It’s no news how a lot of women are starting to embrace their kinks and learning how to care for it. Well this is just a short post to guide someone who is new to the natural hair community or trying to make the decision to become natural.
Going natural is no easy decision but definitely worthwhile and there are two ways to go natural. You can either take the transition route (the easy way out) or the drastic big chop. Big chop is when you take the bold step and start from scratch by cutting most of your hair leaving about one inch or less of natural hair. When you big chop you easily get to understand what your hair likes and needs. You have the opportunity to bond with your hair at an early in your natural hair journey. Transition on the other hand, is allowing your hair to grow to a certain length without chemically treating it before cutting off the relaxed ends. Hair that is transitioning needs proper care to retain all the hair you are growing. However, if you don’t master caring for your hair, you may lose most of the hair you retain when you finally cut the relaxed ends.
Several things are involved in a natural hair journey and everyone has a peculiar journey. Understanding your own hair is the best thing you can do for it. When your hair is short you can get away with almost anything but the longer it gets more effort is required. When starting out on the natural hair journey we tend to be obsessed with length and products that make our hair grow fast but what’s more important is to keep your hair healthy. Bad hair practices will have negative effect on your hair if you don’t take proper care of it. It is vitally important to invest into your hair at an early stage because you to get to know your hair, experiment with several regimens and techniques and learn from your errors. Nonetheless, as your hair grows longer, you need to have found the regimen that works for you otherwise you’ll experience setbacks like breakage, split ends and generally unhealthy hair. As for products to use, l encourage people to use organic products that do not contain harsh ingredients for the hair and to have a bond with your hair which is more important than becoming a product junkie. When you know your hair, you can tell what product combination will work best for you. For me, I’ve found out that raw shea-butter, olive oil, peppermint oil/rosemary oil and water are my holy grail products..
At the end of the day, experience is the best teacher. So just be patient with your hair and take time to understand it. Going natural doesn’t have to be frustrating or expensive, if you’re willing to learn from your hair as you go.
Natural hair is beautiful, own it!
**As always, let me know in the comment section below whether you prefer the big chop or transitioning method and if you’re natural which method did you use?**