African American Black Hair Going Natural
Going natural for kinky nappy black hair is not difficult to manage as many may have assumed it to be.
Caring for natural hair has become easier with the numerous variety of hair products available on the market that provide technology to restore shiny hair and restore smoothness.
Ethnic haircare is a journey that many have documented through photos, videos, forums and interest groups.
Information on how to go natural is available on the web with many websites such as Motown girl, nappturality, natural hair digest, treasured locks, curls, African wonders, komaza care, and many more.
Why I went natural
On these various beauty black hairstyle websites you will read story after story of why women have chose to go natural in 2012, it is a journey and a look into the lives of black women and the relationship we have with our hair.
Well the cure to those bad hair days is fixed when you learn how to use hats, beanies, scarves and hair accessories, every natural curly girl needs to have at least one of each to save her on those mornings when your rushing out the door.
I had thinning hair when I just to perm my hair but since I've been natural I don't suffer from that problem anymore. I try to maintin a healthy hair wash regimen and avoid strong shampoos ph-4.5 not more.
I often ask myself how am I going to make this unruly hair stay in place and look halfway decent when I have no time to style it. So I starting making my own homemade hair treatment recipes.
Set free by becoming a natural curly girl
Going natural has allowed many African American women to become free, set free from the grueling, damaging effects of chemicals and heat on our hair. It is through the process of instant restorative methods that transform damaged hair.
Many have lived with the embarrassment of having to wear a hat or scarf on ones head when we did not have the money to go to the salon, or didn't have a family member to braid it, flat iron it or blow dry it for us and it left us with brittle dry hair that would not grow long.
Many of the challenges are all too familiar from getting the first relaxer as a teen to sitting and getting our hair hot pressed to waiting for hours to get individual braids put in our hair in the summer months.
Best Methods to Enhance Hair Thickness
Thick hair tips for thicker fuller hair you can start by what you eat, changing your diet is the key to healthy and shiny hair. it is well known that coconut oil helps hair grow as well as maintain volume, other helpful tips is to use omega 3 fatty acids, by eating more fish or taking supplements.
Harper Bazaar has some great advice for thicker hair strands, first start by letting your hair dry naturally without drying it with blow dryers or flat irons. avoid hair care products that contain alcohol, look for moisturizing and conditioning formulas with essential oils, like olive oil, tea tree oil, rinse hair with cold water when you wash and try using conditioner to wash hair instead of shampoo, use heat protectors by adding serum containing silicone.
Stimulate the scalp with cayenne pepper and leave in conditioner, make sure to apply shea butter on the hair while it is still wet and try henna for making hair soft and stronger with these expert tips for fall.
Should I Cut My Long Relaxed Hair?
If you are thinking of going natural and have long relaxed hair, one of your main concerns is going to be how you will look with short hair.
My advice is to go to a wig store and try on short wig styles. That way you can get an idea of what you will look like with short spiky hair, short kinky hair or short straight hair.
It is best to use virtual hairstyle makeovers or buy a hairpiece which is not permanent. That way if you do not like how you look you can opt for another way to transition from relaxed hair without cutting it.
The days I do not like being natural
Certain days and time of the year is just not good for a natural hairstyle, especially if you are in a hurry or have some place to be, the only time I really hate being natural is when I did not prepare my hair the night before with either braid outs, twist outs or plates, because this seems to be the only way to tame the huge growth of curls on my head.
If I forget to add conditioner and moisturizing oil after I wash my hair, it becomes so dry and unmanageable that I just can not stand it.
What will people say if I go natural
Social pressures to wear hair straight
Women from all over the globe has spoke in agreement to the social pressures of having straight hair. Friends and family have had mixed opinions and co-workers have taken sides. The women who decides to go natural is faced with a reality of how much or how little their choice will be accepted among their peers.
What does it say about you if you are natural?
Are you wild, carefree or a rebel? Many women who have went natural talk about how men have responded to short TWA teeny weeny afro, or how they have commented on sisterlocs, two-straned twists, banu knots or afro puffs. The benefits of going natural has been huge. Healthy hair, more retained moisture and a versatility once thought to be only for those wearing their hair straight.
