How to Begin Your Natural Hair Journey

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

Helpful links:


Know your porosity:

Images courtesy of  Naturally Thinking


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.

Helpful links:


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.


  1. Elaine
    February 3, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    This is so helpful, love your new blog!

    • rowenajay
      February 12, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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