Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Letters to A New Natural

I wanted to start this because I get plenty of questions about products, and going natural period. It's a spin on Hill Harper's books Letters to a young brother/sister. So I am on facebook, and a friend of mines that's natural, sends me a message about her frustrations of being newly natural. She complained of lack of style choices, dryness, and trouble detangling.

I gave her these tips:
1. Never detangle dry hair.....Hair must be wet with water and condtioner to detangle.

2. Use a wide tooth comb or a denman brush to detangle if you don't want to use your hands. The small tooth comb, will pull out hair and make hair split.

3. Use protective hairstyles. When I was 1st natural and transitioning, I did a ton of protective Hairstyles, such as kinky twists, two strand twists, micro braids, sew ins, and wigs.

4.  Don't be afraid of oils. Olive Oil, Caster oil, Jojoba Oil, etc.

5.  Most products for your hair can be used from around the house. Olive oil, and Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar and water can be used to remove the residue from the scalp and hair, and also help with any itching of the scalp.

6.Sleep with something on your hair. Preferably, a satin bonnet, a satin pillowcase. Cotton will strip the hair of oils and help split the ends.

7. Natural hair takes patience and time. Some people wash, deep condtion, co-wash, and style all in one day. It may take a while, but it's well worth it.

8. Take time to play with different hairstyles, and hair accessories. It will jazz your look up.

9. Please do your research before going natural. It will be good days and bad days, but that's with anything. A lot of my research came from message boards, blogs, and you tube.

I want this to become apart of Gold'n Glitters. If anyone has a topic or hair story they would like for me to talk about don't hesitate to contact me.

Mz B
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