Not cutting off all of the relaxed ends
My advice is that if you are intending to do the BC, go ahead and get rid of all the relaxed ends. When my best friend did my BC I asked her to leave a bit of relaxed hair on the ends, mostly because I was uncomfortable about the length or lack thereof.
Well, I ended up cutting them off anyway over the course of the next month because they were dry and brittle compared to my natural hair. My curls also did not show up as well with the relaxed bits still hanging on. It was hard to style it because styles like twists need to curl or coil at the end and with straight ends it ain’t happening!
And finally it just looked a hot mess, as you can see by the picture above.
Waiting too long to start transitioning
I thought about “going natural” for literally years before I actually took steps to do it. I always get mad at myself when I think about where my hair would be now if I’d started a few years ago. But I guess the important thing is that I did go ahead and do it and my hair is doing well.
I’m not recommending that anyone go out and BC the minute they consider going natural, but if it’s always on your mind, if you look at natural heads with envy, if you wonder what you hair would look like…maybe it’s time to get more serious about transitioning now rather than later.
Flat Ironing my hair to death!
During transitioning I either did twist outs or flat ironed. I’d always flat ironed my hair on the highest temperature I could get the iron on, and of course I continued this horrible practice while transitioning. I have a friend currently who is transitioning and burned off a good chunk of her hair by flat ironing so much. I cringe when I think about the damage I could’ve done to my hair.
If you do decide to flat iron, please do it on the lowest setting possible and use a heat protectant. Another good thing to do is to smooth the new growth out by roller setting and then lightly going over the hair with a flat iron once it’s dry. Really, I think my hair is more resilient to heat than most people, but I’m not taking any chances.
Maybe a Part 4 incoming!
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