What to Expect in Your First Year Relaxer Free: Month Six to Twelve

What to Expect in Your First Year Relaxer Free: Month Six to Twelve

So you’ve made it to month 6. Congratulations! Transitioning your hair from relaxed to natural can be a lengthy process, but the outcomes are well worth it. In this blog post, I continue my previous post by offering some suggestions and tips on what to expect during months 6-9 of your transition.

What to Expect Months 6-9:

Significant new growth
Your new growth should now be very visible – probably in the length of 6 to 8 inches. In fact, you will likely have no more relaxed hair at the back of your head by now. This is an exciting turning point! Embrace your new kinks and curls. 

New styling techniques
There are three important things to remember during this stage: shampoo your hair at least once per week, get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks, and refrain from using heavy moisturizers. 

Test out new looks
If you’d like, it’s fine to continue to wear your hair straight. But if you’d like to start trying out new styles, now is the time. Have some fun with your natural hair and embrace your new texture.

What to Expect Months 9 – 12:

Turned the corner
At this point, you’ve past the major hurdle and turned a corner. Your hair is now more natural than relaxed and it should be easier to manage. Your styles are likely lasting longer – especially if you’ve been shampooing regularly.

New styling techniques
It’s important to keep up with regular trims. Every 6 to 8 weeks you should be visiting a salon for maintenance. 

Going natural is a journey.  It’s a journey that will take patience and regular maintenance in order to benefit from all the joys of natural hair – from its versatility, to its health to its beauty. Having a solid plan, a trusted stylist and willingness to learn about your own hair will go a long way toward achieving a smooth transition!


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  1. April 20, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    6-8 inches of new growth in the first 6-9 months? that's 1 inch plus of new growth every month….
    that's not realistic……..

    • April 20, 2015 / 11:10 pm

      For some folks it is. we are all different. It is not reality for me but I've seen others who have done it. Thanks for sharing.

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