Hi, I love this blog and find it really really inspiring since I plan on going natural once I get to college.
I was just wondering, do you have any tips on going natural? How to do it slowly and surely so I don't "shock" my hair (which would lead to all of it falling out, I hear.) Will I have to cut my hair once I start going natural?
Thanks for all of your help?
Hey! I’m glad that you enjoy my blog! The best advice that I can give for going natural is to be patient and don’t give up on your hair. What I find is that many people don’t want to take the time to go through transitioning because it can be frustrating.
Once you’ve decided that you’ll no longer get relaxers, you need to allow your hair to grow with very little maintenance. When you try to work with the two different textures (relaxed and natural), it can be very worrisome and a big headache. This is when you can take advantage of transition styles such as kinky twists, micro braids, sew-ins, straw sets, etc. since they allow your hair to grow without you actually “messing” with your hair.
I would also recommend that you have a stylist do these styles for you. Alot of people try to do the whole natural process on their own and can “shock” their hair because they might not completely know what they are doing. A stylist has gone to school to learn how hair works and how to deal with it, so I left the styling to them.
You only have to cut the relaxed hair off when you are ready. Some people cut their relaxed hair off little by little until it is all removed. Others do what you hear often as the BC or big chop. This is when they just cut all of the relaxed hair off at one time and are then fully natural. It all just depends on how long you want your natural to be when you becoming completely natural. Some people don’t mind having a TWA (teeny weeny afro), but some want more length at first. I know this message is quite LONG, but I hope it helps. Feel free to ask any other questions that you may have.
DIYers, check this out! Here are additional YouTube resources thanks to SweetLD…thanks Hun!!
Curlychronicles, Glamazini, Kimmytube, Rusticbeauty, itsmsheathernicole are some other people I watch faithly. Some of these ladies I met when I was on naturallycurly.com and longhairforum.com years ago. They have great advice and tips for all different kind of hair types. I’ve been doing my own hair since 2006, so these ladies along with the infamous curlynikki.com have assisted me in my journey.
The more we embrace our natural texture, the more we learn natural and/or organic products work best. There are hundreds of ingredients found in nature that can be used in hair products. Healthy ingredients aren’t for textured hair alone! These ingredients work to make everybody’s hair healthier. Below is a list of 10 popular natural ingredients and what they provide for our hair.
Shea Butter: High in fatty acids, shea butter is an emollient—meaning it provides a layer of oil on top of the surface of a hair strand, significantly reducing the amount of moisture (water) lost. This is what Naturally Curly girls mean when using products like this to “seal” their hair.
Coconut Oil: Another emollient perfect for sealing moisture into the hair.
Aloe Vera Juice/Gel Aloe vera adds true moisture to the hair. It is actually absorbed into the hair strand. Try it as a daily moisturizing spritz!
Vegetable Glycerin Acts as a strong humectant—meaning, it attracts water to itself and binds to it. Creates a layer of oil over the hair strand, thus aiding in the retention of moisture. Can be combined with aloe vera juice to create an even better moisture spritz!
Jojoba Oil Another humectant. Perfect for adding to damaged ends.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO is an emollient that seals and softens the hair. The “extra virgin” on a label means it was produced using only physical means (no machines involved) and has no chemical treatment to alter it. Use it as a quick pre-poo or a deep conditioner.
Castor Seed Oil Not only is this vegetable oil a humectant, it also has anti-fungal properties. This will ensure a clean scalp, with the hair follicles clear and prepared for better hair growth. Some apply it to the temples to increase the thickness of thinning edges.
Honey A light humectant that also has antibacterial properties. Check out Oyin Handmade products! They use tons of Oyin—the Yoruba word for honey—in their sweet hair treats.
Avocado/Avocado Oil They’re packed with Vitamins A, D, E, and contain more potassium than bananas. Easily absorbed into the skin, avocado oil is a quick way to get multiple nutrients onto your scalp for improved hair growth.
Tea Tree Oil With potent antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil is a soothing remedy to a dry scalp. It is an essential (concentrated) oil, so a little goes a VERY long way. Over-application of a potent essential oil may actually cause irritation.
*As these ingredients are usually indigenous to other countries, NaturallyCurly.com strongly suggests buying these products “Fair Trade,” where the people who make the product from harvest to packaging are paid fair wages!
Remember: organic and unrefined versions of these ingredients work best! This ensures the retention of nutrients.
Special shout out to my Faithster (Faith Deggins) for introducing me and others to this greatness!!!
