Do you want access to the best hair advice available anywhere?
No, seriously. Do you really need help with your hair?
If you do, then this article is for you. This resource was assembled specifically to help new naturals start their natural hair journey with the best hair advice that you’ll ever get.
Let me explain.
I reached out to several of the best natural hair bloggers and authors within the natural hair community. These are women that provide some of the best natural hair information online.
I asked each one of them the same question: “What’s your best natural hair advice for new naturals?”
This article contains their answers to that question, the best hair advice for you provided by many of the very best natural hair bloggers and authors.
Their answers to my question address many different topics. Looking at all the answers, you will realize that there is really no one answer to that question. My hope is that the answers contained in this article will serve as a compass for you during your natural hair journey.
The Best Natural Hair Bloggers Offer Their Best Hair Advice
Audrey of Black Hair Science
There are a few things I always like to share with new naturals!
From a Hair Care Standpoint
Strive to understand the protein-moisture balance and what it means for your hair as much as possible. Natural hair, especially newly natural hair, needs moisture and lots of it. Part of understanding the balance is learning how to identify true sources of moisture for your hair.
There is so much poor conditioning in our community when it comes to understanding our hair’s relationship to water. But water and water-based products should be upfront and center in your regimen. Often, new regimens are protein-rich, oil-heavy and moisture deficient.
Granted this is probably not PC, (LOL!) but…
From a General Mental Standpoint
There’s a chance you will not like your natural hair at first. It’s okay and it’s a totally NORMAL and VALID feeling to have.
Your new hair is like a baby who grows and changes rapidly, especially early in life. Some babies start out very cute right away – they are adorable and everyone tells you. They smile. They coo. Everyone oohs and ahhs! You’re on cloud NINE – a proud mama!
These are the naturalistas who go natural and every curl and coil is always on point. They have confidence! They are fierce whether bald, faded, TWA’d or coming into the game with much more new growth from transitioning first to give them a length boost.
Then we have the other babies that only a mother could love. It’s awkward, rarely smiles and the people in your life tell you it’s “cute” because they love you and want to support you. The rest are tight-lipped, because it’s not proper to say anything bad about babies.
These are the naturalistas who love their hair (or the idea of being natural), but it’s not quite what they were expecting. They aren’t confident with the new hair and would rather wear a hat, a bag, a lace front wig – anything to get out of the limelight. They’re looking for curls, coils, length, moisture –something! But they aren’t getting it!
No matter which baby you end up with, you have to love it
because it’s yours. Just like with newborns that grow into their looks, much of the awkwardness and newness of being natural will grow on you. Your hair will grow physically and you will grow as a person – mind and spirit. Be encouraged!
Ariane of Black Naps
One of the main concerns with women of color when it comes to natural hair is dryness. To have healthier moisturized hair use a water-based moisturizer and seal in the moisture with an oil.When you are cleansing or conditioning your hair use lukewarm to cool water, hot water will dry your hair out.
Make sure the quality of your water is up to par because using hard water on your hair will lead to dryness and breakage as well. To test your water to see if it is hard you can use PH testing strips, the quality of your water makes a big difference.
Rory of Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care
The advice I most often tell straight-haired moms who are new to dealing with curly hair is to learn to love the chaos of the curl. The more you try to “tame” it or get it to do what you think it “should” do, the more frustrated you’ll become. The best way to have a loving relationship with curls is to love them for what they are, not try to get them to be something that they’re not. I like to think of each curl as having its own personality, each one needs to be fed, nurtured, and loved in a way that’s specific to it, sort of along the same lines as Doug Floyd who said, “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” Each curl can, when treated properly, can come together to form a beautiful symphony.
Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care
Jocelyn of CurlyNuGrowth
There are so many things that I can tell someone that has just embarked on their natural hair journey, but if I had to choose one piece of advice it would be to understand and know why you made the choice to go natural. I believe knowing why you went natural is crucial in the very beginning of your hair journey for several reasons. One reason to understand your decision is because often times you will be confronted by someone that does not like natural hair and you may have to deal with their negative comments and stereotypes.
