Calling all my natural hair-istas!!!!
I am in need of a little bit of help!
I have been natural for almost a year now (June 16th to be exact) and I have to say that I am extremely proud of all the progress I have made! I’ve tried being natural time and time again but I always gave into the creamy crack but I am elated that I stuck it out this time around.
However, I will say that it has not been easy — especially when I first started! It was during the summer time and I think that was where I began to think that I was making a mistake. I didn’t have the patience to deal with my hair, but the perms were just no good for me. My hair is SUPER thick and can be a bit much so needless to say, I was a little nervous about going natural. And then, once I was in the community, I was even more overwhelmed! Who knew there were so many different products, processes and even different hair types! That one really threw me for a loop! To this day, I am still not sure what hair type I am, although I’ve had a couple of friends tell me my hair is type 4a.
But that was then and this is now. Almost a year later and I am so in love with my natural tresses! I think more than anything, it was a serious confidence booster for me. It feels so liberating walking down the street, not a care in the world and just enjoying my natural hair! I get looks from time to time, but the way I see it, I don’t feel as though I’m missing out on anything. I mean, yes I do love my quick weaves and sew-ins but I also love my twist-outs.
That’s another thing I truly love about my natural hair — it’s so versatile. It can do anything!
But I am just a year in, so I do have some questions still. The only problem is I have no one to ask these questions to!
Question #1: What are any recommended processes for washing, conditioning and deep conditioning natural hair?
Question #2: Which products work best for my specific hair type? In other words, what products are good for type 4A in general?
Question #3: What is the proper way to straighten my natural hair both with and without the hot comb?
I know I should probably already have a routine by now, but I’ve kind of just been winging things and I would like something concrete to stick to!
Any and all help is appreciated! Leave comments and suggestions below!