If you’re looking for great DIY (Do It Yourself) natural hair tips, check out Mop Top Maven’s videos!! She provides excellent advice and visuals for styling. I WISH I didn’t have all of this freakin’ hair on my head and could do my own straw set like she does.
Bookmark her page, or subscribe yourself to her videos on YouTube. Enjoy!!
Exposing your scalp to chemicals on a regular basis is not only bad for your hair it can be bad for your health.
Once you learn to maintain your hair at home you will save money on salon visits.
You have more styling options.
There are many ways to wear a straight look without harming your hair.
You will learn to appreciate a part of yourself.
You will set example for your children that their hair is beautiful.
If there was ever a time when natural hair and styles are becoming more accepted it is now.
It takes less energy to embrace what you have than to fight against it.
Via My NHCG: My Natural Hair Care Guide
I – Thou shalt be thankful for the hair that adorns thy head. Your hair is your ‘crown of glory’ treat it as such.
II – Thou shalt not idolize the hair that adorns another’s head. The hair on your head is unique, it’s what makes you you.
III – Thou shalt not take the hair that adorns thy head in vain. Be aware of the damage that chemicals and heat can cause, some of the damage is irreversible.
IV – Remember to take the necessary time to pamper thy hair. Create a routine, set aside specific days for sealing your ends, massaging, trimming, washing, conditioning and styling your hair. A healthy head of hair will be your reward.
V – Honor thy mother, father and ancestors for the beautiful traits that they have bestowed upon thee, one of which is your natural crown of glory. Wear your natural hair with pride.
VI – Thou shalt not attempt to use a fine-tooth comb to detangle thy hair. Even before using a wide-tooth comb, use your fingers to detangle, and when detangling always start from the ends and work your way up towards your scalp.
VII – Thou shalt not be ashamed to wear your natural hair in public. Wigs, weaves, braid extensions etc. are all wonderful temporary ‘protective’ and ‘transition’ styles, but they don’t compare to the beauty of your natural hair.
VIII – Thou shalt not kill the hair follicles on thy head – with high heat, harsh chemicals or tight styles. Stay away from pore clogging, dry scalp causing petroleum based products; use natural essential oil based ones instead. Be gentle with your hair, seek out professional stylists who have experience in styling your hair type.
IX – Thou shalt not bad mouth thy neighbor’s hair. Be respectful and encouraging to those who have not yet chosen to wear their hair natural. Negative comments will only turn them away from the natural hair community.
X – Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s hair; thou shalt not covet it’s texture, nor it’s curl pattern, nor it’s length etc. Appreciate the hair that you were blessed with. Try different styles and accessories that accentuate your very own personality and style.
In this glossary of terms you will not only find common terms that you hear every day, but also a vast listing of definitions for chemicals that are found in many of the products we use definitions. We have compiled this list from…
How long have you been natural? I Big Chopped in December of 2009 after transitioning for 7 months.
Why do you love being natural? I love it because it sets me apart. I’ve always valued uniqueness and my hair is unique only to me. Even though I’m not the only person with natural hair, every head of natural hair looks different. With a relaxer, there are limited looks you can achieve. When I had a relaxer, I mainly wore my hair in a wrap style. Since I’ve gone natural, I’ve learned so many things that I can do. Natural hair has also given me a lot of confidence. I feel better about myself as a whole, because I feel that I am beautiful without a dependence on chemical relaxers and weaves. Furthermore, it has made me take an interest in my total wellness. I now watch what chemicals I put inside and outside of my body, and try to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
What is your favorite natural style? I can’t say that I have a favorite. But that’s the thing I love about natural hair. It’s so versatile. The styles I usually wear include twists, twist outs, and wash and gos. When I really want to do something fun, I do a mini fro-hawk.
What advice would you give to transitioners? A lot of people will try to discourage you. But just know that you are doing what’s best for you and you will be the one to benefit in the long run. Most importantly, I would say to have realistic expectations. Do not be discouraged if you do not have a certain curl type or if your hair doesn’t grow as fast as someone else’s. Try to not compare your hair to other’s but appreciate YOUR hair for what it can do. Love and nurture your hair and you will see results.
This month (July), I’ve been completely natural for 9 months and transitioned for 6 months before that.
The reason I love being natural is b/c it’s allowed me to embrace and care for GOD’s temple as a whole. I realized I was taking such good care of my body by working out and eating right that I wanted the top of my head to match with everything else. I was also tired of my hair breaking all the time, so going natural has made me so conscious of EVERYTHING that touches my head now.
