In two years I have convinced, encouraged and assisted several women in going natural. I get many questions on how to help women with their hair. Sometimes they just don’t have the right information. Sometimes they are confused and most time they’ are just not satisfied, so I am here to help. Your Shero to the rescue. When I am helping a fellow naturalista I always ask:
1. What’s your hair story?
- How long have you been natural? How did you go natural? Big chop or transitioning? Why did you go natural? How was your hair before (while permed)? What was your regime like then? This is important! I cannot assist in your present without knowing your past. Hair is like the body, it gives many red flags when something is wrong! It’s like going to the doctor without giving your medical history, you just dont do it!
2. What is your hair type?
- Many women are unaware that there are hair types! Your hair type is similar to us all being humans but having a certain ethnicity. Women with 2b hair will never know the woes women with 4b hair have. Similar to women with different skin color. Although one can explain it and one might even understand it, they will never know it firsthand. If you don’t know how to type your hair, here is a helpful article I used when I first went natural.
3. What are you doing now?
- Step one is the ghost of hair past. Now I need to know your present. What products do you currently use? What’s your regimen like now? Do you have dry scalp? Itchy scalp? How often do you wash your hair? Here’s a question you probably don’t know the answer to that can help you in several areas: how porous is your hair? Porosity has everything to do with your hair’s ability to absorb moisture. There are three types – low, average or high. I started with low porosity, struggled to get my hair moisturized. Now it’s average because I am very watchful of the pH levels in my hair by using aloe vera juice. Watch this video to learn how to test your hair’s porosity and why it may be that way. Knowing how porous your hair is dictates what you use in it, how often you use it and what steps you should take proactively for your hair’s future.
4. What are you going to do about it?
- Knowing the problem is important but more important is what are you going to do about it? if your hair is damage and screaming for help I am a strong advocate for cutting it off. Why? Because your hair will grow better without damaged hair pulling on the health of the hair at the roots. I believe damaged hair is like a weed to a flower, you should remove it before it chokes the life out of what’s there. Some people are ok with the very uphill battle to salvage damaged hair. If that’s you, put on your game face and do it! Either way, happy hair is a journey and you will not see results overnight. No rush!
Hope you learned something! Natural sheros stand up in the comments below. Did I miss anything? What got you to healthy hair?