Starting a natural hair journey can be daunting but I promise you it doesn’t have to be!
First, begin to assess your hair:
If you have hair that is chemically straightened you will either want to cut all the relaxed ends off (“the big chop”) or gradually grow it out.
Know your hair type:
This is not an important fact as most naturals believe it to be but it is always good to know and it may help you to decide what products to use,
Type 2: Wavy Hair
2A- Wavy Swavy
2B- Wavy Curly
2C- Wavy Whirly
Type 3: Curly Hair
3A- Curly Twirly
3B- Curly Spirally
3C- Curly Coily
Type 4: Coily Hair
4A- Coily Springy
4B- Coily Crimpy
4C- Coily Ziggly
Know your porosity:
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If your hair is chemically straightened chances are your hair porosity is high. Porosity determines how well your hair holds moisture, this is affected but many factors such as genetics, weather, products and many other external and internal factor.
Know the lingo:
There are a few terminologies use in the natural hair community and I’ve enlisted a few.
Protective Styling: Hairstyles that protect the ends of your hair from dehydration and damage, braids, weaves, twists etc.
Big Chop: Cutting off all of your relaxed hair, although not always the case
Co-Wash: Cleansing hair using an appropriate conditioner instead of a shampoo
Pree-Poo: Oils, conditioners, and other substances applied to hair before shampooing
Shrinkage: The reduction of the visual length of your hair
Wash and Go: Styling by applying a product to wet hair and allowing it to air-dry or diffuse
Hope this helps, leave a comment or get in touch if you have any questions.