“Let’s Natty Chat” Blog….
My Personal Hair Journey
As a Fine-Haired Natural, that is prone to Breakage and Split-ends, I have “Struggled” during my Natural Journey to grow my hair. I have been Natural for a little over 5 years and have learned the do’s & don’ts the hard way. It has now been 2 years and my hair has been the longest (SL: Shoulder Length) it has ever been. My slow growth could have been contributed to age now that I am in my 40’s or during my 1st year of Transitioning to my all natural hair and learning how to take care of my new head of gorgeous curls. Granted, when I was still perming my hair, it was never super long or grew really fast and in my mind...now that my hair is Completely Natural…How HARD would it be? My hair was finally chemical free, no dye, no more blow dryers, hot combs, etc., which meant my hair, will GROW automatically because it’s “No Longer Chemically Processed or Heat Stressed”. Well…Not so, I soon realized. It did grow a little more in its natural state but I truly was not happy with the process. Caring for my hair was a whole other issue; I failed to realize that I had to LEARN my hair All Over Again! Many of the techniques and regimens I used when I had permed hair would not yield healthy results for my natural hair. I started researching and experimenting on my specific hair type and texture, revamped and created a natural hair regimen and started using only natural & organic ingredients and need I say….It Worked! To this day, I still use these Simple Steps to Grow my hair and Retain Length. So without Further Ado, Here is what I do…
Let’s Natty Chat Blog…
Sooooo why did I decide to write a blog on Men with Natural Hair you say? Well…I have discovered that our Natural Counterparts are going Natural just FAST as We are. As I talked to a few Natural Guys, I found that a great majority of them rock Manly Curls, Sexy Locs, Breathtaking Fros, Twists & Cruddy Styles that they love. Nevertheless, what I found in having a conversation with the vast majority is that they really do not have a Natural Hair Care Regimen….Go Figure!!!! So as a Natural myself, It is my duty (as well as other naturalistas) to help a brother out. So here are a few tips, nothing heavy, nothing to challenge your manhood or imply “diva alert” but there is nothing like a Fly Dude with Swag who has a head full of Chunky Blissful Healthy Hair. This simple Regimen will ONLY take 4 Steps, So here’s the Deets…..
1st……SHAMPOO OR COWASH
Shampoo: You should cleanse your hair with a sulfate-free Shampoo at least twice a month, depending on the Style your wear and Styling Products you use to achieve your style. If you use heavy butters and/or oils (especially now that it is winter), you definitely have to use a shampoo to remove those butters & oils. Regular shampoo also removes heavy build-up from styling products, cleanses the scalp. Remember…Clean Scalp=Healthy Scalp=Hair Growth and in case you didn’t know?... Dandruffs, Hair Breakage & Split ends do not discriminate. Natural Hair is Natural Hair and it has to be Cleansed & Moisturized to stay healthy. Many of the Guys I talked to do not prowl the aisles like we do or get caught up in reading Labels and dissecting Ingredients. You DO want to make sure it is All Natural and Free of Chemicals.
Co-washing: is simply cleansing the hair with Conditioner and is highly preferred by the Naturally Curly Community as a primary method of Washing hair because it is gentler on curls/waves (both tend to be naturally dry) and won't strip your hair of its natural oils. They contain little-to-no sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate), and they generally DO NOT lather. Washing hair with conditioner removes enough dirt and oil without drying the hair, which leads to less Breakage.
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