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I’ve been thinking about transitioning my hair to its natural curly waves for a while. Each September, after the summer heat finally disappears and my roots calm down, I reminisce about my childhood wavy locs. I’ve always classified myself as semi-natural. Meaning, since I can remember I’ve only had a relaxer treatment 2 maybe 3 times a year. Just to tame the roots of my hair, more so in the summer time. Maryland humidity makes for a very unpleasant happy hour. Going “chemical free” is no easy task for me especially since my grey hairs have a stubborn side.

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As summer months approaches us, the dreadful thought of poofed out roots doesn’t make me a happy fashionista. So I started thinking. What could I do to stay on my natural path? Here’s 5 things I am going to try this season to ease that transition. Hopefully I won’t by left with natural regrets.

  • Cornrows are my personal favorite. They’re vacation and pool side friendly. They’re bedtime friendly. They’re pretty much just awesome to me. Here recently celebrities have been seen sporting individual braids. Although it takes me way too far back into my high school days, this might last me through a large part of the summer months. Goddess braids are my second fav and depending on how long your locs are this is the best option for you too. 
  • Two strand twists are a slightly tedious task but well worth it for the outcome. I recommend this for individuals with long thick or course hair like myself. If your hair is thin or short this isn’t the option for you. You will waste time trying to achieve the unachievable. I’ve only tried this once and it was on a Sunday night. It took about 2 hours for the whole process and lasted me until Tuesday. 
  • Not really an option for my 9-5 day BUT head accessories are great for evening wear. Headbands, fedoras, and Turbans (my uber fav) all can mask those out of control roots.
  • I don’t really recommend weaves but some natural heads swear by these. If you do opt for this please remember to consult with a good weaveologist who can keep your edges healthy. Nothing is worst than claiming to be natural but it’s all damaged goods underneath because of a bad weave. 
  • Ultimately the best way to go natural is just to release your locs of the chemicals and cut it ALL off. Some choose to cut it out little but little and others just grab the issue by the balls and chop.. chop.. chop..



FOR NOW (and there’s absolutely no guarantee) I am resisting the urge to straighten my roots. I will at least hold out until July. Perhaps I will rock some turbans and cornrows next month during my Vegas vacay.  I see a trip to the beauty store in my future.


Have you recently “gone natural” or are you transitioning into this trend? Chime in with your tips!

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11 Comments

  1. April 24, 2011 / 12:36 pm

    TY YOU CAN DO IT!! Of course it won’t be easy, but hair worth working for is hair worth having! 🙂 Of course I’m not in the transitioning phase, but i did transition my hair during the HOT and humid Texas heat! So, you can do it!!

  2. Gorgeous In Grey
    April 24, 2011 / 1:03 pm

    🙁 I am feeling the itch to straighten my hair. Which is why I finally posted this (wrote last week). Le Sigh!

  3. April 25, 2011 / 9:14 am

    Aww I hope you stay natural, I love natural hair. I think it’s funny that white girls usually want afro hair and black girls want straight hair. Another blogger, LoveBrownSugar went natural as well as a friend of mine and I love their hair! I think you should fight the urges as best as you can. I like all the ideas except the weave. Turbans are quite popular right now and you can get creative with cornrows 🙂

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      April 25, 2011 / 9:22 am

      We all want the opposite, LOL! The summer kills me. I may invest in some turbans & get some cornrows. Its really hard for me to find fake hair that matchs my grey?! 🙁

  4. April 25, 2011 / 9:52 am

    Hey Ty! First of all, love your blog, I’m a big fan. I think your grey hair would be absolutely stunning natural. I’m in atl so I hear you about the hot, humid summers—but for me, that’s the easiest time to manage natural hair–just wash and go and let it do what it do. Great post, thx.

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      April 25, 2011 / 10:46 am

      Awwh thanks Lola! I am currently on the search for some hair with grey that closely matches mine. I think I’ll be getting cornrows. Hopefully I won’t get a massive headache, Le Sigh! XOXO

  5. April 26, 2011 / 9:52 pm

    I have naturally curly hair but I just hate it curly so for the first time in my life I’m trying a “Weave” for an extended amount of time and dare I say yup I like whipping my weave lol 😉 I do wanna feel my scalp at times though ha!

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      April 27, 2011 / 11:52 am

      IDK if I am going to make it to July! I am suffering already with poofy roots. UGH! I thought about getting a weave BUT since my hair is grey and brown it’s hard to find hair to match.

  6. Tashia Pookums
    April 29, 2011 / 1:01 pm

    Hey girl!!!! I just transitioned on Tuesday.. The last time I had a perm was in November… After all of the heat and humidity were have been having.. I decided to just chop it off… Esp since I found myself going to the hairdressers to get it done every 5 days… And the way gas prices are rising this will save me $140 a month. So Off with my hair! I have the “off with your hair look” But maybe try Bantu Knots and then take them out to get that Traci Ellis Ross look!!!

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      May 1, 2011 / 7:16 pm

      Awwh kudos to you for chopping it all off! Le sigh, I am not there just yet. I haven’t given up just yet & my friends over at Sierra Conney Salon have been keeping me looking gorgeous!

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