HOW TO GO NATURAL
How To Go From Relaxed To Natural Hair
If you are reading this post, you are either thinking about how to go natural or how to return natural. So guess what? You are in the right place. I have listed 3 STEPS BELOW TO MAKE YOUR TRANSITION FROM RELAXED TO NATURAL HAIR FAST AND EASY.
- First things first, you need to decide either to Big chop or Transition. Big Chop basically means chopping off all your relaxed, texturised, texlaxed, bleached, damaged, whatever state your hair is in- chopping everything off and transitioning means slowly allowing your natural hair to grow underneath your damaged hair.
Now, I personally transitioned because at the time, I was very conscious of having short hair.
I was super conscious of cutting all my hair off because I wanted something to put in a bun to style so I decided to transition for seven months and then I got tired of seeing my relaxed ends looking very unhealthy and dead so I just âď¸âď¸âď¸ cut them off.
Thatâs the first step you need to take. You either need to make the decision to transition or to big chop.
- Â After youâve made your decision, you have to think about having a Regimen. A regimen basically means, what you constantly do to your hair to keep it healthy and to retain growth. So as your hair grows, a regimen makes sure your hair breaks less than how fastÂ it grows. (Thatâs the whole secret to retaining length to be honestÂ so you really need a regimen.
A regimen consists of:Â pre-poo , shampoo, deep conditioning, apple cider vinegar rinse thatâs for the washing bit and then for styling you need leave in conditioner, hair moisturiser or hair butters and oils.
**Remember, everyone has different textures and porosity levels**
Now, I am going to explain the steps for a regimen really quickly. If you want more information, I can make a separate post for this.
- Pre-poo means what you do before you shampoo and you can use an oil or butter to pre-poo for 10minutes underneath a shower cap. It keeps your hair soft. Thatâs the whole purpose of pre-poo and it prevents your shampoo from stripping out all the moisture from your hair.
- Shampoos are meant to cleanse your hair without leaving it dry. When you go natural you will find out that there are two types of Shampoos. âMoisturising Shampooâ and âClarifying Shampooâ. Moisturising shampoos will keep your hair soft while cleansing your hair. While clarifying shampoosâsome can keep your hair soft but most times they leave your hair squeaky clean and slightly dry so use this when your hair is really dirty or once a month or once in 2 months.
- Deep Conditioners are the back bones of natural hair, they keep your hair strengthened, hydrated and just feeds your hair basically.
- For Apple Cider vinegar Rinse, Â brings the pH (potential of hydrogen) of your hair back to its original level. What this does, is that it helps your cuticles lie flat. (Let me know if you want more information on this). Otherwise, I hope you understand. đ Â Thatâs for the washing bit.
- For styling, you need a leave in conditioner first, to keep your hair conditioned.
- A hair moisturiser to add that extra softness and moisture.
- Then an oil.
Some people use oils before the moisturisers, as I said earlier, hair porosity really matters so it really depends on your hair.
Those are the steps really quickly.
How To Comb Natural Hair
Now, if you are wondering when exactly you are supposed to comb your hair, in natural hair slang we call combing detangling.
There are 2 ways to comb natural hair, with a wide-tooth comb and with your fingers.
I use my fingers.
It took me a while to learn but I learnt in my first year of going natural.
For some people it takes longer. It takes a bit of practise but then you have less breakage. You lose a little bit more time so you have less breakage and hence, longer hair.
I finger detangle before I shampoo, so thatâs after I pre-poo while my hair is really soft, I section my hair into about 6-10 twists and then I do not release my hair till after.
People always ask me this. Do you release your hair to deep condition and then re-twist again?
My hair is in twists while I deep condition until I need to style. Thatâs when I take my twists down.
Thereafter, I apply a leave in conditioner, hair moisturiser and then style. I could twist my hair again, braid or I could just style my hair.
Thatâs what I do but then you could do something different. Do whatever works for you.
In summary, I comb my hair, once or twice during my washdays, and through the week I keep my hair in a style for maintenance.
I donât take my hair down every night to re-twist. However, you can if you chose to wear your hair out quite often.
For me, my hair is in protective styles 100% of the time, you can check my Instagram to see the kind of different styles I create with my own hair so I donât need to take my hair down all the time to re-twist. Once my hair is in a particular style, all I need to do is use a hair mist.
Tips for Natural Hair
When your natural hair begins to grow, sometimes it gets really thick like mine. I will show you my relaxed hair photo here.
My hair got thicker, it got fuller and it got lots more voluminous.Â You should see my volume checks, its crazy.
So itâs always easier to deal with natural hair in sections. Divide it into 4, divide it into more than 4, however much that is convenient for you is absolutely perfect.
Before I forget, keep your hair from drying out overnight by sleeping with a satin scarf or satin bonnet.I prefer using scarves because, they just stay on and they donât pull on my edges. Full edges for the win yaâll, full edges for the win! Â Some satin bonnets actually pull on your hair so be careful.
Other products that you can integrate into your natural hair regimen are as follows:
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