In our latest series we answer your most pressing natural hair, style and beauty questions. Simply send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org!Dear CurlSistas, I've had relaxed hair since I was a little girl and I've been inspired by your site and instagram to give natural hair a try. I have no idea where to start and I don't even know how my natural hair looks. How can I start transitioning? Please help! -Kim Dear Kim, First- welcome to the CurlSisterhood! We understand that deciding to go natural can be intimidating and even a little scary at first, but once you begin your natural hair journey you will experience just how worthwhile it is! Whether you are newly natural or still figuring out if natural hair is best for you, here are a few tips to help you feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful while beginning your natural hair journey: 1.) You aren't forced to do the "big chop"
If the big chop is the only thing stopping you from embarking on your natural hair journey - no worries, there are other ways to transition. For instance, if you are concerned about losing your length, or you are unsure how you will look with very short locks- opt for protective styles like braids, weaves and stylish wigs until your natural hair is at it's desired length. This way you can ditch the relaxers and start embracing your natural hair even without the commitment of a "big chop". Just make sure that you to trim off the relaxed ends as your hair continues to grow and also properly hydrate your natural hair while it's in the protective style.
2.) Embrace YOUR natural texture
The tricky part about being human is that the things that we tend to want the most are the things that are unattainable to us. (aka the "grass is always greener" mindset). So instead of trying to disown the texture that nature gifted you with, embrace it! That's not to say that you can't toy around with twist-outs or braid-outs to give yourself a new look, or use some curl defining products to enhance your natural curls and coils. Just understand that each curlsista has a different texture and curl pattern, and that's okay! No texture or curl pattern is "better" than the other. Your natural hair is beautiful and apart of you.
3.) You may not get it right the first time
So you've added every natural hair forum to your favorites list, spent hours watching natural hair tutorials on YouTube, stocked your medicine cabinet (and kitchen cabinet) with all sorts of creams, gels, soufflés, puddings, custards, oils, etc. to style and hydrate your hair...now what? Well...now the fun part begins! It's time for you to take all of the styling and haircare tips you've gained, put them to action, and find out what works best for you. Remember, everyone'e hair is different! It's going to be a lot of process of elimination at first, but once you get it right it will be like you've won the lottery!
Kim, we hope these tips will help you feel confident while flaunting your gorgeous, newly-natural hairstyles!
xo, CurlSista Staff
Our co-founder/creative director Joy Adaeze is pictured above. She went natural 5 years ago and cut her hair herself with a scissors in the bathroom and never looked back! She's wearing the BossGal midi rings from our new CurlSistas Shop!