Deciding to go natural is both the most exciting and stress full decision one can make when deciding to change your hair back to its original state. My decision to go natural was so sudden, I didn’t do any research on methods for going natural or what would be the best route to go for my hair type, but luckily with all the knowledge I’ve gained I am able to help you out with the process and figuring out whats best for your natural hair.
So when going natural you have to realise that all hair textures and types are different but they are all beautiful and require specific attention that will help with the growth, as well as deciding on the appropriate hair products and hairstyles for your hair type, whether wavy, curly, coily or kinky.
This should help you figure out your hair type.
TYPE 2 WAVY HAIR (2A, 2B, 2C) –
Type 2a hair has a slightly “s” shaped wave, that sticks close to the head. The hair tends to be fine in density and lack volume as well as definition.
Type 2b hair also has a “s” shaped wave that forms throughout the hair. The hair is slightly frizzier and tends to lose curl definition easily.
Type 2c hairs wave is the coarsest wave pattern and have a few more curls. Hair tends to be more resistant to styling and loses definition easier than other textures.
TYPE 3 CURLY HAIR (3A, 3B, 3C) –
Type 3a shows a definite loopy “s” pattern. Hair is well defined and is springy. 3a curls are more likely to frizz .
Type 3b curls are voluminous but is less shinier than 3a curls and can be more dense as well as coarse.
Type 3c curls is full of volume, finer in texture and hair tends to be higher in density.
TYPE 4 KINKY/COILY HAIR (4A, 4B, 4C) –
Type 4a is tightly coiled hair with a definite curl pattern that is prone to shrinkage. Moisture is key for coily springy hair.
Type 4b has a less defined curl pattern and doesn’t have a curly or coily hair shape but a “z” shape, that has a cotton like feel and has a lot of shrinkage.
Type 4c is very tightly kinked hair with no curl or coil definition. Another element that is important to know is your hair porosity.
Hair porosity refers to the hairs ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are three levels of hair porosity that are known as low, normal/medium and high porosity.
LOW POROSITY – means that the hair cannot absorb moisture easily.
NORMAL/MEDIUM POROSITY – hair holds moisture and shine for an extended period of time and does not easily dry out.
HIGH POROSITY – hair absorbs moisture and products quickly but loses the moisture just as fast.
Once you know these basic elements you can decide whether or not you want to do ‘The Big Chop’ or do the ‘Transitioning’ process for going natural. The decision is entirely up to you and what you are comfortable with doing.
I did the transitioning process because I wasn’t brave enough to do the big chop and rock short hair but both of these methods work and they both have there pros and cons.
Is a process of eliminating chemical treatments and allowing the hair to grow out, while gradually trimming the chemically damaged hair.
PROS – this is the best method if you are not comfortable with having short hair (like me), it also allows you to learn more about your hair type and practice different hairstyles.
CONS – there will not be a consistent hair texture throughout your hair, as the ends will be straight because of the chemical damage, the process takes longer than the big chop
HOW TO TRANSITION – stop using chemical relaxers, stop all forms of chemical hair treatments, avoid using heat on your hair, strengthen your hair with protein treatments and deep conditioners and slowly trim hair to get rid of chemically processed and damaged hair.
THE BIG CHOP
The big chop requires cutting off all relaxed and processed hair.
PROS – there isn’t a long wait to go natural, no chemically processed hair or split ends and there is a consistent hair texture.
CONS – waiting for your hair to grow and finding easy short natural hair hairstyles
HOW TO DO THE BIG CHOP – get a professional haircut, moisturize your hair daily.
Hopefully there is something in this blog post on going natural that would help you with deciding to go natural and how to go natural. If you have any questions on the process or anything about going natural you are welcome to email me, inbox me, DM whatever suits you.