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To all the Natural Hair Newbies!
A while ago, Fiesty-Flower asked me “I may or may not know what I’ve signed up for by deciding to go natural. Any tips for a newbie? I’m transitioning instead of doing a BC…”
Soooo, I decided to also make these tips public for any other Natural Hair Newbies. (Disclaimer: I am not a guru nor am I a hairstylist or anything of that nature. I am speaking from my own 3 year experience during which I transitioned from heat damage for almost 2 years, cut off, and now have completely healthy, almost waist length hair.)
Here are my tips:
- Watch as many natural hair youtube videos and read as many natural hair blogs as possible lol they’ll always say “Do what works for you”, but when you’re a newbie, you need some idea of where to start. Find someone who has a similar hair type to your own and see if what they do works for you…
- If it doesn’t work, STOP DOING IT. Listen to your hair and change what isn’t working. That includes products, how often you cleanse and/or co-wash, how you dry it, etc…
- Get the basics: Conditioner, Deep conditioner, Oil and/or Butter, and Gel, if desired. You’ll probably have to try different products and different combinations before you get it right. It took me 3 years to find a deep conditioner that I think works for me and I’m still looking lol and I also stopped using gel. As you get used to your natural hair, you can start to add in fancy things like Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, etc…
- Step away from the heat. Heat is damaging to the hair, ESPECIALLY when used often. Don’t be fooled though. It only takes one time and an improper technique to damage your hair. If you’re a heat styling addict like I was, try going without it for 1 month, then 2, then 3. Before you know it, you’ll only be using heat once a year (like I do for my birthday lol) or not at all!
- Accept your hair! Most natural newbies (myself included) have this idea of what they want their natural hair to look like and spend most of the time fighting with it to get it to look that way. It’s not gonna happen lol learn to love your hair type and it all becomes much easier.
- Special Tip for Transitioners: In the beginning, it’s going to seem like your natural hair is “unmanageable”. Give it time. The place where the 2 textures meet is going to make it seem a lot tougher than it really is. Just try styles like braids/braid-outs, twist/twist-outs, bantu knots, perm/flexi rod sets, sew-ins, etc. Just until it’s grown out enough to cut off or until you know your hair enough to manage it.
- Lastly, PATIENCE. That can’t be stressed enough. There is no magical pill, elixir, or special regimen. Just focus on taking care of your hair and length is inevitable.
- Bonus tip: A healthy diet = healthier hair, skin, and nails. Start with a green smoothie once a week and work from there.
That’s all I have for now! I hope this helps someone! Good luck on your journey. You won’t regret it :D
"Tiana, your hair is not distracting, unacceptable, a fad or wrong. Tiana, your hair is wonderful.” Melissa Harris-Perry delivers her “Open Letter” to a little black girl whose hair was deemed unacceptable.
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Black hair is not a fad
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Black hair is beautiful
Black hair deserves respect and admiration
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