Thursday, February 17, 2011
Is natural hair really for me?
Many people are considering going natural...but the question is...."is natural hair really for me?" Going from chemically processed hair to natural is a tough desicion for some. You have to consider your lifestyle, your hair texture, or will you make it through the transition phase. Being natural is a beautiful thing, but it does take a lot of time, patience, and dedication. Most clients come to me asking, "do I have to shave all my hair off to go natural?" and the answer is no! You only have to cut all your hair off if you make that choice to do so. I always tell my clients to try growing their relaxers out before considering chopping it all off, due to the fact that the client may change their mind, and if they have chopped it all off then they have to work with a short hair cut and grow their hair back to the desired length. I recommend that you wait at least 6-8 months before making a desicion to chop it all off. You don't have to cut your hair just to go natural. You can grow the relaxer out and just have the relaxed ends trimmed off over a course of time. I recommend that you educate yourself about the process so you can be prepared for potential challenges and obstacles. Find a stylist that specializes in natural hair. All stylist do not agree with the change from relaxed to natural, so you have to find a stylist that will support you with your desicion for the transtition. You must use moisturizing products in between your visit to the salon. It is best that you visit the salon weekly, and receive deep conditioning treatments at least twice a month. It is very important to keep the hair moisturized especially at the line of demarctation. The line of demarcation is the line where natural hair meets the relaxed hair. If not properly cared for this will cause breakage to the hair. Last but not least, just because you go natural doesn't mean that you have to wear your hair in a afro, or in braids. Natural hair just means that you don't have a harsh chemical changing the natural curl pattern to make the hair straight. Therefore, you can wear straight hair, or any hairstyle you would normally wear with relaxed hair, you now can wear it and be 100% natural.