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Well, my first time going natural was hard. I did not know what to buy for my hair and ended up spending a lot. Thanks to YouTube, I’ve become more knowledgeable about hair and now I feel eligible to give some advice.
- First things first. Don’t buy products that you won’t need. As I said, the first time is always devastating and you’ll end up wasting money. The only things you need are a sulfate free shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner for moisturizing and some oil. The products I use on my hair are suave, crème of nature for the low end. And for high end products, I use Cantu and Shea Moisture brands. Make a point of buying what works for you.
- Make your own deep conditioner. If you are living on a budget like I am, deep conditioners are not things you want to keep buying every other day. Mother Nature has provided us with ingredients that we can whip up in the kitchen to help strengthen our mane. My personal favorite recipe is eggs + mayo + honey. Simple but very moisturizing to the hair.
- Stop worrying about styling your hair. To be honest, every natural obsesses about getting bomb twist outs or bantu knots but with time it fades. I like to twist my hair and hide it up in a turban. If your hair is 4c, meaning it has rough texture, it will be prone to knots and tangles, styling your hair regularly is not something you want to be doing.
- Be patient with your hair. Constantly checking for growth is a no no. Instead, focus on achieving healthy hair and let nature take its course.
- Aim on length retention. If your hair grows half an inch every month and its cuts at half an inch every time, you won’t be retaining any length stagnating your hair growth. The best way to retain length is to do protective styling regularly, finger detangle your hair and cut off heat completely. This includes blow dry, flat irons and tongs.
- Dry hair breaks and you know what I said about length retention. Always have a water bottle waiting by to hydrate those dry strands. Practice the LOC method for moisturizing your hair. (L.O.C stands for liquid, oil, creme)
- Have a regimen. This simply means setting aside a day to wash your hair. If it’s every Sunday or Saturday and make sure you do it all the time. It will save you a lot of stress and make you natural hair journey easy.