10 Things To Know Before Going Natural
Ten major things you should know before wearing your hair natural
Going natural seems to be the trend now. Black people are beginning to take pride in wearing their hair natural. A lot of black women have spent years put harsh chemicals into their hair, now they are ready for the big chop or to transition from relaxed hair to natural.
But the chief issue in the natural hair movement is that so few people understand anything about natural hair. If you are thinking of going natural these are 10 things you should know before joining the movement.
1. Do your research
That doesn’t mean just hop on Youtube for hours looking up pretty hair tutorials. This means really looking into the science of hair so you will understand what is going to happen. Why is this important? Because when products are claiming to work miracles on your hair, you need to know better!
2. Your Budget
Natural hair can be very budget friendly, or it can eat through your entire checking account if you let it. Early on you need to decide how much you are willing to spend in total over the course of a month, three months and a year. This is going to include money for products, protective styles…etc. The price can start adding up quickly even for the most frugal naturalist… so set a number and don’t forget it.
3. Hair Porosity
Understanding your hair porosity will help you figure out why your hair feels so dry so often. You need to know whether you have high porosity, normal porosity or low porosity in order to plan accordingly on wash day.
4. Hair Texture
It may be difficult at first to figure out your hair texture when transitioning from a relaxer. And it is perfectly okay to have multiple hair textures on your head. So pay close attention how your hair grows out of your scalp. It can be curly or coiled… of if you’re like the millions of other naturalists you’ll have a genuine mix of both!
5. Hair Growth Pattern
Okay… so this is where it gets a bit interesting. ! Your hair will have a specific hair growth pattern (this pattern can be affected by certain things like hormonal changes or medications) but for the most part, your hair growth pattern will remain unchanged. Hair grows about .5 to 1 inch a month. You can measure your hair to see how much hair you are retaining because that is the key to growth! Measuring monthly will give you a good idea of how much your hair is growing consistently. To be completely honest tho… after a while, this won’t really matter to you as long as your hair is happy and healthy!
6. What works for you
This is going to be key! You are going to be a product junkie. Don’t do this! Why? Because not everything is going to work for your hair. You are going to have to make decisions based on what ingredients play nice with your tresses. Some people will have issues with coconut oil, shea butter, proteins…etc. So take a look at the ingredients before making any purchases and pay attention to what those ingredients do to your hair. This will also help you learn what ingredients to avoid, and save you on some money when walking down the beauty supply store aisles.
7. Your Hair Type
Hair type is different than hair texture and they are often confused. While your hair texture is curly or oily, your hair type is a slew of mathematical craziness. Not a huge fan of hair typing, but it does make things a bit easier in the beginning of your hair journey when you are just learning about your strands. Do some research (back to step 1 of course) and find out what hair type you have whether it is 3a or 4c will make a big difference in how you buy products and how you apply products to your hair. It is also quite possible that you will have several different types of hair on your scalp just like you will have various textures on your hair as well.
8. Your Go-To Style
You have to have a set of 4-5 different styles that you can turn to in case of emergency! You need to know whether you are a wash and go kind of girl, or do you live and breath twist outs and Bantu knots.
9. Your Hair Density/Volume
Figuring out the density and volume of your hair will help with picking your go-to style (see how everything is connected… wink). Density and volume will affect how a style turns out, and how log it takes to achieve it (think of higher and lower drying times)
10. Build a Simple Effective Regimen
Create a simple yet effective regimen that fits your lifestyle. You don’t need to have a ten step regimen for your hair to flourish. Deep conditioning and pre-pooing for hours were taking up precious lifetime that you'll never get back. As long as the basics are being achieved in your regimen you can make it yours. There is no right or wrong!
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