Going natural means discarding the texturizers and relaxers you have always used in your hair care routine. This trend is quickly gaining traction, especially among young adults who have no problem rocking that kinky and curly hair.
Unfortunately, there is limited information on what people need to know before going natural. But it doesn’t have to be the same for you. Read on.
Things to know before going natural: Here is a comprehensive compilation of everything you should know before making the big switch.
Why do you want to go natural?
Are you doing it out of pressure or because you are convinced in your heart that this is the way you should go? If your gut tells you this is the path to follow, then go ahead and do it. You can do so through two main ways:
Big chop: Cutting off only the damaged ends of the hair without touching the natural growth.
Transitioning: Allowing the natural hair to grow by gradually removing the chemically treated and relaxed hair.
Know your hair: This calls for some research and probably some trial and error to determine your hair type, density, and porosity. Although this is hard to establish, it will help you understand why your hair behaves in a certain way, the appropriate products, and the suitable styles you should wear.
So, read articles, watch natural hair clips on YouTube, read blogs. Get as much information as possible about natural hair.
Create a hair care routine: A basic natural hair regimen that comprises a daily, weekly, and monthly hair routine will do. Create your own unique natural hair routine. Don’t copy what you see hair vloggers do.
For instance, if you are busy and hardly available, a daily routine may not work for you; conditioning with a natural shampoo brand weekly will do.
Learn protective styles of your natural hair: It’s not always that you will want to rock an afro, crotchets, and braids; so you must learn protective styling to mitigate damage and excess manipulation of your natural hair.
If you don’t want the hassle of learning protective styling on your own, you can seek the services of a professional natural hairstylist in the beginning.
Learn how to comb and trim the hair: Most people complain about pain and exhaustion when combing their natural hair. But this is only the case if you can’t do it properly.
Combing natural hair is a breeze; just never do it when it’s scorched. Make it damp and you will be able to comb it pain-free. Every two months, ensure you trim the hair to remove split and dead ends to promote hair growth.
Research on natural hair products: Here, you must put in quite some work to know what makes a natural product natural and the ingredients contained in the products. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a few products to know what works for you. Look for a reputable natural hair care brand from where you can source products to get you started.
Get familiar with natural hair problems: Being a naturalist is not easy; it comes with its own fair of challenges. Don’t fret when your natural hair gets dry or frizzy or when the twist-outs won’t last. Such natural hair problems are a naturalist’s cup of tea, and you will drink from it soon enough.
Do some research and get familiar with some of the problems you are likely to encounter when you go natural so that it will not catch you by surprise when it finally happens.
Final remarks: Girl, nothing good comes easy. It takes deliberate effort to maintain natural hair and to keep it healthy. So don’t jump ship blindly; do adequate research so that the transition to natural hair can be easy.