What You Should Know About Natural Hair

what you should know about natural hair
Whether you have just begun your natural hair journey or you are considering it, I am sure you have all of these big plans for your hair, right? But wait!

Before your start dreaming and planning read this first. You have to realistic expectations for your hair or you are not going to be happy.



I hope my hair won’t be nappy!

natural hair textureTexture has to be the number one thing that newly naturals wonder about. Will I have kinks or loose ringlets?

Whatever your texture happens to be just know this, it is beautiful no matter what. Although looser textures are flaunted more often, kinkier textures are just as beautiful.

Curly hair has to be handled very delicately overall, but just know the more kinky your texture is the more delicate and protective that you will have to be with it and don’t skimp out on the moisture!



sometimes up to 80% of your actual hair length

Almost all naturals have shrinkage to some extent. You may have 50% shrinkage or even as much 80% ( like me!) Although I am presently at about 10 inches of hair, it looks like I have about  3 inches of hair when I don’t stretch my hair out.

So depending on your hair type, although you may have a good amount of hair, it may not really look like it!

However, if there are times where you want your hair to look more stretched you can use braid outs, twist outs, roller sets, banding, and African threading to extend your tresses. As your hair grows longer this will be less of a problem.



preventing dry hair is pretty easy!

You will need to effectively moisturize your hair to keep it healthy. If you suffer from particularly dry hair a good technique is the LOC method. First use a liquid like water, then use an oil, then seal the moisture  into your hair with a moisturizing hair creme.

Regular Washing + Conditioning Schedule

Often times when we were relaxed we were trained to be afraid of water and hence many of us did not wash as regularly as we should. This will all vary from person to person, but it is good for you to wash at least once a week.  Water is your friend not the enemy.


Keep your hands off your hair

it’s hard but try!

Especially if you have a kinkier texture constant manipulation of your hair will lead to breakage. This includes daily combing or brushing, styling, or detangling improperly.

It is best to keep your hair in protective styles like braids, buns, or twists and low manipulation styles like twist outs or braids outs.

The more you touch your hair the weaker it becomes, so you want to keep your contact with it to a minimum.


You can’t do everything, everyone else does

and that’s okay!

You may not be the girl that can spritz water on her hair and just go. And that is okay! You have to embrace your hair for what it is, and do what works best for you.





27 thoughts on “What You Should Know About Natural Hair

  1. I wear my hair in African Threading, how long can they stay in? It’s expensive to have them out in.

  2. Hi, I have not used relaxer on my hair in at least 5-6 years. Although I have not used it and had several hair cuts my ends would sometimes not curl up. A couple years went by and suddenly on one side my ends began to curl but on the other side it remained the same. I do get my hair straight ironed sometimes but I use a good amount of heat protectant and even wear a lot of protective styles from time to time. Any clue what’s going on?

  3. Is shrinkage good or bad?

    1. Shrinkage is good because it is a sign that your hair is healthy.

  4. Hi Guys!! Just need a little advice. I transitioned last year may, and my hair type is kinky 4c. I’m about to do my big chop. But I don’t want to go into the same hassles I had while transitioning. My hair is stagnant at a certain length, my hair shrinks too much, it absorbs moisture like a bermuda triangle, no matter how much Shea Butter and moisturizers I use, it’s still dries out.
    And what products do you recommend?? So far I’ve been using cantu, Shea moisture and Mango&olive oil.
    Please I’ll appreciate any kind response. Thank you

    1. These are both great product lines. See these pages, they will be helpful, it also sounds like you may have high porosity hair.



    2. Eleorachi, I am 7 months transitioned and I also had a real problem with dryness. I think I’ve found the solution. Plenty of oil! Here’s what I do:
      1. Fill an 8 ounce spray bottle with water to about 1/2 inch from the top.
      2. Add 5 different oils to the water; I chose Argan, Vitamin E, Tea Tree, Olive, & Almond. Add 3 drops of each oil.
      (2 oz bottles of each oil is available at Sally’s for about $2.79 each)
      3. Using fingers, part hair into small sections.
      4. Spray hair with water/oil mixture. Saturate the hair, but it doesn’t have to be dripping wet.
      5. Add 1 or 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil to your fingers and apply to the section. (Pick your favorite oil)
      6. Apply a small amount of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Curl Styler Cream Pudding to section (available at Walmart)
      7. Apply a small amount of Cantu Define & Shine Custard to the section.
      8. Using fingers, smooth each section from root to ends.

      When my hair dries, it is FULL of silky shine and definition! I really love it! My hair is about 3 1/2 inches long so it takes about 20-30 minutes to finish. My hair type is a 3C. It’s trial and error to find out how much product to use to get the shine & definition you want without the flaking or excessive greasiness. Of course, all hair is different, so you may have to vary these products to suit your hair type. But don’t be afraid to add a whole lot of oil to your hair. I think you will love the results.

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