How to Grow My Natural Hair
What Is Natural Hair?
So, you may not have the slightest idea what natural hair is, but don't worry I am going to break that down for you.
Natural hair is hair whose texture hasn't been altered by chemical straighteners, it is any hair in it's true form, that is, it is hair that is just the way it grows out from the scalp. No relaxers, no dye, anything that changes the original form of the hair has not been applied.
The Problem With Natural Hair
Well, not everyone has problems with their natural hair, but some people undergo various difficulties with their natural hair. Some are too strong that they even break the combs, some are just so disobeident they don't understand the words; ''lay down'', some put hair stylists on the run, and some have all these problems put together! wow.
Why I Am on the Natural Hair Journey
So many people, celebrities included have gone on the natural hair journey., Gone are the days when relaxers were celebrated. Some people are of the opinion that, using relaxer is a form of accepting the western definition of beauty; straight, wavy, and silky hair. Some argue that it is because of the colonial mentality that so many people (especially Nigerians) still have, some even say that, it is as aresult of self hate! why else would one distort the original shape of their hair?
Well, whatever your reason for going naturalis, whether relaxers have caused damage to your hair, or you're feeling funky and want to do something new or you subscribe to one of the above reasons, it is not as important as the journey, and I am sure you have some questions.
First Thing You Need to Know
There are certain things you need to know as you go on this journey of naturalism. The first thing you need to know though, is this: it is not true that you must cut all your hair to grow new ones! Now that is just a fat lie. You don't need to go bald and cause the street to go into chaos.
In this journey of sisterhood, there is something called transitioning hair.
It is when you let your natural hair grow beneath your relaxed hair (what is normally called undergrowth). It just means that you will have to deal with two different textures of hair.
So many people transition for six months, some go for one year before cutting of the tip of the hair, which is the relaxed or damaged hair. It all depends on how long you are willing to go. The longest I have heard of is two years. The ball is in your court honey, it is your decision and probably your stylist's too.
The Big Chop
This is the other option on this hair journey. The big chop is when you decide to go on "secura" that is, cutting all your hair off, and letting new ones grow.
Trust me on this one babe, not everyone can rock that look. Whew! talk about societal chaos. Still in the spirit of not making choices for anyone, research has shown that those who go on "The big chop" see faster results than those who transition. Perhaps a compensation from mother nature.
The Big Chop
My Natural Hair
If you have never had or kept natural hair then I should be the one to break this to you. There is a huge difference between relaxed and natural hair. The textures are different, the curl patterns are different and more importantly the care routines are different.
Care Routines For Natural Hair
It is highly important that you care for your hair just as you care for your skin.
First thing to remember is to always keep your hair moisturized with water and leave in conditioners.
At night, cover your hair with a satin cap to lock in moisture.
Avoid manipulating hairstyles.
Make protective hairstyles once in a while.
Wash your hair regularly, at least at ten days intervals.
Use more of natural products for your hair and avoid chemicals.
Avoid tight teethed combs.
These are few, but keeping them in mind will make your journey smoother.
Natural Products For Natural Hair
Coconut oil due to its amazing prpperties, makes the hair shiny, strong and moisturized.
Castor oil helps in quick hair growth
Shea butter softens the hair
Olive oil keeps your hair healthy and strong
This herb facilitates hair growth