I’ve been thinking about transitioning my hair to its natural curly waves for a while. Each September, after the summer heat finally disappears and my roots calm down, I reminisce about my childhood wavy locs. I’ve always classified myself as semi-natural. Meaning, since I can remember I’ve only had a relaxer treatment 2 maybe 3 times a year. Just to tame the roots of my hair, more so in the summer time. Maryland humidity makes for a very unpleasant happy hour. Going “chemical free” is no easy task for me especially since my grey hairs have a stubborn side.
As summer months approaches us, the dreadful thought of poofed out roots doesn’t make me a happy fashionista. So I started thinking. What could I do to stay on my natural path? Here’s 5 things I am going to try this season to ease that transition. Hopefully I won’t by left with natural regrets.
- Cornrows are my personal favorite. They’re vacation and pool side friendly. They’re bedtime friendly. They’re pretty much just awesome to me. Here recently celebrities have been seen sporting individual braids. Although it takes me way too far back into my high school days, this might last me through a large part of the summer months. Goddess braids are my second fav and depending on how long your locs are this is the best option for you too.
- Two strand twists are a slightly tedious task but well worth it for the outcome. I recommend this for individuals with long thick or course hair like myself. If your hair is thin or short this isn’t the option for you. You will waste time trying to achieve the unachievable. I’ve only tried this once and it was on a Sunday night. It took about 2 hours for the whole process and lasted me until Tuesday.
- Not really an option for my 9-5 day BUT head accessories are great for evening wear. Headbands, fedoras, and Turbans (my uber fav) all can mask those out of control roots.
- I don’t really recommend weaves but some natural heads swear by these. If you do opt for this please remember to consult with a good weaveologist who can keep your edges healthy. Nothing is worst than claiming to be natural but it’s all damaged goods underneath because of a bad weave.
- Ultimately the best way to go natural is just to release your locs of the chemicals and cut it ALL off. Some choose to cut it out little but little and others just grab the issue by the balls and chop.. chop.. chop..
FOR NOW (and there’s absolutely no guarantee) I am resisting the urge to straighten my roots. I will at least hold out until July. Perhaps I will rock some turbans and cornrows next month during my Vegas vacay. I see a trip to the beauty store in my future.
Have you recently “gone natural” or are you transitioning into this trend? Chime in with your tips!