Natural hair has become increasingly popular within the last few years, with many women transitioning from chemically treated hair to natural hair. This phenomenon is known as ‘The Natural Hair Movement’. After originating in the early 2000s in the United States, it gained momentum within the Nigerian community, a few years back. Nigerian women started embracing their natural hair textures and styling it in more afrocentric ways.

Natural hair doesn’t just look good but has great health benefits, as well. It has become common knowledge that chemical relaxers can cause scalp burns, hair loss or thinning, split ends and dry scalp. Going natural is a step in the right direction for your health. 

Caring for your natural hair starts from knowing the basics; your hair type and porosity level. This is important, especially if you’re just starting out in your natural hair journey. Hair types range from 1a-4c; 1a being the straightest hair type and 4c being the most coily. 4c hair is what is normally referred to as ‘Nigerian hair’. Check out hair type guides online, to figure out where your hair fits in. 

Porosity levels refer to your hair’s ability to retain moisture. Low porosity hair requires smaller amounts of product than hair with high porosity. Medium porosity hair easily permits moisture into it. To find out what group your hair is in, take a porosity test.

All you need to do is to drop a strand of your hair into a glass of water. Make sure your hair is free from any product. If the hair strand floats at the top of the glass, then you have low porosity hair. If it sinks down quickly, you have high porosity hair and if it takes longer to sink or just stays in the middle, you have medium porosity hair. 

The versatility of natural hair is an added bonus. The styles that can be done with it, are endless. Try pulling your hair into a bun and wrap with Marley hair for added volume. Or try a cute afro puff. With so many natural hair bloggers online, it is easy to get hair style inspirations and tips. Make sure to follow people who have similar hair types to you. It makes things much easier when it is time to replicate the styles that you have seen.

The most important thing you need in your natural hair journey is patience. It does get difficult at times, especially when you remember the ease with which you dealt with your relaxed or texturised hair. Remember that your natural hair is a gift. Embrace it.

This article was written by Mayowa Fagbure; connect with her on IG here 

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