I like to hear my client’s stories about why they decided to go natural. I’ve heard everything from horror stories with severe hair loss to those just experimenting because they see the growth other’s have experienced.
Why did you go natural?
Hoping for longer hair? Do you need to eliminate your dry scalp? See how long you could grow your hair? Because you must choose between a relaxer and color? Why did you go natural?
More than likely you were moved to go natural for one or many reasons.
Tasty, easy prep one pot meal have this busy mompreneur's name all over them, especially during Fall. Nighttime comes fast this time of year and the last thing I want is to spend the last few precious moments of the day in the kitchen. It usually takes me some time to adjust when the time changes. The first couple of weeks leave me exhausted by the end of the day.
Planning quick and easy one pot meals helps me get a healthy dinner on the table fast with a little time left over to play. This recipe is one of my favorites because of it’s rich flavors and it includes two of my favorite’s chickpeas and sweet potatoes. Yum! Keeping Reading for this tasty recipe.
What is steaming?
Steaming natural hair is a method of deep conditioning that improves the health of your hair and scalp, creates more defined curls, detangles, and restores balance. All these benefits prevent your hair from becoming a ball of frizz at the thought of moisture in the air. To prepare your hair for steaming as a pre-poo, massage your favorite oil(s) into your scalp and sit under the steamer for 20 - 30 minutes.
Wash day is a big deal when you have natural hair. I find myself mentally preparing days before I even get started. The biggest question for me is "when will I have the time and the energy to detangled, shampoo, condition, detangle again and style my natural hair at the same time. Well, rarely do they all happen at once. In my natural hair regimen, each event has it's own special day.
The summer before I entered high school my mom finally allowed me to get a hair relaxer. I had been wanting so badly to wear my hair in all the trending styles. Up until then my hair was naturally curly, never altered, not even with the heat of a blow dryer. My hair had always been long, thick, and curly. Even though I wanted a relaxer, it was more out of the desire to fit in rather than hatred for my hair. I had always received positive messages about my hair while growing up.
Learning to love your natural hair goes much deeper than the surface. Wearing your natural hair becomes a journey of cultivating a closer connection with yourself. To make the journey more enjoyable, give more consideration to the transition. I learned of William Bridges work on Managing Transitions from a fellow creative entrepreneur. His definition of transition helps with understanding the struggle women experience when transitioning to natural hair.
Rose water has made a big difference for many of my clients and we just can't live without it. We use it as a toner. Just as you tone your skin, after cleansing and before applying moisturizer. Adding this extra step to your regimen creates natural shine by sealing your cuticle layer trapping in moisture and protecting the core of your hair from damage. Use daily instead of water to re-wet your curls.
You know how you see a fellow natural with the most beautiful curls that look gorgeous and effortless. Hair envy, right? More than likely those curls are not effortless. Some naturals can achieve the perfect wash-and-go style, but I highly recommend against it as an everyday option because it is not practical year round and frequent wetting causes dry curls. Here's how you can prepare your curls for that effortless wash and go look.
If you are like me your natural texture does not produce a desirable style. So I create a wash-and-go look by doing a twist out. This is my go-to-style. A good go-to style is one that you feel confident about, is easy for you to create, requires little or no maintenance, and allows you to moisturize daily. Go-to styling makes natural hair care easy when life gets busy.
Ebonee Shelton is a licensed natural hair stylist dedicated to teaching women how to grow and maintain healthy natural hair with loving lifestyle choices.