How to go back to natural afro and curly hair

In recent years there has been a boom in people who, even in Italy, have decided to put aside straightening creams and other chemical treatments to go back to wearing their hair naturally.

A few months after I opened the NaturAngi blog, in January 2014, the count of the number of realities dedicated to the topic did not exhaust the fingers of one hand, but today things are decidedly different thanks to the ever-increasing demand for information on the subject.

The reasons are various:

  • Greater and widespread awareness of the serious damage to the skin and health in general that some treatments cause;
  • The maturation of a concept of Beauty whereby the natural characteristics of the person are valued and exalted with pride;
  • Feeling the lack of the original pattern (design) and texture (consistency) of your hair.

Last but not least, indeed, the revolutionary action of the synergy between representation and narration which has expanded the spaces of representation of the different aesthetic characteristics.

How can you make the transition to natural hair?

There are two ways:

IL GRANDE CUT (The big chop)

It consists of removing the chemically destructured part of the length, leaving only the part that shows the original pattern. Sometimes it results in a total shave.

It is the preferred route for those who want to start working immediately on completely natural and homogeneous hair.

It accelerates the time it takes to achieve healthy, good and fast growth and allows you to set up a targeted and simplified routine, limiting execution times and the costs to be incurred for daily care.


It takes more time, but avoids the shock of clear cutting and allows you to gradually become in tune with the management of the foliage. Two problems arise at this stage:

  • The presence of two different consistencies (natural and treated) on the same length. This forces you to resort to styling techniques capable of uniforming the appearance of the hair. The mistake you could make is to focus too much on the management of aesthetics, dedicating a lot of time to it, losing sight of the primary objective, namely the HEALTH of the hair and consequently the practices that favor and ensure it.
  • The dividing line , which I will tell you about in the next paragraph.

Fragility of afro and curly hair in transition, how to manage it?

When natural hair begins to grow, a " line of demarcation " is formed that separates it from the "old straightened hair". Being the point of greatest weakness, it could break during manipulation and untangling and it is very important to take this vulnerability into account during your routine, especially in the first months.

To avoid stress and damage to the hair, it is very important to treat it very delicately and make sure to give more space to regenerating, strengthening and restructuring products, including those based on proteins.

Protective styles such as twist, flat twist, cornrows and bantu are very useful as they allow you to leave the hair at rest, protect the ends and greatly reduce the impact of manipulation and atmospheric agents.

I conclude with a recommendation: whatever method you choose, never forget to provide the right amount of hydration and nourishment to the hair, to be defined according to its needs.

From the next article I will start talking to you about the "must to know" of hair dynamics.

See you soon,


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