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Those who are on the verge of going natural are usually intimidated by uncertainty. And those who are currently natural sometimes struggle with their journey because they do not know how to care for their hair. The many hair types, products, and resources out there can be a bit overwhelming, however if you are Newly Natural and oblivious to the route in which to take to successfully care for your hair I’d advice an approach to natural hair care that sticks with the BASICS! You can have gorgeous healthy lengthy luscious tresses with a simple consistent regimen. Things do NOT have to be complicated, your hair will THANK you for the simplicity as sometimes a simple regimen allows for greater attention to detail in your hair care practices. 

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Newly Natural? Welcome and Congratulations on taking that step to HEALTHIER hair & to expressing your statement of self-love through your Natural Tresses!

Okay so now that your natural, Girl CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME! You’ve arrived at the right place where you will find out about loving caring and embracing your natural hair! I receive many questions from women (and men) WORLD WIDE regarding help on the best ‘Beginners Kit’ if you may and or ‘What to do next’ with their Newly Natural Hair. With that I would love to share with you all my personal suggestions on what I believe every naturalista should have!

A wise soul once told me simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and that our lives are often crammed with unnecessary detailed complexities so with that I say SIMPLIFY SIMPLIFY SIMPLIFY! There is nothing wrong with perfecting the basics of your hair regimen and sticking to a simple regimen with simple basic products which work WONDERS for your hair.

I must confess, consciously taking the step to care for your hair is an exciting journey you are embarking on. However you are now soon to dwell into the product trial and error stage, you may find that you go through several different product before you find that GOLDEN ELIXIR OF LIFE type product, your hair may be responsive to certain products more than others and you may not be able to continue your previously familiar hair care regimen and will have to adopt a completely new one that best benefits your hair! No doubt it’s nice to get advice from others but ensure to trust your judgement over others on how to care for your own texture as your hair is YOUR OWN and only you will know what best works for you and your hair.

Do not be discouraged, learning YOUR newly natural hair is and will be a working process/progress what works for others may not work for you, I would advise you have fun with it, love and learn your hair in all its stages (from that Big Chop, to that TWA stage all the way through to your lengthy stages) listen to your hair and embrace that head full of Kinks Curls & Coils.

Be wary as to not transform into a ‘Product Junkie’ by buying all the products on the shelf that are targeted at ‘Natural Hair’ we’ve all at some point fallen victim to this lust for products LOL but try not to purchase every product on the market, simply listen to your hair and you should know whether a particular product is working or not!

Below are listed a number of top tips, basic tools, creams, conditioners, products etc EVERY naturalista needs (in my opinion) to ensure the maintenance of HEALTHY LENGTHY hair! However mind you this is not an exhaustive list, simply my own personal recommendations of products I personally favour, love and or have heard amazing reviews about. And I hope it positively serves you on your Natural Hair Journey and thereafter!

Unconditioned Roots “Newly Natural Beginners Curl Kit” Guide

Tools you’ll need include:

*A Conditioner*

Conditioners are used to restore moisture and manageability of ones hair, additionally they are used to ease the detangling process when removing knots and rough edges.

NN Conditioners

1) Hollywood beauty Argan Condtioner

2) Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Coconut Conditioner

3) Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner

4) Tresamme Naturals Conditioner

5) Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner

*A Shampoo*

Shampoos are used to cleanse and clarify the hair and scalp, used to remove product build up such as oils, environmental contaminants, grease, and dandruff.

NN Shampoos

1) Hollywood Beauty Argan Shampoo

2) Creme of Natures Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo

3) African Black Soap

4) Jane Carter Solution Moisture Nourishing Shampoo

5) Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo

*A DEEP Conditioner*

Deep conditioners are used for multiple purposes and have many benefits for the hair; strengthens hair, adds/retains moisture and shine, restores curl elasticity, prevents breakage, imparts essential nutrients and promotes healthy lengthy hair growth.

NN Deep Conditioners

1) Hollywood Beauty hydrating Hair Mask

2) Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Conditioner

3) Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask

4) Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

5) Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque

*A Protein Treatment*

Protein treatments are used to strengthen the hair. Treatment should be applied once every 4-6 weeks dependent on the protein sensitivity of your hair. Also take care to add light protein treatments as a posed to heavy ones as your hair is made of protein and too much can damage your hair!

