10 Tips Every Newly Natural Should Know

This post is for all soon to be naturals and newly naturals that are overwhelmed by the amount of natural hair information online. Firstly, I would like to give you a high five and tell you that, you made the right decision and natural hair is not impossible to maintain. Don’t let anyone persuade you otherwise. You just need to be correctly informed and consciously put an effort to taking better care of your hair.

Now my Tips:

  1. Look for naturals with your hair type. This increases your chances your hair achieving the same hairstyle results from products they recommend.
  2. Go at your own pace. There is always something trending in the natural hair community, it might be a product, hairstyle accessory etc. You don’t have to try everything at once. It’s not a competition so enjoy your journey by going at your pace.
  3. Get the basics. As a new natural, it is necessary to begin with the basics: wide tooth comb, bobby pins, shower cap, spray bottle, sectioning clips, satin scarf, non-metal hair grips or bands. Then gradually incorporate or try out other hair tools and accessories.
  4. Products. This one is important. Go easy on your pocket. Products don’t make hair grow any faster. They only help maintain your hair. So feel free to experiment but bear in mind, not all products will work for your hair type,
  5. Hair typing/hair texture. Curly hair is unique. It comes in different patterns as you will find in my hair typing post here. So don’t needlessly hope for your curl pattern to change or be like your hair crush. Instead, love your texture as your hair grows and show it off with confidence to inspire others. You never know, you might just end up becoming someone’s hair crush.
  6. Deep conditioners are your hair’s best friend. They are literally food to your hair so try to deep condition every time you wash your hair.
  7. DIY (Do it Yourself). You don’t always have to buy products. Bring out the mix-tress in you and whip up your own hair butter and deep conditioners.
  8. Have a regimen and let it suit your lifestyle. Adjust it when necessary but always be consistent. Consistency yields results.
  9. Bobby pins solve everything. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but whenever your transitioning hair or TWA don’t look like you want it to, bobby pins offer a quick fix.
  10. Lastly, play with your hair and learn how to twist, flat twist, braid, three strand twist etc. It’ll be of great help in the long-run.
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12 comments

  1. I have been following your blog for a while and am impressed with what I see. I’m a one month old newly natural, been transitioning for a year and a half, my fro is fuller than I had expected. I’m scared to try products cos I dont want to color my hair…I have a very sensitive 4c hair. I know about the tips for newly naturals and I constantly put them to use. would you be kind enough to tell me what products would be good for my hair, everything natural to be precise. thanks

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  2. Hey, ive been considering going natural for a while but my main problem is with the protective styling..
    Most hair dressers are rather harsh with what they feel is “due” hair which ends up cutting the hair.. what should I do?
    Nice blog btw😊

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    1. Thank you dearie, and Yes! I can completely relate to you on that. The last time I was at a salon three years ago, they pulled my hair so badly that some parts of my hair came out with the braid attachment. Most Nigerian salons are not filled with properly educated/trained hairstylists. So I would recommend finding a natural hair salon since you can’t do your braids yourself. If you can’t find one, try to stretch your hair prior to your salon visits and make sure your hair is completely detangled as well. Don’t forget to speak up! Tell them not to use those tiny rat-tail combs to comb your hair and tell them when they are pulling your hair too hard. You can let me know how it goes. Don’t give up on your healthy hair journey just because of the risk of untrained hairstylists. 🙂

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  3. I’m really glad I came across your page on Instagram. You are my hair crush. Was just wondering if you have any DIY deep conditioners that you could share cuz I just started transitioning about eight months ago and being a student its not really easy to afford the products I want. Soif you do have any please posts. Seriously tho you’ve become my inspiration

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    1. Hi Veeki! Thank you and so much and I’m glad I can inspire you. I’ll definitely put up DIY posts since you’ve mentioned it. Thank you for following my blog . 🙂

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  4. Werimegbe Martha February 3, 2016, 13:31

    Hi my name is Martha and I am a student(first year I scholl actually). I have been following you on instagram for quite a while now. I love your hair it’s so beautiful. I am transitioning for about 5 month now. Didn’t know what to do at first so I asked my friend cos she was totally natural and then she gave me some tips like pre-poo DIY and conditioning, but still I don’t understand the whole thing yet. I normally do as she says but I started having dandruff and I think it’s as result of too much of stuffs on my hair cos I use honey and evoo for pre-poo and castor oil. Right now am confused I don’t know what to buy and what not to buy. I have read all the tips you posted here and I understand a bit. Pls could you recommend some product for me. I use Vo5 shampoo and conditioner and Emily millionaire herbs and coconut oil mixed with castor oil for deep conditioner. Also I noticed that my hair grows fast. In summary Pls just help me. I want my hair to be beautiful too.

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  5. Hi Juliet,I’m a natural newbie and I’ve been struggling with making my hair thicker. Of course it’s gonna take a bit longer to thicken as I transitioned from relaxed hair,but month after month it seems to be getting lighter and lighter. Please help a sister out

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