Have you made that decision to go natural just like 3 of my friends who wrote me yesterday. In fact this post is dedicated to them. Lanre, Mayowa and Jessica! I pledge to hold your hand while you take this road. Mwauh!
Maybe you should start by reading about my own Natural hair Journey, which i shared in the last post . Its important that you read all you can about this. You can also follow this blog so as to get instant updates of new posts.
Having said that, you should also know that this is YOUR JOURNEY, It is YOUR responsibility to find out what works best for you and stick to it. Set realistic expectations for your hair, shower it with all the care and attention it deserves. Remember that it’s your crown!
So here are a few Steps to take to ensure that you start well:
- Take pictures of your hair from front to back. This will serve as a visual proof that you’ve made improvements and keep you motivated
- Get rid of all chemicals. Give out any creamy crack stashed somewhere or better still save some scalp and trash them
- Decide whether you want to transition(letting the permed part grow out) or get the “big chop”(cutting off all the permed part at once and starting Afresh)
- Get ready what you need and arrange them somewhere. This would help you stay organised and reduce your frustration in the mornings.
Here are the basics
- Afro comb for detangling
2.Shea Butter for sealing in moisture
3. Water Bottle
4. Silk/Satin Bonnet
4. Develop Healthy Hair Habits
Habits can make or break your hair, literally. So it’s important that you get it right from the start. Here are some HHH to help you start off well on the right foot.
- Develop a weekly routine – A weekly hair routine is basically a set of hair grooming habits that you keep to ensure your hair thrives. More on this in my next post.
- Deep Conditioning – See my favorite and how to here >>>https://unveiledbykech.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/my-favorite-homemade-conditioner/
- Seal in moisture – That’s what the Shea Butter is for. Will show you how soon.
- Keep your hair products as natural as possible – Click here to see why>>>https://unveiledbykech.wordpress.com/2013/10/
- Limit heat styling – Excessive use of heat would reduce your hair tensile
- Protective styling – This is to reduce tension on your hair caused by your constant pulling and combing. You need this to reduce that contact. Especially if you are like me ( I can’t get my hands off my hair)
- Stimulate your scalp with massage – This would help spread your natural sebum to your hair.
- Eat healthily – Well, yes! That works.
- Always sleep with your hair covered with a silk/satin Bonnet or on a satin/silk covered pillow – You dont want to wake up in the morning with sponge like hair.