Do you want to be different or fit in?
Being you accepting who you are, loving your hair is the journey of going natural and is the voice of many black women, african american women, biracial women and women of all colors and nationalities who find themselves asking why should they fit into a mold that society, media or mainstream has picked for them as a representation of beauty.
Hi I've been natural since a year and so proud of the growth. I had problems with thinning hair before but manage to get them under control. My hair is growing and very healthy.
I agree that medium hair length adds volum to your hair but much still depend on the personal hair care. Protective hairstyles like twist helps to prevent hair from thinning.
Are you really natural?
Going natural is Natural hair, black hair, and afro-textured hair are terms used to refer to the texture of Black African hair that has not been altered chemically by perming, relaxing, straightening, bleaching or coloring.
What does it mean to be natural? does that mean no chemicals?
You will find on websites, blogs and forums that great debate is made over this definition because you will see natural curly heads with caramel haircolor, texturizers, extensions as well as using "natural hair products" that have salon quality chemicals in the ingredients.
So you will have to decide what going natural because of having a hard time finding hairstyles for find limp hair make sure to utilze all sources and options for what your looking for.
Reasons why black woman can not grow long hair
Many african american woman are not understanding why they can not grow long hair. Studies have shown that is not that the hair is not growing it is that the hair is not being properly taken care of. Learning how short hair thrives for your next cut is the key to retaining length.
Why my hair is not growing long
The hair is growing, but it is also facing a lot of drying elements such as blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, hot combs, poor diet, chemical relaxers, mineral oil, braids that are too tight and hair loss. So many factors play a part in the appearance that black hair can not grow. Protecting your ends is also a great way to preserve and maintain the hair you already have.
What you eat in your diet affects hair growth
Once these elements are removed many black women who have chosen to go natural, find that their hair grows fast and long, they are also surprised to find that they have soft manageable curls and healthy looking locks. More women who go natural are also changing their diets to eating healthier and choosing products that are made of natural ingredients.
Learn how to take care of natural curls
Loving and accepting our hair is not an easy task, especially if one has been using straigtening and relaxers all of ones life. We have to re learn how to care for our natural hair. It takes knowledge, learning what is the best way of styling and preserving our hair in its natural state.
Hey I've been transitioning for a year before my BC which I did today. I tried different hair natural hair products and really amazed about Hair Rules.
They have great products leaving your hair soft, detangled and curly. Other natural hair products company are Giovanni, Miss Jessie. You'll need to try what works best for your hair and the result you want to have.
MarlieV on January 20, 2012:
Hi! I decided to go natural about a year ago. I cut all the perm out of my hair and have not put a relaxer or straightened it since. I have been hiding behind wigs ever since, but my hair has grown quite a bit and I want to just wear it the way it is. My hair is longer on the top and very soft, but I have thining edges on the side and a big forehead:) Any advice?
jaz242 on December 28, 2011:
The link is not working I posted, but then again I went natural about 6 months ago & did the big chop & wanted to know if there's any products that give that nice natural looking curl?
meyarobertmark17 on December 27, 2011:
I have been natural for a long time but now im having alot of breakage..i already use the products you have on the site...i love them... But since i've gotten my hair blown out a few times to get braids put in.. i have all this breakage...i wanna do a big chop again do you surguest i do that?
gonaturale on October 07, 2011:
Hi everyone. I am from England. Since the age of 10, i have had chemicals on my hair. I am now 41 years of age and have decided enough is enough. My hair is currently relaxed and is shoulder length (breaking on left side) I have decided to embrace my natural beauty that the good Lord has blessed me with, and to go natural. I dont even know what texture my hair is or used to be. My hair is very thick and grows very quickly, therefore I will do the big chop. As with other readers I have no idea on how to care for my natural hair. I am doing this for me and I am feeling very liberated by the others comments.
I welcome all comments good and bad about my natural journey
Yem on September 01, 2011:
Please recommend me a great hair straightner for African hair.
Yem on September 01, 2011:
I went from relaxed to natural hair it;s stressfull because it's hard to comb especially when I have recently taken braids out. What shall I do to make it easier to get rid of the nots when I have took the braids out?
