In May of 2013, I made the decision to start my natural hair journey. I thought it over for a couple of weeks and wrestled with my decision while doing research on blogs and YouTube. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wrestling with this decision or you’ve already made up your mind about going natural. If you’re in that first category, there’s no pressure. You’re going to have people who will try very strongly to sway you in one direction or the other. My advice to you is to set aside the opinions of others. Keep researching and make the decision you’ll feel happy with. If you’re in the second category. Keep reading for my tips on how to go natural like a pro!
Decide If You Want To Transition Or Big Chop
The determining factor here is whether or not you mind short hair. I didn’t care for it, so I transitioned. Transitioning means that you grow out your natural hair while gradually cutting your relaxed ends. If you’re transitioning, set a date for when you will officially cut off all your relaxed hair so that you won’t get frustrated during the process.
Transitioning can be difficult for some because you are dealing with two very different hair textures. Be sure to use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners. You want to co-wash (wash your hair with conditioner only) or deep condition each week. Try out some natural hairstyles likes twists outs and braid outs to disguise the fact that you have two different hair textures. You might need to use rollers on your relaxed ends to help them achieve a similar curl to the rest of your hair.
If you decide to big chop, make sure you go to a professional or use hair shears to cut your hair. Using regular scissors will give you split ends and you don’t want to start your natural journey with unhealthy hair. Use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners, and co-wash or deep condition each week.
Create A Hair Care Regimen Or Routine
A hair care regimen is basically a schedule of what you’ll do to your hair and when. This doesn’t have to be a detailed schedule that includes what styles you’ll do for the week. (Though if you’re super busy that might not be a bad idea). It’s simply thinking about what you need to do for healthy hair and having a set day for each thing you need to do. I’ll give an example of my hair care regimen to help you understand.
Every Thursday: Co-wash, Seal in moisture with oil
Every fourth Thursday: Shampoo, Deep Condition, Seal in moisture with oil
Every two days: Sprits with water, Seal with oil
Creating a hair care regimen is very simple and should be shaped to reflect you and your hair texture. As you can see, I don’t do a lot with my hair and despite what you might hear it doesn’t take much to have healthy hair. My regimen is a reoccurring theme of cleansing and moisturizing. Clean and moisturized hair is healthy hair. If there’s one thing I want you to walk away from this article with is that you must add water and then seal it in with an oil or butter. If you do that, you’ll have amazing hair.
Stop Comparing & Enjoy
Stop comparing your hair color, texture, curl pattern, and length to other people. Enjoy your hair in each stage of the process. It’s called a journey because it really is a journey. There will be twists and turns along the way. Your texture will change slightly as your hair grows. You’ll have various amounts of shrinkage and frizz, but you’ll learn how to manage and tame it. Focus on the health of your hair and you’ll have long beautiful hair. After all, healthy hair is good hair.