When I researched the best way to care for my hair, I soon became aware of the mistakes was making and why I had problems managing it. I didn’t even comb my hair correctly! Not being able to put a fine tooth comb through my hair from root to tip led me to believe my hair was flawed. However, kinky, coily, Afro-textured hair should be combed with a wide tooth comb, ideally when damp. There are many examples of misconceptions related to detangling, moisturizing and styling natural hair. If you think your hair is “too tough” to go natural, do your research before concluding this. Not understanding your hair makes it hard to manage. Here are some important facts about natural hair…
“I can’t go natural! My hair is too tough” I can’t count the number of times I have heard this statement. Even when I share my experience of going natural, it usually isn’t enough. I’m the lucky one… My hair is just “soft”… Wrong! I used to use Optimum Super Plus relaxer and left it in longer than the recommended time. The first time I had my hair relaxed (I think I was 11 or 12 years old) it didn’t take. I have kinky, tightly coiled hair, that shrinks to what looks like a TWA. I laugh out loud when people tell me my hair is just easy to manage.
You may still be debating the idea of going natural or know someone who is contemplating it. Despite the natural hair movement growing greatly over the years, the majority of black women still use chemical relaxers to straighten their hair. Here are five reasons to embrace your natural hair and avoid chemical relaxers for good. 1.Longer, healthier hair If you have been struggling to get your hair past shoulder length or a certain point; consider the effects of chemicals on the strength of your hair. Don’t believe the myth that your only hope is to resort to perpetual weaving in order to have the appearance of long hair. To know the effects of chemical relaxers; check out this post here. The harsh chemicals from relaxers weaken our already delicate strands. Afro textured hair strands are typically thinner than European and Asian hair. Yet the use of chemical relaxers is most prevalent in the black community. Therefore we are setting ourselves up to be stereotyped as the group whose hair doesn’t grow long, when this in fact is not true. Weakening chemicals are the problem, not our hair type. Hair that is weakened from chemicals is more likely to be thinner and shorter, as the hair will inevitably break off at the ends. There are always exceptions, but the majority of us can relate to having problems with breakage due to relaxers. I used to wonder why it seemed easy for black men to grow huge Afros and have hair longer […]
Going natural can be exciting but challenging at the same time. Many of us have not dealt with our natural hair since childhood. Not only do we have to learn new techniques in managing our hair, we also have to change the way we think about our hair and sometimes challenge those who have misconceptions about natural hair. All of this is a learning experience that takes time and patience. When I first went natural I made many mistakes, some make irreversible mistakes and have to go through the big chop or transition all over again. It is all apart of the experience. The mistakes I made have helped me become more knowledgeable and in a position to help others who decide to embrace their natural hair. Here are some common mistakes many newly naturals make:
When I first went natural there was not as much information online as there is today. Now there are endless numbers of blogs and video tutorials to help you on your journey. There are also numerous products on the market to choose from. All you have to do is Google what you are looking for and you will find a wealth of information from various sources, on natural hair. As much as this is a blessing there is also a downside, information overload!
Going natural may not be a huge declaration or momentous occasion for some. Perhaps you have taken your hair out of braids and want to delay using chemicals for a while. You may never look back. Some may have experienced breakage due to relaxers and believe going chemical free is best. Whatever your reasons for going natural, here are some tips to get you started on the right track.
Shrinkage is no fun when hair becomes unmanageable, knotted and prone to breakage. Stretched hair is more pliable and easier to manage, plus, you get to show off more length. When I first went natural I thought my only option was to blow dry my hair out, after every wash. Too much heat led to dry hair and slight heat damage. There are many methods of stretching the hair without having to rely on heat. Here are some old ideas revisited plus some new ones.