Helen on August 28, 2011:
I textursed my hair four months ago, can I do a curl perm using care free curl?
Laura. M on August 24, 2011:
I been natural since 2008 and I have to admit it did take me awhile to get use to my natural hair. I grew up with my mom pressing and curling my hair I really was never trained in embracing my hair. I have gone from perms,braid extentions, hair pieces and wigs. I always felt like I was hiding me. I am much happier now. I did the b/c from my locs and I am touching, feeling and embracing my hair. I walk and work out 3 times a week and don't place so much concern on my hair. It is what it is. I attend a predominately white church and of course I got the looks and curiosity, same reaction I received from the black church. I am 60 yrs old and my healthty lifestyle is more important then God Bless. Embrace and Love.
SYD SYD 4 RID RID on August 23, 2011:
natural hair is always beautiful to me
sid sid 4 rid rid on August 23, 2011:
i realized that some people believe that african american hair is big and bushy well IT ISN'T always!and i have also noticed in the media they select certain natural hair styles and comment about how they dislike it and its not normal and what i have to say about that is I DON'T CARE AT ALL WHAT U THINK
Nikki on August 08, 2011:
I really enjoyed this post. I've recently decided to go natural, and this has given me some insight on the journey that I am going to take with my hair. Two summers ago, I cut my hair short, but I really didn't know how to take care of it, because I never really had to. It was my first year away at college, and the relaxers and hair products that I used on my hair damaged it badly. I got another haircut after that, but again my methods of taking care of it failed. I've always had thin hair, but I was relaxing it a lot and it caused extra thinning and bald spots. At that point, I decided it'd be best if I went natural. It's been three months now, and my hair already looks better and has grown. I'm excited, this journey shall be nice!
Riah J Davis on August 07, 2011:
Thank you so much for this. I've been going natural for a few years now and it's been frustrating. I work at a waterpark and perming my hair is just not an option right now and my hair looks like a mess every day. I needed this page. Thank you so much.
ladybell on July 27, 2011:
Hi, I have been thinking of going natural for awhile now. I have a short bob right now. I have a Relaxer as well, but I get very frustrated with my hair at times especially when it feel dry n brittle... I'm use to my hair being soft n very manageable. But since I had my second n last child, my hair just is not the same n my hair styles just don't last long. So I wonder if I do decide to go natural is it best to start over by cutting it all off? I have thick hair n its nice, not curly, or nuthing... But if I cut it off I'm very worried how I will look... Can u help me out, some advice would be GREAT... Thanks.
solange on July 24, 2011:
The side(front) of my hair has always had bald patches as long as I can remember (I'm 25 now).
I want to grow my natural hair so I'm shaving everything. But what could be the cause of my side(front) having bald patches and thinning? My hair is full and thick in other places.
carolinne on July 15, 2011:
my hair is natural (no chemicals). I love the natural hair styles and glad that women and men of color are going back to it. I was part of the revolution in 70's, my hair is gray now but I still love the look. I have been looking for mix gray afro hair peices, no one seems to make them. Why? I should not have to dye my hair just to wear the look that I love. Can anyone help me? I'm black and I'm proud.
BrAiDeR gUrL on May 06, 2011:
well i need hairstyles (braids) for my 13th birthday which is thisx wednesday nn i really need some hairstyles.. see i wudnt b doin thisx (posting comments) because of how people are these days and this shows you that i really need some hairstyles so please help me .. thankyou
mlm on April 06, 2011:
I have been think about going back to my natural hair.weave have been my best friend lately.My front temple line in the front of my hair has came out from relaxing my hair. What could I use to help them grow back
sarah on March 30, 2011:
hi i have been using some products like relaxer to strengh or re-touching the hair but now i want to go back to my nutural hair ,please any help to get nutural hair again?
Research Analyst (author) on March 05, 2011:
I can relate to your story, one of the difficult things about going natural is that it takes preparation and as you mentioned if our schedules get busy and we do not have time to prep the night before it can be a real disaster in the morning.
