Go Natural without the Big Chop- Here’s How

tips to transition to natural hair

Hello beauties! Today’s post is inspired by some ladies who have approached me to ask ” How do I go natural without cutting my hair?” For those on a healthy hair journey already, this cutting of hair is usually called the “Big Chop”. The Big Chop is when you decide to cut off those parts of your hair that you have previously applied relaxers on.  I chose not to do the Big Chop, instead I have been transitioning to natural hair for about 1 year, 3 months now. If you have decided to go natural, here are a few tips that you will find useful.

TIP #1: Moisturize Regularly

This had to be the number 1. When you hair is dry & lacking in moisture, it is prone to breakage. When transitioning, you are dealing with your relaxed hair at the end and the natural hair growing from the roots, You have to moisturize to prevent excessive hair breakage at the point where the relaxed hair meets the natural hair. You can follow the L(liquid), O(Oil), C (Cream) method when moisturizing.

Go Natural without the Big Chop

Tip #2: Deep Conditioning

I chose to deep condition my hair every two weeks mostly on the days when I wash my hair. I also use a keratin treatment every two months. Deep conditioning strengthen your hair & nourishes your hair as you transition. It is important to use products that your hair loves.

Go Natural without the Big Chop

Tip #3: Protective Styling 

There were a lot of days that I did not even know how to style my hair when i started transitioning. Wigs came to the rescue. While you decide to go natural, protective styles become even more useful. I also did Senegalese twists sometimes. Now that my natural hair is longer, I do Bantu knots out and twists out.

Go Natural without the Big Chop

 

Tip #4: Research & Learn

From how to wash your hair, to deep conditioning, to styling your hair, there is a lot you can learn from the internet.

No one can claim the monopoly of knowledge. So many ladies have transitioned to natural hair without cutting their relaxed hair. You can learn from them on the internet.

Tip #5: Reduce or stop the Use of Direct Heat

I know you love straightening your hair every week for the straight hair you are used to. Bu the down side to this is that , excessive use of direct heat can weaken your hair. It will be best if you reduce their use or stop it till you are done transitioning.

Are you transitioning to natural hair? Please add your own tips!

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Be Hairspired | 4C Hair Chic- Noushky

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Hello ladies! It’s another interesting & exciting week of the Be Hairspired Series. Our guest is a 4C hair chic with loads of tips on how to grow your hair long & healthy. Let’s meet Noushky!

Please introduce yourself and your location.

My name is Noushky and I am from New York City!

What are your future hair goals? 

My hair goal is to maintain healthy hair because length does not equal to hair health.

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When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?

I started my hair health journey when I was 17 and did not perfect it till now.  My reason for starting my journey was that I realized the less I manipulated my hair the more I achieved length and thickness.

What are your future hair goals?

My hair goal is to maintain healthy hair because, hair length does not equal to hair health.

Advice for Nigerian ladies on a hair journey? 

Be your own hair guru. There will be times when you will watch online hair tutorials in the hopes that your hair will achieve the same desired look. You will purchase the same product do the exact method as the person in the tutorial yet the results are different and sometimes not satisfying. That’s the best part of your hair journey. Trial and error, understanding what works for that person’s hair may not work for yours. This is what makes it a hair journey.

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Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? 

When I highlighted my hair.  At first, I thought adding color to random parts of my hair would give me a hip look, as a consequence, the ends of my hair dried out and I had to trim it.

What is your hair regimen?

Being that, I have 4C hair type, I have to focus on retaining moisture and length. I co-wash my hair once every two weeks and in the end of the month I shampoo. In addition, I like moisturizing my hair with curl milks or hair butters and detangle my hair with my fingers.

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What is your current hair length? 

My current hair length is shoulder length in the front and armpit length in the back.

What is your favorite way to style your hair? 

Pineapple hairstyle! It is a great professional hairstyle and I am able to refresh the hairstyle by spritzing my hair with water and twisting the ends before I go to sleep.

Where can we find you on social media? 

You can find me breaking combs on Instagram-   @BreakingDenmanBrushes .

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67 Weeks Post Relaxer Wash Day + Twist Out

Twist out on transitioning hair

Hi guys! Yes. It’s been 67 weeks that I last relaxed my hair. Phew! If I was told a year ago that I would stretch my hair for this long, I would have doubted it. But then, it happened. I have gotten used to seeing and feeling the texture of my hair. I am not sure whether it is 4B or 4C, but the coils are there. I also did Twist Out for the first time. Let’s head over to this week’s wash day.

Products

Pre-poo: Coconut oil

Shampoo: ORS invigorating Shampoo

Deep Conditioner: Creme of Nature Strengthening Milk Mask

Leave in: Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-in-1

Sealant: Grape Seed Oil

Butter: Shea Butter

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Shea butter

I started by mixing coconut oil and some water in my spray bottle because my hair was really dry. I sectioned my hair into 3 parts.  I then applied the mix all over my hair and covered with a shower cap for about 10 minutes. I used that time to microwave and eat my dinner.

