I’ve been natural for just over 8 years and to be honest I have not always liked being natural. About 2 years ago, I was about to relax my hair but the lady who was going to do it for me at the saloon refused to do it. Her and my mum eventually convinced me not to becuase apparently my hair had potential to grow very long. I am now glad that I did not relax my hair because I feel like it would have made my hair very brittle and unhealthy.
I have only recently started to take good care of my hair because I would really like long natural hair, probably up to the middle of my back (or maybe a tad bit shorter than that). I have given myself 2 years (end of 2017) to reach this goal, and fingers crossed I do reach this goal.
I have done a lot of research and wanted to share some tips and tricks I have found useful with my natural hair sisters and people thinking of going natural.
First, I do not use chemicals or heat in my hair anymore. All my creams, shampoos and conditioners do not have harsh chemicals in them. I would also advise you stay away from Sulfur, especially the ‘Sulfur8’ braids spray that a lot people tend to use, it does more harm than good. Since I started using only natural products I have noticed my hair has been softer and a lot more healthier. After I wash my hair I don’t blow dry it, I usually let it airdry (it actually doesn’t take as long as you may think). To moisturize my hair I use a mixture of shea butter and coconut oil or extra dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
People always think that you need to trim your hair to let it grow, but this isn’t true. Trimming your hair just makes your hair appear healthier. Your hair grows from the roots so split ends have nothing to do with it.
I don’t think this applies to everybody but I have personally found that when I co-wash my hair often it really helps my hair stay soft, moisturized and healthy. When I have my hair out, I wash my hair with shampoo once every 3 weeks but co-wash every week. I know this sounds like a lot of stress but co-washing literally takes me an extra 7 minutes in the shower, especially when I do it in sections. My favourite conditioner thus far is the coconut milk conditioner by ogx.
I remember when I always had leave outs with my weaves and had to use so much heat on my hair when I straightened it. Never again. Closures have become my bestfriend. The heat actually destroyed my edges at a point, it was BAD. Thankfully my edges are now fleeky (and have been for 2 years), but i owe this to my ‘no heat rule’. Whenever I go to the salon to get my weave done, especially in Nigeria, I find that they like to use hairdryers to stretch my hair out which I hate. I never let them do that. I just braid my hair into cornrows the night before which stretches my hair.
Hopefully these tips help you!
If you have any further questions leave a comment or send me a mesage.