I have been wearing my natural hair for a little over 12 months and the journey has been enlightening, exciting, and worth it! Whether you are about to do the big chop (cutting off some or all of your hair especially if you have applied a relaxer on it) or transition into natural hair, I have highlighted below a few pointers to enlighten you before you go natural.
Whether or not to transition or go all out and do the big chop is a personal decision. The big chop is a process of cutting off some or all of your hair while transitioning is the process of not applying products such as relaxers, texturisers etc while your natural hair grows. It typically takes about four to six months for the hair to fully transition.
There are tons of information to help you identify your hair type and the one I find most easiest is the “Curl Pattern Method” ince weKnowing your hair type and texture will help you decide what product is best for it, what styling techniques are suitable to keep your hair moisturized, healthy and beautiful.
Unlike chemically treated hair, which requires little care because of styling ease, natural hair requires commitment and consistency from you and or your hairstylist. It requires that you spend adequate time on it in achieving the best result for styling and hair growth.
From how-to videos, product reviews, to styling tips and hair care on natural hair, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr etc are storehouses to get informed and be inspired.
You will need to wash, condition and moisturize your hair appropriately at least twice a week and you will need the right hair food for it. Investing in hair products for your natural hair may be relatively expensive. Don’t shriek, there is a whole lot of hair food for maintaining, growing and styling your natural hair, which depends on your pocket, your hair type and the kind of style you seek to achieve of course.
Some of the hair products that I use are the African Pride Moisture Miracle restorative hair and scalp essential oils, Aunt Jackie’s Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy, Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel, Cantu Coconut Curling Cream, Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Cream, Cantu Deep Treatment Masque, and Cantu Complete Conditioning Co-wash.
There were places I went to I got lots of compliments with people asking me how I achieved my style, the products I used and how I maintained my hair. Some even asked me if they could get my handle so they can subscribe to my channel or a blog they could follow! And there were other places (a few though) where it provoked lots of uninformed, if you may, ignorant remarks, what I do is see it as an opportunity to enlighten them about the beauty of natural hair.
With natural hair, timing coupled with patience and commitment is everything. If you are thinking of transitioning, it may take as low as four months to six months for your hair o fully transition and if you have transitioned and thinking of chemically altering it because you feel it is too tough to handle, well, you can go ahead and do that but I encourage you not to. While it may seem like a long time, properly caring for your hair by trimming, properly washing, conditioning, and moisturizing will help hasten growth. Just know that Natural hair is a journey and a lifestyle, stay committed, stay true and keep slaying with your natural hair.
See also: How To Know Your Hair Type .