Many of us females have had years of harsh relaxer systems in our hair and scalps. Now we are finally getting to the point of possibly taking the leap into being AU NATUREL! To be brutally honest, it does take a lot of patience, commitment and also having a competent hairstylist who can GUIDE you through this trying time. Let's discuss some of the challenges you may face.
First, when the new growth and relaxed hair finally meet, you will most often experience shedding, and sometimes hair breakage. You may ask, Melanie why is that? Quite naturally the new growth is always going to be stronger than the relaxed hair, period. Now the hair is reacting differently and we must treat it accordingly. To start off, gradually introduce products that are phyto or plant based instead of synthetic. Whenever we relaxed out hair we used products that had more of synthetic base to it. Now that our hair is natural it will react better to products that have organic ingredients. Some of my favorite lines to use are Philip Pelusi, Aveda and Carol's Daughter, just to name a few.
Secondly, we have to remember WHAT our hair is primarily made up of. Ever heard of the word protein or keratin? Every single day our hair looses valuable protein and moisture. Naturally curly or coiled hair is predisposed to being dry. To combat the dryness I highly recommend that you visit the salon at least once every four weeks to receive some type of HYDRATING treatment backed by protein! This healthy mixture of protein and moisture will keep your hair nice and strong and prevent breakage. Make sure you continue this routine at home on a weekly bases.
Are you a professional woman who works in Corporate America? Here are some options for you. This is what we as stylist call protective styling. Protective styles allow your hair to rest and continue to grow. Weaves, braids, rod sets, two-strand twists are great options for who that are growing out their chemicals!
This will also prevent you from having to do the BIG CHOP.
Remember that this is a new journey and you are establishing a NEW relationship with your hair. Once you get past the awkward stage, then you will fully appreciate the hair God gave you! Enjoy