The decision to keep natural hair comes as a passing thought till it fully sinks in. From then onwards, the passion to either transition or do the big chop intensifies. If you're not careful, fear starts to grip you with loads of questions. What if my hair doesn't grow? What if I can't take care of my hair? What if it doesn't suit my face? All these are normal. Here are a few pointers to make that transition easier.
The big question - Big chop or transition?
Whichever option you decide to go with, own it. There's no better option. Each comes with its own pros and cons. Cutting off all your hair, otherwise known as the big chop, is one way to go. You get to 'start afresh' whilst rocking short hairstyles. Transitioning or cutting off the permed hair bit by bit whilst growing your hair is another way to go. Essentially, you'll have to take care of two textures. Go with what you are comfortable with.
Essential products to use
There are a lot of natural hair products on the market. Choosing the kind of products to go in for should be based on a couple of things. Are the products moisturizing? Does it work on low or high porosity hair? and a couple of things. Products with sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, etc are not good for your hair. Avoid these altogether if you can. All products from Eya Naturals are free from these ingredients and work wonders on natural hair. To stimulate healthy hair growth, go in for the Grow and Thicken Set.
It's time to comb. Sheeesh!
If you used to have permed hair, combing becomes mainstay. Natural hair is a different ball game. Yes, you can comb but it comes with certain principles and techniques. Natural hair tangles up a lot. This is why it's important to detangle first with your hand or a wide-tooth comb. Before you comb, make sure your hair is properly moisturized and detangled.
Natural hair gets dry quickly. Moisturizing ought to be part of your regimen. It's not only important, it's necessary. Don't mistaken applying oil to your hair as moisturizing. Think of water or water-based products when you think of moisturizing. Spray a little water or water-based hair mist on your hair to make it damp, apply your leave-in-lotion and seal in the moisture with shea butter and your preferred hair oil. You can carry along the Aloe Vera Hair Mist from Eya Naturals in your purse and spray a bit on your hair if it becomes too dry
Find a natural hair salon
A natural hair salon which knows and understands hair will do you good. Properly managing your hair from the onset is very necessary. Proper hair management leads to healthy hair. You can visit any of our salon branches to have your hair pampered. Our main branch is off the Spintex Road behind the Kingdom Bookshop (+233 275 000 009) whilst the North Kaneshie Salon is opposite St. Theresa's School (+233 552 277 854), same building as Memo Supermarket.
Undoubtedly, there are a lot of natural hair regimen examples online. The good thing is that you can experiment and find which regimen works best for you. You may need to wash your hair every two weeks, but someone else may need to do that every week. You may need to moisturize daily, someone may just need to moisturize every other day. Do what works best for YOUR hair, not what works for some one else. In all that, though, remember moisture is your friend. Always incorporate moisturizing into your hair care regimen.
Embarking on the natural hair journey should be fun and we want you to enjoy every stage of it. Focus on the health of your hair, not growth. But of course, healthy hair grows. For further hair consultation, please contact +233 204 600 464 or @eyanaturals on Facebook and Instagram.
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