The Millenium Natural

Have you ever seen that put together sister with the stylish suit and long natural bush? Have you ever wondered about the sister with the shoulder length locs or the sculpted knots? Well natural hair is back. It's not so much a militant statement or simply wearing a fro. The millennium natural is about style, convenience, and light maintenance. Not all sisters are bold enough to just cut it all off and roll, even though some sport the short natural very well. For the rest of us, here are a few pointers for a more gradual change to going natural. If you are committed and equipped, going natural will be a rewarding and easy transition.

Step 1: Get to Know the Natural You
Grow at least three inches of new growth. Study your natural roots, feel them, play in them, and appreciate its texture. Notice its reaction to water and easy absorption of oils. Having three inches of new growth and relaxed hair may be uncomfortable. In order to make your hair seem uniform, rod or braid wet hair to add texture once hair is dry. Remember to revitalize your style with a dab of oil each morning. You may even opt for Bantu knots,
which are fun, sexy, and no maintenance.

Step 2: Educate Yourself
While growing your hair, you should educate yourself about
being natural. There are numerous informative books on natural hair care. Try practicing various hairstyles from one of your natural hair care books. Experiment with various natural products until you find the one that works for your hair type. Remember, most of this is new to you. This may even be the first time you've seen your head full of natural hair since elementary school. Another excellent source on natural hair care is from sisters who already wear their hair natural. Most will readily answer your questions and can give useful tips and advice. Even though natural hair, once understood, is very simple to style, it's always nice to get your hair done by a professional stylist. You may want to find a natural hair care stylist or you may want to educate your current beautician on how to style and care for your hair. Usually, they will be more than happy to oblige and keep your business. A stylist most likely has extensive training and experience, so learning natural hair care techniques will be an easy extension for them.

Step 3: Practice Patience Practice
Remember, you are used to combing and curling straightened hair. Therefore, you will need to take some time to learn how to style your natural hair. Moreover, due to your hair's reliance on chemicals it may take your hair several months to regain its true texture. Whether your hair is slightly wavy or tightly coiled; your hair will take
time to regain its softness, curliness, and its porosity. Just love it, nurture it, and remember it needs food (oil) and water. Don't think that water will dry out your hair. In fact, water is the greatest moisturizer for your hair. A quick squirt of water in the morning with some oil will work wonders. Be patient, nurture and love your hair. Wash it with natural shampoos. Use natural oils and conditioners. Avoid heat, small-toothed combs, and products that dry your hair. Braids or natural hair extensions are an excellent way to camouflage growing out your perm. Also, try low naturals, twists, knots, or any style where your hair projects a uniform texture. Give your hair enough time to grow in, while learning how to properly manage and take care of your hair. I advise you to be patient, love, nurture, and protect your hair. With time, your hair will be naturally beautiful.

Monica Millner is a freelance writer who resides in South
Western Virgina. Monica has had natural hair for almost 5 years.

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