The regular readers on Fashion and Style Police would know all about my natural hair transition story. I decided to go natural some years ago and although I have not looked back ever since. My hair has gone fully natural now, and although it is not at the length I want it to be, it is getting there.
I picked up some life lessons from my natural hair transition. Here a few tips you may useful.
You don’t have to do the big chop
I didn’t go down the big chop route because I wasn’t comfortable cutting my hair. So I decided to transition my relaxed hair, and cut off the relaxed ends gradually. This process took forever but I would do it all over again if I had to. Rocking a very low-cut was not something I was prepared to do. So don’t feel you have to do cut your hair low to go natural.
Make time for hair wash day
The process of washing my hair takes hours. I wash my hair every fortnight when I don’t have a protective style on, and I always make sure I block out some hours to get my hair washed properly. If you intend to go natural, you must ensure you have the time to care for your hair. Keeping your scalp clean is very important especially when you are transitioning to natural hair. A dirty scalp would stop new growth from coming in, so hair wash days are super important.
I usually start my hair wash days with an oil treatment. Pink Oil Hair Moisturiser is the current oil treatment I am using. I apply the oil on my hair and leave it under a shower cap for a few hours, while I go about my normal day. Then I wash with SheaMoisture Shampoo and Conditioner. After washing, I apply African Pride Leave-in Conditioner and air dry.
Get rid of all hair chemicals
I got rid of all my relaxers, texturises and all hair chemicals in my bathroom cabinets. And I made room for natural hair products. I have loads of SheaMoisture hair products because they work amazingly well on my hair. I also make my own hair spray with water and almond oil in a spray bottle and that works great too.
Try different protective styles
My hair is always in a protective style. I took off my crotchet braids some weeks and I plan to have my hair in cornrows this weekend. I find it easier to manage my natural hair when it is a protective style. It is best to style the natural hair in various protective styles to retain hair length and keep it healthy.
What do you think of these natural hair tips?
Sounds like really useful tips for anyone going through this process. You look beautiful!
Going natural is a huge step for a woman. I have been natural for five years now. I do have to admit being natural is a big task. I love my protective styles it gives me break from combing. When the hair comes out of its shell it is so beautiful.
Yes it is a lot of work but so worth it in the end. Protective styles give me a break from combing so my hair is always in protective styles.
Your hair looks fantastic! I use only natural products in my hair too, I think it makes a big difference in the health of your hair.
Yes it does for sure. Thanks Kate.
Great tips here. I had a friend who had afro hair and I can remember how long it took her each day to look after it. Glad you are getting to where you want to be with your hair.
Thank you 😊
They sound like great topa for anyone considering going through a transition. I certainly didn’t realise the lengths you have to go to, to become natural again.
It is a long process. Didn’t know until I started too.
Oh wow it sounds like it is so time consuming, I am sure it is all worth it though x
Yes very time consuming but so worth it xx
Going natural really suits your face lovely 🙂
I know that my aunt struggles with my nieces hair so will share these tips with her
Please do. Thank you.
Great tips for people who are looking to create this style, I love that you can wash your hair every 2 weeks. Mine is every 2 days
Thanks Steph. Yes different hair textures and hair care. So amazing.
Great tips Stella
Did you trim or cut again?
I am always in protective styling. Helps grow the hair in my humble opinion. So I wash when I take out protective styling.
My TIP would be to comb only when wet.
Yes I did. Great tip there.
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Love transitioning to natural hair. Can’t find the guts to big chop, but it is a draining process to long term transition .
Yes it is. I couldn’t bring myself to go down the big chop route so I took the long route.