One of the first websites I was directed to when researching natural hair was Long Hair Care Forum. This website is my inspiration for my Non Nappy Hair Mafia stance. LHCF is great because it is all about healthy hair care practices. It is mainly for relaxed hair, but there are forums for all hair types.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Natural Hair was one of the first posts that I visited and every time I go back to it, I think it gives a really good Natural Hair 101, just to get you started.
- Do wash your hair in sections
- Don’t think you can comb natural hair the way you did with relaxed hair
- Do not sleep with loose hair – section hair and cover with a silk scarf
- Shea Butter — Unrefined Shea Butter if you can get your hands on it, is absolute heaven!!!
- Don’t be impatient! This is key. It will take time for you to adjust to your hair if you have never had it natural before, or have never done it yourself before. Allow sufficient time for the learning curve to teach you what you need to do. Nothing worth doing comes without effort. You can take less time, be less careful, but you get what you put into it
- Don’t be careless. If you try to treat silk (kinky hair) like cotton, by throwing it in the washing machine everyday (i.e. putting it through the ringer), you’ll destroy it
- Do listen your hair. If you need to clarify, you’ll see the signs. If you need a protein treatment, you’ll see the signs. When you’re in dire need of moisture, you’ll know. Know the signs, and give your hair what it needs
- Do enjoy your curls. When they are well taken care of, they beg to be touched. Let them loose and give ’em a squeeze every now and again
- Do stick to a regimen. The only way to know if something really works or not it to stick with it for a while. Yes, today’s society is “gimme now”, and this is an unrealistic approach to really learning anything about the effects of various products.
Read the rest of the pointers here: Do’s and don’ts of natural hair – Long Hair Care Forum
LHCF is one of our recommended sites. It takes a while to get to understand how it works and what all the terms mean (more about that in another post), but the information is worth it. Especially because people share from their own experience, so you can compare and contrast, get what you want and leave the rest.