Salut! Comment ca va? Parle vous le Français? Je m’appelle Ally, Beinvenue le Genial Saucery! Allons-y!
Cannot recommend enough, at least stopping by the Google Play Store, and checking out the language learning app, Memrise. It is so cool!
Includes; interactive videos with Native Speakers (so you can hear the words you learn in current situations), Classic Reviews (you go over the words you just learned in several matrix’s where memory and listening skills are required), Leaderboards, (as a Memrise space cadet, you compete with other learners under the trophy icon, and you see just where you fall for the week) and Speed Review, (recall memories fast in this heart losing final round of 50 to 85 to 100 of the words just learned in the speed round before the red lava hits the top of the screen!) this app truly offers the same limited access to the subscription service because the makers want you to learn. Keep playing and they offer you a 20% discount making the price $49.99 a year!!
I choose Le Français (the French language) because many naturals in my Natural Hair Group, speak different languages like Patois, French, German, and African or Jamaican dialects. Hair routines and hair care upkeep transcends the language barrier once you learn the basics.
Supply and demand is universal, so say you develop a blend of twisting creme for naturals. You’ll want to be able to reach as many customers as possible who can use your new product. Learning another language can help you on your journey to successful, international Entrepreneurship!
Aside from la nourritture (the food) you eat, knowing the vitamins that promote hair growth and drinking lots of l’eau (the water) is the underlying key to hair growth.
Hair is made of protein, biotin promotes growth, collagen promotes elasticity and Omega 3 fatty acids promote healthy blood circulation for the scalp. Incorporate foods and supplements that contain these properties (under medical advisement) as your hair growth starts with your health.
Many methods and systems are floating around in the natural community, each with its own set of rules and principles to follow (all natural ingredients, no parabens, no petroleum, etc.).
Through my hair journey, (based on research on natural hair sites, YouTube, and free cosmotology courses), as well as advice from other naturals in my natural hair group, I have learned what works and doesn’t work for my hair. Maybe these suggestions can help you or other new naturals?
These are the Top Dix (10) Things I have learned and been asked as a natural, Year 2 and a half:
Un (1). What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you when becoming natural?
Your results may differ!!
When I started out, I figured that the products one YouTuber or blogger used in their tutorial, if I did the same process, I would get similar results on my hair. Ne…pas (Not)! Avoir toir (to be Wrong)!
Learn this now, because heartbreak is not anticipating the time it takes to fix a failure in a rush. Particularly, when you have to be presentable for school or work. In desperate times; gel, scrunchees, bobby pins and decorative hair clips are your friends.
Deux (Two). A black satin extra jumbo cap is life once you outgrow the jumbo drawstring bonnet!
Once you start to incorporate length retention and daily hydration into your routine, the hair grows faster or appears to, simply because there’s more of it. Once you find a routine your hair loves, and the cycle of damage is broken, your healthy hair will thrive under the protection of nonslip, smooth fabric.
From your edges to the nap of your neck protection, and with enough room to sleep in curl formers or flexi-rods, bigger is better when it comes to black sonnet caps.
Trois (3). Low manipulation, low heat styles are the best for growing long healthy locks!
Terms like “heat damage” and “changed my curl pattern” don’t belong in the same sentence without direct heat styles (flat ironing, blow drying, curl wands, etc) being the number one suspect.
Using indirect heat styles (the hooded or bonnet home dryer) alters the curl pattern depending upon the stretching method used (flexi-rods, perm rods, foam rollers or plastc) to achieve smooth glossy looks with wrap foam or setting lotion without the same risk of heat damage.
Quatre (4) The best method for altering your curl pattern with no risk of heat damage is setting your curls overnight! Whether you’re using rods or not, the thickness of your hair and the length, all factor in when trying to determine how long it will take your hair to dry. So, if you’re 4c, that tutorial you followed from the 3a YouTuber will give you different results because your hair holds onto more water, longer. May take 2 or 3 days to dry, not overnight!
