You may ask yourself, how do I care for my natural hair? I have no idea how to care for this new hair texture, how can I mask the two textures? Although your texture is not new, it's new to you if you've been chemically altering its texture for some time. That's OK because this is a learning experience and you just need some time to familiarize yourself with your "new" natural texture.
The area of your hair where the straight, chemically relaxed hair meets your curly hair texture is the line of demarcation. You will see that this demarcation line is more apparent as your hair continues to grow. Many people roller set their hair or wear twist-out hairstyles to mask this very defined line so that they can continue to maintain the length of their hair as it continues to grow out. Several others wait for the hair to grow a couple of inches before they chop off all of the relaxed hair. This is commonly referred to as the "big chop" or a "TWA - teeny-weeny-afro". That's the stage where your relaxed hair has been completely cut off and your natural curls shine!
Regardless of whether you choose to transition slowly and maintain your relaxed tresses in the process or if you decide that chopping all of the relaxed ends off and sport a short hairstyle is the way to go, proper care is essential.
Here are some tips to help you transition from chemically relaxed to your naturally curly hair:
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