Newly Natural… Now What?

When I first went natural I found support from the online natural hair community. I would go on twitter and ask the #naturalhair ladies

“How do I use coconut oil?”

“How long is it supposed to take me to twist my hair?”

“What’s the best way to moisturize?”

“When am I suppose to detangle?”

And that was just on Twitter. Don’t let me get started on the YouTube Videos and the questions I asked on the natural hair blogs. If you’ve never visited the KinkyCurlyCoilyMe Facebook fanpage, you are definitely missing out. You can go there daily and ask all the questions you have. I repost EVERY question and the CurlFriends will help you out.

Found this cute graphic By Aisha of MyFroandI, be sure to share with others.

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About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Keyaira Block

    Hey naturalists. I’m a newly natural and would love for you all to check out my natural hair video. Thanks in advance!

  • Newbie310

    I’ve worn my hair in a relaxed, short style for the past 3 years. Instead of “the big chop”, I just allowed the relaxer to grow out – is this ok or do I need to start all over? I have not had a relaxer in 4 months. HELP!!!!

    • queenbee9

      IT’S OKAY… many naturals want length before they are fully natural. some NEVER cut their relaxed hair off. Growing into natural hair while retaining relaxed hair is called “transitioning” and it is perfectly okay to do this. Transitioning comes with its own challenges because not only do you have to deal with the various textures of your natural hair, you also have to deal with:

      1. the relaxed hair and the weakened point where the relaxed hair meets the natural called the “demarcation line”

      2. potential scab hair–this tends to be coarse, wiry hair with no defined pattern that often can come in first before your original texture finally asserts itself

      3. potential heat damage or heat trained hair–there are differing views on this. True heat damage is burned up hair. heat trained hair may take longer to revert but it will eventually revert. returning hair to its original acidity can help heat “damaged ” or heat trained hair. heat trained hair looks straighter because it has been forced via heat into a more straight pattern. Because the change is not to the Sulfur bonds, though, I would argue that the change is not permanent and can eventually revert back

      regardless, a transitioner exchanges longer hair for various patterns, textures and condition and must employ many techniques in order to retain that length.

      I went natural for the second time as an adult in 2003. I grew my relaxer out and never got the hair cut off per se. Over time, all but about 8 inches eventually broke off or was trimmed off. ( by 2007, My hair was below my waist) I kept my relaxed ends by gently pressing my hair at the demarcation line just after washing and prior to going into my protective styles.

      For very long length most of us will have to keep our hair in some sort of protective style almost 85-90% of the time. this is because the number one damager of hair are our hands and the techniques we use to style. The number 2 damager are the products we often use incorrectly, and the number 3 damager is water–either using too much or too little.

      4 months of growth…. What do you want help with? How to style it? How to retain both textures? How to keep both textures conditioned and moisturized?

      A BC takes you immediately to your natural hair and has challenges in styling and growing it out–some may have trouble getting their hair to grow past a certain length this is especially true if they also employ chemicals to color their hair because coloring makes hair more damage and brittle.

      If you would like help–THIS IS THE PLACE–but let us know what you want help with. If you wish to cut your hair or trim it a bit at a time, that is ok too, it is your hair.

      I transitioned to all natural by first going 15 months with both relaxed hair and natural because I wanted shoulder length hair before I was completely natural. so that is what I did. there is no right way or wrong way to go natural..After 15 months I cut off the last of my relaxed hair–do what ever you are the most comfortable doing and for your hair challenges–the forum is here.