Monday, 3 September 2012

I want to go natural, but I don't know the right products to use


Good day,
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Hello AN
Am glad to know that there is a natural hair blog in Nigeria. I am presently growing my natural hair before I take the BC. My major concern is about having the products for maintaining natural hair in Nigeria ie our
climate. In 2010, I wore Rasta braids for 10 months and this grew my hair. After I chopped the permed part, I carried my natural hair for 3 months before I returned back to permed hair because I could not manage it; not knowing the products to use. 
Now, I want to revert back to natural but need to know the right products to use to make it soft, manageable and moisturized. Tessy confirmed to me that she uses only Shea butterand water since Miss Jessie's products do not work in Nigeria. I will really appreciate a response. Good luck and thank you.

B


Hi B,

Thanks for contacting us. I am glad that our blog is of good use to you.

Actually, the problem you are facing is what a lot of Natural Hair ladies in Nigeria face, which I also faced in the past. 

I would first of all let you know that when it comes to natural hair texture, everyone's hair is different. What works for you might not work for someone else, and vice versa.

My advice to you is that you don't really bother about the products you use, but the technique in which you use it. You also need to know what you want to achieve with your hair. I know that Tessy doesn't really comb her hair, as she has very tight coils, and therefore her hair has the ability to look like low cut, even when it is very long. My hair cannot achieve that.

I use mostly natural products, (including shea butter and oil), and very few processed products (mainly Gel). You should know why you are using shea butter, not just use it because everyone is. Also, applying shea butter in its raw form on your sometimes weigh some people's hair down, and causes rapid build up on the hair, which is why some people tend to buy Hair Butter, whipped with other natural oils.

All in all, you will have to study your hair, and find what works for it. But don't bother about products. With more research, you will find what works for you.


As for softening your hair, I believe that any natural hair can be softened, no matter how hard. I have therefore added these two links. They should be of great benefit to you.

http://africanaturalistas.blogspot.com/2011/08/most-popular-natural-hair-myth.html
http://africanaturalistas.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-make-your-natural-hair-softer.html


Best Regards

5 comments :

  1. i have just been talking about how its so easy in america for the black ladies to keep their natural hair and its very healthy. i want to keep my natural hair, but the products in naija very hard to come. will defintely be following the tips here, cos i want a lovely natural hair.
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    1. Yea true. We don't really have products here. If only we would stop bothering ourselves about the products we don't have and concentrate more on the care of the hair itself, things would be much more easier.

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    2. I can't say it any better than how you put it. I wish folks would come to terms that products do not make the hair.

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  2. Hallo
    I am the Owner of a salon for natural hair care, I want you advice what kind of product may I use more.
    I have cliente with complete natural hair and some going from relaxed to natural

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  3. How can I help my cliente to dry quickly their hair without heat

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