I’m still learning quite a bit after going natural and I know there’s still plenty more to discover. I’m having so much fun doing it and I’ve noticed my hair is benefiting from it. Making my hair regimen simpler has definitely been a huge help in caring for my hair.
These are just the highlighted things I thought of to share on how to perhaps make your natural hair journey a little bit better.
1. Hair type – Am I a 3C or 4B?
Hair type is going to make a big difference in caring for your hair. Different products will work for different hair types. Unfortunately, you don’t necessarily know your hair type before going natural. You can try to tell by looking at your roots, but it can always look different and be more than one hair type once it’s all over your head.
Naturally Curly has a great post on explaining hair type.
I hear this from EVERYONE and EVERYWHERE. You must keep your hair moisturized. Dry hair is no good and will break off a whole lot easier.
That’s one thing I noticed when I went natural – my hair soaks up moisture in no time. In the morning, I can apply a leave-in or oil and by the time I go to bed it’s dry again. In really, really humid weather it can feel like a Brillo pad. There is no one product that will do the trick for everyone. You have to play around with different ones and different techniques until you find the right one for your hair.
When I had a relaxer, I could literally take a comb and go from root to tip generally without any hiccups. Now, if I try to do that the comb wouldn’t even make it halfway. And I would probably lose quite a bit of hair.
My natural hair is much, much thicker than my relaxed hair was, so there’s no way I can comb it out the same. Now I have to make sure it’s wet in some capacity before putting a comb through it – that could be right after I wash it when it’s still wet or re-wet it with water, a leave-in moisturizer, aloe vera juice, or avocado oil.
I have to take my hair and divide it into sections. Once that section is combed through thoroughly I either braid it or put it in a pony tail holder to keep it set to the side so I can get through the rest of my hair.
4. Sleepwear for your hair
It’s very important to make sure your hair is not rubbing on anything that will damage it as you sleep. When we’re sleeping our heads are constantly turning back and forth during the night and that also means our hair lines are vulnerable.
You want to make sure you sleep either with a silk or satin scarf tied around your hair (covering your hairline) or sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase. This will protect your hair (and hairline) at night with all the movement.
It can be hard to maintain your hairstyles once you go natural, but it’s not impossible. Depending on how you want to style it, tying it up under a scarf at night might be the answer to maintaining your do – protect your hair and protect your style at the same time.
Maintaining your hairstyle may require a re-braid at night or rollers to sleep in which brings me to the next bullet point.
There are TONS of natural hair tutorials out there to find ways to care for your style or to find other hair styles you may like. These tutorials will provide you with step-by-step video instructions.
Tutorials will also help you find the best way to keep your hair moisturized and detangled.
My two top picks to choose from to find such tutorials are YouTube and Pinterest (you can start with my Natural Hair Pinterest board!)
7. Diet & Lifestyle
Diet & lifestyle both play a role in hair health believe it or not. If you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, your hair is one of the places that will be affected by it. Make sure you get your annual blood count test from your healthcare provider to make sure you aren’t deficient in anything.
It also doesn’t hurt to take a multivitamin everyday, preferably a whole food one. Make sure to eat whole foods as much as you can, don’t use the vitamin as a crutch. Making sure your stress levels are under control and that you are getting the proper rest and relaxation you need will help, too.
8. Exercise Hairdo
Now, ladies please don’t let your hair get in the way of working out. There are ways you can still work out and have a fabulous hairdo.
You can always work out in the morning while your scarf is still on. You can braid it up to help maintain your look while you exercise or pull it back into a ponytail until you’re done.
Find what way works best for you where you will be happy with your hair and happy with your exercise. Just don’t NOT work out because of your hair, it’s not worth it.
Can you think of other things to share regarding natural hair?