Thinking about embracing your curls?

When I 1st started the natural hair journey ( I chemically altered my hair, not only heat damage it) I had a specific look and goal in mind.

I wanted my hair to be as kinky as possible because that is my father hair type and I absolutely love his hair. I simply assumed my hair would turn out like that, that was one of the reasons I kept using heat, since I did not get the curl I wanted, I became instead a naturalista with natural straight hair regularly using my flat iron with heat protection of course.

Some time later along came Instagram and thanks to my friend from Curly community.   The Hair Lab was born. it was a journal where I logged my progress and my fails always trying to figure out how to fix the mishaps. In no time I started falling in love with the flexibility my hair had to offer, gave up heat entirely and now my curls are as kinky and coily as ever with loads of volume. I adjusted my goals to what I had and it paid off.

I would not change my frizzy head of curls for anything, it still gets annoying at times the work I need to put into it and it still surprises me how different in can look depending on how I do the wash day routine, but we can get into that once you have your basics in order.

A few things I wish my fairy godmother had told me before I started!

1. Take a deep breath, you might be overwhelmed at first, but there is no need to worry we are here for you. Do this at your own speed. Take it slow if you need to, no judgement, no rush. You can either transition and cut the damaged parts little by little or get a big chop and start fresh, but do it only when you are ready. No pressure.

2. Keep it simple: if you can’t or don’t want to buy a full set new products at 1st, do it one by one by like adding a good leave in conditioner, styling gel or cream to your routine while you finish the old products and learn to read labels. At that point the hair is rather damaged so very fancy products are not an obligation, be comfortable with your own budget. Use less heat, or even better no heat at all this will help prevent breakage in the demarcation line which is the point where you old damaged hair get in contact with you new natural curlywurly-frowywavy new head of hair.

3. Take the time to observe your hair: Is it fine, is it dense, wavy, curly, kinky.  I recommend you to not obsess about curl typing, this early on. You will learn later as you familiarize with the curly terminology and your own hair if you would like to further read how I started to learn about my own hair feel free to read this linked blog post The Hair Lab Scientific Method

4. At first the chemical or heat damaged hair will be highly porous so look for deep treatment masks  and products with keywords such as repair, strengthen, restore; they usually contain protein and protein is what damaged hair direly needs.

5. Chemical damage cannot be reverted, I cut my hair gradually for about a year. Heat damage can revert with proper care. I did not chop off my heat damaged hair, instead I gave it super intensive care doing what I call a as I was unwilling to go cut the hair all over again.

6. Be patient, have fun and don’t compare your beginning to the middle of others, surround yourself with good vibes only. Embrace your curls be them wavy, curly, kinky, coily or everything in between they are yours and you will learn to love them I promise it is a challenging journey but it is totally worth it and they will love you back with good care.

7. Naturally curly hair is for everybody who has it and wants to wear as it grows out of their head, no matter the shape, texture or color curly hair is not a problem; it has just been misunderstood for many years. I am here to help you every step of the way so don t fell shy to email me or post your questions in the comments section and I will do my best to help you get started!

If I could do it, anybody can!