Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Going Natural

By: Myari Ware

We’ve all read the lists and watched the videos on tips for going natural or growing out your hair, and they all pretty much consist of the same tips: no heat, drink water, deep condition, etc. But there are things that I had no idea about (and that didn’t seem like a big deal) that actually ended up being huge set backs for me in my natural hair journey. Learn from my mistakes as I let you know the five things that I wish I’d known before going natural.

1. Over moisturizing is a real thing

Moisture is all anyone ever wants to talk about and while it is imperative to keep our hair moisturized, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Over moisturizing could result in your strands starting to stretching without springing back. When this occurs  your hair may feel mushy or limp, and certain styles might not hold like they used to. If any of those things sounded familiar then you might be overdoing it. Fixing this is fairly simple: get your protein/moisture balance in check. To figure out exactly what that means for you try doing a strand test.

2. Elasticity matters

At the beginning of my hair journey I had no idea how important elasticity was, but looking back now, it makes perfect sense. Elasticity refers to our hair’s ability to bounce back to its natural state. Our kinky/curly hair has a shape and when we constantly manipulate it (braiding, twisting, straightening), it can loose it’s elasticity. If you are having trouble with your wash and go’s, or putting your hair into a bun, it may mean that you might be having elasticity issues. But no worries, there are products made exactly for this. One that I’m currently loving is the Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment (available at Sally’s). Another popular one is the Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask (available at Ulta). This one is a whopping $44 but from what I hear it’s guaranteed to bring your hair back to life.

3. Not all hot tools are created equal

Knowing this would have SAVED my hair. This is something I didn’t know until recently that I payed dearly for and am still paying for now. Titanium is a much more of  a porous metal than ceramic is and it is known for it’s heat transferring qualities. This means more direct heat which means better results. But that pin straight hair could be permanent if you’re not careful.

Turn down the temperature, and always use a heat protectant and be careful. Or just invest in good quality ceramic tools and avoid titanium all together. This setback was the worst for me because it came at a time where I was finally starting to love my natural hair. A couple weeks of letting my hair blow in the wind was not worth feeling like I had to hide my hair once again.

4. Some damage can be repaired and some cannot

This is going to sound hypocritical coming from someone who has a solid four or five inches of heat damage but I can’t not mention it. Some damage can be repaired and some cannot. Your once tight coils drooping a little? Try a protein or elasticity treatment. You have some straight sections? *O.T Genasis voice* You need to cut it.

It’s hard (trust me I know) but if it’s not coming back then trust me, the best thing to do is to let it go. Watching the way your hair springs back up after it is no longer being weighed down by straight ends will make you wish you had done it sooner. If a big chop isn’t the move for you try gradual cuts. I recently decided to cut off an inch or so every other month until my straight strands are gone. Seeing less and less damage gives me hope. Your future self will thank you.

Monica from Mo Knows Hair goes in depth about the types heat damage, how to identify it, and how to prevent it here.

5. Your protective style can be counter productive

In my first few months of being natural I lived in buns and ponytails. I thought that keeping my hair in styles where my hair wasn’t touching my clothes and where my ends were tucked away was the best thing that I could do, and to an extent it was. However if your protective style is too tight or done improperly it could cause more problems.

My buns and ponytails were very tight and it was putting a lot of stress on the perimeter of my hair. If your edges are starting to resemble LeBron’s hairline circa 2015, and your ninja bun is affecting your ability to blink, then you may want to reevaluate how you’re doing your protective style.

More on this and other reasons that your protective style can be counter productive can be found here.

Had I known these things a couple of years ago, I would probably be heat damage free and have healthy curls down to my waist, but sometimes we have learn the hard way. I hope learning from the mistakes I’ve made with my hair can prevent some setbacks for you.

What were some of the things you wish you had known before going natural?

Leave a Reply

30 Comments on "Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Going Natural"

Leave a Comment

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
1 year 7 months ago

Good article! I’m laughing thinking about how I knew my buns were too tight once I got this killer headache. But OMG it feels so good when you take your hair down. Haha still, that’s definitely destroying my hair and at that rate I’d be worrying about nerve damage too. Now I have enough sense to calculate what may be too tight for my hair versus how I feel when I’m actually tying my hair up. This inspires me to post some of my vegan hair recipes. Thank you!


