My Chemical Free Transition to Natural Hair
As of November 2016 I decided to transition to natural hair. My hair is naturally curly but for decades I have used chemical perms/relaxers to straighten my hair. On top of that I colored my hair using dyes that were filled with hair damaging chemicals.
My goal for the duration of my hair journey (which shall continue for as long as I have hair on my head) is to transition to chemical free styling. I’m even researching homemade shampoo recipes for both me and hubby.
My day to day maintenance is becoming more and more chemical free. Oils and Shea butters are my new best friends for treatments, cleansing, and hair growth.
Why transition to natural hair?
Well, it’s not because I don’t like my chemically straightened hair. I was even in love with my deep purple hair back in the 90’s. 🙂
It’s not because I’ve had adverse reactions to chemical relaxers. For the last few years I was still able to grow my hair long and healthy…considering.
The bottom line is, where there is actually two bottom lines. I am turned off by the chemical processing, and I am in desperate desire for a change.
The process is expensive when performed in the salon, which for me was the safest way to have it done. And while the process is permanently changing the structure of my hair, it is damaging my hair at the same time.
Yes, there are ways to recover from the damage, but the best offense is a good defense. A more proactive approach in hair care may work best for me and help me grow my hair to longer lengths.
Avoiding perms, relaxers, and hair dyes also means that I need a new plan of attack in styling and coloring my hair. Curly hair will offer more styling options, which I am excited about. And for the last few years, I have already transitioned to coloring my hair naturally.
Does this mean living with gray hair forever?
Coloring my hair naturally was actually an easy discovery. The colors I prefer over my salt and pepper tresses are brown or black. I can achieve both colors by using henna and indigo powders. These powders are plant based and can be found free of chemicals.
The process of coloring my hair with henna and indigo takes longer than a chemical hair dye, but it is so worth the wait. Henna not only dyes the hair but acts like a protein treatment and actually strengthens the hair!
How will I achieve straight hair without a chemical relaxer?
Since I will no longer straighten my hair using relaxers or texturizers, my current plan is to alternate between naturally curly hair and flat ironed straight hair.
Heat can also be damaging to the hair, but I would prefer to err on the side of heat rather than chemical damage.
It has been five months since I chemically straightened my hair and my natural texture is growing out beautifully. I could big chop and cut off my straightened hair down to the point where it is curly, but it’s a little too soon for that. 🙂 The goal is to grow my hair (as fast as I can) for another year and then cut off any straight ends at that point.
In the mean time I plan to wear curly styles like roller sets or have my hair professionally straightened (on occasion).
Stay tuned for updates on my chemical free journey and my transition to natural hair. It should be interesting and I am certain will hold many lessons to be learned.
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