Breakage is one of the top concerns for women going natural. The line of demarcation

which exist at the point where your previously processed hair meets your

new growth, is usually the place where breakage is most likely to occur because

it’s a very fragile spot. To avoid as much breakage as possible, a deliberate protein

treatment is a must. Weekly or biweekly deep conditioning and protective styling

will help keep breakage in check.

NO, Transitioning is the process of going natural while holding on to the relaxed

ends which will be cut off over time. By going natural, you do not want to apply

any chemicals that will alter your hair texture and natural curl pattern. Texturizers

will definitely alter your hair texture by loosening out your curl pattern to about

30- 50%. If your goal is to be free of texture-altering chemicals, then avoid

texturizers as your hair grows out.

Hair grows at the rate of one-quarter to one-half inch each month, depending on

your genetic makeup. Other factors like hormones, medications, diet, stress can

affect our hair growth. Rather than obsessing about growing your hair long, shift

your focus to grooming and maintaining a healthy hair.

There are 3 basic hair textures: fine, medium and coarse hair textures. Use a

thread to experiment. If your hair strand is slimmer than the thread, then you

have a fine hair. If it’s (hair strand) the same size, then you have a medium

texture, if it’s wider than the thread, then you have a coarse hair texture.

Applying products with high slippage level and wearing your hair in stretched styles

are some of the ways to prevent your hair from tangling. kinky hair is very fragile,

and every curl represents a delicate point along the hair shaft. Therefore, applying

the various stretching techniques and using products that makes detangling easy

is recommended.

Natural hair curls over itself, forms knots and tangles easily, this is due to the

structure of the natural hair. When combing, it breaks easily from the knotted


There are several ways to achieve this, but it must be in accordance to your hair

texture and type. Most importantly you need patience and commitment. Steps

below will have you at your goal in no time:

  • What you put inside you is what you’re going to get on the outside. So drink

enough water and eat right.

  • Don’t become a product junkie. Really get to know your texture and type and

what works for you.

  • Use wide toothed combs and your fingers to detangle.
  • Let your hair air dry so it can retain as much moisture as possible. If you must

use a towel, gently blot the hair to remove excess moisture. Avoid rigorous towel

drying which can induce hair breakage.

  • Shampoo your hair once in one or two weeks with natural shampoos that are

sulfate and paraben free.

  • Use warm water during shampooing to remove dirt, product buildup and for easy

penetration of conditioners. Rinse off conditioners with cold water to gently close

the cuticle and lock in moisture into the hair strand.

  • Natural hair thrives in moisture; moisturize your hair daily to prevent dryness.
  • When hair is not in protective style, braid your hair up at night in something like

bantu knots, two-strand twists or a pineapple, to protect from breakage

Invest in a satin/ silk head bonnet or scarf to protect your hair while you sleep.

Type 4 hair i.e Kinky Curly: these exhibit tightly curled coils with a distinct curl

pattern and experiences high level of shrinkage.

Having natural hair means you have not applied any chemical that can change your

natural curl pattern. To have natural hair, you must stop applying chemical relaxers

on your hair.

Hair porosity is the ability of the hair to absorb and retain moisture. It’s important

to know about your hair porosity as it determines the type of treatment your hair

needs and how you should handle your hair per time.