Going Natural as a Newbie

It’s no news that going natural has become a trend that’s here to stay as a lot of kinky textured women (and men) have embraced and learned to love their kinks. In case you just made the decision to go natural or are new in the natural hair community, this post is to guide you through what to expect along the way.

For those who are about to make the big decision, there are two ways to go natural. You can either transition or big chop. Transitioning is allowing your hair to grow to a certain length without chemically treating it before cutting off the relaxed ends. The advantage of this method is that with proper care, you can retain all the hair you grow. However, if you don’t master caring for your hair, you may loose most of the hair you retain when you finally cut the relaxed ends. Big chop on the other hand is when you cut all your hair leaving about one inch or less of natural hair. This method is starting from the scratch. The advantage of this is that it gives you the opportunity to bond with your hair early in your natural hair journey. Personally, I would recommend doing the big chop.

There are several stages involved in every natural hair journey and everybody has a peculiar journey. Understanding your  own hair is the best thing you can do for it. When your hair is short (less than 3-4 inches), you can get away with almost anything. Bad hair practices  will have negligible effect on your hair as you have little to loose since your hair is short. This is the best time to get to know your hair because you can try out several regimens and techniques and learn from your errors. Nevertheless, 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, I always tell people that the bond you have with your hair is more important than the products. When you know your hair, you can tell what product combination will work best for you. For me, I’ve found out that raw sheabutter and water works best and so I can’t do without my spray bottle and jar of sheabutter.

I can go on and on about tips to guide you through your journey but at the end of the day, experience is the best teacher. What works for me might not work for you. Therefore, I encourage you to get to know your hair. 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, wear your crown with pride.

Visit my YouTube channel for hair style tutorials: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCyZIrw5XGiGQJy9kVZ_Pi0w

 

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2 thoughts on “Going Natural as a Newbie

  1. The journey is so mentally taxing for many women. We’ve been conditioned to think that there is something wrong with our hair, and outgrowing that frame of mind takes time.

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