[…] natural hair journey. From treating damaged hair to understanding when you’re over-doing it, her advice is so valuable because in most discussions about natural hair, you hear the same things […]

2 months 3 days ago

mont blanc store

It takes much less time if youve previously built up a significant.

2 months 2 days ago

LK Bennett online store

This is some helpful stuff. It took me some time to locate this web site but it was worth the time. I noticed this page was hidden in yahoo and not the first spot. This blog has a lot of pleasant material and it doesnt deserve to be burried in the sear…

2 months 1 day ago

juicy couture outlet

Thanks friend. That was cool seeing

1 month 30 days ago

true religion jean jacket

Recently, I did not give lots of consideration to leaving responses on site page reports and have positioned responses even less. Reading through by way of your enjoyable article, will assist me to do so sometimes.

1 month 29 days ago

patagonia outlet store

Wonderful solutions.Id like to suggest taking a look at such as something like cheeseburger. What do you think?

1 month 29 days ago

alexander wang shop

Found you on google. Great article. Keep up the good work.

1 month 27 days ago

north face factory outlet

Fascinating information! I cant believe Ive finally found the information Ive been searching for for so long. Thank you!

1 month 26 days ago

coach discount outlet online

My helper plus I had been just discussing this topic, he’s generally seeking to prove me incorrect. Your idea on this is excellent and just how I really consider. I just mailed him this blog to reveal him your view. After browsing over your site I boo…

1 month 25 days ago

parajumpers store online

Thanks for the excellent post. I added you to digg. Keep up the hard work.

1 month 14 days ago

rene caovilla on sale

Good info. I previousally to spend alot of my time wakeboarding and watching games. It was possibly the most special time of my past and your content somehow reminded us of that. Thank You

1 month 13 days ago

mont blanc on sale

You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

1 month 10 days ago

ecco outlet online

very good article thanks for the info

1 month 9 days ago

chanel flagship store

Im still learning from you, while Im making my way to the top as well. I absolutely enjoy reading all that is posted on your site.Keep the stories coming. I liked it!

1 month 7 days ago

nfl jerseys sale

This is a appealing post by the way. I am going to go ahead and save this article for my brother to check out later on tomorrow. Keep up the high-quality work.

28 days 10 hours ago

patagonia sale online

Cheers for the high-quality information contained here in your blog, what follows is a trivial quiz for your webpage subscribers. Who actually cited the following quote? . . . .Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

27 days 18 hours ago

barbour clearance sale

Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Is there any means youll be able to remove me from that service? Thanks!

24 days 17 hours ago

Arcteryx Outlet Online

You made some nice points there. I did a search on the issue and found most guys will consent with your blog.

24 days 6 hours ago

fitflop shoes store locator

I am running a blog but never got any valuable comment form my readers. Hope your tips will help me to get some good and encouraging comments from my visitors.Thanks for sharing such beautiful tips.

21 days 6 hours ago

keen store locator

I will surely foreward this post to all of my pals! Its very superior and a very fine read!

20 days 19 hours ago

coach sale

Personally Im impressed by the quality of this. Generally when I come across these sort of things I like to post them on Digg. I dont think this would be the best to submit though. I will be sure to submit something else though.

17 days 18 hours ago

michael kors factory online

Very good article, tx for taking the time to write it.


louis vuitton authentic handbags

Awsome blog! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am bookmarking your feeds also

14 days 9 hours ago

Sergio Rossi online

You completed a few nice points there. I did a search on the subject and found mainly people will go along with with your blog.

14 days 4 minutes ago

oakley sunglasses online sale

It was very interesting to read this piece of writing! Thank you so much!

10 days 19 hours ago

louis vuitton authentic

Im not capable of view this web site properly on chrome I believe theres a downside

8 days 4 hours ago

cheap Lafuma

Hello! Do you use Twitter? Id like to follow you if that would be okay. Im undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.


north face womens jackets on sale

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. It?s the old what goes around comes around routine. Did you acquired lots of…


Mountain Hardwear online store

Great! Thanks for post.|ipod touch 32gb 3rd generation|ipod touch best price 16gb|le creuset recipes|best shampoo for men |baci chocolate |heart shaped diamond rings|casio keyboard manual |casio compass watch |casioz25 |organic tampons |osis hair produ…