New Beginnings

By Erma W.

When it comes to our hair journeys, we are quite familiar with new beginnings:  a new haircut, a new hair color, a new hairstyle.  However, what happens when you have a new “everything”?  I’m talking about transitioning.  Practically everyone knows about transitioning, but we typically regard it as a one-time occurrence.  Sometimes we transition again, and again, and again.  It may take many times for us to finally get it right.  A thorough assessment of what didn’t stick may help to make the transition “final”.  Here are some points to consider:

1.  You weren’t ready.  Perhaps you began transitioning only to discover that you wanted to rock your relaxed hair a bit longer.  It happens, and it’s okay.  Everything must be done in its own time.

2.  You didn’t know what to do.  There’s a lot to handle with transitioning:  weak strands, especially along the line of demarcation (the point where the new growth and relaxed hair meet), multiple textures, breaking and dry hair, etc.  You might’ve been dealing with all of these (and many more) issues without a clear solution.  Thankfully, you can retrieve information from the abundance of blogs, magazines, forums, meetup groups, and hairstylists.  Use these resources to understand all of your options and make the best decision for YOU.

3.  You were overwhelmed.  I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating:  transitioning is a lot.  The time factor and the multiple changes your hair endures can be too much.  In fact, it may be so much that your best option may be to big chop (cut off all of your relaxed hair).  Once you cut the relaxed portion of your hair, you no longer have to worry about managing your natural and non-natural hair.  You’ll only have to concern yourself with how to nurture your natural tresses.

Here’s hoping you begin again with clarity!

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