My first featured post! (not me being featured…me featuring someone else LOL). My new friend Rolande Sumner wrote a very helpful post for new naturals over at her blog, Our Kinks and Curls. Here’s an excerpt (click the link at the bottom to read all of it!):
7 SURVIVAL TIPS FOR NEW NATURALS
by Rolande Sumner
1. BE PATIENT: Your hair is a different texture and it will take time to learn how to work with it. In addition, hair takes time to grow. The average amount of growth is ½ an inch a month. So be patient with yourself and your hair.
2. ADJUST YOUR EXPECTATIONS: You may need to adjust your expectations and perception of beauty. If you had a Big Chop or transitioning slowly, your look may change. This is especially so for women who frequent the salon for their bi-monthly creamy crack session. Remember that it isn’t your hair that makes you beautiful. It is your smart mind, sense of humor, compassion and strength. Your hair, eyes and other physical features just enhance it. Take a good look in the mirror and really look at yourself and know that God made no mistake and that meant you. You are not your hair and you are beauty, fierce and wonderfully made.
3. GATHER YOUR TOOLS AND KEEP EXTRA ON HAND: Before you go natural gather the basic tools most naturals use. Thick tooth combs, spray bottle, satin/silk scarf/bonnet, conditioner, hair clips/Barbie pins/ head band are items that most naturals use at some point of their journey. These items can get you out of a bind on a bad hair day. Having extras will help you keep your coif tight no matter where you travel.
4. BECOME A PRODUCT JUNKIE: Until you find your favorite product line(s) you’ll need to give different items a try. Check out YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and different blogs on product reviews. Purchase a subscription to a beauty box such as CurlKit.com. Beauty boxes will allow you to try out different products without spending a great deal of money. Many beauty boxes are $10-$20 a month and provide full and sample sized products. Many also give you more product than you pay for so it makes a good investment. If and when you start to develop a collection of items you don’t care for, you can swap with another natural and save a bit more.
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