“Natural Hair” Frequently Asked Questions

1.)    Do you typically wash your hair in sections, now that your hair is longer?

If washed loose do the strands wrap around each other?

How do you prevent knots and tangles?

No, I do not wash my hair in sections. I tried it before in the past, and I didn’t like it.  I wash my hair in the shower, and I find that it makes it easier to detangle the hair and decrease the number of knots.

2.)    How often do you wash your hair?

Do you have any stress spots or spots where your hair grows slower?

If so, what do you do?

Do you cut it or see if it catches up with the rest?

I wash my hair weekly. The crown of my head seems to grow slower than the rest. My hair naturally grows in layers, so it is obvious some spots grow faster than others.

The back of my hair grows faster than the rest. I cut about 3 or more inches off in the past, to even it out. I felt like it looked like a mullet. That is the only time I have cut my hair to even things out.

3.)    Did you ever trim your hair? If so, How often and How much?

Did you have any setbacks? If so, what?

How much do you think your hair grows? months, years, etc.

How long do you leave your twist in?

How do you moisturize while wearing twist?

How much growth did/do you get from wearing twist?

Yes, I trim my hair only when needed. Usually it is every 6 months, so twice a year. I had to trim my hair, because at one point I was blow drying once every 1-2 months, and needed to make sure I was getting rid of any dry or split ends from that routine.

I think my hair grows the average ½ an inch a month, but I also think it grows faster at the end of the year. It seems like my hair always transforms at the end of each year.  The most important thing is retention. I believe I retain about 4-5 inches each year.

On average I will leave my twist in for about 3-4 weeks.  When wearing twist, I moisturize my ends by spritzing them lightly with water and then adding a little oil or leave in.

I retain a good amount of length when wearing twist. If I wear them a full month, I may retain ½ an inch, which is average.

4.)    What is the best way to retain length, or

What routine worked best for you?

A consistent regimen including keep the hair cleaned, weekly deep conditioning/hot oil treatments, low manipulation, and protective styling. These are all the things that really helped to keep my hair healthy and also help me to retain more length.

5.)    What are some other good protective hairstyles without braiding or twisting?

There are so many different hairstyles you can do with natural hair. I just recently did a video with my winter protective hairstyles. You can check that video out. There are several styles you can do with loose hair. The styles I did with twist can also be done with loose hair.

Link here to “Winter Protective Hairstyles” – http://youtu.be/ICH4QUnbFmw

6.)    I would really like to know how you stayed motivated.

Did you ever get the urge to press your hair?

I am two years into my journey with no heat.

My goal was to reach waist length first in 2013, but I am really fighting the urge to blow dry or press.

What kept you from pressing your hair?

I can’t say that I resisted the temptation. I used the blow dryer for the first time since being natural at the beginning of my second year. After that I would blow dry once ever y 1-2 months. I was able to resist the flat iron, but I will be flat ironing for the first time in December. I wanted to wait until I reached waist length before flat ironing.  I never really had a fear about using heat, so it was not something that made me nervous. I will say if you have set a goal to not use heat until waist length, I encourage you to try to stick to your word, but if you decide not to wait, I will not be mad. Always remember to keep it fun, and you have the right to do whatever you want to do with YOUR hair.

7.)    I know you are celebrating waist length, but would you ever consider cutting your hair?

Talking about the future, where do you see your hair in the next five years?

Would it still be natural, red, locs, etc.?

I don’t see myself cutting my hair any time soon, but that doesn’t mean I won’t do it. I enjoy having long hair right now.  I have discussed with my husband donating hair when it gets really long.

I have thought about coloring my hair with henna. I am slightly interested in reddish brown hair. I also told my husband I may do locs when I am older, maybe in my 50s or 60s. You never know what can happen

8.)    How do you keep your hair moisturized throughout the week without getting product build up?

How often do you wash?

What are your staple products?

How do you deal with single strand knots?

Who are your favorite natural hair youtubers?

I am currently using lighter products. These are products with more natural ingredients, so they don’t usually cause a lot of product build up. I was using Cantu in the past, which was a great product, but it had silicone which can build up on the hair easily. You have to be careful if you are applying it every day. Silicone can be great for adding shine and maintaining styles, but it can also cause a lot of product build up. I also wash my hair weekly, so my hair is always thoroughly cleaned. My must have product is extra virgin olive oil. I have used it for most of my natural hair journey and my hair loves it. I don’t think I will ever stop using it.

Single strand knots are a normal part of having curly hair. I get them, my daughter who has looser curls get them.  To minimize them my normal solution was to just keep the hair stretched, but lately I have been doing wash and gos, so I had to come up with different methods. I refresh my hair daily, so I make sure to do a light finger comb to make sure there are not strands tied around each other or itself. I also make sure to always wash in the shower. It really helps when the running water runs down your hair and stretches the strands out for you. The water makes it easier to detangle the hair, and prevent more knots and tangles.

9.)    Do you think you would have reached waist length without the big chop?

Yes, there are many people who are able to transition to natural hair without big chopping. I did the big chop, because I was just curious about my hair. At the time I had no idea I was going natural. I didn’t know anything about going natural etc. There are lots of long term transitioners.

10.) Were you ever embarrassed after your big chop?

What did you do in order to overcome the feeling of wanting to relax?

Please go over your hair products and regimen?

Yes, it was a little hard in the beginning when everyone was responding negatively to my hair. It was such a drastic change for me, I had to get used to it. In the end, it didn’t matter though. I had already made up my mind, and in the end really didn’t care what anyone thought about the hair on MY head.

The products I am currently using is extra virgin olive oil, Giovanni Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave In. Sometimes I mix a little glycerin in my conditioner. I also use a little eco styler for my wash and go.

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4 thoughts on ““Natural Hair” Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I tried to Henna. I really didn’t have much of an opinion on it, because I didn’t notice any difference in my hair.
    I used it with indigo, because I didn’t want to change the color of my hair. So, my color didn’t change….I didn’t notice any extra softness or added benefits. I didn’t think it was necessary for my hair, but that is just my own personal experience. 🙂

  2. Hi Alicia, my hair is light brown and black. I just would like to know if that mean that my hair is in bad health? Because before I start to take care of my hair I used to flat ironed my hair but not really really often so….My hair isn’t very curly whereas my texture hair is 4c and my hair is very dry too, can you help me please?

  3. No, that is just your natural hair color. My sister always had a sandy brown hair color, it is beautiful! 🙂
    With 4c hair, sometimes you have to layer products or stick to thicker butters and oils to maintain and hold on to moisture. There are so me amazing women on Youtube with 4c hair who do a fantastic job, check out NaturalMe4c. 🙂

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