Wednesday, May 6, 2020

NATURAL HAIR FOR BEGINNERS: Basic Items And Easy Steps To Follow

Hi guys, welcome back and Happy New Year to y'all as this is my first official post for the year (🙈🙈).
I have been getting loads of questions on how to go natural on my other page. Come to think of it, returning natural (cause we were all natural before we started processing our hair with chemicals) is continuous. At first, i was amazed and expected that people should know about natural hair cause it is literally everywhere now. But then i thought, people have interest in something from time to time and would want to know about it plus returning back to natural hair is a continuous learning process. Hence, the inspiration for this post and i hope if you find it useful.

natural hair for beginners: basic items and easy steps to follow

First of all, Natural hair for a beginner does not have to be tedious or exhaustive. You just need to understand what your hair want, what works for you and what does not. I am going to try to make this post as easy and understandable as possible and you need to understand that this is me just trying to share the things i have learnt in my 5 years of learning about natural hair and almost 3 years of keeping it. You can tweak my suggestions to suit your needs. Soooo, let's get into it!

Basic Items That You Need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Detangler (optional)
  • Sulfate free shampoo
  • Rinse out conditioner (optional)
  • Moisturizing deep conditioner
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Protein conditioner
  • Growth oil
  • Sealant (oils / hair butter)

Easy Steps To Follow

While growing healthy long hair is as simple as it can be, you need to put in the work and be consistent to see the results. And when looking at people that have grown their hair for motivation, you need to understand that each head of hair is different. Please find the steps below;

Moisturise Your Hair

Moisturize like your life depends on it.. cause your life actually depends on it, LOL. You need your spray bottle to spritz your hair. This should be done as often as possible, say every other day. Water is the number one moisturizing ingredient and be sure to check that the your hair products have water as one of the first ingredients listed on them. Other ingredients you can include with water are aloe vera, coconut water, rose water, glycerin etc. Moisturize using the LCO ( Liquid + Cream + Oil) or the LOC ( Liquid + Oil + Cream).

Liquid - Water and or aloe vera, coconut water, rose water.
Cream - Moisturizer or Leave-in conditioner.
Oil - Olive, Coconut, Almond oil etc

Always, always seal after moisturizing. This ensures that moisture is retained in the hair, slows down moisture loss and can keep your hair moisturized for days. Seal your moisture with oils such as Jojoba, Mustard oil or Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Mango butter.


Detangle Gently

Detangling your hair gently when it is wet (not soaking wet) with wide tooth comb after using a conditioner with good slip or finger detangling allows you take out knots and ensures little to no breakage. After detangling, put your hair in big twists or braids.

Deep Condition With Heat

Heat lifts or opens your cuticles and allow for moisture to penetrate into hair shaft and softens the hair for easy detangling. Hair that is constantly deep conditioned with heat is softer and more manageable.

Protein Treatment

Protein treatment is like those treats you give yourself live every week or every month. Healthy hair needs an equal balance of both moisture and protein. So doing protein treatment is adding the needed food to your hair. It strengthens the hair, reduces breakage and unnecessary shedding.

Wear Your Hair in Protective Styles

Wearing your hair in protective styles allows your hair to just breathe. It means your hair is out of the way and you do not have to always manipulate it. Leaving your hair out means you constantly want to comb and style it which would most definitely lead to breakage. The good part of protective styling is, you can still moisturize your hair. You actually see progress when your hair is styled and left alone for at least 5 days.

And finally, you need to drink water. Drink drink drink cause your life depends on it (now i am serious). Eat clean, do away with soda or carbonated drinks, eat more fruits and veggies. Apart from seeing a significant difference in your hair, your body will thank you for it. So it is a win win situation at the end of the day.

Taking care of your hair as a beginner is  not so difficult though it takes dedication and consistency. I honestly hope this piece is able to help make your hair journey as easy as possible. What other basic tools and easy steps for beginners did we miss? Do let us know in the comment section.


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