Many African women have made the decision to transition their hair back to its natural state. This is a decision that is often brought on by disappoint in hair health, admiration of natural hair styles, or a need for change. No matter why a woman decides transitioning from relaxed to natural hair is for her, many women travel this road every year. There are some helpful tips to make this natural hair transition worth it!
Water, Water, Water for Natural Hair Care
Unlike relaxed hair, black natural hair needs water. Many women have shied away from water due to the fear of “messing” up their hair; this is not the case with natural hair. Instances when water is good for natural hair – washing, detangling, and refreshing a style.
Clean Your Natural Hair
Simply put, clean hair is healthy hair. Washing once a week is important. Using organic options for cleaning is easier on the hair. Black natural hair does not require harsh stripping shampoos. Think about it, the African American culture is one of the fewest cultures that add oils on the hair. Now this is because of the lack of the scalp to generate enough of its own oils. If shampoos are used by other cultures to strip excessive oils from the hair and this same process is used to wash African American natural hair this is a sure way to dry out the hair. Baking soda and water is a natural cleanser; it cleans the hair without stripping it.
Moister, Moister, Moister for Natural Hair Care
Keeping natural hair moisturized is important for its grow. Natural oils are ideal. Understanding the benefits of each type of oil and one’s specific hair needs is important to making or finding the right moisturizer. Natural hair should never be combed dry. A large part of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair is understanding that wet is okay. Moister will make it easier to comb or detangle the hair and bring out natural curls. Yes, curls not “naps”. Naps are simply a negative word to define the natural beauty element of the hair. It twists, coils, and curls. The more “nappy” it is the tighter the curls. One can train their hair to do what they want, if they are willing to put in the time.
Tangled Natural Hair Hinders Growth
Yes, many people have seen others with locks down their backs. Tangled hair in its natural unlocked state will hinder growth. Yes, the roots may grow but eventually the ends and other sections will fall off. If that’s not the case, they will be ripped out because most people do not have the patience to work with knotted hair. This is why detangling weekly with washing is vital.