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Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair: 8 Cute Styles to Wear While Your Relaxer Grows Out

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Fellow naturalistas worldwide can relate to the feelings of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. You go through years of chemically hair relaxers to realize it’s not worth it for you. Then comes the challenging process of transitioning out of the relaxer. 

The quickest way to transition to natural hair is to chop off all your relaxed hair. However, we get it; letting go of your hair is much easier said than done! Therefore, another route you can take when going natural is steadily transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. This is done by allowing your natural hair to grow and trimming your relaxed ends. 

Through the tedious and challenging process of transitioning out of natural hair, you may be wondering how you can style your growing natural hair to conceal relaxed ends.

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Here are 8 hairstyles you can wear while transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. The great part about these looks is they are easy to recreate!

1. Jumbo Braids to Conceal Relaxed Hair Ends

Girl with jumbo braids
Jumbo braids are a quick & easy protective style. Photo by Callum Shaw

Jumbo feed-in braids are a gorgeous way to protect your newly grown natural hair while hiding the relaxed hair ends at the bottom. For the best results when wearing this style, feed-in hair to the roots of your natural hair and over your relaxed ends.

This allows the braids to look neater and will prevent breakage at the line of demarcation between your natural and relaxed hair. These jumbo braids are so quick and easy to install and take out. This will make it a lot easier to take care of your transitioning hair in between wears of the style. 

2. Top Knot with Slicked Natural Hair

Girl with cuffed bun.
For a sleek look, gel your hair into a bun. Photo by Alexis Chloe

Slick up your newly grown natural hair with a  holding styling gel such as the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hair Gel to blend your natural roots with your relaxed hair ends when putting your hair in a top knot. Then, for a sleeker look and to prevent breakage at the line of demarcation, consider adding a hairpiece or weave ponytail to complete the top knot.

3. Natural Hair Cornrows with Relaxed Ends

Girl with short cornrows
Natural cornrows are a classic protective hairstyle. Photo by Idowu Emmanuel

When transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, don’t be afraid to throw your hair in cornrows for a bit to avoid extra work on styling your hair. This classic protective style allows you to keep your transitioning hair tucked away and unbothered so it can flourish. Try using hair growth oils such as Emerge Glow Off Oil Serum to help boost your hair growth process. 

Pro tip: This style can be worn with or without extensions because it does not tug or put stress on your line of demarcation. However, when you do use extensions/feed-ins, the protective style lasts longer. 

4. Crochet Hair 

Woman with Crochet Hair
Add on to your cornrows with crochet hair. Photo by Terricks Noah

Don’t want to take your cornrows out yet? Spice them up by adding crochet hair. This will allow you to keep your cornrows in longer and further protect your hair while transitioning from relaxed to natural. For increased longevity of wearing crochet hair, use SheaMoisture’s Wig & Weave Tea Tree & Borage Seed Oil Shine Spray to maintain your fresh look. 

5. Tuck Relaxed Hair into Scarves/ Headbands 

Black girl with camouflage headband
Headbands are an easy way to conceal relaxed hair ends. Photo by Nana Yaw Otoo

For days when you are running late, with no idea of how to style your transitioning natural hair, go for a headband. Then tuck the relaxed hair ends into the headband. Then, bobbi pin the tucked ends down if needed to guarantee that it won’t shift throughout the day. 

6. Wear Hats over New Grown Natural Hair

Black Girl in Trendy Red Hat
When in doubt, wear a hat. Photo by Natasha Tirtabrata

If you don’t have time and don’t feel like pinning your hair into a headband, then throw a chic hat on top of your transitioning hair for the day. You can also finish off this look by putting your hair in a low bun or ponytail to look more put together. 

7. Flat Twist Bun 

Natural Hair Updo
This natural hairstyle is chic for everyday wear. Photo by Kadarius Seegars

Are you going for a cute business-casual look? You should try flat twisting a piece of your hair’s front and then putting the remaining hair in a bun. When wearing this style in a low bun, you don’t necessarily have to worry about adding extensions to protect the line of demarcation. Also, this is a beautiful style if you want to use the most minimal amount of hair product and gels possible. 

8. Ponytails over Relaxed Ends

Girl with High Ponytails
Extension Ponytails help to cover up relaxed ends. Photo by Vladimir Yelizarov

 A more dressed-up way to conceal relaxed hair in a high ponytail. However, be sure to limit the number of times you wear tight ponytails to prevent stunting your hair growth. 

Although transitioning relaxed to natural hair is a tough and tedious process, cute, functional, and protective hairstyles are not unachievable. Let loose and have fun with the journey as you continue to let your newly forming curls and coils flourish. 

Will you try out any of these hairstyles as you transition from relaxed to natural hair? Show us by tagging @AllThingHairUS. 

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