A few weeks ago, I asked my Instagram followers to tell me their questions they had about natural hair. I know when I was transitioning, I had A LOT of questions so I just want to help out my fellow natural sistas or anyone who was thinking about going natural!
I feel like I should’ve been more specific about the type of questions to ask because some of you were asking me questions like I was Google 😂 But I will try to answer each question to the best of my ability 😅
I’m not an expert or anything on natural hair but I’m happy to share my tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years.
Let’s get started!
Q: Did you do the big chop?
A: I’ve been asked this question many times but no, I didn’t do the ‘big chop’. So when I used to get relaxers, my hair would fall out and break off like crazy! Then one day I went to a salon and got my hair styled and cut so it would be even. My hairstylist ended up cutting a lot of my hair off but mind you, my hair was still relaxed. Then a few months later I decided to stop getting relaxers but I still continued to straighten my hair all the time. When I would straighten my hair, I would trim it little by little until I only had my natural curl pattern. Once most of my hair was natural I decided to start wearing it that way and I would still give myself mini trims or go to my hairstylist.
Q: How do you get your hair to grow?
A: My hair hasn’t been growing much, recently. But when I first went natural I would maintain a consistent wash schedule, trim my hair every few months, deep condition, take my vitamins, and drink water! I also rarely manipulated my hair when I first went natural which I think helped a lot. I would wet my hair everyday and pull it up into a poof haha. That was my go to hairstyle when I first went natural!
Q: Hook me up with your edge control girl!
A: Hahaha! I just use Eco styler for my edges and a toothbrush 😉
Q: Who braids your hair?
A: I don’t braid my hair often but when I do, my cousin does it for me. I am literally the worst at braiding my own hair. I really need to learn though so I can braid my kid’s hair in the future lol
Q: Does rice water work?
A: I’ve never tried it before but I’ve heard people say it works. I’m not down to try it right now but maybe in the future haha.
Q: How do you get rid of dandruff?
A: Hmm I don’t really have a straight answer for this since I haven’t really had a problem with dandruff. But maybe try giving yourself scalp massages or hot oil treatments. Or try changing your shampoo and conditioner? Your hair may be having a bad reaction to the products you’re using. I know I had to search awhile before I actually found the right products that cleaned my scalp really well.
Q: What are your go to products?
A: I probably use my Eco styler gel the most out of all my products because I do my edges every day lol. I also use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment a lot. If you haven’t already, check out my blog about my natural hair routine which features all of the products I use!
Q: What’s your favorite deep conditioner?
A: I don’t really have a “favorite” but I have a go-to deep conditioner which is Shea Moisture’s High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque. I also use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle like I mentioned above but I use that more as a leave-in conditioner.
Q: What is the most difficult thing about going natural?
A: I think the most difficult thing was just accepting my natural hair. I had been getting relaxers on my hair ever since I was 5 so I didn’t know anything else. I always felt like my hair needed to be straight in order for it to look good. It wasn’t until I was in college that the natural hair movement really took off and seeing other women embrace their curls made me want to do so too. For more about my natural hair journey, read here!
Another difficulty about going natural was finding products that worked with my hair type. It took me years before I found the right products that worked best with my curls. I still want to find other products for my hair because I like seeing what else is out there.
If you’re on the product search right now, something that helped me was signing up for CurlBox. It’s a company that sends you about 4-6 natural hair products a month for $25. This is a great deal because hair products, especially natural hair products, are very pricey.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about going natural?
A: I really love the versatility of my hair! I’m able to do so much with my hair that I wasn’t able to do when my hair was relaxed. It’s also been amazing seeing my hair grow so much. I never thought my hair had this much growth potential but little did I know lol.
Another rewarding part about going natural is being able to help and inspire others who are also natural or are thinking about making the transition. When I was going natural, it was very inspiring seeing other women talk about their journey and give their advice along the way. It’s kind of crazy that people are now asking me for advice when I still have questions myself haha but I’m happy to help as much as I can 😊
I hope my answers were helpful for you guys! Like I said, if you ever have any natural hair questions for me, feel free to ask. I’m approachable I swear, even if I may not look like I am, so I’ve been told… 😐😂
I might even do a part two if I get a few more questions! 🤔
But until next time, see ya later 👋🏾