NN protein treatment

1) Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack

2) Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise Treatment

2) Giovanni Smooth as Silk Xtreme Protein Hair Infusion

*Natural Oils/Butters*

Natural oils such as Carrier and Essential oils are used to help moisturise and seal the hair. they each have their own individual properties and benefits. Aside from moisturising and sealing these oils are amazing when added to DIY treatments, pre shampoo treatments, and as hot oil treatments when mixed into a lovely oil cocktail (mixture). Additionally they add shine, moisture, softness and can be used to ease detangling.  All oils should be 100% Virgin (pure).

For more on Natural Hair Carrier Oils CLICK HERE

OR for more information on Natural Essential Oils CLICK HERE

NN Natural oils

1) Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

3) 100% Pure Almond Oil

4) 100% Pure Castor Oil/ OR Jamaican Black castor Oil

5) Shea Butter

6) 100% Pure Jojoba Oil

7) 100% Pure Argan Oil

*Detangling tools*

Detangling tools are use to remove knots, snags, shed hair and to smooth out the hair. Tools include; finger detangling, wide tooth combs, denman brush and an Afro pick.

NN Detangling

1) Seamless Wide Tooth Comb

2) Denman Brush

3) Afro Pick

4) Wide Tooth Comb

*A Leave in Conditioner and or Moisturiser*

Leave in conditioners and moisturises provide added and retained moisture and condition to your hair. Reduces frizz, protects the hair from harsh environmental elements, adds shines, softens, eases detangling and hydrates the hair.

NN Leave in conditioner

1) Mixed Roots Leave in Lotion

2) Creme of Natures Strength & Shine Leave in Conditoner

3) Jane Carter Solution Revitalising Leave in Conditioner

4) Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser

5) Kera Care Natural textures Leave in Conditioner

*Heat Protectant Serum or Spray*

 Heat protectants are used to protect hair strands from the damaging effects of heat tools. Some heat protectants have the benefits of adding moisture and shine alongside adding protection to the hair from heat. However be weary that frequent and excessive heat is damaging to the hair despite the use of heat protectants so always aim to use hear sparingly. NN Heat Protectant

1) Tresemme Heat Defence

2) Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum

3) John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat

 

Hair Care Practices you’ll need to incorporate into your New Hair Regimen Include:

*Pree-poo Treatment*

*Shampooing*

*Co-Washing*

*Conditioning*

*Deep Conditioning*

*Protein Treatment*

*Daily Leave in Conditioner/Moisturise & Seal*

*Clarify/Chelating*

*Night Time Routine*

*Hair Care Practice Consistency*

*Patience*

Okay ladies I know this is a lot of information to digest at once, but once you get the hang of things it’ll come to you like second nature I promise. that being said to put simply the basis of a simple regimen is simply that you will need to:

Shampoo Wash your hair to clarify it of product build up, dirt etc occasionally (e.g. once a week works well for me!)

Condition your hair regularly

Co-Wash frequently

Deep Condition Once a week

Light Protein treatment once every 4-6 weeks

Moisturise and Seal your hair daily

Use heat sparingly

Ladies remember expensive does not necessarily mean effective, cheaper alternatives can be just as effective if not better. DO YOUR RESEARCH; it’s all about TRIAL and ERROR!

With that many natural women, myself included, have noted that keeping a ‘Curl Diary’ that being a diary of your hair experiences is an excellent means to document your hair progress. As when you believe your hair is making zero progress, those photos will evidence changes over time and you can also keep a record of what worked and what did not. There have been a few times whereby I’ve felt my hair has made little to no progress in length but when I revert back to pictures I’ve taken of my hair months apart I’m amazed at how well my hair is doing!

I hope our Unconditioned Roots Beginners Curl kit Guide for newly naturals has been helpful and you’re now able to ease further into your journey of correct hair care practices and healthy tresses! Ladies do not forget to ENJOY your hair journey in all its stages, complexities and triumphs. As you learn your hair you’ll fall into a greater love with your hair, do what works for YOU and what best benefits YOUR HAIR!

Ladies do not be discouraged, your hair is not difficult to manage, it’s simply different! With a generous amount of patience, correct hair care practice and consistency your hair WILL THRIVE!

If you have any questions please LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW! Happy Healthy Hair Journey!

 

2 thoughts on “Newly Natural

  1. Jasmine says:

    Great article I wish I had come upon it sooner, I’ ve been transitioning for a year and I read a million articles trying to figure out how to build the best regimen for me and this is a great guide for beginner with no experience dealing with natural hair

  2. mKabba says:

    Thank you! Its very encouraging to know it has been of help! 🙂

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