Natural Hair 101

Hey Curlies,

Are you new to the natural hair community? If so, you have to learn the basics (Natural Hair 101) before you can continue. Going natural without any guidance is a no no. Why do it alone when you have websites such as these, natural hair forums and YouTube to help?

natural hair 101

Here are the basics to get you started:
(To learn more about each topic click the title of the section)

Psychology 

Making the decision to go natural is just as much of a mental process as it is a physical one. Once I went natural not only did I monitor what went on my hair (health wise) but I also watched what went into my body and on my skin. It's about finding inner beauty and accepting yourself flaws and all. Having a presence and confidence about yourself is what's important.

Pre-Poo

Pre-pooing refers to the steps one takes before cleansing their hair. It consists of doing some sort of hair and or scalp treatment. This could include applying oils to the scalp or conditioner to the hair. The purpose is to add moisture to the hair and make the washing and detangling process easier.

Natural powders


Washing/Conditioning

No one can tell you how often you need to wash your hair. Yes, they can give you recommendations however, this is a time for you to learn your hair? Does your scalp accumulate buildup or itch after a few days or weeks? Is your hair dry and in need of moisture? Use your own judgement

Conditioning your hair is a must. Washing your hair with shampoo and no applying a conditioner after is asking for trouble! I have many post on recommended conditioners on this site!


Cowashing is washing hair without shampoo and conditioner instead. This is a way of washing the hair without stripping your hair of its natural oils. Recommended cowashing products are also on this site. If you choose to wash with a shampoo, choose a sulfate-free product.

Washing Techniques
Sulfate-Shampoo and cowash Recommendations 

Scalp Care

Scalp care is very important. The scalp is where your hair grows from and if not taken care of properly, your hair health will suffer. If necessary apply oils to your scalp, conditioners and other special treatments such as natural powders. 

Detangling

Always detangle starting from the ends of your hair to the roots, not the other way around. This techniques minimizes damage and breakage. Using a wide toothed comb is best.


Moisturizing and Sealing

The key to maintaining healthy hair is keeping your moisture levels up by deep conditioning and sealing in that moisture. Using a creamy moisturizer or conditioner is best and then applying an oil or butter to seal in that moisture helps keep hair healthy. (Remember to click the titles of each section for more info)

Dealing with Others

Going natural is one that may trigger smart comments, many side eyes and the topic of discussion at family events. People may not agree with your decision, however remember it is your decision.

Got a question? Send me an email at ClassyCurlies@gmail.com