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From Permed to Natural

If your child’s hair is permed and you want to grow it out, then there are a couple of options available to you: transitioning and big chopping. There are pros and cons to each method, however, most parents choose to transition because their curly cuties aren’t quite ready to chop off all of the permed ends and rock a TWA.


Transitioning is the process of eliminating chemical treatments and allowing the hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically processed ends.

Most parents trim about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch of their child’s relaxed ends away every month to slowly grow out their relaxer; this also helps to keep breakage at bay and it gives your child’s hair a more healthy appearance.

Pros of transitioning your child’s permed hair:

  • You will have time to really understand and learn more about your child’s hair type.
  • If your child refuses to part with their long locs, then you can avoid that adjustment period by
    transitioning and not waiting for your child’s hair to grow back.
  • You time to practice your protective styling skills

Cons of transitioning your child’s hair:

  • The texture of their hair will not be consistent: which means if you try a Wash N’ Go hairstyle, the ends will look straight while the rest of the hair is curly.
  • The process of transitioning takes longer than if you just did “the big chop”.

The Big Chop

The Big Chop is for those who want to be natural now. It entails cutting off all of the relaxed hair and wearing a TWA (teeny weeny afro).

Pros of the Big Chop

  • You have a consistent hair texture as opposed to transitioning where you have to deal with two.
  • There are no long waits to go natural; your hair is returned to its natural state as soon as your relaxed hair is chopped off.
  • With a big chop you have a fresh start no chemically processed hair and no split ends.

Cons of the Big Chop

  • There is a longer wait to grow your hair longer
  • Learning to deal with an entirely new texture on the spot
  • Coming up with new short natural hairstyles.

At the end of the day, the choice should be made between you and your child. Go with what makes your child the most comfortable. There is no right or wrong way for you child to go natural, just as long as they get there!

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  1. Iyanna lemons

    July 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    My daughter is 12 years old and she wants to transition to permed to natural so we checked to see her hair type so she wet it and the roots turned curly then middle straight then ends curly what does that mean?

    • Awesome Sauce

      December 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      I am also twelve and my hair is relaxed and I want to go natural but also do not want short hair, as my hair is already breaking. I think this means that the root will be curly because that is new hair growing in. And the middle is straight because it is affected most by the perm. And the ends are curly because they are not as thick as the rest of the hair. I am not sure if it is right, but I hope it helps. I wish your daughter good luck transitioning!

  2. Amanda George

    January 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I messed up big time when I put my daughter a texterizer.To me all it did was made it dry,and broke off bad.What do I need to do to get it back growing.Im trying to get her natural hair back.What kind of shampoo&conditioner should I use.How often can I wash her hair.Shes 5 years old and since her hair broke off all I try to do is keep it in braids.What was I thinking!Will I get it back right.Please help.She cried too!

    • Teresa

      September 18, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      I’m in the same situation you were in now. What did you do?

  3. Ladonna Johnson

    January 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I put a texturizer on my daughter hair back in august for school and now it is dry and breaking off really bad I want to go back natural but don’t know what can I do to get it back like it was and my daughter is nine year’s old. Can u please help me with this problem

  4. Nicki Q

    March 3, 2017 at 6:20 am

    My daughter is 5 and i gave her her first perm at 18 months.. I feel terrible. I couldn’t deal with her hair. When she turned 2 her hair was perfect. I use to 2 starnd twist it all the time and it looked so natural now over time her her hair is soooo damaged and unmanageable. Nothing works! I want to do a big chop on her hair and start completely over since I no a good amount about maintaining healthy hair now. Butttt Im still nervous. I want all bad hair out of her head. Helpppp. Meeeee.

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  6. Marry

    January 30, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I put a texturizer on my daughter hair just to softenIng it a little bit. And she had a beautiful curly hair. But that product wasnt a good one cause it took her curl out. And now Im feeling really bad very bad I want her narural hair back. I want her to go back natural but don’t know what can I do to get it back like it was and my daughter is nine year’s old. Can u please help me with this problem. Cause her father gonna kill me for doing that. Some one has told me to put beer in her hair. Thx for helping.

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