I hope you're doing well? I'm holding in there, super excited to be rolling into the month of December! Yay!
Now, if you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I like to keep it real. Let's be honest. Embracing our natural curls is not always fun BUT in the long run, it's fulfilling and worthwhile! I truly hope this journey will just be as exciting for you as it’s been for me. Here are four things you can do now to (continue to) succeed in your natural hair journey:
1. Do you research.
If you want to be your own hair guru, you should build an arsenal of knowledge on natural hair care. There are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube which cover a range of topics from recommended products to styling tips. Blogs (like mine!) are fantastic sources of information as well. If you haven't already, feel free to skim through my blog for dozens of posts on natural haircare! Remember, the more you know about your curls and coils, the more confident you'll be as a new natural.
2. Completely snip off your relaxed ends.
Depending on whether or not you transitioned or did the big chop, you may still have a few relaxed strands. I know many of us hold on to our relaxed ends because we've never had short hair and feel that going straight for a Tiny Winy Afro (TWA) may be a little too much, too soon. When I first decided to go natural, I thought I would transition for two years and grow out my relaxed hair so that I’d have enough growth when I finally snipped my ends off.
However, 8 months into my hair journey, I was itching to nurture my curls. I couldn't stand the sight of my breaking, chemical-treated hair so I actually decided to snip off my relaxed ends rather spontaneously and boy, am I glad I did! As soon as I fully embraced my curls I was better placed to carefully nurture them.
3. Be confident and consistent.
Now this value not only applies to many aspects of life but also to natural haircare. The misconceptions about curly hair can be vast and embracing our kinks and curls is still considered revolutionary even in this day and age. Going against the grain is not always easy and learning to accept our hair in all its coily goodness is easier said than done. Trust me, I still struggle to fully embrace my hair from time to time.
Even with 20 inches of coily hair, I sometimes wish it had more volume and bounce. But you know what, it's doesn’t. And everyday I look in the mirror, I remind myself that my hair is gorgeous just as it is. Kinky, coarse, curly, whatever you want to call it, it’s beautiful.
Don't quit before the game has started. Many new naturals give up on their hair, just a few months into their journey. Well, let me encourage you. It takes two, sometimes even three years to see considerable improvement in the health of your hair. That's why it's called a journey. Keep your regimen consistent and with time you'll see an improvement. But first, you have to try. Paying attention to your hair's unique needs is the most important step to owning your hair journey. And you will get better at nurturing your curls over the next coming months and even years.
Well there you have it! I hope you’ve found these 4 tips helpful. If you're a seasoned naturalista, what tips have you used to succeed in your hair journey?
What I'm wearing: Leather Neck Piece// Button Earrings // Ball Ring - Lovisa.
Sending you lots of love and sunshine,