To have a successful natural hair journey, you must understand the do's and don't's. When I turned 23 I cut my hair completely off and the knowledge of being natural was a struggle. Now I can laugh about the lack of knowledge and help others in the process. Here are some basic information I would love to share with you.
Understand you will have shrinkage to some extent, but there are stretching methods and tools to help with shrinkage.
Know the importance of how much your hair needs moisture. Natural hair is easy to become dry and dry hair equals; breakage, split ends, and unhealthy hair. One method I use is the LOC method. Which is water, then an oil, then an moisturizing hair creme to seal in the moisture.
But, first what group of porosity do you fall under? Low, Normal, or High Porosity. Porosity is your hair's ability to absorb moisture. The porosity test can help to find which category your hair falls in place and which products works best for you. First, put a clean strand of hair in a glass of water. If the strand immediately sinks to the bottom, your hair is high porosity. If it lingers about midway in the glass, it’s normal. If the strand floats towards the top and it takes a while for it to sink, your strands is in the low porosity group.
Protective styles is the best way to avoid breakage. Daily pulling, combing, brushing, styles, etc of the hair is not your option to go if you desire healthy hair. Braids, buns, twists, wigs, twist outs or braids outs are the best protective styles to leave in over 2-7 days.
Never try to style, comb, or brush your hair when it is dry. Always use water or some type of detangler product when trying to style your hair. (A detangler brush is your friend and the best tool to detangler your hair.)
Limit the amount of heat you put on your hair to avoid breakage.
What works for someone may not work for your hair. Follow someone hair type who is similar to your hair.
Your hair will grow at a different rate; the average rate is around one-half inch per month. Be confident in your hair journey and don't give up because you see someone else journey different from yours. Know everyone hair journey is different.
Remember to get your ends trim every 4-6 weeks to prevent split ends.
Expect to see shedding every now and then.
And last, but not least wrap your hair up at night with a silk scarf or bonnet.
Love your hair and journey!