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I Am Thinking Of Going Natural...What's The Transition Process?

I am thinking of chopping off my relaxed hair and growing my natural hair but i am scared. I don't know what styles that i can do that would not make me look scruffy.

What products can i use that would make my hair soft and manageable and also grow. I have researched on products that some naturals use but they are not readily available in Nigeria. So i need naturals in Nigeria to let me know what products they are using, styles they are doing to protect their hair and about their journey.

Please help me before i start my natural journey.

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When I went natural I didn't know what to use either. Did tonnes of research and came across a few websites. One I really like was http://www.nexrastore.com/

They have a cool magazine and video clips on natural hair products.

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found this interesting blog:

http://bglhonline.com/category/naturals-from-around-the-world/page/4/

scroll down to the nigerian lady.

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Just wanted to inform you all about my journey. It has been about 7 months since i relaxed my hair and growth has been kinda of slow. I cut about 95% of the remaining relaxed portion of my hair and have been rocking weaves and ghana weaving.

Ghana weaving normally cuts my hair but my hair stylist now puts brush ( a little space) before each conrow so it does not cut it anymore.

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going natural entails you finding out what really siuts you and not trying to do what someone else did or said. going natural entails you knowing the real "you", what pisses you off or what you really adore not trying to do "photocopy"

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since i had my big chop, i've only had braids or any form of extension in for 3 months at most (i had my big chop in july last year). Granted it can be very limiting with regards to the styles i carry, my sensitive scalp won't have it any other way (if i don't wash in a week, i begin to itch badly. i must confess i haven't tried the dry shampoos though. . .)

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Love this thread, Thought I was the only one in the world who hated relaxed hair. I had to bow under pressure and relax my hair but I hate it. My sisters were always making me feel weird!

I started questioning myself when I realised my hair is at its healthiest when it is natural. I want to go all natural agian but I am seriously scared about it. Nigerians are not favourable to natural hair o. I am currently thinking of going natural and currently braided my hair in school children style and been covering it with wigs, lol

Don't know what to do as I am confused but this thread has really helped. Will keep checking it so I can decide what to do about it.

Thanks y'all,

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Well if its tiny individuals then it may pull out the hair but if its medium sized. I dont think there would be a problem.

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i guess but those edges. . . .

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Not really, remember how we did our hair in school, back to back weaving or thread and our hair was healthier, longer and fuller? It because we were not messing with the hair i.e no heat, glue, gel, dye, relaxer etc.

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doesn't continuous braiding of hair damage/weakens it?

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braids girls. this girl in my medical anthro class braided her hair for two yrs non stop omg now u need to see her hair and the best part is that she looks so beautiful and earthy that is one thing about natural hair tough or no tough i must conquer

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I feel ya, am about to get my hair permed too. Being natural is really really tough. Big Ups to women that went/are natural.

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I went back on my word. I RELAXED my hair today and i hated doing it. However it was necessary as my cousin's wedding involves me having my hair in a weave. As i am one of her bridemaids i did not want to make things complicated for her.

However i did something that would help me when i refuse to relax my hair and that was to cut almost 3/4 of the length of my hair. So for the first time in 12 years i have short hair. It is almost 5 inches long.

At least if i must relax my hair for the wedding there is no need for me to keep the length. So i guess i did a semi big chop.

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@oyinda,tanx.i rily needed dat one.lol.

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pure shea butter is ora in yoruba. that thing they use for baby rashes in naija n dry skin i think.

it's very moisturizing.

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unfortunately,av neva come across 'pure' shea butter.I mean do u procure it locally,is dere any local name 4 it

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gd pt gamine

but the criticism sef-dont pple just give up, i've been natural for 6 years and still i get remarks

i seriously DONT miss relaxers

i still struggle with tangles, how do you tackle them?. i'm always open to new ideas

Currently i've not had braids or weave in abt 3 months, last time i tried that was when my hair was shorter

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well said

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@Sissy sadly hair is not just hair anymore. Relaxed hair is not equal to natural hair. No other race permanently processes theirs to look like ours. Still, if someone wants to be relaxd, gudluck. No one should look down on anybodys choice. If its realy a bad harmful choice, one can correct with kindness not harshness and if d person decides not to listen, uve done ur part, move on.

Atleast dats wat i try to do wen i get criticsm about my hair,

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@Bimbola i transitioned but i wish i did the big chop, my hair isnt growing evenly, i may still chop it all off.

