Over the years black women have proudly started embracing their curls; which is beautiful! And we’ve found creative ways to wear our natural curls in styles that can take us from the office to a night out with the girls. Many celebrities like the beautiful Yvonne Nelson, Genevieve Nnaji, Yemi Alade, and the list goes on.
The natural hair trend it’s still on and it’s not too late to become a natural hair-lander.
Things to note when transitioning
for starters you should be ready to experience lots of length being lost, only the part of hair that has been affected by relaxers. Once hair has been relaxed, that particular strand of hair shaft is forever altered in its texture. The new growth at the scalp will be the natural hair and is attached to the relaxed hair (don’t be scared you’ll still have hair), but if your entire hair falls of, from the root of the hair, that’s the point when you book an appointment with a Cosmetologist.
In making the transition you have two choices:
1) You can keep the natural hair and gradually watch as it falls off gradually. The good news is that you can still make your hair.
2) You can decide to chop it all off. Definitely a bold step though.
How to maintain your natural hair
1. Wash your hair in sections
Remember when your hair stylist tried to relax your hair, and cuts the hair into sections? Well your natural hair transitioning will need that too. This is to help the shampoo and conditioner do its work.
Wash your hair every 2-3 days, for proper regulation of natural oils. Washing your hair less often will help regain your natural hair body and luster.
2. Eat healthy
You’ve heard the saying that you are what you eat? It also applies to our natural hair. Diet is very important when it comes to the health of our hair. Fruits, vegetables and foods rich in calcium such as beans, milk, almonds and dairy products will play a great role in ensuring stronger strands that won’t snap off easily. Add lots of water to your diet as well, your hair should always be hydrated to keep your scalp from flaking and becoming sore.
3. Brushing technique
The proper way to brush your hair is to first brush the ends to detangle the ends and then take long strokes from the root to the ends of the hair. You’ll want to brush hair using a wide tooth comb.
4. Moisturize hair
The effective moisturizers I will recommend will be
· Natural shear butter
· Jamaican black castor oil
· Olive oil and
· Coconut oil
That’s not all, they’re other ones out there that are also reliable; I’m only sharing the ones that I’ve got great feedbacks from.
5. The hand drier isn’t your friend.
The important thing to note in natural hair transition is that hand driers or hot rollers are not allowed, because they’ll end up making your hair brittle and dry.I recommend allowing your hair air-dry naturally.
Give it some time it’ll grow on its own. Maintaining a particular hair care will help grow a natural, strong healthy hair as well.
Would you love to transition to natural hair? Or Would you love to chop it all off? Or do you have questions? We sure will be pleased to answer any of your questions.