Back to Nature
So you've decided to go natural. There are many reasons women go natural.
1. To rediscover the
beauty of the natural hair.
2. To cure extensive damage caused by relaxers, perms, hot combs.
3. Desire to have
a new, unique style.
In my own personal experience, finding ways to care for natural hair is initially difficult.
Most beauticians cater to straightened African American hair and hair care products are formulated for this type of hair.
But, once you discover what what works with your hair type, the time spent on your will be minimal. Then caring for your
hair will be simple and enjoyable.
This article is designed to help women going natural or who want to go natural.
How To Go Natural
The easiest way to go natural is to simply cut out the relaxed part and wear a twa (teeny
weeny afro). The relaxer will be gone and so will your hair! But, you will be rid of the chemicals. The key to this hairstyle
is getting your hair cut to suit your face. I haven't seen a single black women wear this style and look bad. It is very
simple to care for. All you need is a moisturizer and a hairbrush. Confidence is also a key, because ultra short hair shocks
some people and you may get some comments, but don't be discouraged. Cultural racism still exists in our society. Some
black people are accustomed to seeing black women with long, straight hair. So anything else tends tp raise eyebrows, but
don't get discouraged.
If you don't prefer that method, you can try growing it out. The hard part with this method
is caring for the new growth. As you get more new growth, the difference between the relaxed hair and natural hair will
cause stress to your hair causing it to break.
I tried this method and eventually I had to cut it off because it
the breakage was too much. Here are some ways others have tried to minimize breakage.
1.Getting straw sets. This
style causes the hair to be curly, so the difference in texture is not so great.
2.Braiding the hair.
the hair on rollers for a curly hair style.
Step away from the grease! Products
that are mineral oil or petroleum based are generally not good for black hair. Coarse, tightly curled hair needs moisture
and lots of it! Here is a list of products that you may wish to try. I have used some of them. Others have been recommended
by friends. I have found from experience it is best to use small amounts of any products. Don't mix too many products together.
Such as putting grease, hair gel, pomade, hair spray, and spritz on your hair at the same time to create a style. It will
only make your hair dull, dry, and hard.
Also, be realistic with your hair. If you have the hair texture of Angela
Davis, there is no styling product that will make your hair curly like Anada Lewis or Kelis. It's going to take a chemical
treatment or extensive styling and frustration. Try doing styles that work with your texture. Don't work against it. There
is nothing wrong with having undefined curls. Learn how to make your hair soft and moisturized. Now for the product list.
Nexus Botanoil: This is a very gentle, non drying shampoo. I have used it
before and it doesn't strip out the oils from your hair.
LeKair Cholesterol Shampoo: Another very gentle, non drying
shampoo. It adds
moisture to your hair.
Cream of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Formula: It's the one in the green
and white bottle.
Not only does it moisture. It also detangles. The bottle says no conditioner needed after use.
But I use one.
DPL Moisturizing Shampoo: I got this shampoo from a downtown, Korean owned beauty supply store.
This is also a very mild shampoo.
KeraCare Hydrating Shampoo: In my opinion, this is the best shampoo. It detangles,
moisturizes and it made my hair feel like cotton.
Shampoo Tips: When searching for a shampoo, the key is to find
one that moisturizes and detangles. Look for the words like gentle, non-drying, softening. Curly hair is naturally dry and
lacks oil, so you need a shampoo that keeps the oils in.
LeKair Cholesterol: Get the
orange kind in the large jar. It is like a hair mask. It smoothes the hair and makes it easier to comb. I tried the Cholesterol
in the bottle, but it seemed a little bit too thin.
Nexxus Humectress: Excellent product!! It actually holds in
moisture. Which is what our hair needs.
KeraCare Humecto: My absolute favorite! The comb glides through my
hair after use. I love it!!!
DPL: This product used to be called Back Alive. It works
like a gel / curl activator on my hair. When I wore twa, it made my hair look like a slightly texturized it. It gave a nice,
non greasy sheen to my hair.
Sta-Sof-Fro: A friend of mine, with the softest fro turned me on to this product and
it makes your hair feel like cotton. Spray it on sparingly, because too much will make your hair look greasy.
Pure Tea Moisturizer: This product worked good when I did two strand twists, but it didn't soften my hair. The sheen was
Elasta Recovery Oil Moisturizer: No frizz. This works good on twists-outs (I'll explain them later).
