The New Naturalista: These days it has become more and more of a necessity than a trend to rock a natural does. Studies show that girls of different ethnic backgrounds are now embracing their ethnic looks because of the modern ways
of managing and rocking our natural hair regardless of it’s kink nature or tangles. As a result a lot of girls are ditching chemicals and products that for straightening are because of the costs involved and also the damages it has brought upon us. Girls are choosing more sustainable and healthier ways of keeping their hair. This new trend is called being a Naturalista. Here are five tips on ways to become a Naturalista.
i) Understand Your Hair Type – Girls of colour tend to assume all have the same hair types because we have the same skin colour, which is never the case. We too have variations in hair types and the general hair types are; coarse hair which is usually thick and has slightly more brittle strands than other hair types (also known as nappy hair), coily hair which is usually very soft and has natural coils which are tighter and more defined than curly hair and then there is curly hair which is much softer and has bigger curls. This latter hair type is common among mixed girls and guys.
ii) Find An Affordable Way Of Maintaining Your Natural Look unlike before, natural hairstyles have many new options and products some of which can be very expensive, and tend to stretch a girl’s budget. The best way to keep up would be to find ways and products that fit your pocket. There plenty of DIY (do it yourself) tricks of how to make homemade products for hair up-keep even for girls with relaxed hair such as deep conditioning with egg yolks, avocado paste, oil/canola oil and Greek yoghurt to mention but a few-more can be found on the web. Also eating the right foods promotes hair growth.
iii) Practice Moderation: In an endeavor to have healthy hair girls tend to over use products for quicker results. While it’s understandable that you want to attain healthy looking hair quickly, this can damage your hair and your pocket and as the saying goes, ‘too much of anything can be harmful’-let’s make it a habit to practice moderation when it comes to hair up-keep. Also do not over style/over braid or over comb your hair; do everything in moderation.
iv) Learn Protective Styles: Since a lot of girls are transitioning into Naturalistas, ultimately, more ways of styling natural hair are being discovered and shared over the net globally, thus girls can easily learn many different ways of styling their hair sustainably according to their hair types.