By Wini Nduta
A lot of women are taking the natural route when it comes to their hair. In July 2015, market research firm, Mintel, estimated that the Black hair business is worth $774 million and relaxer sales are aimed to decrease 45 percent before 2019. This just proves you can’t keep a good fro down.
The transition stage of your hair journey can be very emotional. Some people may not understand what you are doing or why. Your hair stylist might try to coax you back into using a relaxer. Your friends might not agree with you so really think about it. Do what’s best for you.
Okay, you’re clear on still wanting to do it? Welcome to the natural hair gang. This is a supportive community that is growing every day and we are happy to have you.
Are you looking to transition to natural hair? Here are the three basic ways you can do it:
1. Big Chop
Yap. This is exactly what it sounds like. Cutting off all the chemically processed hair. This will definitely change your look, fast! With this you won’t need to focus on taking care of two hair textures. Another useful thing with BC is that you get to take care of your hair while it is short, so by the time it grows, you are a pro! Remember to add moisture to your hair. Since it’s short wetting it in the shower will be very convenient.
These help keep manipulation at bay because you won’t need to comb and style your hair every day. Install big size braids so that you do not stress the hair. Crotchet braids come in handy, just make sure they are not installed on micro lines, which tend to pull your hair. Remember to moisturize.
3. Protective Styling
Flat twists, braid outs, sister locks and matutas come in very handy! These help with retaining moisture and reduce manipulation (this means combing, brushing and pulling). And of course, remember to moisturize!
Flat twists with twists at the front --> https://www.instagram.com/p/88B20Ki8K8/
The most important thing you learn when transitioning is to accept your hair in its natural state. You will learn how to take care of it. You will learn confidence. You will learn that this is a journey.