Starting Out On Your Natural Hair Journey #Newbie

Hey Natties

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?**

Love♡♡

Tarie

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12 Comments

  1. Going natural is the best decision you can ever make. I transitioned my hair and keeping it healthy is one of my priorities. To keep my hair healthy I now avoid manipulative hair styles , I wash my hair once every week with a moisturizing shampoo and then condition it . I oil my hair after every three days to avoid dandruff and dryness which causes the hair to break. Also spray a little bit of water before combing it into any desired style , it makes working with the hair quite simple. Avoid using blowers and straighteners , heat isn’t good for our natural hair at all . I also found hair butters are really good. They keep the hair moist and soft . There are a lot of theories about our natural hair but just do what works for you.

  2. Thanks Tarii, wish I had read this 5yrs ago. Big chop is definetely the best route but I learnt the hard way, ended with a big chop eventually. But now am loving my natural hair jouney♡

  3. Thanx Tary i enjoy reading your blog and also learning a lot.I was too excited to start my natural hair journey and didnt have the patience of transitioning so i went for the big chop Zuda chairo lol and it was quite an amazing experience.

  4. Thanks for that Tarie I’m looking forward to more of these cause God knows I need help in this area. I transitioned slowly and it’s been interesting.
    Please write more lol.

  5. Wow Tarie, thank you for ths. I have been struggling with what to do with my hair but I now have a few ideas. Thank you!

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