Natural Hair for African American Ladies
Going natural is the beginning not the end..
When you're deciding to go natural you have to be prepared. If you're like me you think about you life with processed hair, and would it be better with or without the chemicals. My mother started relaxing my hair when I was 6 years old, pretty early. So over many many years of relaxing my hair I decided to take the plunge in September 2013 and do my (BC) BIG CHOP. Oh man I cried my eyes and actually went through a period of depression. But in fact that was the beginning of my natural hair journey and I stuck with it and I'm glad I did.
Big hair..don't care..
Which way to go?
So you want to go natural but don't know how. The following are some approaches to going completely natural:
- Doing your Big Chop and wearing your hair out
- Transitioning from relaxed to natural
- Wearing wigs and weaves
Each has it's benefits and setbacks but the goal behind all this is to have healthy natural hair. Remember that wearing wigs and weaves won't harm your hair as long as you take care of your strands and keep your hair moisturized as much as possible.
Just like relaxed hair, natural hair takes a lot of TLC. Moisture is the key to hair retention and could be the life or death of you mane. Believe it or not, drinking plenty of water everyday helps to moisturize your hair. Water also helps with keeping your skin clear but that's another Hub, lol.
Product selection is very important as well. Choosing shampoos that's sulfate-free is essential to hair retention. Conditioning is vital, not just regular conditioners but deep treatments as well.
My personal journey..
Through my year of personal struggle and desperation, I found that exploring YouTube really helped with educating myself regarding products and different methods that could help me with determining what my natural pattern was, what my hair type is and what can I do to make sure I get the best results during my journey. I absolutely love youtube and can say it's amazing that so many other women have had the same issues that I did. Their tips and advice has saved me from breaking down and putting a relaxer in my hair
Great products for natural hair
Shampoos and Conditioners
Leave in conditioners
As I Am
Brand Pile Up
Long hair don't care
Ok, so a year has gone by and no I don't have the long hair but I do have great growth. My hair has come a long way and i must say that I'm very proud of the results. But I'm not done yet and I'm in it for a long haul and so should you. I just want to tell you to not give up and to stay positive.