Transitioning to Natural Hair? These Before and Afters Will Keep You Inspired

Most of us, if not all of us, have worn our hair straight at some point in our lives. It is the inevitable, ‘we all want what we can’t have’ struggle.

For those of us who were extremely dedicated to the straight-haired cause, we turned to chemical relaxers for curly hair (Keratin treatments, Brazilian Blowouts, Japanese Straightening) or we used an excessive amount of heat on the regular. I have done all of the above to my hair.

My preteen hair was a disaster. It looked like I had dyed the tips of my hair white, that’s how excessive my split ends were. And then I discovered DevaCurl. On a whim, I decided to try the whole curly thing out. I didn’t know it, but I was transitioning.

The process was less than pretty, and extremely frustrating. When the top half of your head is curly and the bottom half is straight, it is just not a good look. Kudos to my friends for actually staying my friends.

I was not alone in my frustrations or struggles, transitioning to natural hair is a lengthy commitment. And in the words of Grasie Mercedes, a blogger and naturalista, “you hit the 6 month mark and just want to give up.”

Yes. Yes. Yes.

There hits a point where you’re just tired of looking insane. But in the end if you stick it out, it’s totally worth it. So if you’re at that six month mark right now, where you’re feeling frustrated, here we present inspiration to help you stay on this journey. We asked our social community to send us their before and afters and the results are nothing short of incredible. Some of these curly ladies chose to grow their hair out slowly, others took the plunge and got a big chop. See these real-life results of transitioning to natural hair.


Then we want to know – are you in the middle of transitioning? What are you struggling with or what do you need advice on now? If you’ve already transitioned, please share your favorite tips and tricks to help other curly girls on their transitioning journey!