I mixed my shampoo with water in my bigger spray bottle and sprayed on my scalp. This makes sure that the shampoo gets to every part of my scalp. I usually shampoo with warm water. Next, I applied my deep conditioner to each section of my hair and then covered it with a shower cap. I wrapped my cotton t-shirt around the shower cap so that water does not drip to my pillow case while I slept.

The next morning, i rinsed off the deep conditioner section by section. I had to be sure that I had none left in my hair. I toweled dried my hair for 2 minutes. I wrapped it in a t-shirt for about 15 minutes. I prefer to do the L.O.C (Liquid, Oil,Cream) method on my wash days. I applied my leave in conditioner in the sections and then sealed with grape seed oil before applying the Shea butter on it.

The Twist Out

I recently bought the African Pride Curl Styling custard and used it while doing the twist out. While my hair was slightly damp & moisturized, I applied the custard to each part I wanted to twist. At the end of each twist, I rolled my relaxed hair  around itself towards the end of the twist.

Twist out on transitioning hair

Twist out on transitioning hair

Twist out on transitioning hair

Twist out on transitioning hair

 

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Be Hairspired|Meet Naija Naturalista- Tosin

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Hi ladies! I am excited about today’s hair feature on our Be Hairspired series. She is a naturalista with an amazing hair journey. Whether you are relaxed, transitioning or a naturalista, I am sure you will learn a lot from her.

– Let’s meet you
I’m Tosin Farai, a student of the University of Ibadan. Also, the CEO of Afropelo. Born and raised in Ibadan. Proudly Ibadan girl!

– When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?
Ok my hair journey. Well it was sometime in 2014, when I started hearing about the whole #teamnatural hype. It was all over the internet, and around that time was when my relaxed hair was really pissing me off, was just cutting and I started getting tired of relaxing. I just wanted something different. So I decided to transition around August. Didn’t last long though, I eventually did the big chop in November that year.

What are your future hair goals?
Well I really want to see where this hair is going. I actually have waist length in mind, not just for my personal interests, but to also show people that Nigerian hair does grow, and it’s also not as expensive as most of these naturalista today make it look. That’s actually the Afropelo goal.

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Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?
Well like I just said, its not that expensive. If you can’t afford deep conditioners, make your own! You just need to understand your hair personally, and your schedule as well to get a good regimen. Not everything out there is meant for you, take time and do the right things.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? How did you bounce back?
Setbacks. Ah yes! That’s one I’m even just overcoming. My hair is quite thick and I just realized its low porosity. That caused a major issue for me. It got so hard for moisture to penetrate and detangling was almost impossible. Then the worst was styling cause it was just too hard. With better research and patience, I see better things to do, also what to add and remove from my regimen.

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­What is your hair regimen?
Well my regimen changes as my hair gets longer with time, but basically, when my hair is out, I make sure to deep condition with heat and detangle once every week and moisturize twice a week. I also try to steam before i moisturize mid week, this helps my low-porosity hair take in moisture. Then i do rinses a lot when I deep condition, mostly the tea rinse. Once or twice a month, according to how my hair feels, I replace the deep conditioner with a hot oil treatment. I do a lot of protective styles, this goes a long way in maintaining length.

I do either twists or cornrow styles once I moisturize and leave this for half the week, or the whole week. Then spritz my hair with my spray bottle and use my satin scarf for the night. By the next morning, my style is refreshed so I don’t have to manipulate it again.
When I really have no time, mostly in school, cause of my tasking course, I do long-term protective styles, mostly mini twists, crotchet braids or regular braids.

What is the current length of your hair?
Hmm. Last time i did a length check it was somewhere below my neck. About 8-9 inches.

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What is your favorite way to style your hair?
Oh twists!! I love my twists. Apart from how well they protect my length, they also always look so good on me; my hair type really accommodates it. Even when it’s rough, still looks soo good! That’s a style that makes me love my natural hair.

What social media channel(s) can we find you?
Anywhere! Lol
My blog: www.afropelo.wordpress.com
Instagram: @the_afropelo

Facebook: Afropelo: The African Hair

Are you a relaxed, transitioning or a naturalista & want to be featured on our Be Hairspired series, please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

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Natural Hair Feature – Meet Mentie

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Hi everyone! For today’s Be Hairspired series, it will be a natural hair feature of a Nigerian with amazing healthy and long hair. The Be Hairspired series was created to motivated other Nigerian women who still believe that Nigerian hair cannot grow long or be healthy. We usually run relaxed, transitioning or natural hair feature s. Let’s meet our hair inspiration for today.

Your Name and  location please?

My name is Mentie Jowho and I am currently in Lagos, Nigeria

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?

 Well I started back in 2012 when I was contemplating getting a fancy haircut. That period, my hair was very healthy and was relaxed but I was bored. I spoke to my cousin and my sister who were both natural about it and they encouraged me to try it. I ended up transitioning for about 20 months before I finally chopped off the relaxed ends.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

What are your future hair goals?

