Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair can be rough, and learning how to style your newly two-textured hair is a whole new learning curve that requires a whole new set of skills and habits.
One important habit to drop? Using heat on your hair regularly. To avoid heat damage, you definitely want to stay away from trying to blend your new curly growth with your old, relaxed hair by straightening or curling every day. That's where these transitional styles come in!
Let's take a look at 8 gorgeous styles that will keep you sane, save you time, and keep your hair healthy while you grow out your relaxer!
1. The Braid-Out
Braid-outs are perfect for transitioning hair, since whatever leftover relaxed hair you have will blend in seamlessly with your natural hair once you take out your braids. What's great about this style is that it's as simple as it sounds. Simply braid your hair into 6-8 sections before you go to bed, take them out in the morning, and you'll be all set.
2. The Headscarf
Although this isn't
tech nically a hairstyle, scarves are a life and time saver during your transition period and beyond! If your still-relaxed ends are acting up, simply twist them up into one of your favorite scarves, and no one ever has to know about it.
3. Twist-And-Roll Curls
This style is a little more time-intensive, but the cuteness payoff for these "ultimate curls" is incredible, and any texture inconsistencies you have throughout your hair will be masked by your new big, bouncy curl pattern.
4. Marley Twists
If styling your two-textured hair every day seems daunting, thank goodness for Marley twists. Four hours at a salon (ok, who are kidding...eight hours) and a few packs of hair later, and you won't have to worry about your hair for at least a month and a half.
5. Box Braids
Speaking of protective styles that will save you time and frustration, box braids will always come through when you need a break from daily styling.
6. The Goddess Braid
We already know our hair is our crown, but this style will have you feeling like a legit princess, and it's easier than it looks. Watch the tutorial above for help creating this pretty hair halo!
7. The Twist-Out
This style is a classic in the Transition Toolbox, and is a surefire way to achieve poppin' curls status. Keep in mind though, that because this style provides a bit less definition than a braid-out, it should be used only when you're further into your transition and don't have as much straight hair left.
8. Pigtail Buns
Putting your hair into buns is a cute, easy way to tuck your straight ends away, and takes practically no time at all!