So I have also used pony tails or just pulled out my handy wig hair pieces, as much as I love being natural it can be a challenge sometimes.
Emmeaki from Brooklyn, NY on March 05, 2011:
"Some days are just not good for a natural hairstyle, especially if you are in a hurry or have some place to be, the only time I really hate being natural is when I did not prepare my hair the night before with either braid outs, twist outs or plates."
Yeah! It's not just me! I have discovered that a ponytail is a good remedy, although I have to twist my hair in front (like cornrows, but twists instead of braids)and then make the ponytail because my hair is so thick that it won't lie flat otherwise. It takes less than ten minutes, so it's not too bad.
Research Analyst (author) on February 23, 2011:
You will find that it will take time for your hair to get as long as you would like, keep your body healthy by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as get good exercise.
Easervant on February 22, 2011:
Hi, I've short curly hair and finding a hard time getting my hair to grow. I don't like the short cut, because it look too boyish. I like the natural look of my hair, because of my health it's hard for me to keep it up, so I like it, but would like it to have some length to it, can you help.
Research Analyst (author) on February 21, 2011:
Many natural hair girls still straighten their hair with heat styling from flat irons or curling irons, they just don't do it too often.
So you will still have the versatility you change anytime you want.
Treasured Locks is a hair and skin care supply store specializing in high quality, natural and hard to find products.
I think you should check them out.
Dltrot on February 21, 2011:
I have and still is on the fence with going natural it has been almost four months since my last touch up. I have been getting braids wash and warm comb with crimps I am enjoying the diffent look however will I ever get to the point where I can just let go of having thoughts of straight hair. Also can you give me suggestions on good hair products thanks
Research Analyst (author) on February 02, 2011:
The best women's hairstyles for thinning hair are those in which the length of the hair is either short or medium because long hair often puts weight on the roots of the hair making it weak causing more hair loss.
Thinning hair is a common problem effecting women today. The issue with thin hair is the texture which often is thin and wispy,and it can becomes limp and flat. So the ideal women's hairstyles for thinning hair are those that can add some volume.
southern girl on February 01, 2011:
Any advice or suggestions of styles for someone with fine hair and a and thinning temples thinking about going natural? Think someone earlier had similiar question months ago, but I didn't see any response and would love to know your thoughts. Thanks.
Research Analyst (author) on January 25, 2011:
Your pixie cut sounds so cute, a good way to start. One of the great things about re-learning your hair, is once you transition it is a journey that will help you rediscover your hairs new texture, so be open for the change.
I found this site the other day, it may be of help also:
Lady Mac on January 24, 2011:
Just got hair cut into a pixie cut after deciding to go natural. Planning to trasition from this style. Less than 8 weeks since last relaxer. Should I begin to moisturize my hair as if it were already natural? Also had really wavy hair when I was younger have been relaxing hair since 8th grade now in mid 30's, Do you think I still have the same wavy texture or do hair textures change?
Research Analyst (author) on December 28, 2010:
Trinidad,that is such a big step you took and I am sure you will be happy with the long term results, it will take some adjustment in your daily hair care routine but after a few months you will have a burst of ideas on the variety of ways to style and accessorize your new hairstyle.
Trinidad on December 27, 2010:
Thanks for the motivation. I finally did the big chop a week ago and it has been liberating. Ive cried at times but I love my curls! And you're definitely right people judge you on your hair. (I had to threaten a co-worker).
Research Analyst (author) on December 25, 2010:
hello tsungie, I have found that the eco styling gel is one of the best of african american hair especially natural curls.
Tsungie on December 24, 2010:
Hie I just wanted to ask if you know any hair gel i can use for my hair. My hair is short really short and i would like to know whats the best hair gel to use, thank you for your kindly help :D.x
Research Analyst (author) on December 20, 2010:
Deb you may not want to continue using a perm and as your natural hair grows you can use coconut oil on the scalp which is good for hair growth.
Deb on December 19, 2010:
I have very short hair and it is thinning. Haven't had a perm for 3 months, not sure what to do with it. Help!
