For as long as I can remember, I have always had my hair relaxed. It’s only recently that I decided to start wearing my hair natural. in two months ,I’ll be marking a year since I did the chop; not that I had the big chop because I previously had a pixie cut then braided for a few months before chopping off the relaxed hair.
I’ve come to learn to love my hair so much that with every new day that comes I learn how to style it differently. Having learnt the art of braiding, I’m yet to try braiding myself. Yes. I can actually braid hair from cornrows to twists and box braids.
Anyway, dear ones, in this one year of my natural hair journey here are things I learnt and thought I should share it with you guys:
Co-wash your hair: Co-wash your hair with conditioner and deep conditioning treatments regularly to maintain moisture.
Knowledge is power: Read through the ingredients that make a product before you purchase it.
Patience: I am struggling with patience as a person but my hair has taught me to be patient all the way. Afro kinky hair takes time to grow and the more you watch it, the slower it seems to take.
Befriend moisturizers: Always moisturize with water and natural hair products like Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, etc.
Naturalaxers: Stay away from organic or natural products also known as ‘texturizers’ and ‘relaxers’.
Rough Myth: Kinky hair is not strong hair. PERIOD! So don’t go around pulling it when detangling, rather, caress it.
Heat: Excess use of heat on natural hair leads to breakage and dryness. Instead, use protective styles such as twists and braids.