Scenario for Natural Beauties:
A nice and beautiful Saturday afternoon outside of a restaurant in NYC
*A girl with a full head of bouncy curly hair walks by*
(2 friends standing by notices)
-Friend #1 with a teenie weenie afro(TWA) says to friend #2: “hmmmm….I sure wish my hair can bounce up and curl like that. (shakes her head)…..Why doesn’t my natural hair grow, it’s been this length and unhealthy for about a year now and it’s so frustrating!!”
Friend #2 says to friend #1: “Girl, you need to chill. You don’t take care of your hair so of course it won’t grow healthily, plus everyone’s hair is different-you don’t have to compare yours to someone else’s.”
This scenario happens in some form or another. Far too often, we fall prey into this mentality whether we express it out loud or make it consume our inner thoughts. We may see someone with a certain length and or texture and automatically and unconsciously (sometimes consciously) compare it to our own.
Yes we may hear and read this saying all the time :”everyone’s texture and growth is different” However, we sometimes fall short of gaining the knowledge on how to simply focus on our own tresses and make it healthy which in turn will produce growth. Believe it or not, with a few tips on having a healthy hair regimen, you too can see a transformation in your natural hair. Just remember that your hair has the capability to grow at its own pace, in its own texture.
Here are 3 tips to consider for managing your natural hair:
In order to have a clean scalp that would be receptive to any growth stimulating followup product such as a conditioner, oils, etc- it is ideal to make sure to cleanse your scalp using a sulfate free and PH balanced shampoo. This will give it the clean slate that it needs in order to receive the healthy nourishment it yearns for it to flourish.
This is very essential as our hair strands should be coated from root to tip to prevent dryness and damage. A great conditioner aids as nourishment to our tresses, especially right after the shampooing processes where our hair is freshly cleaned and stripped of our natural sustenance.
After conditioning, your hair should be in its most moisturized state so the next step is to lock in that moisture. Some natural oils such as olive, avocado and coconut oil all are great agents to sealing moisture. For extra moisture, you can use these oils along with your favorite leave in conditioner.
You should also remember to also be patient and if you have a professional natural hair stylist, trust him or her as they should know what they are doing.
There is no right or wrong way to go about these steps, but consistency is key in an effort to see a transformation in your natural hair. That isn’t to be mistaken for frequency. In fact, frequent washing of the hair causes dry and brittleness so there should be a precautionary measure when considering these steps.
A good advice is to have a protective style in between washes. A protective style lasting about 3 weeks or so is a great span of time. This will give your hair some time to gain build-up and other outside elements so that on the day of washing the hair, your hair can be properly cleansed and prepared for the conditioning and moisturizing aspect for healthy growth.
Nothing happens over night and it is also ideal that before following any hair regimen, we must transform our mindsets first in order to embrace and see the physical transformation in our hair. Natural hair indeed does grow but it grows differently for everyone in consideration to length and texture.
Here is one of our clients who went from a TWA to bouncy tresses in 1 year. She followed a strict hair regimen of shampooing, conditioning and moisturizing, along with patience and trust.
Now, once again, everyone’s texture and growth is different-yours may not be this length in a year’s time, but the concept is still the same. Trust the process and be patient and you will be thrilled to see the transformation!