Transitioning to Natural - Interview with Jevata

8:07 AM Keenya Kelly 5 Comments

From Niki:
What suggestions or advice would you give to a women who are transitioning and
having a hard time finding different styles?

For women who are transitioning out of a relaxer towards an all natural look I would first recommend a consultation with a professional stylist. This would allow the individual to share a little bit about their personal lifestyle which contribute to creating looks or deciding on a style that supports that persons needs. Secondly, I would ask them to consider a variety of textured looks that would not expose the line of demarcation (where the chemically treated hair stops and the natural texture begins). Browsing thru pictures might inspire them to try a haircut that provides versatility while reducing the styling time by creating a shape first! Often times I think if we start with a great cut, that does not always require one to lose all of their length, makes the styling process a lot easier. The cut really is the foundation on which the styles are shaped by. The idea is to work smarter and not harder. Enjoy the transition and be willing to explore your options.


  1. I am transitioning and have been relaxer free since July '10. I have a hard time finding styles to suite me. I have thinning sides. What types of styles do you suggest to minimize the line of demarcation?
    Also are there any particular products that you would suggest for a transitioning naturalista?
    Sabrina C.

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  3. Three years ago, I began the natural hair journey. Initially, I transitioned by doing the blow outs. Eventually, I got restless and could no longer stand the shedding and the visible demarcation. So, I cut all my relaxer out, going from a shoulder-length head of hair to a short ‘fro. Eventually, I hit another road block...FITNESS. I started running and training for marathons. I could not maintain my hairstyles and my appearance for work. So, I went back to the relaxer. My hair has suffered greatly. It breaks very easily, is extremely dry and hasn't seemed to recover, particularly in my "trouble spots" (the crown of my head). I'm not sure if it's worthwhile to try to start the natural process again, or if I should accept that natural isn't conducive for my lifestyle (fitness, children, etc) and maintained my relaxed hair. I realize it’s a personal decision. I’m more concerned about whether the back and forth, natural to relaxed dance would be more detrimental to my already damaged hair.

  4. From Jevata: Hello,
    We thank you for sharing your experience with us about your process. I don't believe that the back and forth from natural to relaxed hair is creating any problems for your hair. Whether relaxed or natural its imperative that you see a professional stylist who can assist you with creating a regimen that will get your hair to its optimum health. Deep conditioners that hydrate and moisturize while strengthening your tresses will surely help you during your hair journey. As it relates to your weak spots this can be looked into by a dermatologists and a hair care professional. Sometimes this can be genetics or stress related, in addition to a host of other possibilities that are difficult to conclude with so little information. Also its a good idea to consult with a physician about supplements and drug free remedies using vitamins, and minerals. If you are relaxing your hair at home, consider visiting a salon for relaxers, deep conditioners, and scheduled haircuts and trims. I pray that this information is helpful as you explore this exciting journey.

  5. Question for Jevata: I am in the process of transitioning and I do not want to become a product junkie. I recently purchased some products and had some concerns about the ingredients that were in them. Plus, the shelf life was only thirty 30 days. What type of products do you recommend that I use and that are not too expensive. There are so many products on the market that you can become overwhelmed.