[Q] : I have a transition question. I would like to go natural again, however it has been almost 20 years since I wore my natural hair. I wondered if instead of fully transitioning from natural to straight, could I try texturizing instead? I thought that might make the process less noticeable until I hit the big chop!
[A]: I understand your concerns since it is a dramatic change to go from having chemically straight relaxed hair for so long to now transition to natural hair however, I would recommend against texturizing as a way to make the transition smoother. Texturizing is not going natural. Texturizing is not a separate chemical process. It actually is a different method of applying the relaxer chemical.
Less Time Doesn’t Mean Less Permanent
Instead of relaxing the hair until it is straight, texturizing means using the same relaxer chemical but instead of vigourous smoothing just gently manipulating the hair so that more of the hair’s natural curl pattern is maintained. Texturizing is a permanent chemical change to the hair, the same as relaxing. So technically you are not going natural, if your intention is to stop chemically relaxing your hair since you’re still using the same chemical just in a different way. Also by texturizing your hair it will eventually get straighter and straighter with each time because there is no way to completely prevent the chemical overlap onto previously texturized hair.
Battle Of Two Textures.
Initially what I would suggest during the first 6 to 9 months of your transitioning process is to begin styling your hair in curlier hairstyles. As you get more and more new growth it will be increasingly difficult to maintain straight, smooth hairstyles. It’s what I call the battle of the two textures. Remember your new growth is virgin hair will be stronger than the rest of the length of your relaxed hair which has been chemically altered is therefore more fragile and susceptible to breakage from styling stress that comes from rough brushing, combing, blow drying, and styling with curling irons, flat irons and so forth. Once the two textures start to battle as it were the relaxed hair always loses, which leads to lots of hair breakage. This is unavoidable if you don’t want to do the big chop, so prepare yourself for your hair to cut itself so to speak.
So if you start getting roller sets, rod sets and straw sets you can easier camouflage your new growth at the roots with these curlier hairstyles and you avoid the hair through styling stress and tension on the previously relaxed hair. You can also ease yourself, your husband and others who know you into your new curlier, kinkier textured hair identity.