You hav a personal stylist, big galz.lol. Most Nigerian hair stylists hate natural hair, i wonder if its relaxed hair that grows from their own head and like Chimamanda Adichie said, (when she went to d salon) d hair dresser was like 'aunty! Your hair is virgin hair o, ' and they charge extra. They comb it the wrong almost cutin d whole hair off.

And like Salsera suggestd get someone that braids or twists well, i twist myself, over a movie mostly and people ask where i get my hair done.

I braided my hair too b4 d wedding, i guess thats ok.

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nobody is fighting or arguing. understand the point

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Hey! no fighting in this thread. I asked for advice not for you guys to argue.

I decided to get cornrows but i added a little attachment to my hair. It should last for 2 weeks before the wedding of my cousin.

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yea relaxed hair usually looks more professional. unfortunately

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LOL @ fl gators

as long as you dont re-touch your hair, all that relaxed part will still cut off anyway

shea butter justs keeps your hair soft anyways

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use shea butter to steam as gamine suggested, also try coconut conditioner.

then forget the regular stylists and find a regular braider. Show her how to twist - let her try it out first. remember she's to twist from the roots

Preferably make them medium sized.

finally, if you are still transitioning you may need to trim off the straight ends so the twists will hold at the ends.

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@ gaminechic, the wedding has not been held yet. I haven't told the bride yet cos i haven't seen her.

The problem that i am having now is that i am transitioning and my hair stylist is not helping me one bit. Today i went to the salon to get her to do my hair into twists but she refused saying 'it would not be fine'. I don't want to use any attachment. I just wanted my hair in twists so that i don't have to comb it always.

I am thinking of going to another stylist. Hopefully she would do it for me. Did you transition or did you do the big chop when you were going natural?

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@Bimbola

Wats happening on your turf, how was the wedding

My wedding was great, even though my friend forced a weave on me, ah the things we do for friendship.lol

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I am in desperate need of some serious advice. My cousin is getting married and i am going to be one of her bridemaids. The problem is that i might have to relax my hair for it and i don't want to.

I don't know how to tell her that i can't relax my hair and all i can do is braid my hair.

I am really in a fix.

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@ Gaminechic, thanks for the info. I knew about the natural meet up in lagos (live in lag by the way) but couldn't go because of work.

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just don't get too much stuff. u're just going to accumulate them w/o using them 'cause not all the products will work 4 u.

but your list is good tho. those are stuff ppl usually recommend for natural hair

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Shea butter, check

Emily millionaire coconut oil and herbs, check

Emilly millionaire hair fertilizer, check

Water, check, check

P.S: Check means i have got it.

Is Soya beans oil good cause i have that?

I am trying to get other things that i need like olive oil, castor oil (heard that was very good), aloe vera gel, glycerine, apple cider vinegar.

Thanks for the help folks.

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great to know you want to go natural.it's the best decision you could ever make for you hair. i've got lots of great tips from this nigerian girl on youtube and she uses natural products like shea butter and oils.she has lots of videos on the products she uses,how she uses them on her hair and the styles she does.she's great at managing her natural hair and i think you'll learn alot from her. here's one of her videos but please watch all her videos.you'll get long healthy hair in no time.she's been natural for about 6years

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how long is your new growth/unrelaxed hair? I would advice you to wear extension braids etc until your natural hair grows long enough for you to be able to twist it etc. see mohawk's links for pics of neat natural hairstyles.

mine look are scuffy to me but others seem to like it or not care. but then again i live in a different environment.

shea butter and water are the two that comes to my mind. find a spray bottle and fill it with water. use it to moisturize your hair when necessary. also use conditioner on your hair after shampooing it. always condition it and make sure to only wash your hair in braids. ie braid your hair into four parts and wash and rinse it that way to avoid tangles. also, dilute your shampoo and conditioner to prevent tangles.

when your hair is dry and you take out your braids, it'll be so much more easier to manipulate

mohawks links are helpful to look at

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~A quick search wud have given you several links to topics already discussed on Going Natural, Hair growth/transitions!! Hope these links help you on your Transition. . . . there are more Links of other threads attached to most of the links i've posted here. . .so be sure to check them out!

I Want My Hair Turned Back To Natural. Urgent Advice On Procedure.

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-246455.0.html#top

Natural Hair Pics

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-45142.0.html

Women: Would You Consider A Natural Hairdo?

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-272552.0.html

***my NATURAL hair***

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-194464.0.html

My Hair Woes

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-146324.0.html

Black Hair Does Grow. Let's Prove It!

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-201168.0.html

~ The Hair Gallery For Short, Natural, Weave Or Braids ~

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-202569.0.html

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this is starting to sound redundant.

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-271653.0.html

hair terrorists- here's a "new" recruit.

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