So I've been natural for about 5 years, (I big chopped when I was 15) and in the span of those years (mind you, I only had a relaxed hair for 2 years) I have cut, colored, and done everything in between to my hair. At this point, I'm kind of lost on how to care for and manage it and I'm a bit of a lazy natural so I like to tamper with it as little as possible. I know that manipulating it, is horrible for natural hair but I couldn't help myself. Now, I'd like to grow it back as long as I had it when I was younger (pre-relaxer) and I'm gonna need some tips on how to do that.
A little back story on my hair:
I have colored it 20 times in the last 5 years and 15 of those times it has been pre lightened to achieve the desired color.
I have cut it 7 times in the last 5 years and 3 of those times I've had an undercut (all the way around and on both sides, which is actually what I had prior to trying to grow it out right now)
I have to 3c, 4a mixture if you're into that hair typing sort of thing and define my curls as big and wispy to small and tight s coils
I recently had just above shoulder length natural hair and an undercut and need tips on how to grow out an undercut and what to do once it reaches a certain length so that it'll match up with the rest of my hair.
I'll attach a pic so you have something to reference!
Most Helpful Guy
Unfortunately, I can’t give you tips. But I can give you encouragement. I think it is totally hot when African American woman go natural. You are, by the way, very pretty.
Most Helpful Girl
Rinse and condition your hair instead of just shampooing it
use your fingers to detangle your hair first before combing it
use a good hair conditioner that will keep your hair moisturized throughout the day that is not greasy
Avoid grease, I do not use it, and I have not used grease in years
get braids but make sure they are not too tight
use a silk scarf or bonnet at night
avoid using heat and chemicals to straighten your hair as much as possible
if you must relax, relax your hair once a year. i use to relax my hair once a year and thats it and my hair did not get damaged
plait the hair at night to avoid tangles
use a curl defining creme
Avoid becoming a product junkie, use one or two products that you know will work for your hair
my sisters and i use mixed chicks, but that does not work for every black person because we all have different hair textures1