Tired of having you hair relaxed? Looking for a change? Want to join the natural
craze? Whatever your reason, going “natural” can be a rewarding and challenging
transition. Before going natural there are many things to take into consideration –
time, products, hair type and patience. Yes patience! Natural hair takes time to grow
and correctly at that. This list below should provide you with a brief “all you need to
know” if you’re ready to start your natural transition.
nurture. If you decide to go for the big chop or want to transition your relaxed hair,
you will need to dedicate a little time each morning and night to care for your hair.
This includes styling, moisturizing and care before going to bed.
Natural hair can be a bit costly if you want to truly take care of your hair – the costs
for the most part equate to what you would pay to maintain relaxed hair. You can
also look into using all-natural products like raw Shea butter and coconut oils to be
more cost effective. There are tons of websites with reviews on the best products
for natural hair. Before purchasing any natural products, you will need to become
familiar with your curl pattern. Considering that natural hair looks different for
different women, there are specialized products for each hair type. This will be a
trial and error process at the beginning when trying to find what works best for you
and your hair needs
Natural Hair Types
There are three types of natural hair. Each type has varying degrees that describe
each hair-type more thoroughly.
Type 2: Wavy Hair
This type of hair falls close to the face. The waves and curls have a relaxed “S”
– 2a – thin, fine and easy to handle
– 2b – medium with little resistance to styling
– 2c – thick, more resistant to styling and frizzy
Type 3: Curly Hair
This hair is springier and the curls have a loopier “S” pattern.
– 3a – big, shiny curls
– 3b – medium, corkscrew curls
– 3c – tight, pencil/straw sized curls
Type 4: Kinky Hair
This hair is very kinky and tightly curled.
– 4a – tightly coiled hair, that has an “S” pattern when stretched.
– 4b – more coiled hair with a “Z” pattern. This hair has a cotton feel.
Once you learn your curl pattern, purchase the right products for your hair and take
the time to care for your hair – you just have to sit and let it grow. During this time,
it can be stressful to style the awkward stages aka the not-shoulder length hair or
overgrown Afro. The great thing about natural hair at any stage is the versatility
your hair provides. To help with growth you can test a variety of transition styles
such as Senegalese Twists or box braids that can last for weeks or months at a time.
You can also try methods such as twisting out and braiding to keep your hands out
of your hair while it grows.
Natural hair can seem overwhelming at first, but with a little help and few YouTube
tutorials you will be a pro in no time. Don’t be afraid to try new things with your
natural hair. Be mindful of coloring or harsh chemicals as this may stunt the growth
process. With good advice and the help from the natural community, you’re bound
to enjoy and appreciate your new transition.