Here are the steps to follow as you start you new journey:
Step 1: Really decide that you want to do away with chemicals stripping and destroying your hair. No more relaxers!
Step 2: This step occurs immediately after deciding to stop relaxing. You are now in transition. These first few weeks are easy, you’re just loving your silky straight hair, it’s when you start to feel those naps grow that you begin to panic! Don’t! There are ways to deal with those kinks.
Step 3: This step depends on how long you go before you get a touch up, but once you notice that it’s becoming obvious that you have two hair textures going on and you want to know what to do. Well you have two options, cut it off or try some different hair styles to hide the dual hair textures.
· I am all for big chopping, usually after 6 months. This is because the longer you wait the more likely you run the risk of allowing your already damaged hair to reach your healthy new growth. That is something you do not want to happen, so that is why many people go for the big chop, but you don’t have to.
· You decide to just deal with your hair as is and trim as you go so the change is not that noticeable. That is fine, just make sure that you moisturize and use sulfate free/ paraben free products. Be careful about using weave and try to find a natural hair stylist near you because few main stream stylist are used to working with natural hair.
Step four: You have done the big chop or have grown your hair out to a point you feel comfortable and then finally have cut off the relaxed hair. Congrats!!!! You are now a Naturalista! Celebrate and take in the moment because its life altering and from this point on you and the world will look at you differently!
It’s around this time that you once again question your judgement and wonder if you are crazy, but you’re not. You are living a new life, a healthy life, a Creamy Crack free life!
Next time I will go into more of what products to use and what to look for in the products you choose. Being Natural doesn’t have to be expensive, but it definitely can be. I will give you a few ideas on how to make sure your new life doesn’t break the bank.