It softens well and it holds your style in place
Nexxus Botonoil: You can use it on your face, skin, hair. It is
excellent. I used it on my hands and it cured my cracked cuticles. And you only need a drop. You can add a drop to your
conditioner or styling products. It will help them work better.
KeraCare Essential Oils: It's better than botonoil!!!
A bit pricy but it's worth it!!
Heavy Greases: There is much debate about the use of mineral oil based products.
My mother uses them on ny hair and I never had problems. I find using them in moderation in best. Some people use heavy
greases and experience no problems and others get no results from them.
Pomades: These products are even heavier
than grease and it will only hinder your hair growth. If this type of product is used, it's best to use it sparingly.
Styling Gels and Spritzes: These products are alchol based and tend to be drying. Tightly curled hair is dry by nature,
so there's need to make it worse.
My Favorites and Yours:
KeraCare products are my favorites. They
work well with my hair texutre. It makes my hair easier to comb and style. KeraCare products may not work for you. The
key to styling natural hair is finding the right products for your hair type. It may take a while to find what you like or
you might find it right away. But once you find what works, styling your natural hair will be much easier than any chemically
I've been natural for about two years and I wish I wore my hair like this sooner. My natural hair even
feels better than it did with the chemicals. With the relaxer, I experienced breakage and dryness. I don't experience this
with my natural hair.
Now, you may have never had problems with relaxers such as breakage and dryness. Infact, your
hair may be thick and natural. Going natural is not just about fixing chemical damage. Many women have gone natural because
they like the beauty of natural styles.
A Little Pep Talk
A word of encouragement for all the women who
are scared to go natural. Everyone looks good with natural hair. I've heard people say "Not eveyone looks right with
natural hair". Think about that statement, how can you not look right with your natural hair? If you were born with
straight hair - you look right. If you were born with curly hair - you look right. You may hear people tell you natural
hair is unprofessional, dirty, or faddish. Don't buy into these myths.
Natural hair is not dirty or unmanageable.
If you don't wash or care for it, it WILL look bad. But most of the people I've seen with natural hair have hair that is
well groomed and clean. Ignore the cultural racism by folks that know any better and discover the beauty you were born with.
After a while you may get sick of the twa and year to grow it out. Don't be afraid of the
bush!!! You might have one when you start growing it, but here's how to work it.
Styles To Try
while you may get sick of the twa and year to grow it out. Don't be afraid of the bush!!! You might have one when you start
growing it, but here's how to work it.
Comb twists: These are beautiful on twa's that are growing out. You simply
twist the hair into small coils all over the head. Your hair texture will determine what type of product you will use. Fine
haired people may want to use a light, non-alchol based gel such as Let's Jam to form the twists. Others may use a heavier
hairdressing such as KeraCare crme hairdressing or Hawaiin Silky Do Anyway You Want It. I've also heard Carol's Daughter
Products are good for twisting.
I don't recommend using bees wax. I have heard it only hold dirt and it is hard to
Two-Strand Twists: This style is wonderful on all lengths. The same products that work on com twists
also work with them. These are formed by taking two strands of hair and twisting it.
Twist-Outs: This style makes
the hair look wavey or curly. It works by taking the two strand twists out the hair, but not combing them out.
Fro: Do this style by putting Oil Moisturizer or a cream hairdressing on the hair. Corn roll or braid hair the night before.
In the morning, finger com the hair or use a pick.
Fancy scarves, hairpins, barrets and
head bands give a natural hairstyle class and elegance. Let your imagination and creativity allow you to create an elaborate
Fortuantely, there are wonderful websites, books, and magazines out that cater to
Napptural.com (formely nappyhair.com) provides hair care tips and styles. This site covers style concerns
such as how to care hair that knots on the end, lists of products that make curly hair easier to comb, natural poetry and
Blackplanet.com natural hair care forumn. This forumn provides support and encouragement to women going
No Lye by Tulani Kinard is an excellent book for natural hair care.
The Key To Wearing Natural
Patience. If you wear style like locks or if your are transitioning, you will need that virtue. But the time
spent will be worth it. After going natural, I learned how to properly care for my hair on my own.
If you have any product recommendations, style suggestions, or hair care tips, please e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org