- Surround yourself with people who have natural hair as well- – this will give you motivation and encouragement
- Read articles and books that have rich quality information about natural hair care
Ways to go natural:
- The Big Chop: Cutting off your relaxed hair, usually resulting in a Teeny Weeny Afro or cropped ‘do.
- Transitioning: Letting your relaxed hair grow out until you have reached your desired length, and then cutting off the relaxed hair.
There is no right or wrong way to ‘go natural’. If you’re not prepared to rock a TWA, don’t feel obligated to chop. Many women transition for months, even years before they cut off the relaxed portions. Do you!
Basic Tools needed for Natural Hair Care:
- Water: Natural Hair thrives on water. You need it internally and externally
- Shampoos with no sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS)
- Conditioners without silicones or “cones”, which can dry out your hair (creating a barrier which makes it hard for moisturizing ingredients to penetrate)
- A leave in conditioner
- A wide tooth comb or other detangling tool
- A good detangler, I swear by qhemet biologics cocoa detangling ghee.
- A good mosturizer
- Hair Accessories such as clips, headbands, scarves, flowers etc.
Good Natural Products/Ingredients to have on hand:
- Coconut oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Shea Butter
- Aloe Vera Gel
Some advice on managing your natural hair:
- Use heat sparingly as it can alter the natural state of your coils (permanently straightening random pieces). It can also make your hair brittle and cause breakage. Use it when deep conditioning, however, wear a plastic cap to keep the moisture in your hair.
- When detangling, use a wide tooth comb and start from the ends to the roots.
- Don’t be bashful when using Conditioners and Mosturizers, your hair will be thirsty for them!
- Your natural hair is easier to comb/detangle while wet and full of conditioner, but remember to be gentle!
- PLEASE DO NOT WEAR EXTENSIONS. THESE THINGS DO NOT LIKE YOUR HAIRLINE.
- Wear a silk scarf to protect your hair at night.
- Try to wear Protective styles for about two weeks. This helps you to retain length.
- Moisturize and oil your ends very often (helps length retention).
Article by Tinuke Wilson