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Natural Hair Transition Tips

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.

 

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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.

 

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Care for Crotchet Braids Bantu Twist

I have had my crotchet braids with bantu twist for over a week now and I have found it quite tricky to care for. This is my first time having this type of hairdo. I usually have crotchet braids on because I find them easy to install and gentle on the hair. It is a great protective style to rock so you can always catch me rocking some kind of crotchet braids

I have gotten a lot of complements thanks to my big hair. It seems you either love it or hate it with hairstyles like this. And I am happy to confess I love it. The hair is – Curly Afro Twist Crochet Braid Ombre Havana Mambo Synthetic Hair Extensions. I used 4 packs.

 

How to Care for Crotchet Braids with Bantu Twist

 

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Don’t bother with a hair net or bonnet

I tried to pop my big hair in a hair net and a few bonnets but was very unsuccessful. It was way too big, so I wrap my hair loosely in a silk scarf for bedtime.

 

Tie nylon bag for shower time

I also tried popping a couple of shower caps on my hair for shower, but I couldn’t get any shower caps over. So I settled for wrapping nylon bags over my hair for shower time. Very unattractive but it does the work perfectly.

 

Oil and trim everyday

I oil my bantu twists lightly with hair oil. Any hair oil should do, and a little is all you need. I also trim all the dead ends every day, to keep it looking good. The major issue with bantu twists is the fact this hair is prone to having dead ends. So you have to pay attention to the ends and get the trimming right to having good-looking hair.

 

Mositurise your roots

The hair roots need to be moisturised everyday. I use a mixture of almond oil and water in a spray bottle to keep my roots moisturised. I also use this hair styling water to keep my roots healthy.

 

Overall, I like my bantu twist crotchet braids. It is a great protective style and it suits me. Having said that, it is a bit high maintenance. It takes me ages to get ready these days thanks to the time I spend getting my hair in order. All the time I spend on the hair is worth it in the end though.

What do you think of this hair-do?  What is your favourite protective hair style? Please share in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

The Natural Hair Movement – Why more women are returning to their roots

For a lot of women, especially African women, curling, perming, relaxing and heat styling are slowly going out as we are starting to embrace more natural hairstyles. This has started a kind of natural hair movement.

I also joined the bandwagon when I decided to go all natural and stay away from harsh chemicals. Such harsh chemicals damage the hair although they help women achieve styles associated to Western hairstyles.

 

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More women are returning to their roots

One day, I followed a friend to the hairdressers and noticed how the place was not as busy as I remembered it to be. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who went all out with being natural. There were so many other women!

It was not difficult to deduce that the swift shift to go all natural with twists, braids and locks was killing business. Women have caught on to the advantages of keeping their natural hair. For most women staying natural keeps their hair healthy.

Chemicals can lead to irreparable damage often taking years before the hair can go back to its healthy self. Staying natural gives women the opportunity to let their hair grow longer and fuller. Even though one of the downsides is the difficulty in maintaining the hair, especially if you have kinky hair like mine.

 

 

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Personally I find maintaining my natural hair a lot much cheaper than spending money on products that will only damage my hair, not to talk about paying the hairdresser who will apply the products that will do the damage.

The convenience of taking care of my hair right from the comfort of my home is priceless. The same goes for several other women. Thanks to the numerous tutorials on YouTube on managing and styling the natural hair, there is information everywhere.

This is a revolution threatening hundreds of hairdressers and those in the beauty industry right now. What is the future of the beauty hair industry if more and more women decide to transition to natural hairstyles? From what I see, that future is seriously threatened.

YouTube videos showing women just how to maintain natural hair and hair blogs recommending the exact products to help provide the needed treatment for your hair are pushing hairdressers to the sidelines. As more people are picking up on the trend, all the focus is on natural hair products and natural hairstyles.

 

The way forward

I believe the beauty hair industry needs to catch up on the natural hair trend and invest more of their time and expertise on promoting natural hair and how to make the most of it. Our hair is our crown and should be treated as such, not buried under weaves permanently.

The natural hair movement is here to stay. So hairdressers better catch up.

 

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