If you’re thinking about embarking on your own natural hair journey, your story is about to begin. Growing up, I never really gave much thought to my natural hair. I was raised as a press and curl girl.
During college, I wore TWA's (tiny weeny afro's) and afro wigs. After college, I moved into Jheri (scary) Curls. What an adventure.
That was my hair story until age 45. Then things drastically changed. Stress and life changes started to thin out my temples. I fought tooth and nail against going natural. A week at the beach taught me differently. I arrived with two-strand twist. By the time we left, my hair was locking from the back to front. No help from me. Mother Nature took charge.
I started to become more aware of my hair and what it meant to me. My hair is a big part of my identity and how I express myself. Especially now that I have locs.
What I've learned is that my hair is actually quite strong and resilient. With the right products and care, it can be beautiful and healthy.
My daughter is my natural hair specialist/caregiver. She's taught me how to make my hair a big part of my self-care routine. I make sure to take the time to nurture it and give it the love it deserves. I’m also careful about the products I use on my hair, making sure they are natural and gentle. In this case I use my own (Nyraju Hair Care)
Caring for my natural hair has been a journey, but it’s one that has been so worth it. I’ve learned so much about myself and my hair, and I’m finally able to appreciate it for the beautiful entity that it is.
If you’re thinking about embarking on your own natural hair journey, your story is about to begin. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Be patient – Your natural hair will take time to adjust to the new products and routine. Give it a few weeks, for some of you months, to get used to the changes before you start to see results.
2. Be gentle – Treat your hair with love and care, and it will respond in kind. Avoid harsh chemicals and heat styling, as these can damage your hair. Be gentle when handling wet hair, as it's more prone to breakage.
3. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner to avoid stripping away your natural oils.
4. Deep condition your hair regularly to keep it healthy and hydrated. Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle wet hair, starting from the bottom and working up to the roots.
5. Allow natural hair to air dry whenever possible.
6. Do your research – There is a wealth of information out there on natural hair care. Take some time to read up on the subject so you can find the best products and methods for your hair type.
7. Find a routine that works for you – Everyone’s hair is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. Experiment until you find a routine that leaves your hair looking and feeling its best.
8. Embrace your natural hair – Your natural hair is beautiful, unique, and perfect just the way it is. Embrace it and love it, and you’ll be on your way to a happy and healthy hair journey.
Caring for your natural hair can be a journey, but it's so worth it. You'll learn so much about yourself and your hair, and ultimately be able to appreciate it for the beautiful entity that it is.
If you're thinking about embarking on your own natural hair journey, keep these things in mind:
Your natural hair is a beautiful part of who you are, and it deserves the best care possible.
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