|My big chop 12.20.2010|
The weather is getting warm outside letting us know that summer is on the way! In fact today in NC, the weather is forecast to be 90 degrees! As the temperature rises, we have a tendency to want to shed; our clothes and our hair. For those of you who are transitioning to natural hair, this may be the perfect time to get ride of those relaxed ends and do the big chop! Maybe some of you have already cut your hair. You now may be wondering, I have this TWA, what do I do with it? Well never fear, here are some tips for maintaining your TWA!
1. Develop a simple maintenance routine! There are many natural hair products out there, be careful not to go overboard buying products. All you need is a sulfate free shampoo, a conditioner, an oil for sealing in moisture, and a styling product. For a relatively inexpensive brand for just starting out I recommend either Curls or Shea Moisture products. Both can be found in Target stores where there is a relatively high African American demographic.
2. Combat dryness by moisturizing your hair regularly! Many new naturals often complain of dry hair. The best way to keep your hair moisturized is by applying water. This doesn't necessarily mean shampooing the hair every day (a common mistake that new naturals make). It does mean however, that your hair needs water frequently. Mist (don't saturate) your hair with a spray water bottle for moisture and a light oil (i.e. coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil) to the hair to seal in the moisture. Always sleep with a satin bonnet or on a satin pillowcase to keep dryness at bay as well.
3. My hair looks dull, is it unhealthy? Naturally curly hair reflects light differently than straight hair because it has bends and curls in it therefore instead of it being a totally reflective surface, its structure fragments light. It is very rare for highly textured hair to appear "shiny", however you will notice that it does have a healthy "sheen" to it. Again, the use of light oils can help with this.
4. Utilize low manipulation styles on your TWA. A few simple hair styles for your new TWA is a wash & fro (without gel) or a wash & go (which uses gel to define your natural curl pattern), finger coils & coil outs.
|Finger coils on a TWA|
5. Accessorize your new look! Your TWA will naturally draw attention to your facial features. Use the time to try a new bold make up look, feature your favorite jewelry accessories and wear flowers, bows, and unique headbands in your hair!
6. Lastly remember, short natural hair DOES need care & maintenance. Short natural hair is not get up and go hair. While you may not have to spend hours styling your hair you will need to care for your hair in order for it to have a healthy and neat appearance.
Do you have any questions about maintaining your TWA? Leave a comment in the comment section below and I'll answer them!
NaturallyNita is a women's lifestyle blog. After chronicling her natural hair journey 2.5 years ago, Nita realized that there were many other life journey's where she could share her lesson's learned with others. This blog focuses not only on natural hair but also health/fitness, business, finances, spiritual & personal growth. www.naturallynita.blogspot.com