Ready to Go on a Natural Hair Journey? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Enough is enough. This idea of pelo malo needs to be tossed out the window. We all go to such extraordinary lengths to tame our natural locks, and that needs to stop. Not now but like, right now!

If you're reading to take on the returning to your natural hair challenge, here's how to do it:

1. Throw away the chemical shampoos and use natural oils and butter products instead. There are tons of trendy oils and butter to choose from, making it hard to pick which one is going to work for your type of curly hair. The most commonly used oil which works many people is coconut oil. Next time you're out shopping for shampoo, look for brands that contain coconut-infused ingredients.

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2. The “Big Chop” is an option. That’s right ladies; no need to go all Amber Rose on your familia. During your transition, keep an eye on your dead ends. Every few weeks, let your hairstylist know you are taking a more natural approach with your strands and have her cut those dead ends. Trimming your ends every 4-6 weeks is ideal. Over time you will see the curls out do the heat damaged hair.

3. Schedule an appointment with a natural hairstylist. The truth is if you are serious about this transition, you want to get a professional's outlook on your hair. Natural hair stylists are popping up everywhere now. Talk to your girlfriends who are currently on the journey, or have already taken it, and find out who’s slaying their hair.

4. Begin using hair products that support your transitioning hair journey. Going from chemically treating your hair to embracing its natural pattern can be overwhelming. Use formulas which ease the process by returning it to its naturally beautiful textured feel. With many women opting in to grow out their curls or original texture gradually, FORM Beauty is a perfect line to try. The trendy millennial set comes with FORM Beauty Clarify Shampoo or Cleanse Shampoo which detox and refreshen your locks, along with their super hydrating Revive Conditioner. Keep the extra moisture through the day by using the 3-in-1 Leave-in Lotion, Multitask with key ingredients such as Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, coconut, and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil. While aloe is known for refreshing the scalp, the liquid itself can successfully protect the skin and hair from UV damage.

After preparing your pelo, don't forget to have fun while doing it with the transitioning kit. Along with the shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in, the array of products in this budget-friendly buy comes with styling goodies. The Define Curl Creme, Protect Heat Serum, and Polish Pomade leave endless hairstyle options open for all. If you're not a kit type of chica or aren't fully committed to every single item in the set -- the beauty buys are sold separately, and you can enjoy a customized hair consultation while visiting as well at formbeauty.com/sephora.

5. Deep condition your hair as much as you can. After shampooing, give yourself at least 15 to 20 minutes of “me time,” also known as deep conditioning. As you deep condition your relaxed hair and new growth, it helps with retaining moisture, especially during those fall/winter months. 

6. Stay away from the flat irons, blow dryers, etc. We understand this is probably the hardest habit to break, but if you don't stay away from the heat, you are only hurting your hair. Some Latinas advise a once a month trip to the salon if you need to.

Embracing your natural roots is empowering and takes courage, therefore to help your transition follow natural hair bloggers via Instagram for motivation. Here are a few of our favorite Instagram accounts: @naturalhairdaily, @gypsy_inthecity,  and @rock_yo_rizos.