Research Analyst (author) on December 09, 2010:
katiewoman, thanks for the comment, I would suggest that you cut the hair short, because it sounds like the perm is causing breakage and damage.
Going natural is such a good option because you will not need to use vasaline on the hair just a really good moisturizing leave in conditioner and then put into a cornrow or braid style.
Swimming is a great sport and hobby so as long as her hair is under a swim cap there is not need to stop swimming.
Also consult a doctor or physician or nutritionist because if she is taking any types of medications or eating a particular diet it could be having an effect on her hairs health.
Katiewoman on December 09, 2010:
My daughter's permed hair is brittle and damaged. She has autism and is takes weekly swimming lessons. This is an activity/skill that she loves and something she can enjoy for life. I wet her hair, apply a conditioner (vaseline to seal) and swim cap before she swims. After swimming it washed immediately. Her hair is coming out just by touching it. Her last perm was 6 weeks ago. I refuse to give up swimming because of her hair. Should I have her hair cut short? Any suggestions for a style for a weekly swimmer? Thank you!
simpson on December 07, 2010:
thanks how bad are goddess twists for my natural hair
Research Analyst (author) on December 05, 2010:
simpson it is a good thing to straighten your hair every now and then to get a idea of the length and to also trim any split ends, the real change in curl pattern comes when you straighten the hair on a daily basis especially with a flat iron.
simpson on December 04, 2010:
im natural and have been for a year and a half but dont usually wear it out i got my hair straightened for the first time and i wanted to know is this healthy for my hair
pucci on November 24, 2010:
kimmeytube(youtube) is great source for AA hair. She give great information, I luv her.
NaturalMe on November 14, 2010:
Thankks . Ive been looking at soooo many youtube videos and Im getting really motivated. Thanks for the quick response.
Research Analyst (author) on November 13, 2010:
Naturalme ---youtube is a good place to see many hairstyle options to use once you transition and go natural, one of my favorite natural hair videos are by "prettydimples"
NaturalMe on November 13, 2010:
Okayy . I am a freshmann in High School . Many of my friends and I are trying to go natural. Since everyone is just starting, you can't tell yet. Ive been getting relaxers since i was 4. The reason being, I was tender headed. So Im just realizing that Im probably still tender headed. I have thick hair that dries out easily. Im thinking of getting twists and straw sets while growing my relaxer out because being in high school, I definantly dont want the BC. So Ive read some suggestions but I think I need more info.
Any help ??? Im due for a relaxer in about 2 wks. I hope I get a response before then, because if I chicken out, Ill just end up sticking with a relaxer .
Research Analyst (author) on September 21, 2010:
Thanks Minnow,I appreciate that. glad you noticed! (smile)
minnow from Seattle on September 21, 2010:
Great hub, Research Analyst--your writing just keeps getting better & better. Keep it up!
Research Analyst (author) on September 21, 2010:
Glenda in your case I would suggest that you keep all your hair, your primary goal should be just to use methods to make it thicker. Make sure your braids are not pulling too tightly around your edges. Apply essential oils to the temples to promote hair growth.
I do not know how long you leave the braids in your hair it could be the cause of the thinning. Look for other protective hairstyles that will help you relieve the stress on the hair strands. Henna is also a good option to help condition and maintain hair while covering gray.
Try taking flaxseed oil tablets or vitamin E supplements these will help promote hair health too!
Glenda on September 21, 2010:
I am researching any information on going natural. I have very fine and thinning hair. My temples are almost non-existing with a lot of gray. Could you give me any suggestions on where to start. I have braids right now with about 1/2" new growth. Should I just cut it off to the new growth and start from there?
Research Analyst (author) on September 04, 2010:
Kathleen that is the thing about having really short hair is that the styling options are usually limited until you get a little more length but you still can wear some cute styles with twists and puffs, also hair accessories really work, it is a good idea to style the front and then braid or twist the back, so the hair can stay stretched out, that way it will be easier to change into a variety of hairdos.
Kathleen on September 03, 2010:
I have natural hair and I have no idea how to style it really it is either in a ponytail, in a bun or down, do you know of any other styles that would be good to do?
