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Tips To Getting Started With Your Natural Hair

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A lot of us admire and wish to have natural hair, but find it hard to get around it ,because it can be quite  confusing without guidance. I remember when I decided to start mine, I just had my big chop and just kept combing and washing, I noticed it wasn’t growing as I expected.  Trust me you need some tips….

What is Natural Hair?

It is simply relaxer-free hair, that is hair without relaxer or chemicals … and by chemical, H2O(Water) is excluded because it’s so essential for natural hair.

Why Natural Hair?

Because it’s in vogue? It looked good on someone you saw?.. You need to want it for the right reasons, because, you will need to be devoted, patient and zealous to achieve good results.

Transitioning…

There are different ways to transition into natural hair

  1. Protective Styling: Wear protective styles that will protect your hair’s natural texture, such as weaves, braids or twist outs.

2.  Long Grow-Out (Curly): Embracing curls by letting your hair grow out with wash ‘n’ gos.

3. Long Grow-Out (Straight): Growing your relaxer out and continuing to straighten your natural hair out.

4. Big Chop: Cutting off all of your relaxed hair.

Get Familiar with Home-made treatments and you can start with simple natural hair beginners kit

  • Sulphate  free shampoo
  • Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Moisturizer or Leave-in Conditioner
  • Deep Conditioner
  • Natural hair Styler Gel
  • Natural Oils
  • Natural Hair Butter (Shea butter)

N.B : Get a spray bottle and applicator bottle.

Join Naturalistas groups on social media to guide you and finally you need to be familiar with certain terms and their abbreviations used in the Naturalistas world such as:

AVC– Apple cider vinegar

BC– Big chop

Banding– A styling technique to inhibit hair shrinkage

CG– Curly girl

Clarifying– The process of cleansing and removing product build-up

Co-wash– Cleansing hair using an appropriate conditioner instead of a shampoo

Creamy crack– Chemical relaxers

Finger coiling– Rotating small sections of wet hair around your finger to create coils

Heat damage– Damage done to your hair from heat appliances, such as flat irons and curling irons

No-poo– A non-foaming, non-detergent cleanser

Pineappleing– Pulling hair into one or more ponytails at the top of your head

Pre-poo– Oils, conditioners, and other substances applied to hair before shampooing

Protective styling– Hairstyles that protect the ends of your hair from dehydration and damage

Sealing– Applying a natural oil to help lock in moisture

Second day hair– The state of your hair the day after a wash ‘n’ go

Shrinkage– The reduction of the visual length of your hair

Wash ‘n’ Go– Styling by applying product to wet hair and allowing it to air-dry or diffuse

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