Going Natural (PART 1)

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Saturday, July 28, 2012    

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The term 'going natural' has been coined by people of African descent who have made the decision to stop interferring with the natural state of their hair. The average adult woman with afro-textured hair has not seen her naturally unprocessed hair since childhood. For many who have considered how best to go back to rocking unprocessed hair, the task of maintaining a chic in-between is always the first concern. Others often contemplate if they will be able to maintain a professional look once their hair becomes completely natural again. The Get the Look team consulted the experts to help you decide if going natural is something you want to do.

Why have so many women seemingly gone natural?

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• They may simply be tired of processing their hair and want to experience their natural texture.

• They may have issues with the scalp that may be aggravated by chemicals.

• For some, it’s a very trendy look now and an opportune time to rock the natural look.

• Some women have also had negative experiences with, or had a bad reaction to, relaxers and other chemicals.

• Going natural has also become a symbol of pride for many women who prefer to celebrate their natural texture.


There are many benefits to sporting natural hair.

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• There are many negative effects of using chemicals in your hair, so going natural is a healthier move. Even for stylists who have to be exposed to the fumes from applying chemicals to your hair.

• It may be easier to maintain if you get a lasting hairstyle at the salon such as braids, cornrows, rope twists etc.

The Transition Process

The transition from processed to natural hair can be difficult. However, there are a few techniques that can make the process much easier.

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• Dare to go bold with a low haircut. You can experiment with fun colours as you go along. Plus, if you are very active, this hairstyle is more likely to last than if you had a processed style.

• Try braiding your hair more frequently. Ensure that you clip the processed hair periodically as you begin to grow your natural hair.

• Tue Bella Beautiful hair extensions line has a variety of natural hair extensions. You can use these extensions to help you decide whether or not it is a look you want to rock permanently as well as help you transition seamlessly.

Nettle and Moss

• I usually recommend protective styles for my customers who are transitioning. Protective styles limit stress on the hair, particularly during transitioning when it can be at its weakest.

• I tend to suggest straw sets for my customers where possible, or setting the hair on benders or perm rods and wearing the hair curly.

• Another option for persons with longer hair is wearing the hair in a bun, buns are elegant and protect the hair at the same time.

• Managing the two textures while achieving a chic look can be very difficult for some persons and they almost always experience a sense of relief when they do eventually decide to cut.

Tips and comments courtesy of:

Jus Natural Hair Studio

45 Pulse Complex • 38a Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.

Tele: 1-876-906-0400/ 1-876-854-5209

Nettle and Moss

44 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 8.

Tele: 1-876-978-9889



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