10 Tips for Going Natural
Are you attempting to go natural, but you require a little advice? You’ve come to the right place, my friend. I’m glad you have decided to embrace what’s naturally ours! I have been a natural for over 15 years now and I must say it’s liberating. I don’t have to remember not to scratch ’cause I’m getting a perm today. I do not miss feeling like my scalp is burning in hell, at all! It’s like not having your monthly, actually. It is a wonderful thang, Sistas, it’s a wonderful thang! I get all excited just thinking how blessed I am. Oh, okay so back to going natural. I’ve done all the research so you don’t have too and have come up with 10 tips for going natural.
Going natural can be done in two ways – cut it all off and start from the roots or grow out your natural waves before making the transition. If you choose to keep your locks, you will eventually need to cut off the treated hair and damaged ends. However, choosing to wait means you’ll have longer hair than if you cut it completely off. Just remember, processed hair and natural hair has to be cared for differently. Not to worry, friend, there are products and hairstyles made specifically for you. So, if you made the decision to keep your head of hair, you will want to follow these natural hair transitioning tips.
1. You don’t need to set a date right away. The transition process could take a couple of months to one year. Concentrate on letting your hair grow and all of the benefits of going natural. In these days, you will find out what kind of pattern your natural hair has and whether it’s kinky or coarse.
2. Remember, you’re styling various hair textures so be careful not to cause hair breakage. Wear styles that don’t require pulling or heat. Protect your hair by wearing it in a twist or bun. If you choose a twist out or a braid out, use rods or rollers as this will give your hair a more defined look.
3. Always detangle hair when it’s still wet. Use a leave in conditioner and a wide-tooth comb. Comb from the bottom or the end of your hair and work your way toward the roots.
4. Here’s the kicker… you must wash your hair as much as possible. Some of us can do it every couple of days while others might not be able to wash as often. You may have to experiment to find out if your hair can stand the conditions. If you find that washing more frequently is causing more harm than good, then slow down and try cleansing once a week or twice a month.
5. Weather conditions and pollutants tend to dry out hair and dry hair is subject to breakage. Nothing compares to water, however, you can try a hair moisturizer.
6. Use deep-conditioning treatments as opposed to a hair mask. The natural hair has plenty of protein so you don’t need to concern yourself with hair masks. Try one of our tips for maintaining healthy hair so you know its 100% natural.
7. Put away the heatronics. Yep… heatronics. Those items consist of the curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers. You don’t need them anymore. Yay! You’ll be air drying from now on. Oh, okay… every once in a while you can use the blow dryer or curling iron, but if you want a change, I suggest buying a wig for the special occasion. I love wigs. I can go from shocking pink to bewitching black in under 60 seconds without damaging my hair.
8. Stay away from hairstyles that put too much stress on your kitchen hair (hair at the nape of your neck) or your baby hair (hair along the temples). This hair is much thinner and it’s easier to break than the hair on the crown.
9. Be gentle at the point where straight hair and natural hair meet. This is your weak link. Don’t rush through when you’re combing your hair out, especially after cleaning your mane. Remember to start from the ends and use the Afro style comb (wide tooth).
10. Ask your stylist to cut your hair each month. Well, better say trim ’cause you know how they are. Most cut too much as it is when you ask for a trim! If you are doing it yourself, use the right tool. Don’t go and get a regular pair of scissors… use shears designed for cutting hair. They are not that expensive if you have to purchase a pair.
I hope I have succeeded in giving you the best 10 tips for going natural. Hey… good luck in your journey! If you have recently started your journey, why not share tips with us or tag us in your pics, we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In the meantime and between time, be inspiring… be inspired. This is your girl, Mikki Donaldson, with another Inspire Beauty tip.