Deciding to wear your hair naturally can be a big decision. I know for me it was. Seeing my curly roots take over my head was fun and intimidating at the same time. I didn’t know how to start and while YouTube was helpful, a lot of what I was learning wasn’t applicable to me. I needed some basic advice to save me from spending all my extra money on products that won’t work and it would’ve been nice to know some of the best general methods to care for my hair.
Now that I’m a little over three years natural, I’ve had a lot of hits and misses with my hair. I went from having hair that grew fast and wildly for the first year, not retaining a single inch of length in my second year to virtually starting completely over for the third year.
I’ve compiled a list of three helpful tips for new naturals based on my experience.
1. Take the time to learn your hair.
Going (or returning) natural can be very exciting. Your excitement can easily takeover your ability to be patient and learn all there is to know about your hair. Learning your own hair is very important in the long run, especially if you want your hair to be the healthiest it can be and retain all the length you’re seeing. Pay attention to how your hair reacts to certain styles, products and routines. The only way to do this is to experiment and look for results. For instance, I’ve started an all-natural (except for my leave-in conditioner) regimen on my hair. I’ve learned that my hair loves aloe vera juice and almond oil, two products I didn’t use in the beginning because I was trying to do what the majority of naturals were doing.
2. Be dedicated.
Natural hair is high maintenance honey! If you want to wear your hair out all the time (like me) then be prepared for some dedication and discipline. I know we’re just talking about hair here, but if you get lazy in caring for your hair – you will begin to see it. I got super lazy and my hair broke off like nobody’s business. If you want the best out of your hair, you have to be dedicated to giving it the TLC it needs.
3. Have fun with your hair!
The worst thing you can do is take being natural so serious. At the end of the day, healthy hair is what we should all aim for so getting into debates about your hair is not cool. Make up your own rules. If you want to color your hair, do it. If you want to go back to relaxed hair, that’s fine. Just have fun and experiment if you want. Life is too short to wear the same hairstyle all the time!