Benefits of Maintaining Natural Black/African American Hair

Hair care is a popular topic within the Black community. A lot of people make the choice to perm/relax their hair, while many others have decided to maintain their natural hair. There are various reasons for choosing to go natural with your hair, some of the main reasons being health, cost & styling.

 

Most people do what is called The Big Chop when they decide to go natural.  The Big Chop is what happens when all of the permed/relaxed hair is cut off your natural hair can begin to grow. During this time, styling becomes easier for most and it gives you practice in maintaining your hair so get used to it when it gets longer. Instead of avoiding water like you used to because it would “mess up” your perm/relaxed hair, getting your hair wet when it’s natural makes it look healthy and brings back some of your curls depending on your hair type.  You can wet your hair and put in a natural moisturizer like  joboba oil or mango butter. This will help keep your curls vibrant instead of having them get frizzy due to dryness.

Cost can be another great benefit of having natural hair. Many who decide to wear their hair natural are able to maintain it themselves which keeps you from having to spend the same amount of money that you did when your hair was permed/relaxed.   If you are someone who still needs the help of a stylist to keep your hair healthy when going natural, it’s vital that you do your research and find a stylist who truly cares about your hair being healthy and isn’t just in it for the money.  The wrong natural hair stylist can sometimes cost you more than the stylist you had when your hair was permed.  This usually happens when the person is taking advantage of your ignorance when it comes to proper natural hair maintenance.  So make sure you know a little about natural hair before you go to the salon so you don’t get cheated.  For the most part natural stylist are very helpful and eager to help you with your transition from relaxed to natural 🙂

After a while you’ll start to notice how much healthier your natural hair is versus when your hair was permed/relaxed. There’s noticeably less breakage and split ends to suffer through, so your hair will appear to grow a lot faster than it used to as well. You may encounter shrinkage since your hair is now in a natural curly state, which will make it look shorter in comparison to the straight hair you had even though this new natural hair is technically healthier and longer.

Natural Black hair can be more affordable to maintain, increase the overall health of your hair and be easier to style depending on how you choose to wear it.   Whether doing The Big Chop for healthier hair/scalp issues, budget reasons or styling options,  it’s a great change for you and your hair.  Leave a comment  and let me know what you think 🙂

 

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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2 thoughts on “Benefits of Maintaining Natural Black/African American Hair

  1. I never needed to get the big chop when I decided to go natural since I started following the curly girl method. However I did have my length evened out a bit and I love it. It’s very soft and in general I think hair looks better when it looks (and is) healthy. Whenever I see someone online asking how to grow out their hair I always start by telling them to go natural if need be for this reason.

    Going natural has also served as a confidence booster. When I was younger I got teased for my hair but now that I’m taking better care of my curls I’ve come to appreciate them and can say “Yeah, I’m curly and I’ve got a fro, and it’s fabulous!”

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