Have you ever spoken these exact same words?
” I want to go natural, but I don’t know where to start…”If so this posts is for you. I’m constantly asked advice on this topic. So in order to help all my readers, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to you. Whether you are on the fence about becoming natural or already on your journey. Read below for more insight to this amazing hair journey.
Let’s Get Started…
1. Big Chop or Transition
First, you must decide if you want to chop off all your hair and start from scratch or gradually cut off your ends as your hair grows out. The Big Chop is easier because you don’t have to deal with two textures, but that is not a change that everyone can handle.
Now that you’ve decided that you want to TRANSITION you must research and commit to this choice. Before you start, know that there will be days when you hate your hair. You may even be tempted to revert back to relaxers, but if you research properly you won’t be sucked back so easily. Using resources like BGLH ,CurlyNikki, and the thousands of Youtube Videos dedicated to natural hair you can get an idea of what transitioning is like before you start. These sites also offer direct info to challenges you may face along the way. Some of the major challenges you will face is DRYNESS, BREAKAGE and what appears to be lack of GROWTH. Don’t freight the next step will make these challenges a lot easier to deal with.
3. Create a Regimen
Even though you aren’t completely natural yet you have to start taking care of your hair as if you are.
That means eliminate or decrease heat(flat irons, blow dryer, curling irons etc.) It also means adding new techniques like deep conditioning, oiling your scalp and cowashing. I understand that for some women who are used to going to a salon may not be familiar with some of these things, but remember your research! Using Youtube you can literally find a video for everything.
Here’s a sample weekly regimen to get you started.
Sunday: “Wash Day”
- Cowash/ Detangle
- Shampoo(1x a month)
- Deep Condition for 45mins to an hr. with a plastic cap
- Moisturize your ends and scalp
- Style-depending on the style you may not need to restyle throughout the week
Monday-Tuesday: Moisturize roots and ends
Wednesday:” Re-style Day”
- Co-Wash/ Detangle
- Moisturize your roots and ends
Thursday- Saturday: Moisturize roots and ends
***In the beginning of your journey it’s important to make your regimen as simple as possible. Creating a regimen that requires low manipulation and maintenance will help prevent BREAKAGE. You must commit to a regimen. As you get the hang of it you can add or change your regimen based on your specific hair needs.
4. Choosing the Right Products
Everyone is different, so I can’t guarantee that every product I recommend will work for you. But I will share my list of products for those who have no idea what to try.
- SHAMPOo: VO5 SHEA Moisture
- COWASH CONDITIONER: ANy VO5 CONDITIONER OR TRESSEMME NATURALS
- LEAVE IN: TRESSEMME NATURALS Conditioner
- DEEP CONDITIONER:ORGANIC ROOTS STIMULATOR HAIR MAYO
- MOISTURIZER: DAILY USING SHEA MOISTURE CURL DEFINING CREME, HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY CASTRO OIL WITH MINK, AND AFRICA’S BEST GROWTH LOTION WITH OLIVE OIL(DEPENDING ON STYLE)
- PROTEIN: APHROGEE 2MINUTE KERATIN RECONSTRUCTOR
As I mentioned before it’s best to use LOW MANIPULATION techniques when you are transitioning.Here’s a few styles that I preferred when I transitioned from heat damaged hair.-Braid Out-Two Strand Twists-Two Strand Twist out-Flat Twist Out(Twist Set)-Buns-Bantu Knots-Braids(Poetic Justice Style)-Sew-In Weaves**Each of these styles can help maintain and blend those two textures together while your hair is growing.**Videos can be found on Youtube for each of these styles.
6. Stay Inspired and Love What You Have
This is the most important step! Everyone’s natural hair is different. Although you may love Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair texture and she’s why you went natural; keep in mind that your hair may not look like that.It’s important to go into this with an open mind, fully loving your hair for it’s own unique look. If you stumble along the way use tumblrs like “Hi-imcurrentlyobsessed” to stay inspired from women around the world.
Hope this was helpful! Leave your questions/comments below.