imperative," says Stephen. Look for ingredients like natural shea butter and pure coconut oil that give hair the deep moisture to help re-form curls, tame frizz and prevent breakage. Also, stay away from products with parabens and sulfates, which can be harsh on your fragile hair.
Additionally if you're growing out your relaxer, it might also help to learn how to braid your own hair, or to look into updos that can help you better hide the two textures until you're ready to big chop.