However, I learned throughout my journey that if you can take all the negative comments that someone says about your hair and confidently tell them your reason(s) for going natural and how much healthier you and your hair will be because of your decision the naysayers will quickly quiet their qualms. Also, defining your reasons for going natural will make you more likely to stick with your decision; because if you’re just doing it on the whim people’s negative comments and constant questions can easily influence you to relax your hair again.
I also believe that truly understanding your decision will help to guide your journey and allow you to find other naturals that have made the same choices so you can relate to and fellowship with them throughout your journey.
Jocelyn “Jojo” T.
Roshini of Glamazini
Focus on moisture, especially your ends and learn from others, but ultimately remember that everyone’s hair is unique and you must learn/accept your own hair.
Roshini Cope aka “ini”
Lola of Lola Zabeth
My advice to new naturals is to have fun. Certainly, you should put in the time to research and find a regimen that works best for you, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Enjoy the journey – the good, the bad and the WTH.
Karen of Naturally Beautiful Hair Blog
My advice for women that are just starting their natural hair journey is to be patient, educate yourself and to surround yourself with pro-natural images and a supportive community.
The best way to start your natural hair journey is to be patient. There are going to be a lot of days when you are not going to like your hair and you are going to feel frustrated. But just know that this is completely normal. Be patient in knowing that this is just a part of the process and that once your natural hair starts to grow and form, that you are going to love your new look.
In this day and age, there is so much information in books, on the internet and within your own community about natural hair. Research what styling techniques and products will work best for you. It may be trial and error on your first or second try, but you can keeping trying out new things until you find that perfect way of doing your hair or that perfect product that works just right, that gives you hair a healthy feel and look.
There are a lot of blogs, websites, forums, meetup groups and more for the natural hair community. Surround yourself with these people so that you can get continuous support and an endless source of information.
Going natural has been one of the best things that I have done for myself. It opened my eyes to rediscovering who I am as a person and I will always be grateful for this found sense of self. If you are thinking of going natural or you are just starting, stay strong in knowing that your hair and your natural texture does not have to be altered to be beautiful.
Dominique-Alexis of Natural Hair Care Info
Enjoy this journey because you deserve to fall in love with your natural beauty every single day, again and again. Yes, the road won’t always be easy but keep your chin up because you are worth it.
Natural Hair Care Info
Ayo of Natural Hair Love Affair
Take individual steps to creating your own hair care regimen; it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. What works for one person may not for another. What one person values as a must-have product or experience may not be the same as another person.
What motivates and inspires one person to start their natural hair journey may not be what inspires another. Just have fun with it and be practical!
I’d like to also share the ‘Declaration of Hairdependence’. It’s a handy MANEifesto that will come in handy when a woman decides to embrace her goddess-descended tresses.
Natural Hair Love Affair
L of Natural Review
Remember why you went natural. Whether it’s for the health of your hair, to embrace your natural texture, or etc. Don’t get too caught up in trying to make your hair look like someone else’s or buying every product that promises to make your hair grow faster. Just take care of your hair. Appreciate it for what it is.
Natural Review by L
Terez of Naturalicious Hair
New naturals, experiment! Experiment with hairstyles. Experiment with products. Experiment with hair accessories. You will fall in love with your natural hair once you find how much you can do with it. Natural hair is a most versatile hair type. Don’t let the possibility of bad hair days keep you from trying anything new with your hair. You can only know your hair’s capabilities if you experiment with it.
Vanessa of Onyx Rose Online
Do YOUR own research – on everything! Ingredients, products, improper hair care, stylists, etc. It’s very important to know how to properly care for your hair and not someone else’s. Just because someone deems certain ingredients or products harmful for their hair, doesn’t mean that it automatically applies to your hair as well.