My favorite style is my little twisted out fro pinned up on one side or in a frohawk. Very simple to do.
Best advice I would give to those transitioning would be the most expensive products aren’t always the best. You can be natural on a budget (believe me, I know lol). We have so many different hair textures so understand that everything doesn’t work for everybody. Last but not least, remember what makes YOU happy won’t necessarily make those around you happy. Don’t feed into negativity no matter if it’s coming from family or friends. Being natural is a choice YOU are making for YOU. Just stand firm and be confident. The less you focus on your hair, the faster it will grow. =)
I’ve been natural for 1 year as of July 1 Favorite natural style: Bantu Knots Favorite product: Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter Advice: Patience is a virtue! Learn to love your hair for all that is is no matter how many textures you have. Your relationship with your hair is like any other in your life; to be healthy it takes patience, nurturing, love, and some enthusiasm. Don’t try to conform, everyone’s hair is different and you cannot fit into anyone’s box but your own. Most importantly…ENJOY IT.
This review was given by Soror and fellow chapter member. Check out the review and website below. Thanks for the insight Saki!!
Friends have been telling me about hair products from Mixed Chicks, and I finally ordered the detangling deep conditioner and the leave-in conditioner and I LOVE them! The ethnic products I’ve tried leave my hair too oily and heavy to maintain a style and the “general” products contain alcohol and dry my hair out. The leave-in conditioner is great. It controls frizz and makes my curls more defined.
Well my natural journey began in 2008. After a few setbacks I ended up perming my hair and wearing it straight for some time. Now I’m headed back down that road. Below is a link to the video I made in 2008 when I first went natural. Now I’m back to square one, ready to start anew and never turn back. No more inhibitions and doubt… Just doing me, being all God meant for me to be!
My favorite natural style is a twist out and my go to style is a curly puff.
For those transitioning: God teaches us faith and patience through our hair. Be patient with your hair they do not call it a journey for nothing. You will truly learn how to embrace your whole being and respect your body as a whole once completing the journey. Understand that your hair is truly unique to only you.
Word to the Wise...this isn't the only way to be Natural!
Being natural doesn’t mean you ALWAYS have to wear an Afro. This is actually just one of many styles that are available. Though it may have worked for Luda (you do notice that his long hair is gone now), the Afro may not work for you.
Your natural hair can be blown out, straightened, braided, twisted, worn with extensions, coiled, loc’d and managed many other ways. Over the next few posts, I’ll be adding pictures of various hairstyles that show the versatility of your natural hair.
When you go natural, you don’t have to go through the process all by your lonesome. I’ve talked with many ladies about natural hair over the past few years and I think that many people have forgotten a very important component of hair care…the stylist!
I think this is why so many ladies give in and end up relaxing their hair. A hair stylist can help you while you transition into you naturalness and can also recommend products and styles for you. A great stylist can help you through those insecure and unsure times that can come during the early stages of going/being natural.
Ok...so, what is the very first step to take if I just had a perm 3 wks ago? Also, I have dandruff very bad and I'm just afraid of getting braids for long periods of time. Is there a product for dandruff when I go natural?
If you’re only three weeks in, I first suggest that you be patient and don’t give up. You can keep doing what you are doing to your hair now. When it’s time to get it done again (when you can’t handle it anymore yourself), go to a stylist for a style that will last and be little maintenance.
I also have dry scalp, so my stylist gave me tips on how to keep it moisturized and prevent flaking. There are many other styles that you can get besides braids that will allow your hair to grow and last at the same time.
its been 4 mths since Ive had a perm, and i dont know what to do with my hair? Any suggestios?
Go to a natural hair stylist and let them show you how much natural hair or “new growth” you have. Then you can decide whether you should keep growing your hair out or if you’re ready to start cutting the relaxed hair.
If you decide to keep growing your hair, a transition style would be best so you can allow your hair to grow without having to deal with the two textures. I hope this helps.
i havent had a perm in 4 months and i wus wondering where do i go from here?
I suggest you go to a natural stylist and let them show you how much natural hair you have compared to relaxed hair. When you will get your relaxed hair cut off will be depend on how long you want your natural hair to be and what you are comfortable with as far as length is concerned. A stylist will also be able to recommend what to do next based on your current hair situation. I hope this helps and keep me posted!
Well that depends on what stage you are in with becoming natural. It is best that you avoid wearing your hair in a style that will be high maintenance. Transitions syles such as straw sets, twists and sew-ins are good because they let your hair grow without having to manage the two textures, relaxed and natural.