Here I go....

Hi all,

I came across this site looking for help with my dauughter Kaya. My angel has beautiful kinky/curly hair (after reading this site I've concluded that it's a 3b/4a), and a very sensitive scalp with sometimes problematic eczama. She's going to kindergarten in a couple of weeks, and wants to look like a "big girl." she says lots of braids and barrettes are for babies! so i'm trying to find ways to let her wear her hair natural so it can look pretty and cute without a lot of products drying her scalp out, flaring up her eczema. After much reading, particularly on this fabulous site, I decided that there's no reason I can't go natural too. I have relaxed hair, and have for 20 years. It's shoulder length, and I've ALWAYS had problems with breakage due to the fact that i exercise daily and the sweat on my head dries my hair out. To make matters worse, because I'm relaxed I can't wash daily to remove the salt from my hair. My only saving grace all these years has been the fact that I don't heat-style my hair often. I pretty much just wear it straight or in a ponytail. My hairdresser bow-dries and flat irons, but I generally don't (maybe 1x per month--if that). But it's still a no-win situation and lately it's gotten wose! My new growth is always thick and coarse, after reading this site I guess it's about a 4a/4b. I haven't ever really experienced what it's like having my own natural hair texture, I have visions of it being supa-fly though! Here's the catch... and please tell me if I'm alone in this...I do NOT want to chop all my hair off. Transitioning, right? How can i still look attractive and presentable at work, (in my covservative, corporate environment) and go natural? So at this juncture, I'm looking for tips and tricks for my beautiful baby girl and myself! Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Wish us luck,

Kim and Kaya
Welcome! We're so glad you've joined us!

And I can't tell you how rewarding it is to hear you've decided to go natural, based somewhat on what you've read here! That makes us so happy.

Please poke around, check out the transitioning board, etc. You'll find lots of great info!

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And keep us posted!
Gretchen co-founder

You are beautiful!
Welcome Kim and Kaya,
I'm transitioning as well and I'm sure you will find fab transition styles on this site as well as and LHCF. I have found that braidouts, wet sets and buns have worked well for most in this phase. I have been able to wear my hair curly, however it's a task sometimes. I don't shampoo and I co-wash every other day. For build-up issues I rinse my hair with Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner mixed w/ baking soda. I know it sounds weird but it works. You can also use ACV and water for build-up removal, if you choose the no poo method. Again welcome and I wish you well (sorry I thought I sent this yesterday).

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Hooray for your decision to go natural and care for your adorable daughter's natural hair! I have been natural for about 20 years and am sure that once you become accustomed to the idea and freedom of natural hair, you will love it!
Not sure what hair type I am - possibly 3b or 3c?
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Devacurl No Poo 1x every 2-3 weeks
Moisture Maniac for co washes & leave in
Bioinfusion Hydrating Balm + honey for DTs
Deva AnGell & Set It Free for styling
Jane Carter Nourish & Shine for smoothing flyaways and some shine

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