You made the right decision to pursue this journey to hair freedom. But where do you start? Natural hair – defined here as free from chemical straightening – is the most versatile hair on the planet. You can style it a myriad of ways whilst helping it stay in its healthiest, truest form.
Now, this won’t be easy. For some girls going natural is something new and that can be quite scary. Yes, many of us were natural as little girls but we weren’t caring for our own hair and there were few products that actually nurtured our curls, coils and kinks. Times have changed and there is support and a ton of products out here now.
So, how do you go natural?
Once you’ve made the choice to go natural, you have two options to choose from – The Big Chop or Transitioning.
THE BIG CHOP
The Big Chop is a term that is used in the natural hair community to describe the act of cutting off all chemically processed o heat damaged hair. After The Big Chop most women are left with a short Afro, or TWA (teeny, weeny Afro).
If you’re eager to go natural, then this method is for you. With The Big Chop, you’re immediately natural. You don’t have to wait for your natural hair to grow out or have trouble styling two completely different hair textures. Even though you are only dealing with one texture it does not mean your path will be easier necessarily.
Transitioning is the term used to describe the act of allowing natural hair to grow out over time. With this method, chemically treated hair is left intact and trimmed off gradually as your hair grows. Many women prefer to transition for a while before doing The Big Chop. This gives them a chance to play around with their natural hair texture before making The Big Chop commitment.
Those of you who don’t feel comfortable rocking a short Afro may also find transitioning a better approach to going natural. Transitioning doesn’t come without setbacks. Women who transition to natural using this approach often experience split ends, knots and breakage.
Now that you took your decision it’s time to set the rules for your new journey. This is the New Naturals Guide and a reminder for those not that new.
STEER CLEAR OF HEAT!
When going natural your hair may be delicate going from relaxed to natural and as you remove dangerous chemicals from your routine, adding heat can only cause more harm than good. Direct heat (flat irons, curling irons, straightening combs, blow dryers -without diffusers) dry out and damage curly, coily and kinky hair. You also can get heat damage with one application of direct heat and heat damage is irreversible.
SET A ROUTINE THAT FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE
Since this is, a new experience that changes how you look it’s important to set a hair routine, it means to establish a wash day, styling days and all we need. It can change from a person to the other depending on how often you exercise, your job schedule and so on.
SEACH INFO ABOUT HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HAIR
You should find out what is your texture, the density of your hair, your porosity. All these things will help you to take a good care of your hair. Following a blogger with the same texture as yours, it’s a great idea to learn what you need to know and what may be best for your hair.
DONT OVER PROTECTIVE STYLE
Protective styles are great for your hair because it protects it from over manipulation and some others things from the environment, but be careful. Long-term protective styles are like a vacation for you and your hair but please don’t over use it because it can cause you trouble. When we use long-term protective styles we may neglect our hair and forget to take good care of it. Not oiling and not moisturizing enough can be some of the things that we normally forget when we do it.
HEAR WHAT YOU HAIR HAVE TO SAY
If you notice your hair breaking, weak and is without shine it may try to tell you that you need to moisturize it more often or that something in your routine is wrong.
SEACH FOR THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
It’s important to find the right products for your hair, if you are having problems with the detangling process or defining your hair it means that you need to keep looking for the right product.
Here is a list of all the tools most naturals need:
– Wide-tooth comb
– Moisturizing conditioner
– Processing caps (cheap plastic caps)
– Satin sleeping bonnet and/or satin pillowcase
– Clarifying Shampoo
– Co-washing conditioner
– Deep conditioner
– Leave-in conditioner
– Styling gel and/or styling cream
6 Tips for all Natural Girls.
1. Trim your hair when ever its needed, don’t keep the dry and split ends.
2. Don’t forget to pre-poo and always use a deep treatment.
3. Wash your hair weekly or at least every two weeks. Cleaning your scalp is important for growth, and remember not to over shampoo.
4. Never compare your hair with someone else’s hair, it can hurt the relationship you have with your curls.
5. Never detangle your hair when you are furious, you may take it over it.
6. Get a bedtime routine, which should include putting on your satin bonnet.
No one said that becoming natural was to leave it alone forever, give your hair a fighting chance as you go natural and care for it, you won’t regret. Natural hair needs a ton of moisture, I mean a ton! Love it and it will love you.
You may also want to experiment with different essential natural oils, sulfate-free shampoos or deep conditioning treatments to see which work best for your hair texture. It may be hard to find out what works initially so try a few popular brands that are easy to find and not that expensive like SheaMoisture, Curls, AS I AM Naturally or even Eden BodyWorks.
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