Research Analyst (author) on August 20, 2010:
Meesa you inspire all of us naturals who appreciate the community of those who are living in a positive direction and re-defining beauty to the masses.
meesa on August 20, 2010:
I like that the 1st 2 comments I read were from White people. I notice that more of them enjoy the uniqueness of our natural African based beauty than a lot of our own people. I received so much scrutiny from other African Americans for going natural and Caucasians I don't even know always pay me many compliments on my hair. I also get positive feedback from other people of other races as well. I think that this re-emergence of natural Black beauty intrigues other people but our own people as a whole need to see that we are beautiful just the way the Creator made us. I don't think straight is boring. I think it looks great on the people who naturally have straight hair. I was encouraged to do my big chop by a very pale Puerto Rican. When I did it, he absolutely loved it. I liked it too but so many thoughts ran through my mind and that's when I realized that all this time I placed too much weight on the opinions of others because that's what I feared the most. I was hesitant on going to work on Monday but got so many compliments like, "Wow, Meesa! Now this new look is totally you! You look beautiful!" It's a beautiful thing when we can just learn to appreciate the natural beauty in all of God's creation and not harm ourselves with harsh cancer causing products just to obtain a look that we weren't created to have. That's so superficial anyway. I only got 1 negative remark from an Italian girl who is an extremely self-absorbed individual. So, her opinion didn't count. It actually helped me to like my new look more...LOL
Jennipher on August 19, 2010:
For Lillie, No matter what environment you live in you could find a great number of products that will work with your hair. Being natural is beautiful and healthy. I shaved all my hair off last year and I feel it is the most liberating and wonderful thing I ever did. Go to www.naturallycurly.com; look up your hair type which is probably 4b - 4c and they have great suggestions. Good luck.
Lillie9485 on August 06, 2010:
I was natural about a year ago but due to the extreme dryness in my hair and unable to find hair products that worked, I decided to relaxe my hair again. I am ready to give it another try but I live in Kansas and the air here is really dry and also natural hair isn't so popular I got a lot of stares and snickering from both black and whites. My natural hair is aslo very tight and kinky, I would really need a product that could moisturize and stretch out my strands. Do you have any advice on good products?
Research Analyst (author) on July 31, 2010:
peacock413 I find it usually takes trial and error, because what may work for one persons hair type will not work for another, so after trying different methods it is so great to find one that really is a good fit.
peacock413 on July 31, 2010:
love it:) i grew up in a white adopted home and eventuly foster family so its hard to know wat to do wit my hair:)
Research Analyst (author) on July 22, 2010:
Melva, having healthy hair is the key to the whole reason so many woman are choosing to go natural, they see the benefit of learning how to care for their own hair texture and it can be an educational journey, thanks for your comment.
Melva on July 22, 2010:
I'm a junior in high school, I've decided to go natural. Ever since the summer 4th grade when I visited my family, my hair has broken off because no one took care of it. I was young I didn't know what to do. My mom's solution was perm, perm, and more perm, oh and greasing all the time.
But I'm ready for the transition, I've checked a lot of sources. I don't care if its short or long, all I want is healthy hair.
Research Analyst (author) on July 12, 2010:
Some tips are to try hair banding, with this technique you can try it on wet hair or dry hair, section you hair in small parts then take rubber bands or ouchless hair ties and wrap the hair around the sections until your hair is stretched out into platts. It works best over night so you can take the banded natural hair out the next morning and then style it.
Deanna on July 11, 2010:
Hey I am really considering going natural. I got my 1st perm at three and I'm 24. I had my last perm January 2010. I do not know how to care for it. I'm tryin to grow it out without the big chop. What do u suggest. It,s dry brittle, breaking off, and I'm tender headed.
Research Analyst (author) on July 04, 2010:
thanks Renee for bringing out the point about how it is more important to be confident and embrace oneself own natural beauty and not be influenced by other peoples lack of knowledge or understanding.