Well currently I am aiming to get to waist length but my major goal is to maintain at least mid-back length. I have thick strands but I have problem areas like the front of my hair. Hopefully it would flourish with constant care.

Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?

Well, try different things. Don’t get stuck in a rut. That’s the only way to really know how to handle your hair and make it thrive. It took a while for me to realize what my hair likes and things it doesn’t. For instance, I can’t use coconut oil directly in my hair. I’ll end up having flakes and an itchy scalp.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? If yea, how did you bounce back?

Like I said earlier, I like trying different things until I find what works. I have tried most DIY methods and I sometimes end up with bad results. For instance, I did a banana DC with honey and Mayo and my hair was dry for weeks on end. I had to keep doing several moisture treatments to reverse the damage. But without this setback, I won’t have realized I can’t handle so much protein in my hair. So I think having setbacks is a good lesson as well.

What is your hair regimen?

I co wash or water only wash weekly and do a shampoo and DC once a month. If I’m extra lazy, I extend it to 6 weeks. I incorporate ACV rinses and water and tea tree mix rinses because they help with build-up. Since I hardly use styling products, I tend not to have really bad build-up. I make sure I sleep on a satin pillowcase and once in a while I use a silk or satin scarf.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

What is the current length of your hair?

My hair is at mid back length and I think 16-18 inches depending on the area being measured.

What is your favourite way to style your hair?

When I’m not using extensions, twists and milk maid braids with flat twists.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

Where can we find you on social media?

I’m active on IG: @jowhomentie

For a relaxed or natural hair feature, please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

 

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3 Ways to Style Messy Senegalese Twists

Style messy Senegalese twists

Hello ladies. How are we doing today? A lot of us feel uncomfortable when our protective styles get old and messy. I feel that way too sometimes. I have had my Senegalese twists for almost three weeks now. I am already looking forward to this weekend when I will take it off. However, you can still style messy Senegalese twists in a fun way to make it look glam. Make sure your twists are well-moisturized before styling them. We do not want to cause any hair breakages.

Style 1: Uneven Double Twists

  1. Divide your hair into unequal halves. Make the front part smaller.
  2. Start to do a twist at the front part of your hair from the left side, down to the bottom of the right side. Secure the end with a band
  3. Do the above steps for the other half of your hair.
  4. Hold the ends of the right side and the left side with a band.
  5. Viola!

style messy Senegalese twists

Style 2: Double Sided braids.This is pretty easy!

  1. Divide your hair to two equal halves, from the forehead to the nape.
  2. Braid each side loosely.
  3. Tie the ends of both sides with a band.

style messy Senegalese twists

Style 3: Up do with a front base.

  1. Divide your hair into 2 unequal sections. The front part should be really small.
  2. Pack the hair at the back upwards and secure it with a band.
  3. You can either make it a bun or just let your hair free.
  4. For the front part, do a loose twist, then wrap the twist in a circular motion.
  5. You can accessorize this style with a scarf.

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style messy Senegalese twists

How do you style messy Senegalese twists?

 

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Eucalyptus Oil for Itchy Scalp Relief

Eucalyptus oil for itchy scalp - long Nigerian hair

Have you ever experienced an itchy scalp whereby you feel like taking off your scalp (if you could) and scratch the daylight out of it? Well, this was my situation last week. For one reason or the other, my scalp itches whenever I have Senegalese twists on. In last week’s post, we learnt that scratching your scalp can weaken your hair shaft. So it is not advisable to scratch your scalp. After surfing the internet for a few minutes, I found a remedy that gave me relief from my itchy scalp.

Tools:

Extra virgin olive oil

Silverbird Eucalyptus oil

Applicator bottle

Eucalyptus oil for itchy scalp - long Nigerian hair

Let’s get an insight to why eucalyptus oil worked for my itchy scalp. According to WiseGeek.com:

There are a number of benefits of eucalyptus oil for hair, including strengthening the hair follicles, improving the shine and overall health of the hair, and calming an itchy, inflamed scalp. The oil also has a number of anti-fungal properties that can help ward off infection and keep residue from building up and clogging pores on the head.

I mixed my eucalyptus oil to with olive oil because Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil which can be very potent. I did not know whether my scalp will react negatively to it or not. I mixed it to be on a safer side. I added about half the cap of the eucalyptus oil to two full caps of the olive oil in my applicator bottle.

Eucalyptus oil for itchy scalp - long Nigerian hair

Eucalyptus oil has a strong smell. So, I applied the mix overnight, so that by morning, the smell of the eucalyptus oil will be reduced. It is advised that you rinse your scalp the next morning. I skipped this because of my crazy work schedule. I intend to have a wash day this weekend anyways.

The day after applying the mixture, I had to remind myself that I had not scratched my scalp that day. The itchiness was gone.

Ever experienced itchy scalp, how did you treat it?

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