Growing your natural hair post relaxed/damaged hair you have two options: 1. Transition, where you gradually trim off relaxed/damaged hair as your natural hair grows or 2. Big chop, where you remove everything at one go. Whichever way you choose, If you have just begun your natural hair journey, here are 5 things you need to know:

1. Oil alone does not moisturise your hair

Use oil as a sealant, to seal in the moisture. To moistureyour hair, spritz it with water or a homemade spritz (L-liquid), apply hair moisturiser/butter (C-cream), then apply the oil (O-oil) to seal in the moisture. This is called the LOC/LCO method, the step you choose whether it’s LOC or LCO depends on your hair porosity.

2. Switch to a sulphate-free shampoo

Ditch your old shampoo for a sulphate-free, moisturising shampoo that possibly contains natural ingredients such as olive oil or coconut oil.

3. Switch between shampoo and co-wash

Co-washing is when you use a conditioner instead of a shampoo for washing your hair. Unlike shampoo co-washing doesn’t strip off moisture from your hair. Co-wash to retain more moisture and save the shampoo for a fresh start on wash day.

4. Cover your hair when you sleep

Ditch the doek and legusha for a satin/silk scarf to cover your hair or sleep on a satin/silk pillow. That doek is absorbing that much needed moisture from your hair. Learn more about the night-time routine here.

5. Keep your health in check

Once your hair grows out of your scalp you can’t do much for it but preserve it. The real growth of healthy hair begins inside with what you eat. It is important to eat healthy and exercise to regulate stress and increase the flow of oxygen in your body.

And the most important thing is to love your hair texture and enjoy every stage of it’s growth.


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