Hope you all are doing well.
As some of you may know, my sister is transitioning from relaxed to natural.
What prompted her to transition was her last relaxer. The stylist (at Monica Todd Salon in Boston) overprocessed her hair SO much that it became so thin and lifeless. I put the salon out there because there is no excuse for a professional salon, that charges an extraordinary amount of money, to do that.
But this transition has made her hair the healthiest it's been for a while, so I guess MT did her a favor.
Anyway, her yearly regimen was as follows:
September- November: Wash, deep condition, roller-set, wear hair down or in a ponytail. By the second and third month she would get her roots flat-ironed
November - February: Kinky Twists with added hair
February- June: Detangle, Wash, Deep Condition, Airdry every 2-4 weeks.
Wear hair in a bun or clipped up ( this was the hardest stage for her).
June- September- Kinky twists with added hair
She has been relaxed for about 15 years straight, no off period, so she is pretty used to straight hair and it does look good on her(not to mention it is more manageable for her while straight). So, she will most likely be a straight hair natural, well until her natural hair is a little longer.
For the remainder of her transition, which may be for about 6 months, she will get hair straightened at the salon monthly.
This is her hair at the one year mark after being heat free for 9 months:
Did a Protein Deep Conditioner
A moisturizing deep conditioner
a black rinse
Blow-dried (using plenty of heat protectant)
flat ironed (using plenty of heat protectant)
trimmed off about 1-1.5 inches
This was her hair after taking out the last set of kinky twists and the day before getting her hair straightened:
Shrinkage is real y'all!