I wouldnt call it ‘going natural’…i’d say RETURNING TO YOUR ROOTS.
Lenne say..i am a natural hair envangelist…’RETURNING TO YOUR ROOTS’ is one of the good things i whole heartedly support and preach everyday.
For ladies who haven’t had their natural hair texture before or in a long time,’RETURNING TO THEIR ROOTS’ becomes a big problem for them. Managing the hair,styling options and all the nappy hair stuff is difficult to cope up with.
Thats why KinkCHIC is here… 😀
So you finally did it huh? You chopped off all of the relaxed hair and have freed yourself from the burden of having damaged, weak, chemically processed hair.
Your act of bravery has given you a new found boost of confidence and you are now ready to take on your natural journey more than ever… but wait.. What do you do next?? You are not alone ladies. Many, many women are deciding to take on the journey of going natural and need help to get started. Here is what you are going to need to get the ball rolling, along with some examples. (Product results vary from hair textures. You should not expect a product to give you brilliant result instantly. This is your trial and error period to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Don’t give up on something, it may take a while to start working) PATIENCE IS KEY TO A BC!
Essential Items to Have
Gentle Shampoo: You will need a gentle shampoo that is preferable sulfate free. Sulfates deplete your hair of it’s natural oils and moisture and for natural hair you need every drop of moisture you can get.
❧Harsh Sulfates include: Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Tea Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
EXAMPLE :Back to Nature Hydrating Silk Back to Nature Hydrating Silk ShampooBack to Nature Hydrating Silk Shampoo
Clarifying Shampoo: This is used to remove residue and build-up. Clarifying shampoos do contain sulfates.
❧These Sulfates are not as harsh: Polyoxethylene Fatty Alcohols, PEG 80, Sorbitan Laurate, Decyl Polyglucose, Cocamidoprpyl Betaine, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
EXAMPLE: VO5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Clarifying Shampoo
CONDITIONER: Most naturals chose to use a “cheap” conditioner for co-washing. Being that you will use this the most, that may be a good decision.
EXAMPLE : Pantene Pro-V Conditioner Hydrating Curls
A Wide Tooth Comb: You are going to need this to distribute conditioner and detangle curls after washings.
DEEP CONDITIONER: This is where you will definitely need to find your staple product to fit your personal hair needs. Deep conditioning once weekly will keep your tresses full of life and moisture. EXAMPLE: Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner
Water & Oil Based Moisturizers :Kinky Curly Coily hair has a difficult time retaining moisture that is needed for curl definition and over all health. Oils keep the hair replenished and it seals it into the follicles so your hair does not dry out.
EXAMPLE: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Leave-ins: Leave in conditioners help with detangling and styling your tresses. This is also another field where you would need to find your own staple products that work for your hair needs.
EXAMPLE: Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner
Styling Products: Gel can be very useful with a TWA in defining curls and keeping things in place. This is optional and depends on your desired results.
EXAMPLE: Eco Styler Styling Gel
Satin Head scarf or Satin Pillow Case: Sleeping on a cotton pillow case will dry out your hair and cause hair breakage and we want your curls to grow long and strong!
♡Now the fun can begin!♡
Here is a Hair Regime that will get you on track. Feel free to adjust to your liking and desired hair results.
♕♕AFTER BIG CHOP HAIR REGIME♕♕
❀ Co-washing: EVERY OTHER DAY TO EVERY 2 DAYS
Co-washing is simply using conditioner to wash your hair. How often you co-wash your hair my vary. When its warmer outside you should co-wash your hair more often because the heat causing you to sweat and it is easier to pull of wash & go styles. But lately during the winter months you may want to do it once to twice a week. Co-washing is great way to add moisture to your hair. You can use any conditioner of your choice to co-wash your hair.
DID YOU KNOW: Conditioners have the same cleaning benefits as shampoos & they don’t strip the moisture from your hair.
❀ Leave ins: After co-wash
❀ Styling Products: Whenever necessary
*** NEVER COMB HAIR WHILE HAIR IS DRY. ONLY WHEN HAIR IS WET SHOULD YOU COMB THRU IT!**
The days you do not co-wash you can spray your hair with a moisturizing spritzer
A good combination is water, conditioner, coconut oil & a couple of drops of tea tree oil.
At night time, you can massage Vitamin E oil or other oils into your scalp. Apply a shea butter mixture to your hair focusing on the ends. Lastly, place a satin bonnet on & go to sleep.
❤ ❤ Designate a day to pamper your hair and follow these steps each week ❤ ❤
❧ Pre- Poo: Before using a Gentle Shampoo or Clarifying
Pre-poo is a treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.
❧ Shampoo: ONCE A WEEK
❧ Deep Conditioning: ONCE A
WEEK Place the conditioner throughout your hair and place a plastic cap on your head. You can add coconut oil or other oils to enhance the moisture. You can also use deep condition over night while sleeping. Place a hair bonnet over the plastic cap & go to sleep. Rinse it out in the morning.
⇒ Very Important Monthly Maintenance ⇐
❀ Use a Clarifying Shampoo: ONCE A MONTH
❀ Do a Protein Treatment: ONCE A MONTH ❀
This will help eliminate the frizz from your hair and make your tresses more luscious & stronger.
This should answer your questions and calm your fears.
Feel free to ask away if any questions or concerns arise. 🙂