Embracing Kinky! – Transitioning in Style

“I remember when I started doing my hair myself—I cut bangs, and I started curling my hair and pressing it, literally, with an iron … The girls from Destiny’s Child, we would put our hair on the ironing board, and iron it, which is so crazy! My mom was like, ‘We have to get you out of your own hair, because you are destroying it!’”- Beyonce Knowles

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Yes, believe it or not, and as shocking as it seems, Beyonce is not totally perfect, and may even experience the same hair dilemmas as the rest of us.  And whilst admittedly she may often have a team of eager stylists at hand to put that single stray hair back into its perfect place, even Ms Knowles will have times when she worries about how her hair is behaving.

So if you have decided that the time has come to go back to your natural hair after a period of it being relaxed, how exactly can you make the transition as smooth as possible, without the luxury of a celebrity stylist on tap?

 No doubt, once you have made the decision to return to the natural you, you will be desperate for it to happen overnight. But just like most things in life, dramatic results simply won’t happen that quickly. As such, planning for the period from relaxed hair to natural hair can make it a far less stressful process, with a very rewarding end result.

The best way to go from relaxed to natural is to grow it out. This may seem a laborious task that will no doubt mean a few bad hair days, but there are simple ways of remaining stylish throughout the process.  If you like an up style, now is the perfect time to indulge. This doesn’t have to mean a simple ponytail, but can mean fish plaits, buns, braids and twists. 2013 is the year of the extravagant and eccentric, so you can carry off that 80’s retro style without fear of being mocked.  Braiding is bang on trend and also a great way of disguising unruly hair. Smooth and sleek, inclusive of the wet look, has been very evident on the catwalks and is another way of not letting others know you are going through a hair transition. And even the ponytail has been the subject of a fashion overhaul, with the low ponytail being both a naturally achieved yet glamorous look, as well as being easy to do.

There are also other ways of dealing with hair that is not at its peak condition and appearance. It may seem obvious, but now is the ideal time to experiment with wigs. Bold fashion statements are very 2013, so embrace the trend whilst instantly transforming your look into the bargain. Or why not wear a hat –  berets can cover a full head of hair with relative ease and come in a wealth of styles, materials and colours, so you can express your personality easily and comfortably.

If you are desperate to restore your hairs natural condition as soon as possible, then consider cutting away the relaxed areas in one go. The pixie crop is still very much with us but can be worn longer for more individual definition.

But if you really crave length, add extensions to a short style so no one need know what is happening with your own natural hair until it has grown to your desired length.

Whether you’re relaxed, natural or transitioning we would love to hear your experiences, so use the space below to tell us your story.

Zara x

 

 

 

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