Renee on July 04, 2010:
I have been natural for about 4 years now and I must say that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made about my hair. The styling possibilities are just endless and what makes me feel even better is that I am seeing a multitude of black women embracing their natural beauty. The styles are much more interesting than the permed look. I am 51 years old now and I really don't care whether my coworkers or others like my choice or not. It's about me. Lately I have been wearing the twist out and it is a fabulous style. I encourage all sisters to free themselves from those harsh chemicals that are really damaging our beautiful hair.
Research Analyst (author) on June 23, 2010:
Hi, Kellie carolsdaughter.com is one of the leading beauty companies offering highly natural hair, skin, lip gloss, and body products. Hope this helps.
Kellie on June 23, 2010:
Thank you for the quick response.............. but who's carols daughter and where do I find her products?
Research Analyst (author) on June 22, 2010:
Kellie considering your hair texture you will want to go with a hair product that is light and does not weigh your hair down, carols daughter makes some of the best leave in conditioners and hair spritz for natural hair.
Kellie on June 22, 2010:
My relaxer is growing out and I plan on the BC soon. I'm 45 yrs old, 90% grey and am black/mexican -- I don't have curls I have waves. what products would you suggest on a short (3 in.) hair style?
Research Analyst (author) on June 13, 2010:
Lisa the interesting thing about going natural is that you are now able to be more versatile in your hairstyles. Also your hair will be healthier, while you are growing out the natural hair you have many options to wear, braids, twists and even hair pieces.
The real fun comes when your natural hair starts to get some length and you can play with the texture with braid outs, wash n goes and twist outs, it only gets better. Stick with it, you will be glad you did.
Lisa Clark on June 13, 2010:
I just started going natural for aout 4 weeks now. I had surgery ad prayed that everything would be ok, and it was. I have flat twists in my hair now with about 1.5 inch of new growth. It has gorewn fast. I need help and motivation just like with the Lord to keep me going on this journey. My husband says he does not wnat me to go natural. It has been very discouraging. Help!
Michelle M on May 29, 2010:
Very great articles, and informative! I am going back to my natural state, and since I have naturally curly hair (biracial dad and AA mom) my dad is elated by my choice and my mom is so happy. I found a great salon here in the greater atlanta area that specializes in treating, educating, styling and assisting in natural hair care I am really excited. The stylist I met with gave me some very hopeful advice regarding my hair since I stopped relaxing it over two years ago. I am really excited to have my hair cut into a good style and to learn how to keep it up at home.
Foluke on May 24, 2010:
Great info and website! I've recently been toying with the idea of going natural. What advise do you have for someone with fine hair and a widow's peak? Thanks
patricia on April 28, 2010:
i have curly hair it is very hard for me too find new hair styles if any one has any ideas for me please post a comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jonesp.1984 on March 24, 2010:
Its been almost a year that i went all natural, i got so tired of my hair breaking off from chemicals or not being able to find a good hair stylist. Its been a chore for me but im hanging in their i am so glad that i found this web site it have been very informative. Now i have somewhere to go to get information on hair care and products, i have a problem with dry hair and not quite sure how to style it. My hair is still some what short but its growing. How often do i need to clip my ends and how often do i need to condition it and what type of lite hair oil do i need to use? My coworkers are not to happy with me embracing my nautral hair some time i feel like it embarres them that i have natural hair but i love the carefreeness of it. Now i just need to learn how to take care of my hair oh yeah how often do i need to wash my hair?Rocking my natural hair:)
Research Analyst (author) on March 24, 2010:
Thats great, it is such a joyous occasion. Thanks for sharing allbiz.
allbiz on March 23, 2010:
I went throught chemocheraoy in 2008 ad all of my hair fell out. Up until that point, I was a perming weave queen. When it started to grow, it was like being born again. My hair started out soft and smooth like baby hair and I would just wear it as a short afro. I guess since I didn't appreciate the full beary of natural hair until I was forced to have it. Now, 2 years later I am a bonafide natural - I have tried a semi-perm color - but other than that no straightening chemicals at all and I love it!
nene on March 16, 2010:
you guys are the best evera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for all the inf
essays101 from USA on March 11, 2010:
great collection of hair style
Research Analyst (author) on March 03, 2010:
Thats great news Dee, just remember that the growth process will take patience and you will want to join natural hair forums to stay motivated, also watching youtube videos on natural hairstyles is very helpful as well.
