Tips for a newbie

Mkg1Mkg1 Posts: 1Registered Users
Hey guys!
I've been planning on going natural so starting next week I'll be taking my extensions out and transitioning! In the past I've worn relayed hair but my hair broke off easily so since then I've been wearing extensions. I'm 17 years old and the climate where I live is super dry and HOT. Since I've never worn natural hair I have no clue what to expect or how to care for it and was hoping for some guidance. If you have any special techniques for 4B type hair(I'm pretty sure that's what I have) I'd be so great full!
Thanks so much!


  • RimiRimi Posts: 2,001Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hi there!

    The best way for you to figure out will be best for your hair will honestly be to look around on this forum and other websites (curly Nikki, black girl long hair) and see how other women transition. You'll probably have to try several different products and styles, but that's all part of the process.

    One piece of advice I can give you is to make sure you properly detangle your hair. make sure that you're aware of the two separate textures in your hair and use products that are tailored to them.
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  • 4everBlckBeauty4everBlckBeauty Posts: 24Registered Users
    I would say make sure you find out the porosity of you hair. Trust me, it really helps. Make sure that you deep condition every week. Look on YouTube how to properly detangle your hair. But the main tip is to make sure you know that your hair is different from others. Your hair can look just like some else but can react totally different. So just because someone has more managable hair when they co wash, doesnt mean it will be best for your hair vice versa, etc. It would also be best to look up some natural protective hair styles to help you prevent breakage. I can give you loads of tips but this comment will be entirly too long lol. Just look on forums for help along the way. YouTube is a very useful tool as well.

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  • ultracurlzultracurlz Posts: 213Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Moisturize, moisterize, moisturize. That's the most important thing.

    For some helpful YouTube vids check out Naptural85. She has long lovely 4a hair and even if your hair isn't quite the same her vids teach you so much about what hair needs in general and how to care for kinkier textures. She knows what she's doing I promise.

    If I were you I would start out by finding a good super slippy conditioner- a cheap one cause you will use it up fast, promise. A gentile cleanser(shampoo bars, clay cleansers, cleansing creams or if you can't find any of those a gentile shampoo) a wide tooth comb, maybe a denmin brush but it's not a nessessity, and a satin scarf/head cover. A plastic cap would be useful too.

    Remember- regardless of how lazy you feel, keeping up with your hair is a hell of a lot easier than trying to fix the damage afterwards. Good luck!
    3C/4A mix (Seriously it's all over the place)
    Hair is kinda fine and kinda thick.
    Super short, I'd like definition but styling products don't like me

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