While on this natural hair journey, I realized that I must be able to embrace my natural hair at every stage and explore different looks and hair products. I believe that the first and most important tip when dealing with natural hair is having PATIENCE!
My hair and I have been at war since I became grown enough to think I could do it myself. I realized that walking away from perms was only the first step in being natural. Being natural has seriously become a journey for me. It has been a time that I realized things about myself just because I accepted my hair for its texture and the current length that it is. You are able to love yourself more because once you accept your hair, you love your self a little more.
The first year of your natural journey should be time to learn more about yourself and how to handle your hair. You must use different products to know which one works for your hair because in doing so you will be able to create and maintain a consistent routine will help benefit healthy hair. I personally use YouTube as my number one resource when it comes to my natural hair. I view product reviews as well as different hair regimens. While looking at these videos, I realized that I must ALWAYS remember NATURAL LONG HAIR IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS OVERNIGHT! Did you know that hair grows approximately ½ inch per month which could total up to six inches in one year?
Proper care such as protective styles such as up do’s, braids and sew in weaves, using essential oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, raw African shea butter, and my new favorite Jamaican Black Castor Oil and most importantly takes PATIENCE and consistent diligent care, retaining length should be made a little easier. So remember when trying to grow your natural hair, it is about having the patience to promote hair growth and retain length.