Dee on March 02, 2010:
I am going natural; my last relaxer was November 2009. I like to read stories and look at pictures for motivation. I'm pretty excited and am willing to go with the big chop. Wish me luck!!!
naturella_nellz on January 19, 2010:
i have friends and family that have went natural, and yes you can def straighten your hair with a flatiron, curling iron, blow dry, etc. but your not supposed to do that too often according to some. the main thing you want to remember is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
try reading this book on natural hair by cathy howse, excellent on black hair growth.
maybenaturalgirl on January 13, 2010:
So i a long time perm user and have recently been thinking about going natural. im extremely nervous tho cause i have really thick course hair and wonder if it will be possible to straighten it out and get a nice clean look. i have no idea what products to use to where to even start. really confused and would really like more info.
AlLiSoN on January 03, 2010:
I've got natural hair!! It is the greattest thing since sliced bread
S aLLEN on October 12, 2009:
i am thinking of going natural means without perm would like to just press it straight with electric pressing comb is this ok any special instructions doing this. my hair has not grown back since high school.please help also any special products.
binvegas from Las Vegas on October 09, 2009:
Nice article, I'm a natural black women fan!!!
Research Analyst (author) on August 02, 2009:
dutch84 it is worth the effort, because you learn new things about your hair everyday, like the other day I used a leave in reconstructor in my hair and I added just a pinch of evoo (extra virgin olive oil) and my hair just loved it, wow I was really amazed because I usually get a lot of shrinkage when I use any kind of conditioner or oils, but this time my curl pattern seemed stay longer, which was a plus.
dutch84 on August 02, 2009:
This is a great article. You really spoke from your heart. I am going back natural again after so long. Hopefully, with all the tips I am getting on line, I can experience a healthy hair journey!
Research Analyst (author) on July 06, 2009:
Kisha, you did mention a good point, we want our hair to be light and not heavy, and that is what happens when we use pomades and grease in our hair it gets weighed down, so I would recommend that you use coconut oil, and treat your hair with a aphrogee deep conditioner every month, this will keep your hair manageable and soft but most of all light.
Kisha on July 06, 2009:
My Hair is coarse, and my curl pattern is tight, and tighter even more so in some areas than others. I have a tendency to sweat in my scalp as well.
What products would i use to leave my afro as light and manageable as possible?
Research Analyst (author) on July 02, 2009:
hi rhonda the straw set is done on wet hair, so you will want to use a leave in conditioner or styling echo gel sparingly and allow the hair to dry under a hooded dryer, the rods you use come in various sizes so since your hair is shorter you will want to use a comb and wrap your ends into a circular motion to get it to curl up, henna is another way to loosen your hair texture naturally.
rhonda on July 01, 2009:
with the straw set do you anything like a setting lotion, gel or wax to hold them in place. do you blowdry it straight or as is after washing &conditioning. my hair is thick corase& about 3" long when blowed dried straight
Research Analyst (author) on June 30, 2009:
Hello rhonda the last three photos on this hub is of a hairstyle with cornrows bantu knots with a burgundy rinse, the second shows the hairstyle with small two strand twists and the last one is a straw set on natural hair, can be achieved easily with small rods or straws, section hair while wet and wrap around then let hair dry naturally or under a dryer.
rhonda on June 30, 2009:
What is the name of the 8th hair style on this page & what does it take to get this stlye it is hot.
qyaunaiza on June 24, 2009:
i love the puffy hair so cute
Research Analyst (author) on April 08, 2009:
retaining the color in your hair that is growing out grey is a universal question, I know that henna is a natural hair coloring solution that may just get the results you want.
babarushe on April 08, 2009:
I am black with a black hair but it's growing grey. do you have an idea of which product to use to retain the black colour.
Thanks for the hub, quite kinky
Tom rubenoff from United States on March 13, 2009:
Wow, what a departure! Very nice and interesting.
hot dorkage from Oregon, USA on March 12, 2009:
So post a pic of U self w/ u new look Laurie!