Going Natural; Beginners Guide

When I first began pondering my decision to go natural, I went through tons and tons of YouTube videos and natural hair articles. I needed to know what next after making my decision. The following are my tips on going natural:

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This wig inspired me to go natural, yes it’s a wig
  1. Do Your Own Research. If you can write it all down, get a journal. Never take any information at face value as what works for someone else may not work for you. Learn How to do your own hair, learn what works for your hair and accept that your hair is unique. This was a hard pill to swallow because I had an idea of what my hair should look like. This resulted in a lot of frustration.
  2. Trial And Error. This may result with a potential product junkie but for me to learn what my hair needs, I have to try out products. Try and give a product a fair chance, I use up the product before I make up my mind. I don’t have to stress about throwing away products with this rule. I noticed something, though, with regard to natural hair shampoos. If you use bad products to moisturise and style, the shampoo fails to clean your hair as well as it should. Or you have to wash 2 or 3 times to get squeaky clean hair and by then your hair is stripped of all its natural oils. I used that as a way to eliminate products and decide how often to wash my hair.
  3. Drier Than the Kalahari. Natural hair is dry. The curves and bends make it difficult for moisture to travel down our hair shaft which is the causes of the dryness. To overcome this dryness, you need to learn how your hair operates. You need to learn to balance the washdays and moisturising routine so as to keep your hair moisturised. A good deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner and spritz bottle may come in handy here.
  4. All about Oils. Oils give hair softness and shine, but they also seal in moisture. Some oils are easily absorbed while others are not. This will depend on your hair. Many naturals swear by coconut oil while others blame coconut oil for their hair loss. Some oils will help you with dandruff and an itchy scalp. There are 2 types of oils, carrier and essential.
  5. Forget The Salon. One of the main reasons why most people end up relaxing their hair because of a hair stylist, brutal hair stylists. Blow drying, flat ironing, painful braids and weaves will be a temptation on every salon visit. Be a self-made loc guru, will take you a long while but you will get there. Make YouTube your new hairstylist. Embrace doing things for yourself and the tricks you learn along the way.16387345_808991912577106_1962249178633429599_n
  6. Protective styling. I recently had yarnlocs that I installed myself, best style ever if you ask me but the breakage I experienced on wash day was more than I could appreciate. By end where super dry. The protective styling I refer to here is minimum manipulation styles that allow for basic hair care and undisrupted wash days. Any style that pulls on my edges is a no no. My go to styles currently are braidouts, twistouts and wash n go. Hats and headbands also come in handy.
  7. Do not obsess with length. I am currently on a quest to learn how to take care of my hair. I do not struggle with hair growth but working up tomorrow with waist length hair when I’m still struggling with my TWA might be a problem. So I comfort myself with healthy realistic thoughts. Full thick hair is what I obsess about.
  8. Love your hair. Weird thing to say, but I looked weird when I did my big chop, at least to me. I couldn’t recognise my new face, new look. I tried to take my selfies the usual way, same way as when I had longer relaxed hair. When I compare my relaxed day pics to my current pics, my version of a perfect selfie has changed dramatically. I even look happier. I do not hair type, I found that even though I identified as a 4C, I have tiny coil hair.17098245_1378149485561579_6984357035740181594_n
  9. Build your perfect tool arsenal. Get your natural hair basics. Besides the shampoo, conditioners and oils, there are other items that are a must have. A satin scarf/bonnet, Denman brush, seamless wide comb/pick and heat cap/hooded dryer/steamer, spritz bottle, applicator bottle and distilled water.
  10. Nourish from within. This is not about supplements. Leave that to people that really need it with doctors prescriptions. Some of these supplements take a prolonged time for you to see a positive result, I sense a cash cow. Drinking and eating healthy will go a long way in ensuring a healthy head of hair. Inner moisture is just as important.

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