DiscoveringNatural is a blog dedicated to helping people with their natural hair and transitioning hair. It provides great information for adults and kids hair care and also styling videos on its Youtube channel, Discoveringnatural. Our aim is to show the beauty of natural hair and love of it.
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Big Sis: One Year Growth
It's been a year since Big Sis ended her one year transitioning journey. Here is her hair story...
When Big Sis was 4 years old, I did not know how to properly care for her coarse thick hair. I had learnt how to cornrow her hair when she was a couple of months old. However, during each styling session, my child would cry so much, it broke my heart. She was my first and I didn't want her to cry. I didn't know what to do to pacify her.
I was told that I could texturize her hair and this will solve my problem. Without any research, I went ahead and texturized my child's hair. Her hair was beautiful. She wore it in different styles.
However, it started to break. It was limp and then the scalp issues started. She had bad flaking and eczema for over a year. We took her to the dermatologist, who prescribed some medication that would work and then stop working. When she was 6 years old, the texturizer we were using briefly got discontinued. In my panic, I decided to relax her hair. Her hair problems escalated. The scaling became bleeding sores. It was very embarrassing for us and also her. Now, we started praying about it. This should have been what we should have done at the beginning!! We tend to turn to God at the end of our problems instead of her the beginning. In a quiet gentle voice, I heard, STOP. So, we did.
I started transitioning her hair. Without knowing what the term was. I was told by people that her hair will break, no.... no... you can't do that..you have to continue perming. This time, I did not listen. I did my research.
Every 2 weeks, I would wash her hair, and cornrow it. I did this for a year, and in January of 2012, I did her BC!
Since then, her hair has grown a lot. We have not had any more scalp issues. This was the BEST decision we could have ever made for our child. We have also equipped her with the knowledge that her hair is BEAUTIFUL the way God made it and caring for it can be fun and not a pain... with proper understand.
While a couple of people have not steamed their hair before, most of them stated that they steam their hair after they shampoo.
Reasons why you should steam BEFORE you shampoo
From CurlyNikki.com : Always use the steamer before you shampoo, not after. The point of the steamer is to gently lift the cuticle and make it easier for strengthening ingredients to penetrate into the strand. Once you fully wet your hair in the shower, each strand gets flooded with water which causes the hair shaft to swell. You’ll condition your hair at that time too, but the real benefit of the steamer is to allow penetrating ingredients to squeeze under the cuticle layers before water hits your hair directly.
Also, check out Black Girl Long Hair's article: Rethinking Old Hair Habits.
Ways of steaming your hair
Here are some ways to steam your hair:
- Using a steamer
- With a heated towel over a plastic cap
- In the shower
- In the gym's…
To start off, it is important to create a routine. Similar to how you have a life routine of what you do each day. For hair, you can create one like for example let say you wash your hair every week. Then when you do so, shampoo to wash scalp and hair, deep condition to nourish your hair, Moisturize your hair after and then style. Then once a month, you can do a protein treatment. During the week, Moisturize your hair regularly. This video talks more about creating a routine: https://youtu.be/rTniJGM-LAA
Now, let us break it down into small parts.
When it comes to washing your hair, there are different things you can use but I will keep it simple for you. The best shampoo for natural hair is a sulfate free shampoo. This type does not contain ingredients with the word sulfate in it. It also does not strip your natural hair oils and cause hair and scalp to be dry . Dry hair breaks. Learn more about shampoo here https://youtu.be/EMlMYksvBVs