I was pretty open on my natural hair trip, but it took me over 10 years to get the basics. Tracing the scalp, drying the ingredients on the product labels, disentangling, without pulling the tufts of hair, I learn every day something new about the care and style of my thick curls. But when you are ready to let your chemical relaxation equipment and your heating tools to wear your natural hair, I have gathered professional advice that will save you time, money and stress.
Michael Lupo, marketing director at Carol’s Daughter, talks about the transition from relaxed hair to natural hair, bulky products, and break management. Scroll to our slideshow to be inspired by the stars on how to style natural hair.
What are the three most common mistakes women make when styling their natural hair?
The first mistake is to use too much product. When we change something on our hair, we always panic, buy a ton of extra styling products and take care of everything. Our hair looks greasy or heavy, so in the end, we wash our hair too often, which simply dries them out. Be extra sensitive to the products. You can always add a little more as you go.
Many people are fascinated, often frustrated, facing the challenges of coping with their new growth and want to relax again. The first six to eight months of growth is not their true motive for natural curls or hair texture. Your scalp and follicles always heal, so they must do everything they can to get through this “scab-crust period” and into your true hair texture. Once they have crossed this patch, they will have softer, more manageable and even looser patterns.
Curly hair is the driest hair. No matter how you wear it, you need a very good moisturizer. Most women say they “know” about hydration, but stop with rinse conditioners, hair oils, and treatment masks. You need a space to make sure your hair stays super hydrated.
Can you explain some of the hair problems that occur during the transition to or just take care of natural hair?
The further you go, the more breaks you will notice as you put more and more stress on your already weakened hair. You must treat your hair carefully and try techniques that will give less heat and stress to your streaks. To straighten the hair: Try to roll your hair and go under a hair dryer, but lower the heat and sit a little longer. You can also use an enveloping foam and use the “Doobie” method, which in turn is under the hood or during the night. To curl your hair, use two strands or Bantu knots instead of loops.
Believe it or not, when your hair is about shoulder length, this is the time when it is most likely to break. If your streaks rub continuously against your shoulders, frictions will make their work uncomfortable and the clothes you wear, especially cotton, will absorb moisture from your ends and make them more likely to break. Since you are aware of this problem, you have two very simple options: you can use extensions to leave your hair behind your shoulder, or the best option, try fun buns, where your hair is twisted, braided or in different positions. Fixed are styles that never let your hair fall into this problem.
What types of hair products and ingredients should pay attention to women with natural hair?
You need incredibly moisturizing products that strengthen the hair. Olive oil, monoi oil, shea butter, cocoa butter are perfect for this purpose.
Additional words of wisdom for natural hair beauties?
The first is actually before the transition. Do some research on the different ways you can do this and find the one that’s right for you. If you do not want to do the “big chop”, it does not matter, but maybe wearing hair extensions or braids is more comfortable than twisting twists or Bantu knot styles. You want to choose a way to feel more comfortable, which makes it much easier for you.
The second is that you have to experiment and agree with that. You must be ready, ready and able to wear your hair in styles you have never done before and played with new hair accessories during the transition period. More open to experimentation, it will be easier for you to adapt to your new hair structure.