If someone can flat iron or blow dry their hair once a week without heat damage, don’t assume that you can, too; you’ll likely face some serious disappointment. Don’t rely on other people’s natural hair journeys to provide you with the information and insight you need to take care of your hair. No one knows your hair better than you do, so learn what it loves and hates.
On the other hand, if you experience some setbacks, whether it’s anything from breakage to heat damage, don’t allow it to discourage you. The faster you correct the situation, the faster you’ll regain your healthy head of hair. It’s your journey – educate yourself and enjoy it!
Onyx Rose Online
Michelle of Radiant Brown Beauty
My best hair advice for new naturals is to not get caught up in becoming a product junkie. It’s very easy to run out and buy the “latest and greatest” because somebody else says it’s so but you have to discover what works for your hair. While a product may indeed be good for someone else, your hair may not take it as well.
During your “learning stage,” you may need to try a variety of products to discover what works for your hair. Keeping a hair journal will help you to keep track of how your hair reacts to different products. When you find what works for you, stick with it. It will make developing your hair regimen a lot simpler.
Radiant Brown Beauty
Chris-Tia of Thank God It’s Natural
Let go of your European standards of neatness. Instead of trying to make sure every hair is in place, roll with what you have. Your confidence will take you much farther then you can ever imagine.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Keeping your hair moisturized, conditioned and trimmed regularly is an absolute must for preventing breakage and minimizing split ends.
If you can fry chicken in it or if it requires heat to melt, don’t use it on your hair. Since black hair tends to be dry, I love products that contain natural ingredients and light oils that can be easily absorbed by the hair. Steer clear of heavy products containing petroleum and lanolin.
Hair Crushes are Okay. Hair Envy is Not. You have to learn to love and embrace the curls you are born with. When you spend your time obsessing over someone else’s texture or wishing for hair unlike your own, it’s not productive. The same holds true for products. Use products that will work for your hair, but don’t think there is a miracle product that will turn your kinks into loose waves or vice versa. At the end of the day, you have to embrace what you’ve been born (and blessed) with.
Thank God It’s Natural
Sasha of The Natural High Blog
Expect the Unexpected
Many of us admire those that are already natural and anticipate their hair to look exactly the same, but it is not. Natural hair comes in different textures and lengths. The beauty of transitioning is the unknown. Make your own mmasterpiece
Natural Hair is a Lifestyle Not a Hairstyle
Although it’s just hair, I say it’s a lifestyle because you will have to learn how to work with it. Be open to new ideas and have patience.
Try different styles and see what works for you. This will get you more familiar with your hair in its new state as well as find a signature style that you will love and can do on your own.
Do Not Dye Your Hair During Your Transitioning and Early Post Chop Phase
You want to give your hair time to transition without any chemicals. This also gives you a clear view of how your natural hair is without any grey areas with chemicals and adding color. Think about starting with a blank canvas and you’re about to create a new work of art.
Lastly, think of your hair as a beautiful flower; you want to keep alive. It needs to be watered (shampooed), fertilized (conditioned) and maintained (conditioned).
The Natural High Blog
Sasha-Shae of Afroniquely You
My best advice to a new natural would be to be patient. Everyone thinks that going natural is going to be some easy, leave it alone and do nothing but see it grow type of thing. Instead we have to be patient with our hair, nurture it in good health and with good techniques then reap the rewards of hair that is not only growing long, but growing very healthy. So patience indeed is virtue in growing natural hair.
So, there you go – the best natural hair advice that you’ll ever get, from several of the best natural hair bloggers and authors within the natural hair community. Since you made it to the very end of this article, here is a special treat for you – a comprehensive conversation with Dr. Phoenyx Austin on hair growth. Finally, if you have any questions, or if this article inspired you to start a beauty blog yourself, please feel free to ask questions that you have in the comment section.
Take care. Kenneth