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7 Tips to Consider Before Going Natural (Transitioning)

Transitioning To Natural Hair – Part 1

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.

Time

Natural hair needs TLC for sure. Strong and healthy natural hair takes time totips on going natural

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.

Products

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”

pattern.

– 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.

Patience

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.

 

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4 Responses to 7 Tips to Consider Before Going Natural (Transitioning)

  1. Patricia / Reply

    April 7, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Love what I’ve seen of your product, but because I am an African American woman of a particular age I’m finding it extremely difficult to find natural hair for salt and pepper tresses. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  2. Tami / Reply

    December 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I have been natural my whole life, but I sufer from heat damage because I flat iron my hair every two weeks. I want to go a year without heat so I will try this hairstyle next week. Please advise on other hair styles for the remainder of this year.

    • My Natural Hair Extensions / Reply

      December 27, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Hello Tami, It depends on your texture but try our Kinky Straight for a straight look or our Afro Kinky or Kinky Curly for a curly natural look.

  3. Yoladaa / Reply

    June 26, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Very good article! Yea i agree but the most important thing here is to just be patient and let your hair do its thing. A+ said very well! I’m currently wearing your natural afro textured extensions. Very lovely MNHE

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