Going Natural can be intimidating [No lye ;)] especially if you have to do the big chop. Transitioning, rather than cutting off a chunk of your hair, is a great way to go about it; unfortunately, it can also be very confusing and frustrating if you do not have guidance.
So let’s jump right in.
1. The first step is to stop putting chemicals in your hair. As obvious as it sounds, some people still feel like they can texturize their hair just so it is easier to deal with; NO, do not do it!
2. No Heat-This means no flat iron or blow dryers (It’s hard, I know, but you have to pull through baby girl).
– Practice Patience 😉 let your hair air dry.
– Heat prevents your hair from growing, and the straight ends will not go curly which essentially defeats the whole purpose of going natural in the first place. My suggestion would be to wear wigs as often as you can if you want straight hair.
3. Find products that work for your hair. Start Cheap, that way if you don’t like a product you can easily switch it out.
Products I recommend you should have as a beginner;
– sulfate free shampoo: Great for natural hair
– Conditioner: Because who doesn’t use conditioner
– Regular Shampoo: Although the craze for sulfate free products is still there, I believe that sometimes our hair just needs that extra cleanliness. And sulfate does that just well!
– Styling Products: gels, cream soufflé’s etc. they help with keeping a hold on your hair when you style.
– Oils: different oils have different functions. I would suggest doing a bit of research.
– Deep Conditioner: This helps strengthen your hair as you transition
4. Keep your Scalp Clean and your hair moisturized.
– if your scalp gets too dirty, your pores can begin to get clogged.
– Dry hair often leads to breakage. Water is really the best moisturizer but you can seal the moisture in by using oils.
5. Wrap up your hair at night. Use a satin Bonnet or pillowcase, cotton breaks the hair
6. Have your go-to transitioning styles. You can do Bantu knots, twist outs,twists, or even protective styles like braids or weaves. Do not make them too tight cause you have to protect your edges girl! Also, I would suggest that if you get a sew in, do not leave a portion of your hair out because you will want to straighten it and that’s bad for you honey.
7. When washing your hair, divide into sections. This really helped make the detangling process easy for me, plus it made me use less of the products more efficiently (less is more)
8. Only detangle your hair when wet to avoid breaking your hair.
9. Do not use a towel to dry your hair. Your hair can get stuck in the fiber of the towel which can cause split ends. Use a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt ( your hair is wet so cotton is fine)
10. Have fun! relax and be patient. Natural hair doesn’t grow overnight, it takes time and a lot of care!
PS: I can do a post of the different essential oils and what functions they have on the hair/body. If you would love to see that, comment below!