A little over two months ago, I big chopped and entered the world of natural hair. I was ~27 months post relaxer and tired of dealing with multiples hair textures. On a whim, I grabbed some scissors and went for it and have no regrets.
Transitioning to Natural Hair
My transition to natural hair was unintentional. I started stretching my relaxer for a number of reasons and before I knew it, I was more than six months post relaxer. I was not ready to relax my hair at that point so I continued stretching and eventually transitioned to natural hair.
Natural Hair Learning Curve
A hairstylist once told me I cheated because I long term transitioned with wigs and buns. I was low key offended because no matter the path of travel to natural hair, all roads lead to the same result. Therefore, I don’t consider myself as taking the cheat route. However, diss if you wish, but long term transitioning taught me how to care for my hair in various stages. Therefore, the natural hair learning curve has not been as steep and I’m not struggling with some of the things new naturals struggle with.
Natural Hair Products
My hair journey has been dedicated to universal products that work for natural hair and relaxed hair. Therefore, I did not have to run out and buy new products after I big chopped. In fact, I’ve been able to use the same products on my natural hair as I used while relaxed and transitioning.
Natural Hair Regimen
I like to keep things simple so my natural hair regimen is as follows:
- scalp exfoliate as my pre-shampoo treatment [Komaza Hair and Scalp Treatment]
- wash my hair with a sulfate shampoo [Nexxus Therappe Shampoo]
- shower detangle with a slippery conditioner [Paul Mitchell the Detangler]
- deep condition with a fast acting conditioner that does not require heat [Nexxus Humectress Conditioner]
- use a moisturizing product combination as my leave in conditioner [Jay’s Favorites]
- and, moisturize and seal my hair throughout the week to keep hair moisturized [Jay’s Favorites]
I often switch up products on wash day but the steps in my natural hair regimen remain the same. This simple hair regimen works great for my hair. In just a few short months, my hair has grown quite a bit and I even trimmed it 3 or 4 times since my original big chop to remove some rough ends. I also want to point out, I used this same basic regimen while relaxed and transitioning so it’s universal.
Less is More!
Throughout this hair journey, I’ve learned less is more. It doesn’t take an extensive wash day regimen to grow long and healthy hair. The basics to hair care are simple – keep your hair and scalp free of buildup, deep condition often to replenish moisture, use protein as needed and keep hair moisturized throughout the week. Lastly, have a little patience and the rest will take care of itself.