An email from April:
Hi-so I am transitioning back to natural from locs-but how do I know if my texture is 4a or 4b?
April, congrats on starting your transitioning journey. Honestly, I’m kind of over the whole hair typing deal. It really never helped me with anything. Words like “kinky” “coarse” “thick” help me better decide the care for my hair than the hair typing system does. There is no system that can accurately describe my hair, it’s unique.
To answer your question, here is a guide provided by naturallycurly.com. Good luck to you!
A comment from Felecia:
Awesome website! I have been transitioning since Oct ’09 , and just did the BC yesterday. I am so lost as far as what I should do with my hair. I have about 2 inches of new growth. I wore wigs for most of my transitioning stage. I believe I have two textures in my hair. Its curly in the middle, however the front isnt as curly. Does this last long? Will all of my hair eventually be curly? Help me out girl!
Felicia, congrats on your BC! First, I must ask if you used heat during your transition at all? Sometimes straighter hair can be from overuse of heat and also the use of henna, which can loosen the curl pattern.
If none of that applies, then you may just have a looser hair pattern there naturally. I have two suggestions. First, you can try to twist or coil the section that don’t curl with your finger while your hair is wet. Undo the twists or separate the coils once your hair has dried a bit. Second, you can try scrunching that hair to encourage it to curl.
When my hair was shorter, I would scrunch on occasion. I don’t do it as much as I rarely wear wash n go styles any longer. You can use a good gel or gel like product if you like, in addition to scrunching.
What is scrunching, you might ask? Essentially, it’s taking small sections of hair and pressing the ends towards your head. You want to make sure that your hair is wet when you do this and, as I said earlier, containing a product for extra hold.
Hope that helps….and perhaps someone may have some other suggestions for you.
Comments from Blatina from the style options area:
Hi, thanks for sharing these pics. I have been natural for over ten years (locs) but am taking down my locs and looking into styles that I might want to wear. On the large braid braidout, how many braids did you do? Also when straight ironing your hair how do you do the back of your head (the kitchen area)? My hair is pass my shoulders but at the nape of my neck the hair is short. I can’t imagine doing that part without a hot comb.
Oh, also, what type of heat protectant do you use when straight ironing your hair and what kind of straight iron do you use?
Hey Blatina, here is the post where I showed how I did my braidout, including what products I used.
To answer your question about the straightening of my nape, the answer is “with tender loving care” and that goes for my edges as well. In fact, sometimes I will not even completely straighten my edges. They are very delicate from all the relaxing I’ve done in my life. My napes has fully recovered, and is one of the longest sections of my hair. However, I still treat it with care. It has come too far from the little nub of hair that used to be there for me to mess it up now. I run the flat iron over it once, very gently, and that’s it. You may also try rolling it beforehand to help it get straighter without so much heat.
This doesn’t get it super straight, but it’s still nice and healthy. The flat iron I’m currently using is called the Maxiglide, you can see my review of it here. I have used several different heat protectants and you can view all of my adventures in straightening through these posts.
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