If you’ve been keeping up with our most recent blogs, you know that based on New York Fashion Week’s runway looks, natural hair will continue to be THE look well into 2016, so break out those natural hair care products and get ready to go natural! No doubt it’s a difficult decision to make…transition your hair or do the big chop, but whatever you decide, there are some good tips and natural hair care products you can use to help you along the way to make your transitioning life a little easier.
First, let’s start with the big chop. So, you’ve decided to go all in! There are great resources online for looking stylish with your short, sexy look. Check out our recent blog post on short celeb looks, or simply search TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) styles and get inspired to rock a new look! Another way to ease the big chop fear is to transition for a period of time until you are comfortable with your length, then cut. Regardless of your method of transitioning, you hair will need some good natural hair care products during this phase.
Transitioning hair needs TLC. Now that you’ve decided to go natural,it’s time to show your hair some love . Here are some great products designed to promote healthy scalp and beautiful hair, and a few suggestions for caring for your hair during and post transition.
- Shampoo hair regularly with a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo. This is an important step to remove build up without stripping hair of its natural oils (which sulfates can do.) If you feel you need that extra moisture, you can do a pre-poo before you wash.
- Condition your hair after every wash. Deep conditioning treatments and leave in conditioners are also a great idea for damaged ends. For really deep conditioning, sit under a hooded dryer for 15-30 minutes with a plastic cap before rinsing.
- Use oils and products that promote growth and healthy hair like shea butter,argan oil and olive oil. These essential ingredients can impart shine and they also contain antioxidants and vitamins like A and E to help restore moisture, and promote elasticity and growth.
- Wrap your hair when you go to sleep or sleep on a satin pillowcase. This will protect your hair and help prevent pulling and breakage caused by other rougher fabrics.
- Avoid manipulation, heat and styling products as much as possible during your transition. Heat, styling products and manipulation can damage hair and you want your hair to remain as healthy as possible during your transition.
No matter how you go about it, transitioning your hair can be scary. If you go with the big chop, rock that short look with your own personal style whether it is with unique color or accessories or a little help from Pinterest! Give yourself a little love and give your hair some TLC with these natural hair care products and you’ll be well on your way being the naturalista you want to be in 2016.