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Steps to Guide you on your Natural Hair Care Journey

So you have just big chopped or you are transitioning and you have no idea where to start from, what products to use and in what order to use them etc… Well worry no more. Starting on the natural hair care journey can sometimes be overwhelming, but it gets way better as you learn your hair. When you understood what your hair requires for a successful hair journey then caring for your natural hair will become a lot easier for you.

 

Learn your hair texture

 

Knowing your texture will help you start out in your natural hair journey. It will also help you in selecting proper products .Texture is the thickness of each hair strand and there are 3 types: fine, medium or normal and thick or coarse. Fine hair is very fragile and can easily be damaged by frequent manipulation. (Remember to always be gentle when handling it). You can determine your hair texture by comparing it to a piece of thread. If it’s thinner than the thread, you have fine hair. If it’s the same width, your hair is normal, and if it’s thicker then you have coarse strands.

 

Analyze your hair condition

 

It’s important to analyze and study your hair so that you are more aware of its characteristics. This will help you determine its curl pattern, porosity and density. This will also help you determine what you need to do to meet your hair needs. You can Read more on hair characteristics here and check out this simplified hair typing chart .They did an amazing job summarizing everything. i.e.If your hair is a type 3, that means you have curls that can easily be defined.Curl defining gels are your best friends if you want to style your hair in loose curly looks.

 

Trial and Error

What works for you might not necessarily work for me because natural hair is not created equal. People can give tips about what works for them, but if you try it and it doesn’t work out for your hair , don’t force it!!! Focus on learning what you hair likes through experimenting with different products and techniques then slowly begin creating your natural hair regimen that works best for your hair needs.

 

When I started my journey, I had no clue what to do with my hair. I remember bagging my friend Nancie Mwai with numerous phone calls requesting for product recommendations and styling tips lol. Since then I have figured out my hair characteristics. I know my hair is 4c and I have normal strands so I have tweaked my hair routine to suit my hair needs. i.e. deep conditioning weekly, moisturizing regularly and sealing using heavy butters that help to hold my curls together.

 

I will talk more about how to create a natural hair regimen and give a few suggestions of what products to use in the next few days. Stay tuned! I hope this was helpful, if you have any questions or tips feel free to comment below or

 

Thank you for always stopping by

xoxo

Sheila

10 Comments
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    April 19, 2016 at 7:28 PM
  • candy cece
    Reply

    awesome…just starting my natural journey this is really helpful

    April 26, 2016 at 11:31 AM
  • jennifer wambui
    Reply

    Very informative

    April 26, 2016 at 9:16 PM
  • Lilian wangui
    Reply

    Can one treat texturized hair the same way as natural hair?

    May 3, 2016 at 12:08 AM
  • Evalyne Njoroge
    Reply

    Just began my natural hair journey…… Thanks Sheila you are heaven sent.

    March 27, 2017 at 8:23 AM
  • Anonymous
    Reply

    This is so timely blessings gal just starting my journey, this is my favorite blog keep up thanks for sharing

    April 26, 2017 at 4:48 PM

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