Transitioning to natural hair can be quite overwhelming. There are a few things in your routine that might have to change. But like with anything else, making one change at a time is the best way to change your lifestyle long-term.
The best was to transition, at least it was for me, was doing it in different phases. The first phase was research, research and, you guessed it, research. I mostly learned everything from watching natural hair YouTubers with similar hair textures to mine. That is one thing you’ll find with natural hair, it is so bloody hard to find people with the exact same hair texture!!!! You’ll have to just kind of copy what others are doing and see what does and doesn’t work for you.
Don’t get demotivated when nothing seems to work for you, it is most likely just because your hair is still too damaged. Be patient, what didn’t work for me at first works for me now that my hair is healthy. If you really need more insight into what products to use, it might be good to find out your hair porosity, density and type. This will make you understand your hair, and how it absorbs products so much better! Don’t worry, I will explain all about this in the next aMAYzing Hair post, so stay tuned!
Now that your research has been completed (for the most part) it is time to put things into practise. You’ll have to purchase a few curly hair basics:
– Satin bonnet/satin-lined beanie/satin pillow case to protect your hair from friction (and frizz) at night.
– A microfibre towel (or an old cotton t-shirt) to dry your hair
– A wide-tooth comb or Tangle Teazer to comb your hair. Only comb your hair when it is wet and covered in conditioner btw!
– Hair ties without the metal clip
You’ll also have to find a hairdresser that knows what they are doing with natural hair. There is a difference between just getting a trim and properly cutting curly hair. I wish I could help you find one near you. But the truth is I have been living in London for nearly 1,5 years and I still get my hair cut in a salon in Amsterdam. When you find someone that’s good, don’t let go of them!
In the last phase, your hair will be more or less fully recovered and you’ll be quite confident with your hair routine. I don’t know if it is just me, but I hardly ever have a ‘bad hair day’ anymore! Not because my hair is so great, but just because I actually know what I am doing. Two years ago all I had was bad hair days, how times are changing! You’ll be more confident to experiment with your hair again, maybe dye it or cut it in a different model. Whatever you do, just have fun with it! Like I said before, it is just hair and it will grow back if your care for it properly.
Remember, at the end of the month I will do a Q&A to answer any unaddressed questions regarding natural hair care. If you have any, please let me know on any of my social platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of love,