Don’t be ashamed of what God gave you. Honestly it can be tough going natural. Some people are going to question why you would want “nappy” hair. Believe it or not those tight coils are also called curls. We have to walk with our heads held high as a minority. People can hint when your uncomfortable with yourself. Why should they accept your hair when you don’t. Be proud of who you are, and love yourself completely.
I had nice length hair when my hair was relaxed. One day I got tired of it. I thought to myself, “Why did I ever get a perm in the first place”. Most of our mothers automatically relaxed our hair at a certain age. The rest of us begged our parents to let us get a perm. At that age all we knew were ponytails and borets. Now I’m 19 and I wish I never knew what a perm was.
I have spoken with people of other races who thought that our hair couldn’t grow long. Of course we know that is completely false. Most of our hair doesn’t get as long as we would like, because we damage it with perms, tiny braids, tight styles, and poor care. And the ladies out there with long hair are accused of wearing weaves, because we are known for extentions as well.
I’m not stating that women with relaxers can’t have long healthy hair. I know for a fact that it is possible. My mother is not biracial, and her hair is waist length. The truth is all hair grows, but keeping it on your head is the challenge.
1. Always keep your hair moisturized.
-Water is most important (Do not use water based products if your hair is straightened.)
-Leave in conditioner (Choose the best for your hair type)
-Oil (castor,coconut, olive, ect…)
2. Use fingers or a wide tooth comb.
-Try to avoid combing through hair unless it’s needed.
-Check the strands of hair to see if it’s shedding or breakage. (Not all shedding is bad)
(A white bulb at the tip means shedding, no bulb is most likely breakage)
3. Wear a night-time head wrap while your at home.
-This gives your hair a break from styling, and sunlight.
-You can lay on it, and it keeps your style looking fresh.
-Always sleep with head wrap to prevent tangles and breakage.
-Wash hair with a conditioner
-No lathering shampoos
5. Be Gentle
-No matter how healthy your hair is be careful when managing it.
-All the strands in the brush add up!
6. Try to avoid damage
-No heat, coloring, tight pulling, or chemical
-Drink plenty of water
-Take vitamins if necessary