Congratulations! You’ve now become a part of the Natural Club! I hope you are just as proud of yourself as I was when I finally broke free of relaxers. I was so glad that I didn’t have the burden of trying to remember when to touch up my hair, how long can I wait before I can put heat in it, and spending all that money that I could have been saving for more important things.
I remember how difficult my first year of being natural was, but if I knew what I know now, that year wouldn’t have been so bad. I simply didn’t know what to use on my hair because it was in a condition that I never dealt with before. So here are a few products you can use to help your first year (and the years after) easier to manage.
Baby Lotion. You would be surprised by the effects of baby lotion. It moisturizes, softens, and detangles all at the same time. It’s something you are definitely going to need for that first year. When you first go natural, your hair will feel very dry or coarse, but the baby lotion softens it up and makes your hair very manageable.
Clarifying Shampoo. When I went natural, I was using a shampoo for straight hair. I had it left over from when I used to relax my hair. But it was not wise for me to use that kind of shampoo because my hair was now curly, nonetheless dry, and it was due to the chemicals that were left in my hair. I should have used a clarifying shampoo to help strip some of the chemicals out of my hair. Even after I was natural for 2 years, I could still tell that the relaxers still had a hold on my hair. Wash your hair at least once a week with a clarifying shampoo then use your baby lotion to restore the moisture.
Natural Oils. Nourish your scalp with olive oil, carrot oil, tea tree oil, or Vitamin E oil. Your scalp will need moisture, but most of all, the scalp will need to be treated because relaxers leave an impression on your scalp as well. Even though the relaxer isn’t applied to the scalp, the scalp still gets exposed to the chemicals. So now that you are natural, you will have to take extra care of the condition of your scalp. I did not, and I currently have an itchy patch on my scalp and my hair has slowly started thinning in that area even though I’ve been chemical free for 4 years. So start nourishing your scalp early to prevent something like this from happening to you in the future.
Mousse. This is nice to give your hair an extra boost. It makes your hair look thicker, fluffier, and adds a little softness. It’s something I should have used when I first went natural to make the random straight hairs curlier so it can blend with the rest of my hair. When you first go natural, you may notice that some of your hair gets curly before the rest of it does. Mousse can help make those straight hairs blend in.
Having natural hair is rewarding, but it’s even better when you’re taking care of it. Hopefully these tips have made being natural a lot easier for you. Good luck with your new look!