Stop getting chemical relaxers and using excess heat
Why should you stop using relaxers?
The chemicals in relaxers are extremely harsh and damaging to our hair. In the long run you can suffer from hair loss, balding, thinning and horrible conditions such as alopecia. Even if you do not want to wear your hair in a natural state, and chose to wear it straight I strongly advise giving up relaxers.
Click here to read a post called The Truth that talks about the damaging effects of chemicals
|Another before church pic- breakage from relaxer and color|
Why should you stop using excess heat?
If you chose to use heat, keep in mind that you are subject to heat damage. Make sure that you keep heat usage to a minimum. Always use a heat protectant and keep the heat low! You don't need bone straight hair, unless you want to risk burning it and letting it break off.
|My hair in 2006 before I was in church. Extremely color damaged and heat damaged hair|
Click here to read about the effects of heat damage and how to recover from it.
What will happen to your hair when you stop relaxing it?
It will go through a stage of being dry and brittle. But the more TLC you give your hair, the faster this stage will go. You will experience a difference in textures, relaxed and new growth. I think it's great because you slowly begin to get acquainted with your natural hair. It's not an overnight transition from relaxed to a full head of natural curls. Keep reading for how to care for your hair...
Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner
What the the benefits of finding a good shampoo and conditioner?
This is imperative. Opt for all natural ingredients. Stay away from these harmful ingredients.
Here is a list of product lines I have used and some that others have used:
- Trader Joes Nourish Spa
- Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle
- Shea moisture
- Burt's Bees
How often should you wash and condition?
Everyone's hair varies! My rule of thumb? When my hair starts feeling dirty and my scalp itches, I wash it. I currently use terressentials organic earth wash.
How do you know if your hair is clean?
Wash your hair once, rinse thoroughly and then condition. Watch this video to see a good technique you can use when wash your hair. Clarifying with apple cider vinegar diluted with water helps to loosen the dirt and product on your hair before you shampoo.
Invest in a good deep conditioner
Why should you invest in a good deep conditioner?
This is imperative! You don't have to get anything expensive, it can be homemade. Click here to read about the importance of deep conditioners. How often should you deep condition? You should deep condition once a week or bi monthly. Your hair will appreciate the love and care!
Want some examples of homemade deep conditioners? Click here!
How do you deep condition your hair?
You can sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes to an hour to allow the deep conditioner to penetrate. You can simply apply a plastic cap or plastic cap over your head for an hour. You can also deep condition without applied heat. Click here to read how to deep condition without applied heat.
Make up your mind that you will not cut OR trim your hair
Can you really grow long and healthy hair without cutting or trimming it?
You absolutely can! You will feel tempted to cut it or clip those ends but trust me you can do a full transition without cutting or trimming. And you can have healthy hair! I did it and my hair transitioned beautifully. You can read my hair testimony here! It is now bra strap length. Let's be obedient to the word of God! Read more here..
Are you feeling discouraged about your hair?
Click here! I have written some words of encouragement to help you.
You are not alone along this journey!
Learn to style your hair while you are transitioning
What styles are safe to do while transitioning?
There are many awesome styles you can do while you transition. Click a style of interest to read more about how to do it.
Watch this video to see how to do this style
Watch this video for a quick method you can use overnight..
Watch this tutorial..
How do you moisturize your hair? Start with water. Use a spray bottle. You can add aloe Vera juice and essential oils to the water. Spritz your hair with water and use a leave in conditioner, butter (Shea butter, mango butter, etc) and/or an oil to seal in the moisture. Do your research when you buy leave in conditioners and butters! All natural ingredients are best!
Here are some products that work well for moisture:
- Shea moisture styling milk
- Olive oil moisturizing hair lotion
- Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie
- Whipped Shea butter
Learn your hair
Your hair is what it is. No product will change your hair texture or curl pattern. Products will enhance your curls and moisturize your hair. So don't expect your hair to be something it isn't. Love it for what it is!! There is no such thing as "good hair" or "bad hair". There is only hair texture and classification. Don't fall into a trap of feeling that your hair is inferior.
Do you have any questions that I didn't answer?
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