So you’ve got it set in your heart to go natural…wooo! But then you stop and think, what happens now?
There are 2/3 ways to go natural:
The big chop
Transitioning: short term and long term.
This is by far the quickest and some say easiest way to go fully natural. All it means is cutting off all of your relaxed ends, the minute you’re sure you want to go natural. This is the most effective way to go natural according to some of the other bloggers i’ve been following. It just means that all you have to work with is your new growth, all 1-2 inches of it. The best part about having short hair is that unlike relaxed short hair, its easy to maintain. All you need to do is wash it once a week or less and then put a little bit of moisturiser and a little bit of oil and you are ready to go! Hair time is cut to 5 minutes or less a day.
The main issue with this method is that a lot of people are scared to go that short. Some people claim that they might look like a boy or that their more undesirable features will be too apparent. Also some people may have long relaxed hair which they might not want to part with so easily. So i’d say go for this method if you like/don’t mind short styles or if you’re just a bit lazy hehe.
The simplest definition of ‘going natural’ is simply not relaxing your hair, the term relaxing includes texturising, tex-laxing and any other process (chemical or otherwise that permanently alters the texture of your hair.
A lot of people seem to be jumping on this ‘natural wave’ but to some people it means so much more than just a fashion statement…i’m really not going to go into all the reasons why people decide to embrace their natural god given hair but its mostly to do with not conforming to what society says is beautiful and taking that matter into your own hands.
Going natural requires a lot of effort, and the journey is long and winding, but the end result is definitely better than anything you can find in a box. The natural hair journey as we naturals like to call it, is one that requires patience. Patience is key! It is also necessary to focus on the your reasons for starting the journey and also focus on the good rather than the bad. There are seemingly so many reasons why you shouldn’t go natural:
I don’t want to look nappy headed!
I don’t have that good hair (:@)
It’ll cost too much in products
I don’t have time
I don’t want to have to dress/act a certain way
I prefer straight hair
I want to be able to wear weaves
I won’t be able to colour my hair
I don’t want to look like a boy
To be honest, most of the reasons here are so misguided, its irritating. If you don’t try it, you may never know whether it could suit you and your lifestyle better.
You don’t need to do it all on your own, find a supportive friend to check on your progress, or even go natural with you (like me!!!). Even if you can’t find a friend, go on YouTube, there are hundreds maybe even thousands of women (and men) that have gone natural and decided to share their journey with the world. There are also lots of blogs (including this one) that do the same. On these blogs and vlogs many tutorials and to help with any problem you may have, so there’s no reason to be stuck.
So, if I have piqued your interest in the natural hair world, stay tuned for my later posts where I introduce you fully to the world I now call home.
Hi loverly peoples!!!! I know it’s been a while, but I had a lot of work to do in my last few weeks of christmas term in Uni so I didn’t have much time to post. The posts will be coming along a lot more frequently in these holidays, you may even get to see a post from my ever elusive little sister (yay?).
So after about 7 weeks of having my kinky twists, I finally took them out. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved them to pieces but I just am not a big fan of twists and braids in my hair for extended periods of time. I wouldn’t mind only having them in for 4 weeks, but that’s really not getting my money’s worth and I didn’t even have time to take them out in that period. My main fear was about the build up, everyone knows that no matter how many times you wash your hair in the braids, there is gonna be some build up in your hair, which is okay. But, the longer you leave your hair in twists or braids, the bigger and more stubborn the build up will be. I was going to take them out after six weeks but I had a show I was hosting, so I didn’t want to take any chances. For the show I did one of the styles from my style challenge on day 3:
The event was really good, and all the performers were so inspiring, it was awesome. Anyways after that was done, the very next night, I scrambled to get my hair undone, but only managed to remove two before I realised that I had started waaayyy too late and that it was already midnight. So I ended up undoing it on Sunday night/Monday morning instead. This was the last hairstyle I did with the twists:
I started taking down the twists and they took a lot longer than I had planned, I think they took 8 hours altogether but I did really take my time with them. After unravelling each twists, I gently pulled them apart to loosen the build up and removed as much of it as I could. After that, I detangled the small section of hair and rubbed grapeseed oil over it. I rubbed oil so that the hairs wouldn’t rub against each other and get tangled up again, and grapeseed oil is my new favourite kind. After unravelling three or four twists I re-twisted them to keep them neat. When I had finished taking down all the twists, I went to sleep, cos it was about 3am. The next morning, I put on my deep conditioner and then covered my hair with a shower cap for heat retention. The deep conditioner I use is from the Curls line, Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner, which I will do a review on in the coming days. I left the deep conditioner on for about 5 hours and even went to uni with the stuff in my hair. I had to tie a scarf over the shower cap so that no-one would see haha:
After the DC I shampooed with Elasta QP (sulphate free) moisturizing shampoo, and then detangled and conditioned with Tresemme Naturals conditioner:
Looks better in the back than the front hahahaha….After that added a bit of Hawaiian silky leave in and sealed the ends with grapeseed oil again. I put them in little twists and then twisted those into bantu knots:
Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the finished product, but it was a chunky undefined (and a little frizzy) twist out, because I had to take them out before they were dry. But the hair was soft and so smooth, so I don’t mind….but either way, I have my hair back again. Yay!!
Today was the last day of the style challenge week. I tried, as promised, to go out with a bang but things don’t always go to plan. I tried flexing-rodding my twists at the front and the bottom lower part of my head but only one section came out how I wanted it to. Because the twists were quite thick they took forever to dry, and forever is not something a university student has. So I, had to scrap the lovely style I had envisaged and improvise:
I totally bailed out of today, I set my alarm a full 20 minutes earlier than usual but I was so tired from sleeping late and being cold that I fully bailed out of creating my amazing hair style. I couldn’t think of anything amazing to do in such a short time so I thought i’d just create a style after work. That idea didn’t go so well and I found myself in a whirlwind of a day with hardly enough time to eat breakfast, brunch or lunch, let alone do my hair. I’ve decided to make tomorrow my ‘big bang hairdo’ and we shall see what I come up with!! I’ll wow you all, just you wait hehehe.
Today I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my hair, but since I was a bit late for class I decided to do my hair in class. When I did the style though, my friend Ify (the special guest from yesterday) told me that she had something a bit more exciting for today. So I allowed her to create my hairstyle for today, from the row behind me, in the middle of our lecture room, thank goodness the room was half empty. This is what she came up with:
I went to a new church this morning so, you know, I thought I would make a bit of an effort and dress up a little bit. Unfortunately I was running a bit late, so I couldn’t take pictures of when I had freshly done my hair. I got inspiration from a friend of mine:
Today I was supposed to wake up at the obscene hour of 6 in the morning, however I decided to be silly and not set the correct alarm. Meaning I had to rush to work and not do a hairstyle to work *gasp* . I did do a style when I got home, but I didn’t actually go anywhere so noone but my family got to see 😦