I knew I had a problem, I was addicted to weaves. My solution? I cut off all my hair and started to grow my natural afresh. Natural hair is high maintenance, don’t let anyone tell you differently. Transitioning to natural hair can be time consuming and expensive because it takes a lot of trial and error to find the product that works best for your hair. Here are some great tips to transition to healthy hair.
The beauty of cornrows
The frustrating stage of hair is when it is too short for a ponytail. To manage my locks, l turned to cornrows until it grew to a length that was easy to style. Most natural hair sistahs set aside a day just to take care of their hair. Wash-and-go just does not cut it. Keep your hair supple by putting them in neat braids or cornrows. Once you undo these plaits for a wash, you may find your hair completely unmanageable. If you have pre-historic kinky hair like me, washing your hair will cause extreme shrinkage and tangling. To avoid this, invest in a wide-tooth, unbreakable comb. Stay away from the fine-tooth plastics, they pull out hair! If your hair is severely matted, I strongly recommend detangling your hair with your fingers before going near a comb.
Once you are ready to shampoo, divide your hair into 4 equal parts and wash each section separately. I know this seems like a lot of work, but it prevents tangling and it will keep hair on your head instead of in a comb.
I just got wind of this phenomem and I am officially a believer. Pre-poo is a product much like a conditioner but it changes the porosity of hair and makes it ultra soft and easy for a comb to slide through. It is called pre-pooing simply because you can rinse your hair with the solution before you shamPoo your hair. You can also use it before a chemical treatment or right after you condition your hair. Pre-pooing is a must for anyone who does not want to deal with tangled hair. I use Porosity control conditioner by Roux.
Condition, condition, condition
Please invest in a good hydrating shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. I have discovered that my hair responds really well to products that have humectants and jojoba. Take the time to find out what your hair loves and splurge. Splurging does not necessarily mean spending more money on expensive high-end products – everyone’s hair different. The wildly famous Morrocan Oil for example does not have a noticeable impact on my hair, but I will vouch for products by Rusk and Kera Care. I recently got introduced to Jane Carter and I love her Replenishing Leave-in Conditioner, it detangles and seals in moisture in minutes.
Some people are militant about the definition of natural hair and they will give you a tongue lashing for applying any chemical solution to your hair. Don’t listen to them. Do what suits you. The texture of my hair makes it unbearable to leave it in its virgin- state so I made the decision to alter my curls slightly. I texturize my hair every 8 weeks. Texturizing is a chemical treatment but I like it because it retains the curl in my hair but still leaves it manageable. Once a month, I visit a hairdresser with strong biceps for a great blowout. I use Soft & beautiful’s texturizer for regular hair. The results, fantastic.
So there you are, take the first step to wean yourself off weaves and discover the beauty of your natural hair. When the occasion calls for it, add a few tracks to give volume or sass appeal. But don’t become a weaveaholic. If I can do it, so can you.