When I decided to go natural, I didn’t just fall I made a parachute jump. There were bumps and bruises on the way. But thankfully I found my safe landing. And here’s how:
#1.I saw my hair as a project
I considered going natural for six months. Every month I kept getting depressed looking at my mirror-By normal Kenyan girl next-door standards my hair was not bad-it was neck length, straight but by my standards, it was awful-hair line was receding, thin strands, split ends, no growth.
I took charge and set two simple goals-grow healthy hair and get my hairline back. But what did having healthy hair mean?” I googled ‘healthy hair’, how to have healthy hair for one month as I wore braid extensions. One day I had an epiphany-I remembered the time when I was most happy and comfortable with my hair-It was when I was a child, when my hair was chemical-free. It was natural so the natural conclusion (pun intended) was to go natural. Go back to how my hair was as a child and this time do it differently. Be in control…as an adult. Learn to enjoy it.
It’s 2016, there are natural hair communities out there willing to help and encourage you on your hair journey. A few short years ago there, being a local natural hair blogger was unheard off. You are not doing this alone. Many women from all works of life and social class are on this journey. They offer tips, product reviews, youtube videos.
I started to deep condition
The first few months as a naturalista, I had 4 inches of an afro. I didn’t have to do much. I would shower every day, slap on a 20 bob coin sized amount of leave-in conditioner and gel and voila I’m off to work. But now that it was healthy. It began to grow. In six months it had grown an additional 3 inches. The ends got drier. I developed knots and tangles that unravelled with a lot of product in my hair. Styling it was difficult. Product would simply sit on my hair.
I then met a fellow curl friend who had awesome long hair. She offered a simple but effective tip…deep condition. And I’m offering it to you. Deep condition and if you can, deep condition at least every week. If this can be a part of your regiment, your hair will be soft and easy to manage.
#3.I learned to do my own hair
You can’t have natural hair without learning to do your own hair. There reason why we have badly damaged processed hair is because we would go to our hair stylist and take what they say as the gospel truth. Let’s remember ladies, they are preaching from the pulpit of This-is-how-I-pay-my-bills. If you don’t know what your hair needs, then trust me, your hair dresser will not. Here are few basic lessons I learned. When my hair is dry-it’s thirsty for moisture, I need to deep condition. If I want a good hair day the next day I need to sleep in a silk/satin scarf to avoid the frizziness and dryness.
#4. I avoided heat
When I went natural, my scalp was sensitive. It had been damaged by the long-term chemical processing. With an afro I was relieved to see that I did not require heat to style it. Heat permanently changes the curl definition of your hair and it does not grow back. When it is too much it literally cooks your hair. Picture your hair in an oven. There is no turning back. Use it wisely and sparingly. Even salon dryers can be damaging. Some hair stylists will put you in the dryer with too much heat because it is to their advantage. The more clients the more money.
#5. I developed a hair regimen and then I kept changing it
Develop a hair regimen. That works for you and stick to it and then listen to your hair as it grows. If you look at the mirror and don’t like what you see i.e. the texture, breakage, split ends, poor curl definition then it’s time to admit you need to change the hair routine.
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