For many women, making the decision to transition to natural hair can be a confusing time, especially when myths abound.
“In my opinion, natural hair is hair that doesn’t have its texture chemically altered in any form. This allows its natural curl pattern to be very evident,” said Keisa Sharpe, founder of All Shea Naturals and Top Natural Models. “Some would argue women who straighten their hair aren’t natural. I disagree—they aren’t using a chemical, but a heated device. I say they’re still natural, but taking advantage of a different style option. It’s as simple as that.”
According to Sharpe, transitioning to natural hair offers several advantages, including not applying potentially damaging chemicals directly to your scalp and revealing your hair’s beautiful and unique curl pattern.
As with anything, there are also disadvantages, Sharpe said. “Your hair becomes more susceptible to breakage and damage while transitioning, and it can take considerable time to learn your curl pattern and proper products.”
For those interested in transitioning, Sharpe said the process generally takes about a year, although the amount of time differs for each woman. “For longer hair, expect a longer transition, unless you decide to cut it.”
The process once you make the decision is to stop relaxing your hair, connect with a good natural hairstylist, and focus on conditioning it every shampoo.
“There is no such thing as ‘bad hair,’” Sharpe said. “Using the proper product will make styling a breeze. You must take the time to find products that work.”
To learn more about Sharpe and her line of products, visit www.allsheanaturals.com.