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    I am not sure if someone has posted a message like this so please forgive me. My beautician started transitioning my hair April of 2009 from relaxed to natural when I became pregnant. I decided to keep it natural but I am tired of going to the salon and want to take control of my hair care. The problem is that I have no idea where to start. I don't know what products to use, how to wash it, or how to maintain it. I went in every two-three weeks to have it washed, treated, and pressed. Please help me on my journey to successfully maintaining my natural hair. As sad as it sounds I need someone to teach me from the beginning. Here are my first set of question(s): How do you wash, dry (if you dry it), and style natural hair and what products do you use to wash, condition, and maintain it (i.e. keep the scalp moisturized)? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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    Sounds like we are in similar situations I've had my stylist since I was 11 (she's one of my daughter's Godmothers) wore a press for 16/17 years, got a relaxer, went back to a press, now trying to transition with no/low heat

    I've just been READING everything I can. Some things I've learned:
    *Read label before buying products - learn which products make your hair happy and which don't
    *Wash out conditioner with cool water to seal moisture in hair
    *Detangle from ends to roots using fingers or other non damaging/seam less combs and brushes - some people dentangle before shampooing, or during shampooing and/or conditioning
    *Some prefer to wash with conditioner instead of shampoos
    *Water is the moisture our hair needs and oils like castor oils seal the moisture in
    **AND PLEASE DON'T TALK ABOUT YOUR PRESS ON THIS FORUM LMAO our fellow nappies are not having it

    That's all I have to share for now Read lots and be encouraged! I'm kinda frustrated with my hair right now but maybe when I wash this limp press out I'll feel better seeing my curly growth

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    Oh trust me - I am trying to get as far away from pressing as I can so I am with you fellow nappies!

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    I may be new to this natural hair thing, but there is one thing I can instruct someone to do, and that is wash their hair. Here is the instructions I use when I do my own hair:

    1. Shampoo your hair once every 2 weeks. It sounds crazy, but if you need it rinsed because you workout/ sweat a lot, just rinse with conditioner. I use the Olive Oil Creamy Shampoo, but there are recipes for shampoos on this site.
    2. Mollyp condition after shampooing. Everyone says you have to sit under a dryer, but if you don't have one - put on your shower cap, and then wrap your shower cap-covered-head with a towel; which would generate heat to allow the conditioner to set in.
    3. Condition wash your hair weekly or every 5 days depending on the amount you sweat.
    4. After washing, get a leave in conditioner and put it in before you roller set it.
    5. Roller set your hair. Plenty of youtube videos showing you how.
    6. Get a round brush and a blow dryer and straighten the roots OR just tussle the hair with the big curls and TA-DA you're DONE!

    Hope this helps!

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    Here are my first set of question(s): How do...

    Joyful, first off Welcome to forum!! You'll find a wealth of information here. With the new baby, time is valuable. When you have some time , please check out the Search function to look for great tips and tricks on the care and feeding of natural hair. Oh, by the way, congrats on your new baby.

    Quote:6. Get a round brush and a blow dryer and...

    See aliciatee's post above. Welcome to hairtipsforme, TKSN!

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    TKSN, welcome to hairtipsforme.

    Please don't make posts encouraging people to straighten their hair with blow driers or other heat / chemical / other methods that are damaging to the hair.

    hairtipsforme does not condone straightening.

    Thank you,
    ~Molly~

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    joyful: There is plenty of info here to help you on your natural journey. You can do a SEARCH and find specific answers to your questions. The basics: shampoo w/o silicates/silicones, a good moisturizing conditioner, and a sealant oil to seal in the moisture. When you do a deep cond. (which really gives you great moisture), put a plastic bag/saran wrap on your head and let that sit for at least 30 min. before rinsing it out. hairtipsforme does not advocate the use of heat on your head at any time. That only ruins your natural curl pattern and that is not what this site is all about. We believe in embracing our natural hair and never using strai.ghten.ing products on our natural hair. I wash my hair at night/on wkends and air dry with no problem. I don't know why your stylist is press.ing your hair but by now you are able to take care of your own natural hair and definitely without heat. You can rock braids, braidouts, twistouts, and even a 'fro. Working with your natural hair will be easier than you think. Good luck and I'm sure you'll be able to handle this along with that new baby.

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    First off Congrats on your transition to natural hair! Secondly I am glad that you no longer wish to press your hair any more, this is definantly the place to come when you want to learn how to work with instead of against your hair. I personally wash my hair once or twice a week. I mostly wash with conditioner (suave or ganier frutise) but when my hair has a lot of build up I will use a shampoo from those two brands. I have not found a "natural" shampoo as of yet but I do plan on trying one(the shea moisture line from target) in the future. I am rocking a twa(only 1-2inches of hair ) so I let my hair air dry with out any type of styling I only add my leave (elasta qp mango butter) and then seal with an oil(either coconut or olive oil). I like oliver olive oil more because it is thicker and works better for my hair. In the future I do plan on trying castor oil, jojoba and grape seed oil. I deep condition(Lustrasilk deep cond.) every other week. <<It's not my favorite as of now but it works ok. I personally deep condition on dry hair and detangle while the conditioner is in I then wear a shower cap and satin bonnet on it for about 30 minutes to an hour then rinse it out and seal with oil. I like to keep my routine simple and enjoy my hair as it is. I do not feel like it needs to be styled just moisturized and taken care of, however when it does get longer I can see my self doing bantu knots, two strand twist, box braids, etc. There are a lot of great forms up here that can give you an idea on how to style as well as what products worked or didn't work for people up here. Sorry this is so long but I just wanted to give you my two cents. take care!

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    Hi joyful, one of the things I did at the start of my transition was to get a notebook. there i wrote down all the tips i came across, paste copies of styles I'd like to try as well as products and recipes. Information is your friend but its probably best to makes notes so you can refer back to them later and wont feel so overwhelmed with the volume of info out there. Transitioning is a journey. You can also make notes in your "hair book" of how your looks and feels after you used a particular product or used a particular method. That way you are able to recreate whatever happy discoveries you make along your journey. Take it slow and enjoy the process but embracing and committing to it. Congrats on your baby as well I have a 12 month old toddler so I know what you're experiencing. Good luck!

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    Hi joyful, one of the things I did at the...

    Very good advice! I did the same and it helpd a lot. Do tons of research on here and on YouTube. Good luck!

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