Hey Naturalistas and Wannabe’s
Shame on me, I wanted to share this post over the weekend but if you knew what happened, you’d be more ashamed of me.
On the 21st December, 2015 while a lot of the ladies were busy prepping their hair and churning out hairstyles for the yuletide season, yours truly took a different turn and transitioned to natural hair. OMG!!! I cut off my relaxed, straightened, sleek hair leaving just the unrelaxed new growth. It was more of an emotional decision than trying to join the bandwagon. It was the start of a new thing; a new beginning for me.
I didn’t do the big chop per se, I more or less transitioned. Transitioning is a less dramatic option of returning to a natural hair texture. It involves cutting off the relaxed ends of the hair as new growth appears. This process allows one to gradually settle into the natural hair frenziness and for a more concentrated natural hair regime and styling.
Good or Bad decision?
T’was a good one, for the following reasons:
- I almost lost my edges, thanks to relaxing and heating – This front hair loss was a major factor in my decision to go natural and as I mused, my edges are being restored.
- I understand my hair now – I have an elastic hair texture that stretches with less breaking. You need to see my hair whenever they get to hot-comb or stretch it at the salon. But please do not entertain that more frequently especially if you have the finer hair texture which is less tolerant of heat.
- I use natural and healthier products on my hair – In fact, my ‘go-to” hair softener is water. I also have a water/leave-in conditioner/oil mixture in a spray bottle which I get to use like 3 or 4 times in a week to moisturize my hair. No dandruff, less or no itching!
- I monitor my hair growth – Study shows natural hair grows at about 1/2″ per month. Mine does not grow in that frequency but hey! it’s growing.
- I get to wash and pamper my hair – The shampooing, the massaging process, the feeling of running water through my hair down to your body sometimes, gives this feeling of pamper.
- I get to take off the wigs at night and my sleep isn’t disturbed especially during a hot weather condition
- Last but not the least, I get to be creative with hairstyles – Once my hair is wet, it is softer and easier to play around with but I try not to put too much pressure on it for obvious reasons.
Do I regret going natural? Nope!
- Because I still rock braids and weaves, oh! thanks to wigs. I am not bothered about the myth that natural hair isn’t chic. I just purchased another braid wig and if you ask me, it’s more pocket-friendly in the long run. Let’s do the maths. Averagely, a lady changes her hairstyle every two weeks and each week, the salonist charges between
N5,000 to N10,000. This is not inclusive of your weaves or extension and that sums up to N10,000 to N20,000/month. A braid wig costs about N20,000 on the average and you get to use it as often as you maintain it. And who says you still can’t fix your weaves or braids? The crotchet braids are there too for you to slay.
- Let’s be sincere here. taking care of natural hair isn’t all that rosy. Depending on your regime or routine, you could spend close to 1/3 hours washing, detangling, conditioning, moisturizing, air drying, styling, etc. I try to stick to a simple regime that works for me especially when I am not heading to the salon. I perform this routine about once a week, usually during shower-time.
My Natural Hair Regime
- Washing – I wash my hair once every week if, they are not twisted, with the Cantu “Sulphate Free” Cleansing Cream Shampoo. I usually buy from Casabella Beauty Stores here in Lagos.
- Conditioning. After washing, I add in a deep-ish conditioner and loosely detangle each side gently with my fingers and a wide tooth rake comb. Then once I rinse all the conditioner out, I part my hair into sections and evenly apply my Cantu Leave-In Conditioner to each section of the wet hair and do a fat twist/weave to soak in the moisture.
- Moisturizing – Next I add my oils; either the Caribbean Natural Black Castor and Coconut Oil which I have ran out of us but recently purchased the Sahara Sunrise Soften Up Hair Oil (with Castor Oil) from the last “Naturals In The City event” which I did a photo speak here.
- Styling and Air-drying – It is at this point I decide if I’m styling my hair or letting it down. If I am not styling, I section it into a ponytail style and let it air-dry, so that it is stretched as it dries. When it’s dry, I loosen it out and I hit the road.
P.S: I hope I haven’t bored you with my natural hair frenziness. Please feel free to share your natural hair journey, regime, products and if you have achieved any milestone.
P.S.S: I am looking to feature Natural Hair Women who have met their length retention hair milestones on a simple, time efficient regimen. If you’re that woman and you want to be featured, please drop a direct message with me on Instagram or Facebook.
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Nkem Offonabo is a Banker, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Lead, Editor at Crown Musings. She is passionate about Decor, Personal Development and Wealth Creation. She believes that every individual is unique and has potential for greatness if properly nurtured. She hopes to use her blog community to Inspire, Motivate, Empower, Transform and ultimately help people become the best version of themselves.