Cinq (5). I ain’t got no type is a real level on the Hair typing charts, regardless of the method used to obtain results. Medium porosity hair, (hair that holds onto a lot of water but absorbs it slowly giving the appearance of waves), as it coils, is what I have. Products intended for low porosity 4c naturals may leave my hair oily while products for high porosity 2a to 3c naturals, make my hair fuzzy and sticky. I try to add an extra layer of moisture and an extra sealant to combat this problem. But coming to this conclusion took time, so be patient!
Six (6). Time is on your side! Remember, it takes time to return to being natural. Whatever damage you have done to your hair, in order to bring you to this point, will take months or years (in the cases of big chops or growing out layers, etc.) to recover from.
The urge to dye, flat iron for length, and side buzz or get an under cut for dates styles means longer awkward transitioning phases when the fad passes.
So, if your dream or #hairgoals is waist length, keeping your eye on the prize is important when the latest trending natural cut pops up in your timeline.
If you’re in an experimental stage go for it, but don’t let a dramatic cut be your first response to dissatisfaction with your hair! You may regret it later!!
Sept (7). Natural doesn’t always start with a BC (Big Chop).
Transitioning is the less traumatic of all options when first returning to natural. Natural hair styles like, flat twists, braids, protective styles are your best options while you’re trying to figure out which hair type you are and which products your hair needs. And all this before you can even begin to understand the curl pattern you actually have!
Huit (8). Don’t fall for the “Dye Lie”.
Any type of dye can alter the curl pattern, texture and porosity of your hair. Dyes bind the color to your hair cuticle, often making the cuticle smoother which may loosen your natural elasticity and then, change your natural curl pattern.
Yes, you no longer apply chemical straightening agents but if you bleach you are straightening your hair cuticles and making them rougher through stripping. Not exactly natural anymore once you enter the chemical process territory, and once the porosity changes, your permanently processed hair will react differently and sadly, break more, regardless of hydration method. Triste (Sad).
Neuf (9). The hydration method prepares your hair cuticles for the products you intend to style with.
If you don’t rinse with cold water to close the hair cuticles, you will experience more frizz when it dries. (Facts.) Don’t blame your stylers and brand hop immediately if you end up with a bundle of tumbleweeds, instead of smooth, silky coils if you skip this important step!!
Dix (10). Don’t Let Your Wash Day Punk You.
Attitude is everything on #teamnaturalhairslay. You have to grow to love and appreciate your curls, coils, kinks and edges. You don’t have to be a professional to rock a natural look, you created yourself, with confidence!
Here’s a few things I learned to make me love my hair again;
Moisture is not oil. In order to have moisture, you have to add moisture, (a water based nutrient for the hair to retain) before you add oil. Since oil and water don’t mix, that oil is the barrier for the aloe vera water (for smoothness, facts!) Or just plain water in your spray bottle that locks it into your cuticle.
Wondering why? Damp hair is easier to manipulate. Don’t start combing dry, brittle hair immediately! This will encourage breakage! Spray your hair down, even before you section and begin to comb. Be sure to massage the moisture into your hair cuticle, as well. Curly hair, with product, can sometimes make the moisture slide right down, or it can get sucked into a particularly dry section of hair. Massaging the moisture into your cuticles helps an even distribution of products which may improve your style results!
When detangling, comb up from the bottom, where the tangles start, in short strokes working your way up to the root.
Pay attention to the creams and oils used to seal your style. Is your skin sensitive and prone to break outs? Then see if lighter natural oils like sweet almond, baobab or carrot, also made for dry skin, will give you shine and seal without the weight of heavier oils like olive, shea or coconut.
Do what works for you! For some people coconut oil does wonders for their natural mane. At first.
Then as those natural sugars in the coconut oil continue to build up on the scalp, some experience a change in hair porosity, texture, or experience itchy, flaky scalp.
Personally, my locks hate coconut oil. I have come to accept this.
So, those are some of the basics I have learned along the way of my continuing naural hair journey. Above are pics of my favorite looks (I feel) that compliment my length plus my natural curl pattern: flat twists and perm rods. Love it!
I hope this information helps on your natural hair journey and you try some of these techniques and hydration methods for rejuvenating your natural hair!
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