In my last article, I shared with you the 5 Basic Things To Know as a newbie natural. In summary, it was basically an overview on the key things you’d need to hop into this natural hair lifestyle with ease. You must now be wondering then how to organise your tools into a sensible hair regimen that works for you. I have a few pointers to help you with this process.
UNIVERSITY OF YOUTUBE
There are tonnes of vLoggers on YouTube and even blogger websites that share information for free. Look out for relevant content and synthesise it so that you come up with an understanding of your own. I say this because the information out there might be contradicting so it is important to keep your find out what best works for you.
There are also many local Natural hair Facebook groups that you can join. Once you’re a member, feel free to ask any question that might arise about your journey. Do not fear to ask on such groups as they have more experienced natural hair sisters and also licensed professionals who are part of the community.
MOISTURE IS BAE
Natural hair needs lots of moisture. Co-washing every time you wash and deep conditioning can be effective ways to introduce moisture in your hair. While deep condition can be a little taxing as it adds 30mins to your washday – it is a sacrifice worth undertaking. Once you make it a habit, it stops being a bother and you’ll actually love it!
What’s more, you can be clever and deep condition on the go by doing it under your head wrap. Apart from imparting moisture, you also need to learn how to retain it by using techniques such as the LOC/LCO methods.
BE GENTLE & KIND
In the first months of your journey, especially if you are recovering from some type of damage, your hair is trying to figure out the sudden change in patterns and habits. Try finger detangling. It will not only ensure that you are not yanking out your strands for no good reason; but it will also serve to help you in familiarising yourself with your hair texture.
Also keeping your hair in protective styles is also a good way to let it figure itself out. Finally, avoid harsh tools such as fine toothed combs and blow-dries as they will only serve to destroy the hair and cause breakage.
“I decided to go heat free for six months.” Ruth
Natural hair can be daunting! To help keep you going, so seek out your hair inspirations on hair care and styling on social media. It is also a great source of learning little hacks and tips for your hair journey. Diversify who you follow to include Naturalistas, who are also in the same journey you are in. It will greatly enrich your natural hair experience. However, take care not to be caught up in hair envy, as sometimes, different textures or lengths could lead you to feel inadequate.
YOU & YOUR HAIR REGIMEN
The bulk of the work lies here. In fact, I gave you a quick pep talk in the first 4 points so that we could focus more on this segment.
- Look at your schedule and create time for your hair. Find a time slot when you’re relaxed because you don’t want to touch bae when you are frustrated ey?
- Learn to handle your own hair. Nobody can understand and do your hair better than you.
- Be kind to yourself and keep an open mind. You may try and sometimes fail, but don’t be afraid to try again.
- Remember that hair grows from the inside out. What are you eating? Do you exercise? What is your general lifestyle like?
SAMPLE BEGINNER HAIR REGIMEN
I will share with you a hair regimen that I came up with to help me get my hair discipline going. Once school began, and I had gotten the hang of it, I made slight changes to it as I was pressed for time. I began to stretch my washday to 2weeks apart and shampooed my hair less. I also started slowly incorporating protein deep conditioners, henna glosses and bentonite clay into my regimen.
As your hair grows, the need to follow strict regimens subsides as you give way to what your hair wants. You’ll slowly learn to observe your hair behaviours and respond to them effectively.
What is your hair regimen? Do you love it? How did you come up with your hair regimen? Share with us in the comments section below: