Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural: Day 1

Hello there! There are probably a million blogs out there talking about this topic, and I'll be using most of them to help with my journey. But I wanted to chronicle my own crazy hair struggles so that I could see the results over time, and not be left in doubt as to my progress. So let's start with a little hair history and stats. My hair is VERY thick, the thickest I've encountered so far. For many years, it was also long, reaching down to about my bra strap. Then about eight months ago, I cut it to less than shoulder length, and I've been pretty happy with it. But having not had a chance to go to my stylist for a bit, and not knowing what to do with my now neglected relaxed hair, I thought back to my friends who had gone natural and tried to convince me to do the same over the years. And instead of the instinctive, "Hell no!" as the question sprung to my head, the whisper, "Why not?" crept in.

So after 11 years of chemically treating my hair, i'm going to gradually transition to natural hair, chronicling my progress for at least 365 days. Luckily my stylist, whom I adore, also does natural hair and has agreed to help me in this endeavor. I will change my hair products such as shampoo and conditioner, stop using relaxer. and generally just try to protect and treat my hair until it grows strong again.

Here are the hair products I've picked up so far, which i used for the first time today:


Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkge Hydrating Soak Shampoo

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restoratie Conditioner

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Curl Defining Crème Glaze

All pretty self explanatory. This is a mixture of what was available at my CVS and what I could find that people online recommended. Hopefully it'll work, particularly the styling crème, since I struggle with holding a curl.

This is my hair on Day One of my adventure. Washed, conditioned, braided for an hour or so, but mostly left to air dry with my curling agent applied liberally.


Not bad for a start! See you tomorrow for Day 2!