How to Care for Your Hair While Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural

Hair transition is the process of growing out natural hair while gradually cutting off the chemically treated or relaxed ends. This process is commonly done by people who have been relaxing their hair for a long time and decide to return to their natural hair texture. During the transition, the hair may have two different textures – the natural hair texture and the relaxed hair texture – which can make it challenging to style and maintain.

Hair transition can be exhausting, as the two hair textures require extra care and attention. The goal of the transition is to grow out the natural hair while gradually trimming off the relaxed hair, resulting in healthy and entirely natural hair. This process requires patience, dedication, and proper hair care, such as keeping the hair moisturized, avoiding heat, and protecting the hair from damage. However, with the right hair care products and regimen, you can ensure your hair stays healthy and strong during the transition.

In this article, we’ll go over some tips on how to care for your hair while transitioning from relaxed to natural, including being gentle with your hair, keeping it moisturized, avoiding heat, protecting your hair, trimming your ends, and being patient.

Here are a few tips that can help you during your hair transition journey:

Be Gentle with Your Hair: When transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, your hair is prone to breakage. This is because of the two-hair texture on your hair. So, avoiding combing or brushing your hair while it’s dry is advised, as it can lead to hair breakage and damage. Instead, apply a moisturizer first, then use a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush to detangle your hair gently, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. If you encounter knots, take your time to work them out gently without yanking or pulling.

Keep Your Hair Moisturized: Moisturizing your hair is vital to keeping it healthy during the transition. Use a deep conditioning treatment on wash days to restore moisture to your hair and keep it soft and healthy. Also, use leave-in conditioners and oils daily to keep your hair hydrated and prevent breakage. Look for products that contain natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter, as these are great for keeping your hair moisturized.

Avoid Heat: Heat can damage your hair, especially during the transition from relaxed to natural hair. Avoid using hot tools such as flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers. If you must use heat, use a heat protectant and lower the temperature to avoid damage. Try air-drying your hair as much as possible, and avoid using heat on your hair as it grows out.

Wear Protective Styles: Protective styling is a great way to protect your hair during the transition. Braids, twists, and weaves can help to protect your hair from breakage and damage. However, be careful not to style your hair too tightly, as this can cause tension and damage your hairline.

Trim Your Ends: Trimming your ends is essential during the transition. As you notice new hair growth, trim the relaxed ends to prevent split ends and breakage. Aim to trim your ends every 8-12 weeks to keep your hair healthy. This will also help to ensure that your hair grows out evenly.

Be Patient: Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair takes time, and it’s essential to be patient with yourself and your hair. Don’t compare your hair to others; remember that everyone’s hair journey is different. It can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years for your hair to fully transition, so keep going even if you don’t see results immediate.

Products to Use During the transition phase:

Using the right hair care products during a hair transition is crucial for maintaining healthy and strong hair. Products that promote hair growth, retain hair moisture, prevent hair damage, ease the transition process, and enhance hair texture can help ensure a successful transition from relaxed to natural hair.

Mara Cruiz Afro-Textured & Natural Hair Range products can significantly help you to transition from relaxed to natural hair. Here are some of the products from the range that can be particularly helpful during this process:

Moisturizing Natural Shampoo:

natural shampoo

This shampoo is specially formulated to cleanse your hair gently without stripping it of its natural oil, which is essential when transitioning to natural hair. It contains ingredients such as a blend of African black soap with natural hair-loving oils and extracts, which nourish and cleanse your hair.

Moisturizing Rinse Out Conditioner:

This conditioner provides deep hydration and nourishment to your hair, making it easier to manage and reduce breakage. It is formulated to detangle, strengthen and nourish hair strands. It softens the hair for easy manageability and eliminates frizz.

2-1 Leave-in Conditioner:

2 in 1 leave in conditioner

This is perfect for transitioning hair, as it helps to detangle and soften it, making it easier to manage. This 2-1 Leave-in Conditioner help melts away knots & tangles by softening your hair for easy manageability. It improves your hair elasticity, thereby drastically reducing hair breakage when detangling. It revives dry, dull, and brittle hair by imparting moisture, nourishing, and strengthening hair strands.

Hair Growth Stimulator Oil:

Hot oil treatment

This herbal-infused oil is formulated to reduce hair loss & breakage. The herbs and oils in this formula were carefully selected as they have proven to stimulate hair growth over time. It also revives weak & damaged hair and thickens hair.

Intense Moisture Deep Conditioner:

relaxed hair

This Deep Conditioner helps restore moisture, strengthens, and improves hair elasticity. This formula is specifically formulated with moisture-boosting ingredients to reinforce your hair cuticle during the transition phase, improve hair elasticity and foster healthier and stronger hair. It revitalizes damaged and weak hair and boosts shine.


  • Keep your hair moisturized with Leave-in Conditioner and Hair oil.
  • Avoid using heat tools like flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers, as they can cause damage to your hair.
  • Protective styling can help to protect your hair from breakage and damage.
  • Trimming your ends regularly will help prevent split ends and breakage as your hair grows.
  • Be patient, and don’t compare your hair journey to others.
  • Everyone’s hair is different, and it can take time to transition to natural hair fully.

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