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Transition From Permed to Natural Hair Using Extensions!

Transition From Permed to Natural Hair Using Extensions!

How To Transition from Permed to Natural Hair Using Extensions


Making the transition from perm to natural will be a difficult, yet smart decision. Women across the world are educating themselves daily about learning to go from permed/relaxed hair to natural tresses. Whether you have rocked the relaxed style for a few years and want to try something new or just want to switch things up for a bit. We’re going to help you transition from relaxed to natural hair by using extensions. Extensions are hair pieces that add volume and length to your hair pattern. Most women prefer to rock hair extensions in relaxed styles to their shoulders or in fun updo’s. Hair extensions enhance your beauty and emphasize your individual personality.

In this article, we'll share with how to make your transition from permed to natural hair with extensions a smooth experience. Don’t worry, we won’t leave a hair out of place.


Let’s talk about why you’re deciding to leave behind your permed hair.  What are relaxers? Relaxers contain harsh chemicals that penetrate your hair during application. Most people in the African American use relaxers to straighten their kinky coils to make them easier to style. From as early as five years old, relaxers are used in the hair. Due to the harsh and strong nature of the chemicals, it’s highly recommended that you don’t allow the chemical to touch the skin. While inside the hair, the chemical begins to burn and irritate the scalp. Usually, this is an indication that the relaxer has been applied successfully and it’s time to wash and shampoo. In recent years, with the frequent videos of people sharing the health benefits of staying away from relaxers. More women are embracing their natural hair and removing the habit of perming/relaxing their hair every six weeks.


How Long Does a Perm Last?

Putting a perm in your hair can take one to two hours, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. And whewww chile!!!! Dont let that sucker start burning Lol!!! Stylist will apply a single chemical solution to break the structural bonds in your hair, and another called a "neutralizer." Most perms generally last about six months. Unlike some hair color, a perm won't wash out, it must grow out.

Although the products are still sold in stores and stylist use it when requested, more people are requesting extensions to support their natural hair. For many decades, women have used extensions to spice up or test out a new style. The good thing about transitioning your hair from a perm to the natural state is that the stylist is better equipped to help you transition. It’s highly recommended to consult a professional stylist when considering transitioning from perm to natural.


How to take care of your natural hair?

Don’t assume the hard work is over once you begin to allow the perm to grow out of your hair. Not so fast. Don’t assume that just because you are in a transitional phase that it’s okay to let your hair do its own things. Believe it or not, natural hair requires maintenance and special attention. You’re going to have to pinch your budget a little bit when it comes to taking care of your natural hair. It can be a bit costly when you are first starting out with your transition. One of the reasons being is because you will have to test drive a few products to see exactly what works and doesn’t. Those natural hair products have excellent nutrients and vitamins for your hair. Yet, they all don’t come in a packaged deal. Don’t be shocked by the sticker. Shop around, educate yourself, and ask other natural women for product recommendations.

Once you learn your curl pattern, purchase the right products for your hair and take the time to care for your hair – your hair will begin to grow. Then, it just becomes a waiting game.


During this time, it can be stressful to style the awkward stages aka the not-shoulder length hair or overgrown Afro. The great thing about natural hair at any stage is the versatility your hair provides.

How to transition natural hair with extensions?


Choosing the right hair extension is similar to dating. Sure, you have a few options of guys to choose from. Despite how cute they are in the beginning. You will have to go through a few bad apples before you find the right one for you. Selecting the right extensions comes down to your style preference, budget, and knowledge for maintaining your extensions. Nowadays, it’s common for women to wear extensions with their natural hair. Occasionally some women miss the mark by tossing a wig on their heads and jumping from one style to the next. Rocking your hair in any style is always fun and exciting. We want you to keep these excellent tips in mind while you go from curly to short or bantu knots and a ponytail.

1. Regularly shampoo and condition your hair and extensions.

This is a major one for a lot of women who have transitioned. While your extensions are easily able to be removed and set to dry. It’s just as important to remember to regularly shampoo and condition your natural hair. Your natural hair needs tender love and care on a regular basis. When you ignore your natural hair, you begin to develop a dry scalp, collaged pores, and poor hair habits that could damage your roots for a long time. Just remember to wash your natural hair at least once or twice every two weeks between hairstyles.

2. Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize.

When was the last time you moisturize your natural hair? Hopefully every day if you’re taking your hair journey seriously. A lot of naturalistas will tell you that the reason they are able to rock extensions is because they remember to moisturize their natural hair. Your hair is just as important as drinking water daily. Sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol, petroleum and mineral oil cause buildup, are drying, pore-clogging and moisture-blocking. Pick up some products that contain great moisturizers like olive oil and jojoba oil.

3. Take your vitamins.

Yep, your vitamins are essential in your journey for transitioning to a natural lifestyle. Our hair goes through many trials and products to help us maintain a look, so you’re going to need some backup. That back up is packed with essential nutrients inside a pill that will boost your growth and volume of your hair. You don’t have time for split ends, gap edges or thinning hair frequently. You want to be able to support your natural hair with a healthy lifestyle.

4. Trim your ends.

Take a break in between wearing extensions and trim your ends. That's right! You still need to trim your ends. Skipping this important step can lead to a loss of moisture and hinder hair growth.


Are you rocking a wig, weave, or extensions this fall? We sure hope so. But, while you’re changing the world in your high heeled pumps. We want you to be mindful of the decisions you’re making for your hair-story. Our hair is apart of self-expression and we want you to be able to say it loudly from across the room.


How you go about transitioning depends a lot on your natural curl type, the length of your hair, your overall comfort and your end goals. There are a lot of great products on the market that will help heal and repair damaged locks while you grow out your natural crown. Along with repair aids, invest in oils and lotions that will keep your hair and scalp moisturized. Educate yourself on all the current hair trends, embrace the benefits of not relaxing your hair, and feed your hair with good vitamins, shampoo, and moisturize. Remember, you’re apart of a great hair community. Don’t feel overwhelmed or pressured to figure everything out all at once. Ask questions and experiment with your style. Give yourself the time you need to care for your hair properly so that the hair you have at the end of your transition is healthy and easy to maintain. This is after all your hair journey and you should enjoy it. Trust the process!


Natural hair can seem overwhelming at first, but with a little help and a few YouTube tutorials you will be a pro in no time. Don’t be afraid to try new things with your natural hair. Be mindful of coloring or harsh chemicals as this may stunt the growth process. With good advice and the help from the natural community, you’re bound to enjoy and appreciate your new transition. Taking proper care of your natural hair while transitioning can yield excellent results in hair growth!

Below is three years of transformation! I went from brittle breaking hair to a head full of healthy hair! 


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  • tanya: November 10, 2018

    Great informative post !

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