What to do with my natural hair?
Starting my natural hair journey was a headache in the beginning. I was very intimidated by the process and worried about how I would look. Now, three years later, I no longer have those concerns and the journey has gotten easier.The most trying time was transitioning. Luckily, with patience, understanding my hair type, and persistence I've almost mastered my hair regimen. It took three whole years to finally get comfortable with and find different styles that looked good on me. The hardest part of my journey was worrying about what others had to say or thought. I had to learn to love me for who I am and my hair for what it is. I had to forget about everyone else. I wanted acceptance from peers so going natural was a big decision. Nowadays new naturals don't go through as much criticism and drama because natural has become the norm. Everyone is doing it.
If you don't know your hair type you should watch this.
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Three years of trials and errors
I made many errors when starting my journey which made staying natural a struggle every day. Some of my problems were dry scalp, dandruff, maintaining styles and too much more to name.If you read my first article SMNJ (starting my natural journey) I mentioned some of my struggles.Instead of going through in boring details of all my many mistakes in this article, I am going to share my opinions on what might help your hair be more manageable.I will also show vlogs and provide links from youtubers that helped me with my hair regimen.
First, try to find out your hair type. Don't be deterred by your hair being a combination of textures especially during the transitioning phase.This is normal and finding your type will save a lot of time when selecting products to use on your hair, you could also eliminate products that aren't good for your hair type automatically.
Hair is divided into for textures and types.The texture is represented with numbers 1,2,3, and 4. textures are categorized by the letters A, B, and C.
Starting the journey
- Starting my Natural hair journey : Refusing to cut it all off
This article is about wearing natural styles after growing out a relaxer.
Products that worked for different youtubers
Next find products that work on your hair. Everyone's hair is different. That means what works for me may not work for you. Keeping that in mind I will leave videos with suggestions of alternatives products from other naturals. Just to give an additional option when choosing products.
Right now I am using coconut oil, mango butter, olive, and argon oil on my hair. For washing, I am using apple cider vinegar and water only. I found these products handled the problem of build-up and dandruff without completely stripping my hair of oil. Other products that work well for me is tea tree, castor oil, and carrot oil. I rotate out products with hairstyles.
Products Used By Youtubers
Things that have changed with my hair routine since transitioning
One of the biggest things that has changed is my washing routine. I use to wash my hair almost everyday in the beginning .I was having problems with dry itchy scalp and dandruff. Washing helped with keeping my scalp clean but dried my hair out so bad. I finally started washing with a vinegar and water solution and these two problems disappeared. I like to mix one part vinegar and one part water. Basically a 50/50 solution. I wish I would have started this sooner. It would have saved me a lot of time and money .
The next major thing I did was create an oil for my hair. I created a serum for everyday moisturizing of my dry hair. All I do is take one ounce of each : olive oil, coconut oil, leave in conditioner ,and argon oil and mix it with about 6 ounces of water in a spray bottle. I spray my hair with this mixture through the day and at night to keep my hair moisturized. i even use it as a prepoo if extra moisturizing is needed.
In conclusion growing and maintaining natural hair is a journey with many ups and downs. The key thing to remember is not to give up on your hair.